What to Consider When Buying a Home Security Camera

One of the most useful home security tools one can invest in is a home security camera. A camera allows you to keep tabs on the happenings in or around your home, giving you peace of mind while away or otherwise occupied. However, with so many different models on the market, it may be overwhelming to try to sort through every one to make sure you are making the right choice. Fortunately, by creating a list of your video, installation, and budget concerns, you can easily narrow down which camera will be the best choice for you.

Video Quality and Other Features

The first thing to consider when searching for a home security camera is how you want your camera to perform. One of the most important considerations is video resolution. For most, a 1080p security camera is an ideal resolution, as it will provide HD video of your home. Another consideration to take into account are the field of vision, or how wide of an area the camera can cover. It’s also important to decide whether you want night-vision or infrared capabilities, and the distance the camera is capable of recording in the dark. Lastly, consider how you want the camera to store its footage, and how much storage you will need. Most either connect to a cloud service or have a physical storage card like a microSD card slot. All of these factors will depend on how you intend to use the camera, which brings the next topic.

Camera Location

Whether you intend to place your camera indoors or outdoors should influence your choice greatly. Different models of camera are better suited for the greater stresses of outdoor placement like weather. If your camera will be used to monitor your front door, an outdoor capable model will suit you best. If it is being used to record a specific room, for example a child’s room, an indoor-only model will do just fine. Consider also, whether you need a wired or wireless camera. If you have easy access to an appropriate electrical outlet, a wired model may be the best choice. If not, perhaps a battery-operated one will be better. However, keep in mind that a wireless camera will either need its battery changed or recharged periodically.

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Wired or Wireless

A big consideration while buying a home security camera is whether to choose a wireless camera that runs on batteries or a wired camera that needs plugging.
A wireless home security camera gives you more freedom in where you install it and you don’t have to deal with any wires and cables. However, you do need to check on and replace the battery on a regular basis. The big advantage of wireless cameras is that they continue to work in the case of a power outage, as they are dependent on the batteries. Due to this reason, most people will prefer a wireless camera for their home.

A wired home security camera has to be installed close enough to an outlet to be plugged in and it includes a lot of wires and cables. With all these hassles, it also brings the possibility that if burglars notice the camera the cord, they can pretty easily disable it by simply unplugging it or by cutting the wires and cables. In the case of a wired system, you never have to worry about replacing or recharging batteries.


Professional vs. self-installation

Home security camera systems have recently adopted cellular technology, so it is now easier than ever to install without professional help. However, both self-installed and professionally installed systems have their own set of benefits.
The professional installation comes with installation fees, but you won’t have to do any of the work and you can keep yourself free and relaxed. Vivint sends a trained professional to your home for a consultation so you can discuss your security priorities, budget, and other specific needs. These professionals have years of industry experience, so you can be assured that you are going to have the complete protection of your home.

In the case of self-installed systems, they come directly to your door pre-programmed and ready to go. These systems may not have as good alarm systems as their professionally installed counterparts, but they’re great for smaller homes.


The last consideration may be the most obvious: price. Home security cameras come in a wide range of prices, from under fifty dollars to a few hundred. The larger cost often comes with more features, so it’s best to decide ahead of time how much money you are willing to spend. You may also find better prices of the same model by different vendors, so don’t be afraid to look at multiple retailers before making a purchase.

Final Thoughts

All in all, it may take a little time and effort to make sure you are getting a good value for your new home security camera, but beginning with a plan will help you narrow down your options in no time. Be sure to weigh what you need out of the camera against what you are willing to spend in order to find the perfect balance. Once you’ve found it, you can feel good knowing you’ve gotten this convenient way to protect your home.