Home CCTV Buying Guide 2022
Home security is something every home owner considers and with an overwhelming amount of options the British CCTV market provides, it can get overwhelming to make a decision. The latest cameras are packed with the latest smart technology and features we wouldn’t have dreamed of 20 years ago. Face detecting features, capturing of video recordings, movement detection or sound detection and mobile alerts are just a few of the top features of the latest CCTV cameras.
To help you decide which CCTV to buy for your home, have a look at our guide below and let us help you make this important decision about your home’s security.
Do you need Indoor or Outdoor CCTV?
The first thing to consider is whether you’re looking to monitor your home from the outside or indoors. The most popular answer in this case is an outdoor security camera set-up, but some of our clients go for both. As outdoor cameras require waterproofing, they may be a bit more costly than their indoor version.
Couple of things you’ll need to keep in mind include the likelihood of having to change the batteries in wireless cameras or re-charge, so if you’re looking to place these cameras out-of-reach, then do think again. Thankfully, some CCTV systems can now even be easily installed by a homeowner and are fully controllable from an app on your phone meaning protecting your home just became much more convenient.
What should you look out for when buying CCTV?
- The quality of the video: Video quality is one of the most important factors when choosing the right security camera. You want to ensure that you can see certain details clearly, such as faces, number plates and certain actions, as these will be crucial if there’s ever any action that needs to be investigated.
- Night vision: Night vision is another important factor as most intrusions are most likely to happen during the night. If the action or person isn’t well visible on the security camera recording then it is very difficult for those investigating to find the people committing crime on your property.
- Battery life: Having a long battery life for your CCTV camera is crucial to ensure that not only you get the best coverage, but also from a convenience point of view. Some cameras, especially indoors cameras run off the mains in which case this shouldn’t be an issue, however outdoor CCTV cameras are likely to run on batteries.
- Memory capacity: You’ll also have to take in consideration the amount of memory your desired camera has. If the memory erases every 24 hours, you may not have the time to take out any snippets of video recordings which you need for an investigation, therefore ensure that the memory capacity of your new camera is substantial.
- The functionality of its app: You want to ensure that the application of your CCTV camera is user friendly and has a variety of features such as live feed, sharing recordings with 3rd parties, the ability to turn on and off cameras as well as the ability to download any footage necessary
Talk to an Expert
Overall, it really depends on the usage you need from your CCTV system in order to determine which is the best system available on the market for you. What’s right for you may not be right for someone else and their requirements. It’s why we suggest talking to an expert in supplying CCTV equipment who will help you make the right decision, whether that’s a home CCTV system or a commercial CCTV system.
Thanks very much for reading about which CCTV system is best for you, we hope we have answered some of your CCTV system questions and you end up talking to a CCTV expert to help you make the right decision. Thanks for reading.