May 2023

A Comprehensive Guide to Choose the Right Home Security Camera

A home security camera is a video recording device that is used to monitor your home or property. These cameras can be installed both indoors & outdoors and come in different styles & configurations as per the need of the customer, it can also withstand outdoor conditions, can be both wired or wireless, and can be accessed through the Prama app. 

The home security cameras are equipped with cutting-edge technology to enhance security & communication such as night vision, two-way audio, motion detection, ip68, and many more.

These cameras can be integrated with other home security systems to enhance the security of your property, Such as alarms, access control systems & motion detection sensors.

Selecting the right home security camera is the most crucial decision to ensure the safety & protection of your property, always look for a camera that transmits high-quality video footage even in the dark.

Here is a comprehensive guide to help you make a correct choice:

  1. Your security needs: Before selecting the product one should know the security requirement he/she is looking for. considering the factors such as the size of the area that should be covered, the number of cameras you would need, the number of entries & exits you want to cover, and the level of detail to be covered, the placement & design of the camera.
  2. The type of camera. There are two main types of CCTV cameras: wired and wireless. Wired cameras are more reliable, but they can be more difficult to install. Wireless cameras are easier to install, but they can be more susceptible to interference.
  3. Think about the resolution. The resolution of a CCTV camera determines the quality of the images it captures. Higher-resolution cameras will produce clearer images, but they will also be more expensive.
  4. The field of view. The field of view of a CCTV camera determines how much of an area it can see. If you need to monitor a large area, you’ll need a camera with a wide field of view.
  5. Think about the night vision. If you need your CCTV camera to work in low-light conditions, you’ll need a camera with night vision. Night vision cameras use infrared light to see in the dark.
  6. Pricing of the product. The price of CCTV cameras varies from model to model, depending upon the feature & specification of the product.

2.  Types of cameras: There are various types of security cameras available. The most common ones include:

  • Dome cameras: These cameras are dome-shaped or semi-circle, as they are suitable for indoor & outdoor. They offer a wide range of views and they are small in size so they are less noticeable. 
  • Bullet cameras: Bullet cameras are cylindrical and are typically used for outdoor surveillance as they are very comparable with outdoor weather. They are easy to install and provide a focused view of specific areas.
  • PTZ cameras: PTZ (Pan-Tilt-Zoom) cameras can be remotely controlled to pan, tilt, and zoom, allowing you to monitor a wide area and focus on specific objects or events. The camera can be tilted & can zoom on a particular event by covering a wide area.
  • Wireless cameras: These type of cameras runs on batteries and they can be connected to the wifi without the hassle of the physical wires all over your home. But these cameras may be susceptible to signal interference.
  •  outdoor cameras: These security cameras are suitable for the unintended outside environment. The outdoor cameras are weatherproof so they can function in all conditions and are equipped with additional features like infrared light, night vision, motion sensor & many more.
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Key Features to be Considered while Installing the home security:

1. Low-light and night vision capabilities: If you require surveillance during low-light conditions or at night, opt for cameras with infrared (IR) night vision capabilities. These cameras use IR LEDs to illuminate the area, allowing you to capture grey footage in complete darkness. while if you go ahead with the night vision cameras, these cameras allow you to get a colorful image even the darkness

2. Resolution and image quality: Higher resolution cameras provide clearer and more detailed images. Consider cameras with at least 1080p (Full HD) resolution, but if you need more precise details, 4K resolution cameras are also available.

3. Field of view: The camera’s field of view determines the area it can cover. Wide-angle lenses provide a broader view, while cameras with adjustable lenses or PTZ capabilities offer flexibility to focus on specific areas of interest.

4. Storage options: Determine how you want to store the recorded footage. There are generally two options:

  • Local storage: Cameras with built-in storage slots allow you to insert an SD card or external hard drive to save the footage directly on the camera. This method provides immediate access to the footage but may be vulnerable to theft or damage.
  • Cloud storage: Some cameras offer cloud storage services, where the footage is stored remotely on secure servers. This ensures that the footage is accessible even if the camera is stolen or damaged. However, there may be subscription fees associated with cloud storage.
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