Essential Features of a Reliable Outdoor Security Cameras

Thinking of buying an outdoor security camera? Consider the features carefully before you decide on any particular model.

Your outdoor cameras are the first line of defense against potential intruders and burglars, so choose the best ones that are out there.

If you don’t, then your home security system would have a lower degree of reliability, and thus offer you less protection.

Here are some of the most essential features which any outdoor camera should have.

Night Vision

Most of the crimes take place at night, so it is vital that your chosen outdoor security camera offers night vision. Consider models that use infrared technology. Some of the devices are automatically capable of switching from the day vision or night vision; devices like this are more convenient and hence preferable. If you want to reduce energy costs, you should look at models that come with a motion detection system built in.

Motion Activation

A camera with motion activation feature captures views and videos only when it detects some kind of motion in the surrounding areas.  So you save on your energy costs as well as storage capacities.

Remote Viewing

If you are a frequent traveler, you should invest in a system that offers remote viewing capabilities. This allows you to monitor your home in real time when you are away. The only requirement is that you should be connected to the internet, and then you’d be able to remotely view your home from your mobile, tablet and even a desktop computer.

Resistance against vandalism and other environmental factors

Outdoor cameras are often at a risk of vandalism and other natural factors such as dust, sun, snow and rain. The construction of your camera should be such that it isn’t damaged no matter how harsh the environment.

Picture Quality

Consider a camera which offers the maximum picture quality that you can afford. Low quality images means you won’t be able to identify potential intruders lurking around your house. Another reason for good quality footage is the fact that it can be used by police and treated as important evidence, if any investigation is ever carried out.

180 degrees or 360 degrees view

A camera that can rotate 180 degrees or 360 degrees captures all the surroundings effectively without leaving out any spot or area. Single lens or multi lens panoramic IP cameras are a popular option because they offer 360 degree views. Some cameras can also zoom and tilt (PTZ cameras), and are more effective.

Cloud Storage

Store your images and videos in cloud storage for safe and permanent keeping. If you ever want more space, you can easily upgrade to a higher plan.

Power Source and Connectivity

This is not exactly related to cameras, but important all the same.  Your camera should be connected to a reliable power source; frequent outages will render it useless. The internet connection must also be reliable with good signals both inside and outside your home for effective monitoring. We recommend using a battery backup for your Internet connection and surveillance system.


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