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August 27, 2020

What To Ask About When Purchasing A New Home Security Camera In Elizabethtown

It's easy to see why most home security systems use at least one home security camera in Elizabethtown. But with so many different brands and options for cameras, it's tough to know what’s actually important in a camera. Do you get one from a retail shop and install it yourself? Or is it better to have your cameras installed by a specialist? Should you try to find a camera that streams in HD? How do you decide between an outdoor camera affixed to the overhang or a doorbell camera?

To explore these questions and other common concerns, here is what you should look for in an Elizabethtown home security camera.

Three types of security cameras in Elizabethtown

Types Of Home Security Cameras in Elizabethtown

Here are the three most common kinds of home security cameras in Elizabethtown. Each has a specific type of use and can easily be included with your residential security system:

  • Outdoor home security camera: These kinds of cameras hang on the outside of your home and provide a wide view of your property and main entrances.

  • Indoor home security cameras: Indoor cameras attach to a wall or sit on a level surface, and primarily record one room within your house.

  • Doorbell cameras: A doorbell camera replaces your old doorbell and shows you if visitors or packages have arrived.

What Makes A “Great” Security Camera In Elizabethtown?

Visit the security camera section in a big-box store, and you’ll learn that there’s many differences in camera durability and capabilities. Here’s a rundown of features to look for in your home security camera:

  • Wide field of vision: In most cases, you will want your camera to view as much terrain as possible. If you don’t have a wide-angle lens, there will be more blind spots and areas where people can hide. Look for cameras with at least a 140° to 180° wide view.

  • Low-light vision: Your camera should be able to see what’s going on at night. You will want a camera that comes with infrared LEDs that give nighttime light.

  • HD resolution: The days of pixelated blobs are history. Limit your search to cameras that record and livestream in 720 HD or more.

  • Durable construction: Your outside security cameras need to be able to function when there’s bad weather like thunderstorms, heat, or cold temperatures (some even include a built-in heater). Your indoor cameras should absorb shock if they’re bumped or knocked to the floor.

  • Motion sensors: Although you can program your cameras for a continuous record, that takes a lot of power. Instead, try to find a security camera with motion sensors that starts automatically recording when it perceives motion.

  • Two-way communication: The best doorbell cameras include an intercom system, making it easy to communicate with guests or delivery people without coming to the door. You can also find the same 2-way audio capability with indoor or outdoor cameras as well.

  • Wireless capabilities: A wireless camera can be added almost anywhere outside or in your home, and is easy to move if you’d like it somewhere else. This approach is usually more common than wiring your camera directly into a power line.

  • A simple mobile app: How good is a security camera if it’s a complicated mess to see your feeds? Explore cameras that include a mobile app so you can see live streaming in HD, record and email clips, and receive alerts when your cameras sense movement. It’s convenient when your camera app also syncs with your overall security and home automation system.       

Is It Better To Have Your Home Security Cameras Professionally Installed?

Once you know what’s important for you in a home security camera, you have to choose if you should get your cameras [[professionally installed|installed by a pro|installed by a professional. If you’re comfortable with tools, you may be able to DIY your install. However, if you’re unsure the best spots for your cameras, or don’t understand the equipment, it’s better to get professional installation. Specialists, such as Secure24 Alarm Systems, will hang your cameras for ultimate security and connect your cameras to the mobile app. You may also explore professional installation if your security cameras integrate with a complete residential security system.

Buy The Best Home Security Cameras in Elizabethtown With Secure24 Alarm Systems

The best home security cameras with expert installation in Elizabethtown come from Secure24 Alarm Systems. Just call (270) 262-4315 or send in the form below to receive your no-cost quote. We’ll discuss your best options and how your cameras can integrate with your residential security system.