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When people used to think about security cameras, they automatically associated them with business owners trying to protect their property. However, with everyone trying to fight crime, security cameras are now a common feature for homeowners also trying to protect their assets. A security camera can provide you with peace of mind for your family and property.

Whether disabled, elderly, a stay-at-home mom or dad, parents of a teenager that is home after school without adult supervision, or a parent with an in-home babysitter/nanny, the use of a security camera can be a huge benefit. These cameras provide you the opportunity to see what is going on inside and outside your home while you are away or incapacitated. If you are considering a security camera for your home, you need to think about what it is you want to accomplish since cameras differ greatly in function.

As you will see from the information below, you will need to make some decisions, as you prepare to buy a security camera for your home or work.

What areas will need to be covered and how many cameras will be needed? For example, if you want the front, each side, and back of your home covered on the outside, then you would need four cameras or at least a system that can accommodate that type of coverage. If you need the front and back of the outside covered as well as three rooms inside the home, then you would be looking at five cameras. A great option is choosing a security system that is designed for expansion.

Do you want to have audio coverage along with the video coverage? This is a nice option if you have a babysitter or nanny in the home. In addition to seeing how your children are being treated, you can hear.

Are you more interested in color video or black and white? While the black and white option is less expensive than color, it is also not as clear. Therefore, if you want a security camera that offers the best pictures, choose color.

Do you prefer a wired or wireless system? With a wired security camera, it is situated in a fixed location. Because it is a fixed solution, you generally get a much higher quality picture. With the wireless option, the camera can be moved around and installed from one location to the next.

Do you need just an outside security camera or both outside and inside coverage? If you need to have an outside camera installed, you will need to choose a system that has a weatherproof housing to keep the system protected.

Light is also a consideration when choosing a security camera system. For the images to be clear and undistorted there needs to be the right level of light. As you begin your search for a security camera, you will find that they are each given a lux rating. The way it works is that if the lux rating is low, the less amount of light is needed for the camera to capture quality images in the dark. Another light option has to do with infrared. If the camera will be keeping an eye outside in the dark, by using an infrared lens, it can pick up things that the naked eye would miss.

You will also need to make sure you have an appropriate power source where the system can be plugged into. If not, you might consider buying a system that runs on battery.

Depending on the system, some security cameras can actually be detached from the system and attached to the computer. This is a nice benefit if you need to send and view images from anywhere in the world via the Internet.

Do you want a camera that captures video and stores it or one that provides you with viewing to keep an eye on your kids while outside playing?

Security cameras with today�s technology are truly amazing. For example, if you own a convenience store and want to keep an eye on the employees and customers while at home, you can set up a security camera system using your computer to see activities in real time. Once you have considered all the information provided here, you would then have a much better idea of what it is you need.
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