A Look at Home Security Cameras

There are many different home security cameras available that can be used to meet a wide range of surveillance and home protection needs. There are some security cameras that are stand alone products and others that are connected a security alarm system, allowing home owners to monitor all areas of their property from a central console.

With such a complex and amazing array of security cameras available to choose from the one that is used will depend on a homeowner’s needs and specific security concerns. There are cameras available to meet the needs of homeowners that have lighting situations or weather conditions to contend with. This article will cover some of the most popular types of home security systems, but by no means covers all of the options.

Bullet Cameras

Bullet cameras are long, narrow cylindrical style cameras. They are generally not considered to be unobtrusive, but they do serve their purpose well. Most of these cameras offer a 92° angle of view but some have interchangeable lenses. The simplest of these systems can be plugged into an electrical outlet and fed into a television or video recorder without the use of special configurations or software. In low lighting conditions it’s important to choose a camera that features an auto iris functions. These are some of the most affordable home security cameras. When using a bullet style camera outdoors, a sunshield may be required and it’s important that the camera is designed specifically for outdoor use.

Infrared Security Cameras

Infrared cameras use multiple LED lights that emit an infrared light that the sensors in the camera pick up and translate into an image. These cameras are usually color capable when used in daylight conditions and black and white when used during night time conditions. Cameras that are rated for outdoor use can be used either indoors or outdoors. Infrared cameras typically plug into a 12-volt power supply and can be fed into a television or video recorder.

Wireless Security Cameras

Wireless home security cameras eliminate the need to run video wires to remote parts of a property in order for the signal to reach the video recorder or television. These systems usually feature a receiver that plugs directly into the television or video recorder that receives the signals. There are a number of advantages to using these types of cameras, including their small size, portability and their ability to be positioned in locations where running video cables is impractical. It should be noted that these types of cameras still need to be plugged into an electrical outlet to operate continuously it is only the video wire that is eliminated. Batteries can be used for temporary monitoring but will need to be replaced or charged for continuous use. The cameras broadcast a signal to a receiver. There is usually an option to scan the cameras automatically or they can be set to display in quadrants. These systems are usually sold in sets of 1, 2 or 4 security cameras.

A person’s home and valuables can be monitored with ease, either indoors or outdoors, with the use of home security cameras. Some of the cameras are so small that they cannot be detected and others are large enough to be clearly visible, often deterring intruders when they are noticed. Whatever your need or surveillance purpose there is probably a camera or system available that can get the job done and at a price you can afford.