Security cameras come many types and have seemingly endless feature
options. With so many different kinds of home security cameras available, deciding which one makes sense
for your home can be a daunting task. The information in this guide will give you the knowledge you need
to find the security camera or cameras that will help you keep your home and your family safer.
Security Camera Types
The simplest way to think about the types of security cameras is to break them down into two groups:
indoor cameras, and outdoor cameras. While each of these groups have different styles of cameras
within them, those difference will become apparent when you compare features, so separating them
further isnt necessary. For instance, none of the cameras we talk about in this guide are dome
cameras, not because dome cameras are of any lesser quality, but because they simply arent
necessary for most home security systems.
Both types of cameras are available as standalone units with monitoring apps or as part of a
subscription-based home security monitoring system. In this guide we compare the top indoor and
outdoor cameras as well as the combinations of cameras available through the top subscription
Important Security Features
Below are some of the important features to keep in mind when comparing home
Cameras with motion detection can send you notifications when the camera observes motion within its
field of view. These notifications can alert you to suspicious activity, so you can monitor the
Field of View
Field of View refers to the width of area a camera can record. This is important because it will
affect how many cameras youll need and where you should place them.
The sound feature can refer to your camera receiving sound via a microphone, emitting sound via a
speaker, or both. Cameras with both can double as an intercom.
Resolution defines how clear the image from your camera will be. A clearly visible image is very
helpful when trying to identify faces or items in the images your camera records.
A camera with WiFi can communicate with your home network wirelessly which can be very handy for
installation, but is also less susceptible to being disabled, because it doesnt have wires which
could be cut.
The distance to which your camera can record images in low to no light situations can have a great
impact on its effectiveness because often criminal activity can happen at night.
A camera that can pan and/or tilt may be able to record a larger area than a static camera and
therefor reduce the total number of cameras needed to observe a particular area.
Obviously, if a camera costs so much that you can no longer afford the valuables youre trying to
protect with it, then it doesnt serve a purpose. Cost is a factor for every purchasing