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How to Choose the Right Camera for Your Home Surveillance Installation

How to Choose the Right Camera for Your Home Surveillance Installation

Traditional Surveillance or Smart Home Security?

If you’re thinking about adding cameras to your Newport Beach, CA property, you may have noticed a range of options available to you. You can invest in a traditional, 24/7 home surveillance installation or you can build a home security system featuring integrated smart cameras. Both options help protect your home but which one is right for you? In this blog, we’ll explain the differences between the two systems, and what you need to consider before investing in one for your property. Keep reading for more.

See Also: Don’t Get A Regular Security System

Surveillance System

A surveillance system is designed to capture all the action that goes on in and around your property. Thanks to 24/7 coverage, it’s especially useful for high-risk residential areas and businesses. In most cases, a surveillance system is built to help catch criminals after the fact, providing a detailed look at the events that surround a crime on your property, as well as the crime itself.

As you can imagine, all-day, all-week coverage means you will have to store a lot of footage. Storage is key to these types of systems because it can serve as evidence and provide valuable information to authorities attempting to catch the perpetrator.

The primary component of any surveillance system is the storage device, whether you choose a hardwired DVR or wireless NVR system. An important thing to keep in mind about modern surveillance cameras is that, while some can achieve up to 4K resolution, the higher resolution also amounts to bigger files. That means you can store less footage on each recorder.

In some cases, you can use smart software to help label and categorize footage, so you can scrub through it to find what you need. That helps minimize the time it takes to find what you need, so your life can go back to normal as soon as possible.

Smart Security Cameras

A security camera is typically part of a smart home alarm system. Modern, smart devices, like those from Ring, help you keep an eye on your property and prevent potential break-ins before they happen. Ring’s systems allow you to stream live video directly to your smartphone or tablet with ease, no matter where you are in the world.

Smart cameras aren’t built to stand alone. They’re designed to be part of a security ecosystem that’s perfect for residential properties in safer neighborhoods. An integrated system may include cameras, alarms, lighting control, motion sensors, and more. Generally speaking, a security camera only springs into action when you want to use it, or when one of the integrated devices in the system detects a potential threat.

Plus, because security cameras don’t bear the burden of 24/7 recording and storage, you can often enjoy high quality, 4K resolution whether you want to check in on the family, see what your pet is up to, or catch a crime in progress.

Which system is right for your home? Can you benefit from a hybrid version? Let’s talk!


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