5 Features To Look For In Security Cameras

When choosing security cameras to set up around your home, you'll want to ensure that they don't just psychologically deter crime but also function well as security cameras. In addition to catching any would-be criminals on camera, these devices can help you in a variety of other ways such as keeping track of your packages, catching critters that dig up your flower beds, and more.

Here are some of the features to look for when choosing residential security cameras.

1. Independent power source

You don't want your security cameras to cut out during a power outage. This can be especially important during large power outages following a storm (such as a hurricane) since criminals could take advantage of the disaster to try and get away with break-ins. 

You can choose security cameras with battery power that don't depend on the power grid. And if you're concerned about the environment, you can choose ones that include a small solar panel to recharge the batteries.

2. Large field of vision and range

The larger the field of vision your cameras have, the fewer cameras you'll need to cover the areas you plan to monitor. And a longer range allows you to see things further away from the camera, which can be important if you have a large yard.

3. Wireless connectivity 

You don't want criminals to be able to simply cut a cord and take your security cameras offline. Choosing cameras that connect wirelessly to upload their footage to the cloud can take away this key point of vulnerability. Fortunately, a lot of security cameras have this feature now. Wireless connectivity is also great because it can let you monitor the camera in real time from your smart device, or let a security company monitor it from their headquarters.

4. Resolution

A high-resolution camera can be much more useful because it shows more details than a camera that takes lower-resolution footage would. High-resolution camera footage allows you to zoom in and still make out details, while this isn't the case with a lower-resolution camera.

5. Night vision

If you want to check your yard for raccoons or protect against human vandals who operate at night, you'll want to look for security cameras that work well at night. Night vision cameras can use infrared light bulbs to allow them to see what's happening in the dark.

These are just some of the features that you can find when shopping for security cameras for your home. Contact a residential security camera supplier today if you want to learn more about what models are available.