Home security is very much achievable for you and your family. You can have an alarm system, a security guard, a dog or improve your home locks to make sure an intruder could not enter your home. But we are most concerned about the possibility of outsiders endangering your family. Proper screening and monitoring should be greatly practiced. It can be alarming when an unfamiliar face is lurking in your backyard or a stranger is making his or her own personal surveillance outside your home.
To make a certain system effective, you need to know what you’re buying. Resolution is one of the specifications that you need to look into when buying cameras. You have to make sure that the resolution of the camera you have will match the ones that is supported by your monitor or your DVR.
Learn to look into the lux rating of your cameras. This is a gauge for your camera to perform its best even in low lighting cases. You can see how sensitive your camera is to light as an indicator. According to experts a low lux rating is better.
If you are planning to install an outdoor home security camera you have to determine their dynamic range. It is good if the camera that you are getting has a wider range. You also have to look at the S/N ratio of the camera to measure the quality of the camera especially when noise is present. The S/N ration needs to be high.
Also, it is important to take into consideration if your camera is using a CCD chip or CMOS chip. Having a CCD based camera will allow you to have high-quality, low-noise images although it may require more voltage than the CMOS. Optics of your camera is one to consider. Superior image can be greatly achieved by the lens used by your camera. The bigger and the higher the quality the lens are, the more light it can pick up, the better it can be converted by your CCD.
Various camera types can be used outdoors. There are bullet cameras, spot cams, infrared, outdoor dome housing cameras and the traditional outdoor CCTV camera. All of these cameras need to have a special protection to withstand the conditions of the great outdoors. Others may require an additional heating system for cold weathers. Get expert advice and make sure you have a qualified electrician or professional installer and purchase a security system relative to your needs.