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August 27, 2020

What To Ask For When Purchasing A New Home Security Camera In Phoenix

Many home security systems have at least one home security camera in Phoenix. However, with all the different types and options for cameras, it's difficult to know what’s actually important in a camera. Do you buy one from a big-box store and set it up yourself? Or is it preferable to have your cameras professionally installed? Should you try to find a camera that broadcasts in HD? And what's better, an outside camera right under the overhang or a doorbell camera?

To explore these questions and other common concerns, here is what you should look for in a Phoenix home security camera.

Three types of security cameras in Phoenix

Types Of Home Security Cameras in Phoenix

There are mostly three different kinds of home security cameras in Phoenix. Each has a specific type of use and should easily be included with your home security system:

  • Outdoor home security camera: These types of cameras attach to the exterior of your home to offer a wide view of your property and main entrances.

  • Indoor home security cameras: Indoor cameras are fixed to a wall or sit on a flat surface, and primarily record one room in your home.

  • Doorbell cameras: A doorbell camera replaces your current doorbell and lets you see who’s on your front porch.

How Do You Know It’s A “Good” Security Camera In Phoenix?

Take a quick look down the security camera aisle in your local hardware store, and you’ll discover that there’s many differences in camera durability and features. Here’s a rundown of things to look for in your home security camera:

  • Wide field of vision: You’ll likely want your camera to see as much area as possible. Without a wide-angle lens, you have a higher chance of blind spots and spaces for intruders to hide. Try to find cameras with at least a 140° to 180° wide angle.

  • Low-light vision: A camera’s not much good if it can’t show you what’s happening at night. Look for a camera that includes infrared LEDs that provide nighttime light.

  • HD resolution: The days of digitized blobs should be behind you. Limit your search to cameras that record and broadcast in 720 high-definition or more.

  • Durable construction: Your exterior security cameras should be able to withstand bad weather like storms, high heat, or frigid temperatures (some even include a built-in heater). Your interior cameras should absorb shock if they’re bumped or lightly fall to the floor.

  • Motion detection: Even though you can program your cameras for a continual record, that requires a lot of recording space and power. Instead, look for a security camera with motion detectors that begins to automatically record when it detects motion.

  • Two-way communication: The best doorbell cameras include an intercom system, which makes it easy to talk with visitors without opening the door. You can even find similar 2-way audio feature with indoor or outdoor cameras, also.

  • Wireless functionality: A wireless camera can be placed wherever you’d like outside or inside your house, and is easy to move if if you’d like to position it elsewhere. Wireless install is typically more common than wiring your camera directly into a power line.

  • An easy to use mobile app: What good is a security camera if it’s a pain to use? You should look for cameras that include a mobile app that allows you to watch live feeds in HD, record and email clips, and receive notifications when your cameras perceive movement. It’s convenient when your security app also manages your overall security and home automation system.       

Is It Better To Have Your Home Security Cameras Installed By A Professional?

Once you have learned what you’re looking for in a residential security camera, it’s time to decide how you’re going to install your cameras. If you’re handy, you may be able to DIY your install. But if you’re not sure the best spots for your cameras, or can’t figure out the components, explore professional installation. Security specialists, like Secure24 Alarm Systems, will place your cameras for maximum security and show you how to use the mobile app. You may also look into professional installation if your security cameras integrate with a full home security system.

Find The Best Home Security Cameras in Phoenix With Secure24 Alarm Systems

The best home security cameras with quality installation in Phoenix come from Secure24 Alarm Systems. Just contact us at (602) 649-6096 or fill out the form to receive your complimentary quote. We’ll show you your options and how your cameras can integrate with your residential security system.