Have you been looking for ways to keep your home and family secure? Want the best security cameras for your home? Then you have come to the right place. I am dedicated to bringing you all the information you need on Security Cameras, plus product reviews and recommendations to help you choose the right products for your home to keep you and your family safe.

Security Cameras have been around for a long time. Put simply, their purpose is to monitor your home, office, or anything that requires constant surveillance. In their early days, they were used in systems that involved a security room full of television screens, each one displaying the vision from a single camera. This was because, at the time, there was actually no way of recording the vision from the security cameras. So someone had to physically be in that room, monitoring the screens at all times. The good news is, security camera technology has dramatically improved over the years.

These days, it is possible to invest in your own security devices and set up a home security camera system yourself to secure your home and family. There are so many types of security cameras on the market, all of them with many differing features, benefits and uses for inside and outside your home. Trying to decide on the best security camera or system for you can be quite a difficult task, which is why I decided to create this page. I am here to help and guide you into making the right purchase for your situation and to keep you and your loved ones safe.

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What are the benefits of having Security Cameras?

There are many benefits of installing security cameras. Here are my top 5:

  1. To protect your home and contents – our home is usually one of the biggest assets that we will ever own. I remember when one of my previous homes was broken into (before investing in a security system), it just never felt the same. The thought of a stranger wandering through the house, searching through all my private belongings. It just really creeps me out. Then there are all of your contents like jewelry, electronics, furniture, money, etc. Some are replaceable, however usually the items that are worth the most will have some kind of sentimental value to you and your family. Something like a piece of jewelry that has been passed down from many generations.
  1. Their physical presence can deter crime – studies have shown that the risk of a break in decreases after installing a security system. If a system is visible from the front of the house, or you advertise the fact you have a security system installed, thieves would be less likely to try and break into your home.
  1. Ability to remotely monitor your home – most security systems allow you to remotely access them from wherever you are in the world via your smartphone or tablet. Or they can be set up to notify you of something occurring on your property by using motion detection. This can be very handy if you are on an extended vacation, or away from your home for long periods of time.
  1. Save on your Home Insurance costs – the fact that you have a security system installed can lower your insurance premiums.
  1. Overall peace of mind – just the thought of knowing your home is secure when no one is home, or at night when everyone is tucked away in bed. It gives you that extra peace of mind that everyone in your home safe.

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Features of Security Cameras

Indoor or Outdoor – Pretty self-explanatory, but there are security cameras that are specifically designed for indoor and outdoor uses. Whilst both indoor and outdoor cameras come in similar styles, the main difference is that outdoor cameras have to be made to withstand outdoor conditions, such as the weather. So it would be likely that outdoor cameras will be made of more durable materials and be waterproof. Indoor cameras can be smaller, more lightweight and a little more stylish.

Motion Detection – This feature can be set up so the camera only records the vision when motion is detected. In addition, they can send you a notification to alert you of suspicious activity so that you can check it out yourself.

Resolution – This relates to the image quality of the camera. The higher to resolution, the clearer the picture will be. This is definitely an important consideration as a clearer picture will be helpful when trying to identify faces of people or other things in the picture. You could choose a lower resolution camera so that it doesn’t cost you as much, however, the downside is that the image quality may not clear enough to identify people in the vision.

Field of View – Relates to the width of the area the camera can record. Or in other words, how much can be seen on the screen.

Sound – Some cameras can record sound via a microphone, which can be handy. Other cameras can actually emit sound via a speaker. Or some can even do both. With this feature, you could communicate with someone that you see on the camera or use it as an intercom.

Wireless or WiFi capability – Connecting your security camera to your network wirelessly can be very handy, and make it easier to install yourself. No need to run lengths of cable throughout the house.

Night Vision – Quite simply, the ability for the security camera to record images in low or no light situations. A very important feature to protect our homes during the night.

Camera Movement – Some cameras have the ability to pan or tilt resulting in being able to record a larger area or even around corners. Correctly placed, this could mean you won’t need as many cameras for your system.

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Do-It-Yourself Setups

With the wide variety of products on the market today, it is certainly possible to set up a security camera system yourself. Most of the cameras these days come with WiFi connectivity and will connect to your home network. Then they can usually be accessed via a computer or smartphone to show you the live vision. If you are wanting to record footage, you can sign up to services that offer cloud storage of recorded footage. Otherwise, the alternative is to purchase a digital video recorder (DVR) with appropriate storage to record the vision directly to your own device. Then, by attaching a monitor to the DVR, you have your very own security monitoring system.

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Subscription Based Monitoring Services

If you don’t like the option of storing your own security footage for self-monitoring, then there are options available where you can sign up to a security service for a fee, purchase the necessary security devices, and they will do the recording and monitoring for you. For a simple solution for peace of mind, a subscription-based monitoring service might be what you are looking for.

If you have any questions about any of the above, please leave me a comment below to get in touch with me personally. I’ll try to help you in any way that I can.