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Home Security Cameras

On a larger property or around rooms where you store your valuables, a home security camera is an excellent way to deter vandals and thieves. Today's models of home security cameras are more advanced and more reasonably priced than those on the market even five years ago, and manufacturers have created cameras to fit every need. Whether you're looking for an obvious camera to mount on your driveway to identify visitors and let uninvited guests know that you're watching them, or you're looking for something a little less obvious to monitor your nanny, you'll be able to find a camera for your needs online.

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Choosing a Security Camera

1. How Clear Do You Need The Security Camera Image To Be?

The most important question to ask yourself when choosing a camera is how clear you need the image to be. If you want a camera to know if the kids are sneaking out of the house in the middle of the night, you should be able to confirm your findings with a pretty low visibility. But if you want to identify visitors at your front gate or are using your camera to monitor your safe, you'll want something that's a little more adaptable to low lighting conditions. When buying your camera, check for an iris. The iris is what regulates lighting change on a camera, and you should choose an auto iris if you're not going to be constantly monitoring what's going on. If you're going to use your home camera only when you're actively monitoring, a manual iris will allow you to more precisely adjust the visibility.

2. What Lens Do You Need For Your Security Camera?

Choose a wide-angle or zoom lens. The wider lens will give you a better perspective if you're watching out for intruders over a large space, but the zoom lens will let you zero in on specific people or actions.

3. What Type of Recording Do You Need From Your Security Camera?

Traditional video cameras record directly onto a videotape, but these can be insecure and leave you with only one copy of what could be vital evidence if a crime is committed against you. Newer recording devices transmit directly to a home computer for easier editing and storage.