Choosing the Best Security Camera for Your Home or Business

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Security systems have come a long way. Traditional security systems involved ringing a bell whenever an intruder was spotted. It wasn’t until the 1850s when the first electromagnetic security system was patented. Today, security camera systems are more advanced and come equipped with motion detection, access control, and security surveillance.

The presence of a security camera alone is enough to deter intruders. According to findings by the U.S. Department of Justice, public surveillance reduces crimes by 15%. This article looks at the must-have features of security camera systems for Bucks County, PA residents.

Resolution

Video quality is arguably the most crucial factor to consider when getting a new security camera. Resolution refers to the size of the digital image on a frame. The resolution of a camera is measured in megapixels (MP). The higher the resolution of a security camera, the easier it is to detect an intrusion from the footage.

The most common camera resolutions available in the market include 1080p, HD video (1440p), and 4K. Holicong Security can work with you to find the best video camera options for your needs.

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Most security camera systems record 24 hours of video footage each day. After a while, this footage accumulates and needs to be stored elsewhere. If you are buying a standalone camera, you will need to invest in a backup storage system. Most standalone wireless security cameras today only let you to keep a few days’ worth of footage before the internal storage is full.

The recording is stored locally using DVR (Digital Video Recorder), NVR (Network Video Recorder), or SD (Secure Digital) technology. Over time, you will eventually need separate storage to back up your video files and free up internal storage space on your surveillance system.  Your local Bucks security company can provide guidance in exploring storage options.

Night Vision

Night vision security cameras use infrared technology to capture images in total darkness. The IR filter is placed between the lenses and the sensor. Night vision is a crucial feature if you want your security camera system to capture usable footage 24/7.

Modern dynamic cameras are capable of recording during the day and shift to IR during the night. The filter allows visible light to pass through during the day. However, once the levels drop below a cut-off, the filter shifts to allow IR radiation. Without night vision, your surveillance system will be blind at the most crucial time.

Build Quality

There is more to a security camera than just the power of the lenses. In addition to capturing high-quality footage, it should also be strong enough to withstand the elements. The biggest threats to outdoor security cameras systems are rain and snow. Ensure that the camera in your commercial or home security is waterproof or it won’t stand the test of time.

It should also be able to withstand temperature differences. Security camera systems with moving parts should be strong enough that they don’t break or crack easily. This is essential particularly for cameras that track motion to improve their field of view.

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Invest in the Best Security Camera Systems

Getting the right surveillance equipment involves several key factors. In addition to having excellent image quality, the build should be strong enough to withstand the toughest conditions.

Video surveillance systems installed and monitored by Holicong Security ensure that your home and business are always safe. Contact us today to discuss the best selection of video surveillance products for you.

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