Which Security Camera do I Need?
With all the different types of surveillance cameras and equipment it may
become a bit confusing when trying to decide on the best solution. Whether you are in
the market for home security cameras or cameras for your business there are a
couple of questions to ask yourself that may help you decide. One question to
answer is in the area under surveillance do you need just an overall view to see
if something happens or do you need closer details to identify objects or faces. Since objects on the
displayed image become smaller as the field of view of the camera expands this will determine
the placement of the camera, the size of the lens needed and
also whether you need more than one camera covering the same area. Another issue
to consider is the lighting in the area under surveillance. Daytime or well lit
areas are generally not a problem but nighttime and low light situations can
cause poor image quality for many cameras. If there is poor lighting in the
areas the cameras are covering you may need to consider adding extra lights or
motion lights otherwise infrared security cameras will probably be needed.
Once you have selected your cameras another question is how do you get the video
picture from the camera to your monitor or video recording device. For the do-it-yourself individuals installing home security cameras can be made a little easier using one of our various lengths of pre-made power and video cables with the correct connectors already attached. Each end of the length of
cable has a power and video connector. At the camera location you simply mount
the camera using usually 3 to 4 screws, attach the video and power connectors to
the camera leads then run the cable back to the video recorder and power supply.
It really is that simple however most people do not want cables running along
baseboards or ceilings through their home or business. Professional installers
will usually run the cables thought the walls where the cameras are located into
the attic or crawl space then snake them through to the video recorder location
providing a very clean look. Running cables through an attic or crawl space is
not as difficult as it may sound but if that is not something you want to do and
don't want to
hire someone then wireless camera installation may be an alternative. However even with
wireless cameras you will need to get power to the camera since batteries will
need to be consistently replaced or recharged. For more on wireless cameras be
sure to read our About Wireless Security Cameras page.
These are just some ideas to help you get started, you may want to check out
our Questions and Technical Support page for more help. Also don't hesitate to
call or email if you need further assistance, we are always happy to help and
technical help is always free with any product you purchase.