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Home Surveillance: What You Need to Know

In the modern world, the number of cases related to home breakings has continued to increase. It’s for this reason that most home buyers are always looking for a home with added security features, such as alarms and surveillance. If you are reading this, the high chances are that you are also considering investing in home surveillance, but you are not sure of where to begin. These are how to prevent your house from being robbed. Without saying much, here is everything that you need to know about home surveillance and cameras used.

  • Consumer-grade vs. commercial-grade cameras

If you are keen enough, you may have noted that there is a difference between the security cameras in a mall, and those added in a home. Yes, there is a camera for every situation based on the size that needs to be covered. When you head to a store to buy surveillance tools, you must understand the difference between consumer-grade cameras and commercial-grade cameras. Consumer cameras are the types of camera surveillance that are mostly installed in homes and private areas. They have less power to capture and come at a lower price as opposed to the commercial-grade version. These commercial cameras are the ones you see on the streets or malls as they capture a broad field, and are much efficient. However, they are a bit pricey and can cost up to $5000 based on the type of recorder you want and the amount of storage. 

  • Quality 

More often than not, you may find yourself concluding that all surveillance cameras are the same. Well, the fact that the cameras perform the same task, which is recording the daily events, doesn’t mean that they are similar in quality. One thing you must know is that commercial-grade cameras are designed for high-performance applications, and where failure isn’t an option. The standard cameras, on the other end, don’t guarantee that. For example, consumer-grade surveillance tends to perform poorly during the night while their counterparts adapt and capture quality videos even when the night comes. 

  • Night vision

More often than not, the bad guys usually break into other people’s houses at night. It’s for this reason that most people add surveillance in their homes to capture the incidents. When it comes to adding camera surveillance in your home, one thing you have got to familiarize yourself with is the night vision. Unfortunately, most consumer-grade cameras are known to have a poor night vision. Most likely, you may be asking the reason as to why the poor vision. 

From an expert’s perspective, these cameras come equipped with vision illuminators designed for short-range only. They are of a fixed brightness, and this means that they overexpose what is near them. That’s why you may find it challenging to identify guys captured using these cameras at night as they appear ‘blown out.’ For the commercial type of cameras, they come equipped with smart infrared illuminators, which means that they can adjust their brightness automatically to match the scene. With the intelligent illuminators, it means that the images captured will be similar to those that you will have obtained during the daytime.

  • Resolution

Another confusing topic that you should familiarize yourself with when investing in home surveillance is resolution. From an expert’s point of view, resolution refers to the number of dots (pixels) that makes up a video capture. Therefore, the more the pixels, the more detailed the video image will be. Home surveillance cameras are manufactured like the most popular TV resolutions today, which are 4K and 1080p. The one significant difference between a 4K image and 1080 image is that for the 4K, you can easily zoom in on the image, capturing the details such as the face. With the detailed photos, you can expect the 4K images to be substantial. Therefore, if you are looking to go this route, you must be willing to invest more in the recording storage space. If you are looking to invest in cloud storage, you will need a super-fast internet connection to allow an efficient performance.

  • Remote video storage

In the past, people used to have one room set aside for storing surveillance tapes. If you are still practicing this, then it means you are still hanging in the old era. Today, the internet has come to bring a difference. You need to understand that with a connection to the internet, you can have the videos recorded automatically uploaded into the crowd. With this kind of setting, it means that you can access the recordings remotely, even using your smartphone. As said earlier, you may need fast internet to record the 4K videos, especially, as they are usually large. 

Upgrading your home surveillance is a crucial task. However, it’s not as easy as heading to a shop and picking a specific system over the other. There are a lot of things that you must put into consideration. Explained in this article are the top five things that you must get familiar with before you even head to an electronics store to place your order. By understanding these basics, you will find it easy to choose the right video cameras for your home’s surveillance. 

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