Choosing the best CCTV camera for your home can be tricky – it needs to be right for you and your house. The best camera for your neighbour or a camera your friend has bought may not be the best one for you. Consider your specific needs and preferences and contact us if you want expert advice.
Here are our top 10 considerations when choosing a CCTV camera for your home.
1.Purpose: Firstly, think about why you need a camera and where you will put it. Is it for indoor monitoring, outdoor security, or both? Knowing this will narrow down your options.
2. Resolution: Cameras come in various resolutions like 720p, 1080p or even 4K. The higher the resolution the clearer the picture. For home use, 1080p is usually great for capturing clear details.
3. Night Vision: If you want constant surveillance, you may want a camera with good night vision capability. Infrared LEDs can help the camera see in low-light conditions.
4. View: Check the camera's field of view (FOV). Some offer a wide-angle view which covers more area, while others have a narrower focus. For a larger area like a garden, a wide-angle lens may be best.
5. Motion Detection: Cameras with motion detection can alert you when something is moving. It's a helpful feature that can save storage space by only recording when activity is detected.
6. Storage: Some cameras store footage locally on an SD card, while others offer cloud storage.
7. Weather Resistance: For outdoor cameras, you need to make sure the camera is built to withstand the elements, especially if you live in an area with extreme weather conditions.
8. Two-Way Audio: This feature lets you listen and speak through the camera so you can communicate with visitors or scare off intruders.
9. Reviews: Look for reputable brands and read customer reviews. Real experiences can give you a good idea of what to expect.
10. Cost: Set a budget and explore the additional features each camera offers. Sometimes, a slightly pricier camera might come with extra features.