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So you've made that first step and setup your first home security system. Perhaps it is a basic, unmonitored home security system designed to alert you to entry to your home. Or, if you've done your research and read our guides, you have purchased a monitored home security system from a reputable home security company that will monitor your home whether you are in bed, at the office, or on vacation. Fantastic!
However, while a monitored home security system is a great decision, and frankly the only way to ensure a basic level of protection for you and your family, your home's security is simply not complete without a quality home security camera. Check out our guide on the best home security cameras to learn more.
A useful feature found on newer and high-quality cameras is the capability to record footage in color. While this does not affect the ability of a camera to deter crime, a color camera with a fairly high resolution will provide the police department with a great deal more detail and information to work with than a black and white camera.
A microphone can be a useful feature for capturing identifying or useful information about a thief during the course of the crime. In addition, the combination of a speaker and microphone in your home security system will allow you to question any visitors at your front door, and enables the two of you to have a back and forth conversation. These types of cameras are frequently found in secure sites that nonetheless have regular deliveries or visitors on the premise.
One of the last features discussed today, and perhaps the most important for homeowners who actively monitor their video feeds, is the ability to move a camera from a remote location. Most advanced and high-end cameras offer their customers the ability to both zoom in on specific objects and to pan the camera to either side. For video feeds that are actively monitored, this feature is essential.
While they may seem like an unnecessary of extraordinary purchase, a home security camera is the best way to protect your family and valuables. Check out our security camera reviews to get the information necessary to make your decision.
The Vimtag 361 HD is among the best surveillance cameras available to homeowners today. This device has great features, is very easy to setup, and is a reasonably priced option for homeowners interested in the protection without the hit to their wallets. In addition, the camera has excellent image quality, can record and store footage on an internal micro-storage card, and has a two-way talk capability.
The best 4-channel camera system reviewed by The Home Security Experts, the Zmodo PKD-DK4216 is an excellent comprehensive home security camera system. This device comes with four separate cameras that can be used either inside or outside of the home. In addition, the camera will store footage of incidents (times where the camera noticed motion or another sensor went off) for you to view later. In order to view such footage, you need only search the device using the time and date to immediately access the image.
This Foscam camera came to us highly recommended by customers who have used it in the field. It reportedly has one of the easiest and quickest setups of any camera reviewed today, and the camera can be linked with your smartphone simply by scanning the QR code found on the side of the camera. In addition, you have the option to store your footage either on a cloud storage network or your computer's hard drive. The device also comes with a free trial-period of their cloud network. Lastly, the camera can be used either outdoors or indoors, depending on your individual needs.
One of the most important features found on the Lorex LW Series home security system is the monitor, which is conspicuously absent from most other home security cameras. This two-camera system comes with a 7-inch LED monitor with a 32GB SD card slot. In addition, the cameras have night vision capability up to 65 feet and can be placed either indoors or out.
This all-in-one system contains everything that you could possibly need to monitor your home with a video feed. The eight-channel system comes with a 500GB hard drive, an excellent video quality, and a custom smartphone application that has received high reviewed. In addition, while it comes stock with four cameras, you can add on up to four additional cameras at any time.