Home Security Cameras – A Buyer’s Short Guide

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Home security cameras have sprung up like mushrooms after a heavy rainstorm, and are becoming more and more popular.

Homeowners are more concerned about security than ever before, especially in the residential areas.

When asked what type of smart home security devices people would consider purchasing, 42 percent of respondents in a recent PCMag survey said outdoor cameras. 31 percent of them prefer indoor cameras.

Check out 5 aspects you should think of when buying yourself a home security camera:

1. Storage

In terms of storage, home security cameras come with several options. You can save your videos locally, usually on a microSD card inside the camera [or an external memory], you can upload them on cloud, or you can choose both.

Local storage is a valuable feature among those who are concerned with privacy. What’s awesome about it is that you can rapidly access your data, without even needing an internet connection. The downside, on the other hand, is that of limitations in terms of memory capacity.

In the meantime, if you’re not pleased with your local storage perks, you can always rent a place on cloud and send your footage off to remote servers. Cloud memory doesn’t require memory pills. In exchange for a monthly/annual fee, you get to have unlimited access to cloud storage.

Security or convenience, what’s your pick?

2. Privacy

When it comes to theft, burglars work in mysterious ways. It’s not just your physical home that needs guardianship. Burglars can also target the data that your home cameras collect.

Security cameras should be versatile. On one hand, they should make sure they keep you posted with everything that’s going on around your abode. On the other hand, they should be able to keep the whole house to yourself. Everything.

Along with physical threats, threats to information security are also on the increase. Best thing to do before acquiring a home security system is to do your homework. Check if your internet connection is secure. Read some customer reviews. And double-check if your camera is tamper resistant.

3. Alerts

The Boy Who Cried Wolf is one of Aesop’s fables that tells the tale of a shepherd boy who repeatedly tricks his neighbors into thinking that wolves are attacking his herd. Similar to this story, some existing smart security cameras send false alerts, tricking the homeowner into believing something suspicious is happening back home. They can be motion triggered by insects, birds flying, falling leaves, changes in light conditions, rain drops or snow flakes.

So, unless you’re collecting insects for your herbarium, make sure your home security camera is the smart quiet type.

4. Latency

The time between the instant a frame is captured and the instant that frame is displayed goes by the name of latency. Many security cameras fall ill with latency, and when mixed with motion detection, things can get knotty.

For instance, when the camera detects motion, it might take some time until it starts recording. In the meantime, the subject that caused the detection might as well be 1 feet away…from Mordor.

Additionally, higher quality videos use more bandwidth than lower quality videos. The clearer the video quality, the more likely it is to experience lag times. If you want a punctual home security camera, check your priorities in your list of tech specs.

5. Setup

In an ideal world, easy setup would mean that the product is so intuitive and user friendly that the customer doesn’t even need a user manual to start the thing going.

In the real world however, truly wireless cameras [with local storage] are very close to reaching the ideal setup. Cordless and with no base station, they usually come with a magnetic stand and/or sticky pads. Have it hanging off a metallic object, or simply place it on a flat surface. Plug and play if you will….except there is nothing to plug.



Home security cameras come with all sorts of exotic technical specs and sizes meant to please homeowners’ immediate requirements. Amazing video quality, ability to see in the dark, resistance to harsh weather conditions, 2 way audio, unlimited cloud storage – the list can go on.

Indoor or outdoor, eye-candy or not much to look at, their main function is to capture and store videos. Best case scenario, they detect suspect behavior in its range and tell you everything about it.


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