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August 27, 2020

What To Look For When Purchasing A New Home Security Camera In Columbus

Most home security systems include at least one home security camera in Columbus. However, with so many different models and features for cameras, it's difficult to know what camera features really matter. Do you get one from a hardware shop and do a DIY install? Or is it preferable to have your cameras installed by a pro? Should you ask for one that live streams in HD? And what's better, an outside camera right under the overhang or a doorbell camera?

To discuss these questions and more, here is what you should look for in a Columbus home security camera.

Three types of security cameras in Columbus

3 Types Of Home Security Cameras in Columbus

There are three common kinds of home security cameras in Columbus. Each type has a unique purpose and can easily integrate with your residential security system:

  • Outdoor home security camera: These types of cameras are installed on the outside of your home to give you a view of your yard and common doors.

  • Indoor home security cameras: Indoor cameras are fixed to a wall or sit on a flat surface, and primarily show a single room within your house.

  • Doorbell cameras: A doorbell camera replaces your old doorbell and provides a view of your porch.

How Do You Know It’s A “Great” Security Camera In Columbus?

Visit the security camera aisle in your local big-box store, and you’ll discover that there’s a wide range of camera quality and capabilities. Here’s a rundown of features to look for in your home security camera:

  • Wide field of vision: You'll probably want your camera to see as much area as it can. Without a wide-angle lens, there will be more blind spots and spots for intruders to hide. Look for cameras with at least a 140° to 180° field of vision.

  • Low-light vision: Your camera should be able to see what’s happening in the dark. Get a camera that uses infrared LEDs that give nighttime illumination.

  • HD resolution: The days of pixelated shapes should be history. Only research cameras that record and livestream in 720 HD or more.

  • Sturdy construction: Your exterior security cameras should be able to withstand poor weather like rain, heat, or cold temperatures (some even have a built-in heater). Your interior cameras should still work if they’re bumped or lightly fall to the floor.

  • Motion sensors: Even though you can program your cameras for a continual record, that takes a lot of power and recording space. Instead, look for a security camera with motion sensors that starts automatically recording when it senses movement.

  • Two-way communication: Doorbell cameras should have an intercom system, making it easy to speak with delivery people or visitors without opening the door. However, the same 2-way audio functionality is handy feature with interior or exterior cameras, also.

  • Wireless functionality: A wireless camera can be placed almost anywhere outside or inside your house, and can be moved if necessary. This approach is often preferable to wiring your camera directly into a power line.

  • A user-friendly mobile app: How helpful is a security camera if it’s hard to manage? Explore cameras that include a mobile app that lets you watch live streaming in HD, record and save clips, and get notifications when your cameras sense motion. It’s nice when your camera app also controls your comprehensive home security and home automation system.       

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

Once you have learned what’s important for you in a residential security camera, you have to choose who’s going to install your cameras. If you’re comfortable with tools, you may see if you can install your cameras yourself. But if you are unsure where to place your cameras, or can’t figure out the equipment, explore professional installation. Specialists, such as Secure24 Alarm Systems, can hang your cameras for ultimate security and show you how to use the mobile app. You may also think about professional installation if your security cameras integrate with a full residential security system.

Find The Best Home Security Cameras in Columbus With Secure24 Alarm Systems

The best home security cameras with expert installation in Columbus come from Secure24 Alarm Systems. Just call (614) 368-9896 or send in the form for your free quote. We’ll walk you through your your ideal options and how your cameras can integrate with your residential security system.