There are multiple ways to define the word “home” but to us, home is a “dwelling place together with family; an environment offering security and happiness.” As a Smart Home company, we provide hundreds maybe even thousands of products and services to our clients, but when it comes down to it, security is the utmost important service we can offer.
Choosing a home security camera or system may seem like a pretty straightforward process when you first begin. However, today there are a plethora of options available and it can become overwhelming. As a result of amazing advances in video, wireless, and smart technology, the list of surveillance cameras on the market seems endless, and each camera comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. The most popular security cameras at the moment include bullet, dome, and IP cameras. But there are a lot of differentiating factors to look for. Before purchasing you should find out if they can be used indoors, outdoors, or both and if they are hard wired, wireless, or wirefree. To make your life a bit easier, we’ve listed the different types of surveillance cameras and touched on a few of their main features.
1. Bullet Cameras
Bullet cameras are named and are known for their distinct long cylindrical shape, which kind of looks like a bullet. Some people love these cameras because they are easy to recognize and because of this they scare off intruders before they even begin to try and break into a residence. On the other hand, many people do not like the bullet cameras because they can stick out like a sore thumb and ruin the delicately thought out physical aesthetic of one’s home. Bullet cameras are very easy to mount on a wall or ceiling both indoors and outdoors which mean they can just as easily be taken down by intruders. A great feature of these cameras is that at the tip of the camera there is a small cover which adds weather protection and reduces glare which makes them great outdoor cameras.
2. Dome Cameras
Dome cameras also have a unique circular shape, hover they are much more discreet than bullet cameras. Dome cameras are mostly used indoors but can also be used outside. Dome and Bullet cameras offer many of the same features but dome’s have some extra advantages. Firstly, Dome cameras have a wider viewing angle and are also known to be more resilient to tampering and vandalism when being compared to bullet cameras. Lastly, dome cameras have both night vision and heat and motion sensing technology which are two of the must have features in modern surveillance cameras.
3. Turret Cameras
The Turret Camera which is also known by some as the “Eyeball” camera is becoming increasingly popular and the more preferred camera choice. Turret and dome cameras are pretty similar in appearance but they offer very different features. Turret cameras are nicknamed “eyeball” because they have a ball and socket design that allows it to rotate freely once the base of the camera is mounted. As a result, this feature allows you to get footage in multiple directions with just a single camera. Moreover, many turret cameras come with EXIR night vision. This means that the LED light is slightly separated from the camera lens resulting in a clearer image.
4. IP (Internet Protocol) Cameras
Wireless IP cameras are super cool because they collect and stream data over the wireless network. Basically, these cameras are able to connect to your home wifi network which allows you to view your security footage from anywhere. IP cameras can either be wired, wireless, or wire-free. The main difference between the three of these IP cameras is the way that they are powered. Wired cameras are the most traditional of surveillance cameras and can be directly wired to a recorder which is also connected to your router that provides you internet. In order to view security footage your wired cameras need to be connected to either a DVR or a NVR recorder. The next type of IP camera is the wireless camera which many people think to be the same thing as a wire free camera but wireless cameras still require a single power cord. Lastly, wire-free cameras are battery operated that are 100% cable free. Wire- free cameras are the easiest out of the three to install and all of its footage is stored in the cloud.
Once you have a basic and clear understanding of the different types of surveillance cameras, you will be able to choose the best option for you and your family. Also, it’s important to keep in mind that you can mix and match your different security cameras to fit your lifestyle, needs, and overall security goals!