How to Choose a Home Surveillance System That Will Survive the Seasons
Selecting Cameras You Can Rely On
The basic concept of a home surveillance system is relatively simple. You install cameras in and around your North Shore, Chicago property and record events that happen throughout the day.
The purpose is obvious, too. You’re trying to ward off potential threats, or at least capture the action so you can sort it out later.
But what you might not have considered is that surveillance systems aren’t all created equal. If you want a system that will survive the harsh Illinois elements, there are some things you should look out for.
In this blog, we’ll give you some tips on choosing the right system for your property.
4K vs. 1080p
If you’re a fan of any kind of audio video, you probably know the 4K revolution has begun. Manufacturers of TVs, projectors, and surveillance cameras are all touting unprecedented quality in consumer-facing products.
And it’s no joke – 4K offers incredible clarity, allowing you to see every detail your surveillance cameras record. You can even zoom in on footage without deterioration, perfect for viewing specific details like license plates or faces.
But 4K has its limits. Because the files the cameras create are so large, they take up a lot of storage space, allowing for fewer hours of coverage.
Plus, they often run at a lower frame rate (15 fps instead of 24), creating choppier footage.
In some cases, it may be necessary to mix your system with both 4K and 1080p cameras to enjoy the greatest amount of coverage.
Weather- and Vandal-Proof Units
For outdoor systems, two elements your cameras will need to handle are the weather and potential vandals.
To ensure your system will survive the harsh weather conditions, make sure your cameras are encased in durable metal. Some cameras will boast plastic casings (and a lower price tag), but they end up deteriorating more quickly than metal-encased units.
Vandal-proof domes are perfect for outdoor cameras you expect will suffer from human damage. The domes are encased in metal, and feature damage-resistant poly-carbonate plastic. It helps you avoid problems in high-risk areas.
PTZ vs. Fixed Wide-Angle
Some homeowners may concern themselves with controlling their surveillance cameras. They want the ability to pan, tilt, and zoom throughout the day via their control device.
PTZ cameras offer just this kind of capability. But they’re not always the best option for every situation. Because they can only capture the action directly in front of them, you could spend the entire day adjusting the camera to find the right angle.
Instead, many users are much more satisfied with fixed, wide-angle cameras. These units offer a much larger viewing angles and offer up to 50 feet of coverage.
Plus, you can enjoy some motorized zoom capabilities that help you zero-in on the specific parts of your viewing field you want to see in detail.
Infrared and Night Vision
Some users may also think it’s necessary to install cameras that feature night-vision capabilities. While that may work well in theory, you don’t always have to invest in it.
Often, users don’t consider the amount of light their property produces throughout the night. Nighttime lighting solution in your outdoor spaces can impede the use of infrared or night-vision cameras.
Instead, it’s frequently a smarter purchase to seek cameras that offer sharp resolution and color capabilities, so you can see the action in full detail.
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