Not everyone can be an expert when it comes to security camera systems. Security camera features generally fall into two categories – those that are essential (to you) and those that are simply ‘nice to have’.
Of course, it also boils down to your budget: if it’s no expense spared, then buy the camera with the works. If you need to watch your pennies, then decide on what security camera features are crucial to you and what you could possibly do without.
Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ)
Some security cameras feature ‘tamper detection’. If the camera is obscured or interfered with, an alert can be sent to your cell phone to let you know. If the power is cut you can be notified. It’s important to note that tamper detection can sometimes be triggered by a blackout. It might not necessarily be vandals attacking your security system.
Compression is a great feature to have as it can minimize waste when recording in some situations, and maximizes the resolution. Instead of sending large files that can take up a lot of bandwidth the files are tidied up and compressed. This is a feature of many digital still cameras and results in the JPEG format we’re all familiar with.
Pair this with cloud storage and you can ensure that all of your files are easily consumable should you need to go through them at a later time.
Motion Detection & Person Detection
Motion detection can also reduce the amount of waste, as well as the possibility of spending hours trolling through material looking for the 20 seconds of footage you really want. The security camera only activates when it detects motion, and this will be the footage sent to be stored in the cloud. When it comes time to view that piece of footage, it’s easier to find. It also takes up less storage.
Some savvy cameras now offer person detection, which uses intelligent image detection technology to identify the source of the movement. You will then be alerted when the camera detects a person. This will ensure that spiders aren’t the ones setting off your alarm!
Weatherproofing & Night Vision
Weatherproofing and night vision might be great features for outdoor cameras, or cameras located in areas that are poorly lit at night time, but it can also add cost to the system. Consider installing cameras in rooms with motion-detection-activated lights, and in areas protected from the elements (such as under housing eaves).
Remote monitoring is a feature that some home security systems offer. It allows the owners to access the entire set-up of their security system from a cell phone app or other compatible device such as a smart watch. This type of features gives you the capability to turn the cameras on, zoom in and out, or turn the camera off with the press of a button on your cell screen.
You can also respond immediately to alerts. If your camera detects a burglar, you have the capability of being alerted wherever you are. You can then respond by calling the authorities all from within the app itself.
If you’re currently thinking about purchasing a security system for your home or business, it’s always a good idea to draw up a list of what features you need and what you’d like, then find the one that fits your specifications and your budget.