In order to determine what camera or cameras will meet your needs, you must first understand what the needs are that you are trying to fulfill with your new security camera:
- What are you trying to monitor?
- Entrances – People coming in and out of your home
- The external property surrounding your residence
- How many cameras do you think you will need to cover the areas in question?
- Knowing what you want to record, where are the cameras going to be located?
- Are the cameras going inside your home, i.e. your living room and kitchen?
- What about on the outside of the house? Is the camera needed by the windows or doors?
- Does the camera need to be weatherproof?
- If so, then you should look for a camera with a rugged exterior housing design.
- Does the camera need to capture both Day and Night Images?
- This will again, eliminate certain camera models from your search based on these needs.
- Do you want color, black and white or both?
- What resolution/how much detail are you looking for?
- Remember the higher the resolution, the crisper the picture given to you.
- What type of mount are you looking for?
- Wall or Ceiling mount? (Personal security cameras are typically wall mount)
- What type of lighting will you be working with?
- Decide whether or not you have a high level of lighting, a low level or both at given times during the day. The lower the light the more sensitive the camera needs to be.
- What type and size of lens are you going to need?
- Depending on the lens, Focal lengths can range from 2.5 mm-16.0 mm.
- What accessories do you need?
Knowing this information prior to shopping for your security system/surveillance cameras, will help expedite your process of determining what type of surveillance camera(s) you want/need.
If there is anything you have questions about, contacting a professional about your needs can help determine what type of system you in fact need in order to get the security coverage you desire.