How to Choose a Good and Affordable Security Camera?

There’s no question that CCTV cameras have come a long way since the handheld camcorder made its debut almost 40 years ago. Home security cameras now come in shapes and sizes, and carry a lot of features and options, meaning buying one is no longer a simple and straightforward matter.

If you want the best value for your buck, our advice is to go for a security camera that fulfils certain minimum requirements.

We’ve picked SEVEN features of a good security camera you should be on the lookout for the next time you shop for one of these gadgets. Find out more below.

High video quality

While high resolution in a security camera makes surveillance easier, it’s just one of several parameters that contribute to good video quality. A camera’s field of view and frame rate, are just as important.

  • A 1080p or higher video resolution is necessary if you want to differentiate people using their facial features or clothes. Make sure you have enough bandwidth to accommodate several HD cameras streaming simultaneously.
  • The wider the field of view, the fewer security cameras you need to cover an area. The downside is you lose out on the level of detail each camera offers. A camera with a 130 viewing angle offers a good compromise, where many objects maintain a reasonable size within the video frame while allowing the camera to view a large portion of your indoors and outdoors. Fuvision solar security cameras can pan 335° horizontally, tilt 90° vertically, and have a 3X digital Zoom for wider coverage and higher picture quality.
  • For smooth motion in videos with less blur, you need a frame rate of a least 15 frames per second (fps). However, if TV picture quality is what you’re after, you’ll need 24 fps or higher.

Adequate Video storage

Video storage has revolutionized CCTV camera surveillance by eliminating the need to continuously watch live footage or respond to every alert that appears on your smart device. However, keeping a history of all the events that happen in your property comes with the risk of filling up your drive, meaning you can’t store any new footage unless you erase what’s already on record.

  • If you need to record several days’ worth of high-resolution video footage, you’ll need a local storage capacity of 64 GB or more, usually catered for through a microSD card. For a home security system that uses multiple analogue cameras, you will most likely require an NVR like the 5MP-8MP power over Ethernet (PoE) camera system with a capacity of at least 1 TB.
  • For video footage that runs into weeks, you can choose the more reliable cloud storage option, usually covered within a monthly payment plan by companies offering home security surveillance. Here, video footage is retained long enough for you to analyse and download in case your IP camera captures an exciting or suspicious occurrence.

Remote access with mobile app

Nothing gives you greater peace of mind than knowing what’s happening in your home when you’re out of town. There are home security systems that give you access to recorded video and live feed captured by your security cameras via a mobile app at reasonable costs. They are usually backed by cloud storage. Some even give you the option of activating and deactivating the security cameras from a remote location. 

Motion sensing with intelligence

Motion sensors are a vital part of any decent security system. They make security surveillance easier by reducing the amount of footage that needs recording, saving you large amounts of space in your local or cloud storage. That’s because they only prompt the home security system to record when they detect motion within the area covered. More modern motion sensors can also send alerts to your computer or phone if there’s an abnormal movement. Fuvision security cameras feature advanced PIR motion detection and smart AI technology, which reduces false alarms caused by rain, snow, or leaves.

Night Vision/Low-Light Cameras

Investing in low light or night-vision cameras can improve your home security dramatically. This technology is similar to what is used in night-vision goggles, where minute amounts of ambient light are amplified to create a considerably brighter image with distinct features. Most cameras with night vision have a range of 30 feet or more and produce vivid images similar to regular black and white videos after dusk. More advanced camera systems use infrared LEDs to capture images in completely dark areas where regular wireless cameras with night vision can’t manage. Smart floodlight cameras feature a secondary spotlight designed to discourage intruders while providing colour night vision.

Two-way audio for ease of communication

Security cameras with speakers make a two-way conversation possible between you and a visitor at your front door without having to install an additional intercom system. The fact that you can do this while you’re away is a bonus. Such cameras can also be used to communicate with members of your household, or with pets while you’re away from home, calming and soothing them if the need arises. Another use can be to warn intruders that they’re being recorded and to inform them that law enforcement is on the way.

Alternative battery power source for convenience

Most standard security cameras are designed to draw power from a standard outlet, which comes with its own limitations such as the need for a long extension cord to plug into a power source. However, some security cameras such as doorbell cameras are battery-operated and can be positioned practically anywhere in the house. The caveat here is you have to recharge the battery – a small price to pay for the level of convenience offered.