Security cameras are one of the more popular home security tech tools. That’s because they allow a homeowner to see what’s happening while away. Security camerasallow you to monitor and record activity in and around an area for many different reasons. Whether it is to watch over a sleeping baby, or to see who is approaching the front door, it’s the gift of watching what truly matters. A home security camera is a wonderful investment for those who want to keep an eye on what’s happening while away.
Security cameras provide peace of mind knowing you and your family will be safer. But, with so many to choose from, it’s hard to know which security camera is right for you. Today’s security cameras are equipped with smart and proactive security features to make home surveillance stress-free and simple. And, while many include a number of built-in features, it’s important to understand the different types of security cameras available.
Indoor Security Cameras
Indoor security cameras give you peace of mind allowing you to ensure all your belongings are accounted for, and to be sure, your kids and pets are doing well while you are away. Some of common features of today’s indoor security cameras include the option to view live video, and some even come equipped with two-way communication so that you can check in with the kids after school right from your office. Just like anything else, depending on your lifestyle, some features may be more important than others. We discuss security camera features later in this article.
Outdoor Security Cameras
Just like indoor security cameras, outdoor security cameras can be an integrated part of a complete home security system. Outdoor security cameras are one of the best ways to deter burglars. Whether you interested in an outdoor security camera to ensure your packages don’t grow legs, or to deter thieves or both, one of the most important things you need to look for is the weatherproof rating. That’s because you need a durable camera that can stand up to the elements like the salty ocean air we experience in San Diego. Outdoor security cameras need to be weather proof, have high quality night vision capabilities, and great motion sensors.
Wireless vs. Wired Security Cameras
Wireless security cameras are cameras that are completely wire free. That means they work off Wi-Fi and use a batter for power. Things to consider about a wireless security camera include home network speed and the number of devices already using your home Wi-Fi. A Wi-Fi security system, uses individual wireless sensors that are located throughout a home. They communicate wirelessly with the control panel, usually via a radio frequency signal. There are some drawbacks to using wireless security cameras such as reliability, electromagnetic interference, and structural interference. For more information on what materials get in the way of a Wi-Fi signal, read our article on Wi-Fi signal strength.
On the other hand, wired security cameras require cables for power, Internet connection, and video transmission. A cable runs from the camera to a recorder, which then connects to your router. There are two choices for how you power your wired security system, a separate power cord, or one PoE cable. Power Over Ethernet (PoE) enabled security systems only requires one cable, which provides both power and an Internet connection. The main advantage to any wired system is reliability. Wired systems are not susceptible to interference from wireless signals due to the physical connections between the cameras, the recorder, and router.
Security Camera Features
Just like anything else, depending on your lifestyle, some features of a security camera may be more important than others. So, whether you want a camera to deter burglars, to keep an eye on your kids or pets, or both, here are some of the most important features to keep in mind.
Field of View (FOV): a vast majority of security cameras have a range from 90 degrees up to 140 degrees. So, if you have a very large backyard, or a huge great room, you’ll want a larger field of view.
Video Quality: the ranges of resolution in security cameras generally go from 480p to 1080p for the best quality.
Motion Detection: security cameras with motion detection will alert you whenever a specified area has movement within its field of view. These alerts notify you of suspicious activity so you can monitor the situation. Some security cameras have motion detection of only 90 degrees and some up to 270 degrees. Motion boundaries can even be set on some cameras.
Audio: not all security cameras record audio, and few allow for two-way communication. A two-way audio enabled camera will allow you to communicate to whoever is in the view of the camera. Two-way communication can turn your security camera into an intercom.
App Support: modern security cameras come with apps that connect your cameras to your smartphone or tablet via an app for monitoring and control.
Night Vision: the distance from which a security camera can record images in low to no light situations, can have an impact on its effectiveness. Most security cameras offer some form of night vision.
Video Surveillance System
A video surveillance system is capable of capturing images and videos that can be compressed, stored, or sent over communication networks. In its simplest form, video surveillance allows individuals to observe from a distance by means of a camera. These cameras are often connected to a recording device or IP network, and can be watched remotely or locally. From IP to analog, how one builds a video surveillance system depends on what it is needed for. So, if you are going to spend the money on a video surveillance system to protect your home, office, or both, it’s best to ensure the system you build is done so with the best equipment.
Luma Surveillance™ is more than a series of cameras and recorders. It’s the ability to keep you and your family safe. It’s confidence while you’re away from home. It’s the gift of watching what truly matters: your child’s first steps, your dog’s anticipation of your arrival home, your surprise birthday party, all captured in HD. It’s Luma and it’s going to change your life.
Although an expert like Shultz Audio Video installs your Luma surveillance system, they can be used by anyone. A simple and intuitive user interface is consistent across multiple platforms, giving you complete control of your system. Advanced playback capability allows you to pause, rewind, and jump to a live feed with just the push of a button.
And with Luma’s intuitive app, you can access video directly on your phone or tablet at all times. With Luma, you receive the perfect combination of quality and ease of use. This isn’t a cheap DIY surveillance kit. A smarter home makes for a simpler life. Luma Surveillance works alongside your home automation system for ultimate convenience.
Luma Surveillance HD Security Cameras
It’s not Hollywood, but it’s close. Luma cameras provide crystal-clear video in full HD, and are capable of capturing life’s precious moments, no matter the detail. Grainy, jumpy video is typically the expectation for surveillance cameras. Luma Surveillance™ is different. With crystal-clear video in Full HD, you can see the finer details in life. You aren’t just capturing pictures, you’re capturing moments. From your child’s first steps to your dog’s shenanigans, with Luma, you’re able to record and playback the most important memories in your life.
Exceptional video quality shouldn’t be limited to a 9-5 schedule. Luma utilizes Sense-Up technology, which allows you to view nighttime video in full color. Built to defend against Mother Nature and potential vandals, Luma cameras keep recording in even the toughest conditions. With reliability in any space, HD capture, and impressive storage capabilities, Luma cameras are up for the challenge.
Luma Surveillance Digital Recorders
Combine Luma cameras with a selection of innovative surveillance recorders, and you’re able to access your video anytime, anywhere. When you want to see a recording, you won’t have to go to the cloud to find it. Luma recorders keep everything on hard drives for secure and convenient access. When you want to watch your video, you’ll be met with a consistent, easy to use interface across all platforms.
Rewind, fast forward, or take a snapshot with just the click of a button on your desktop, tablet, or mobile device. Rather than relying on cloud storage, Luma utilizes secured local storage on hard drives. This allows for improved viewing quality that won’t hog your bandwidth. While cloud storage measures recording time in hours and days, Luma recorders can store weeks and months of footage.
Discover the convenience of surveillance with Luma. When the doorbell rings, your TV instantly displays video of the front door, so there are no surprises. You can even set your system to start and stop recording at pre-determined times, capturing moments you want, and avoiding footage you don’t.
See Clearly at Night with Starlight
You won’t believe your eyes when you see the dazzling clarity of the Luma Surveillance 710-Series IP cameras. At 8MP, these cameras deliver dazzling 4K resolution. Luma’s Starlight technology ensures you can see it all, day and night. Exceptional video quality shouldn’t be limited to a 9-5 schedule. Luma utilizes Sense-Up technology, which allows you to view nighttime video in full color!
San Diego Security Cameras Installation
Everyone deserves to have peace of mind in their own home as well as their business. We ensure your protection by providing security solutions that you can be confident in. That’s why we use Luma Surveillance security cameras and recorders for our video surveillance systems. For better security, intelligent video cameras, and dependable service, Shultz Audio Video provides smarter security systems that are customized to help you protect what matters most, contact us today at (760) 505-7461 to book your free home or business security system analysis.