When it comes to securing your property, having a reliable security camera system in place is crucial. However, with so many options available, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. As experts in security camera installation, we want to ensure that our clients are informed when making a purchase. Before buying a security camera system, here are some factors to consider:
First, determine your budget. Security cameras come in a wide range of prices, from a few hundred dollars to several thousand, depending on the features and quality you want. For instance, a camera with facial recognition and motorized movement will be more expensive than a standard wide-lens camera. It’s essential to determine how much you’re willing to spend and look for cameras that meet your needs within that budget. A good resource for finding cameras within your budget is the website of leading security camera manufacturers such as Hikvision, Dahua, and Axis Communications.
Next, think about the location of your cameras. Where do you want to place them? Do you want to focus on the exterior of your property, or do you want to monitor the inside as well? Make a list of the areas you want to cover and consider the best camera angles to capture footage from those locations. It’s also important to consider the conditions where the camera will be placed, such as sunlight, weather, and lighting. Keep in mind, the more complex the location of the cameras will be placed, the more work will be involved when running the CAT6 communication cables back to the NVR — resulting in the cost of the installation being higher.
Third, decide on the type of security camera you want. There are several options available, including wired and wireless cameras, indoor and outdoor cameras, and cameras with varying resolutions and viewing angles. Choose a camera that best fits your needs and the location where it will be placed. For example, the 180 Degree Stich PanoVu camera from Hikvision, equipped with a wide-angle lens, is perfect for monitoring large areas. If you’re curious to see it in action, check out Netviewcctv.co.uk’s explainer video — they do an excellent job of showcasing its capabilities.
Fourth, consider the storage and backup options for your security camera footage. Most cameras will have options for storing footage locally on a hard drive or in the cloud. Determine which method is best for you and consider the cost and reliability of each option. The cost of cloud storage for security camera systems can vary depending on the manufacturer and the amount of storage required. Some companies may offer cloud storage as a monthly or annual subscription service, while others may charge per camera or based on the amount of data stored. It’s best to check with the specific manufacturer or a reseller for pricing details. If you are trying to avoid paying a monthly subscription, we recommend investing in a higher terabit hard drive — typically 1 TB per camera if you want the most footage stored.
Finally, consider the installation and maintenance of your security cameras. If you’re comfortable with DIY projects, you may be able to install the cameras yourself. However, keep in mind the downsides of retail cameras such as quality issues, cyber security concerns (hackable), limited technical support, or can be complicated setup to the network. Additionally, be aware of the ongoing maintenance required for DIY cameras, such as replacing batteries and addressing any technical errors that may arise.
By considering these factors, you’ll be better equipped to make an informed decision about purchasing security cameras for your business or home. At Security Hawk LLC, we are experts in security camera installation and maintenance and would be happy to help you select the perfect system for your needs. Contact us for more information.