With so much innovation on the market, security cameras are advancing at an incredible rate. So much so that 770 million have been implemented in homes and businesses worldwide.
Things to Know Before Buying a Security Camera in 2022
Table of Contents
- Adjustable hardware
- Audio capabilities
- Cellular network integration
- Cloud saving
- Corridor format
- Digital noise reduction (DNR)
- H.265 compression
- License Plate Recognition
- On-board storage
- Remote streaming
- Resolution management
- Power over Coaxial (PoC)
- Power over Ethernet (PoE)
- Smart IR
- Internal web server
- Weather and vandal proofing
- Wide Dynamic Range (WDR)
With so much innovation on the market, security cameras are advancing at an incredible rate. So much so that 770 million have been implemented in homes and businesses worldwide. A1 Security Cameras has installed many such devices throughout the Dallas Fort Worth area and has provided numerous customers globally with our security camera system design help. With each, we have established several advanced and sophisticated cameras with technologically modern features never before seen as they are today. Below, A1 Security Cameras presents several options we have implemented over the past year and currently offer in our catalog.
1. Adjustable hardware
When you are looking for a quality security camera, get one that you can improve upon over time by ordering a box camera from A1 Security Cameras. These cameras offer you to implement new exteriors, lenses, and other hardware features. As the most popular security camera in the world, adding such a device to your security apparatus allows for future enhancement without going through the cost of replacement. Such provides flexibility for improving surveillance results and performance over a longer length of time than what standard cameras are capable of. Furthermore, brands like Mobotix, Geovision, Vivotek, Hanwha Techwin, and more offer excellent box cameras through A1 Security Cameras!
2. Audio capabilities
For older security cameras and surveillance systems, audio is no longer an overly expensive feature one needs to look hard for. Instead, it is a common feature of modern surveillance today and can even affordably be added to analog cameras and systems. Audio surveillance, as it is termed, does not simply enhance a security system but can provide two-way communication and audio warnings or alarms further scare away possible intruders. Such a capability can be a game-changer for both home and business owners; because alarm systems are more likely to deter criminal activity. Statistically, a security camera system combined with an alarm provides a heavily decreased chance of property crime. For that matter, two-way communication also permits the system owner to answer deliveries, guests, and hired help before entry. This allows for precise instructions to be given if necessary without interrupting normal processes.
3. Cellular network integration
Particularly for those that live on more expansive properties, contractors of massive projects, and construction site managers, surveillance can be difficult and costly to acquire. However, security cameras that can run on cellular networks or on a reduced WiFi connection have proven to be an entirely feasible solution for those needing additional security. Possible in many newer wireless security camera options, all that is required is a connected power source and the configuration to the camera. Furthermore, wireless access points have proven to be an excellent tool for home and business owners needing a strengthened signal to their devices for additional WiFi support.
4. Cloud saving
Whereas for the longest time, it was the norm for security cameras to require internal data storage or a recorder to send video footage to, cloud security cameras only need a wireless network connection and configuration to be effective. These surveillance devices are light, compact, and exceedingly easy to install. Furthermore, data management and additional features are available with a monthly or annual subscription upon setup. The specifics of the subscription are dependent on the manufacturer, with popular brands like Oculur, Nest, and Honeywell offering capable options through A1 Security Cameras.
5. Corridor format
There are now options through Axis devices for businesses and property owners who want surveillance in hallways. Corridor viewing produces a new format that streamlines recording in tight corridors and tunnels. Instead of taking up needless space in the connected recorder, modern Axis security cameras can be realigned to make the recording process far more efficient. As mentioned in the linked article, the process for doing so is exceedingly easy by simply rotating the camera 90 degrees. Like recorded video through cellular devices, the video feed is then a 9:16 format instead of 16:9 format.
6. Digital noise reduction (DNR)
When the term “noise” is used when discussing security cameras, it typically refers to either audio or interference. However, DNR or digital noise reduction refers explicitly to the latter, being a capability that tones down the interference by blending frames. Such a capability in security cameras cleans up the incoming video footage, saves space in the storage hardware, and produces sharper images that are of much better quality. Coming in 2D DNR, 3D DNR, and mixed, this capability significantly improves older security camera systems that use analog while generally being a natural quality in newer devices if needed.
7. H.265 compression
As seen in our Security DVR and NVR Storage Calculator, there is an option of H264 and H265 encoding. Prior to 2013, the newest and best compression was H264, which is still widely used today. However, since then, H265 has been incorporated into many newer devices as an option to improve video footage quality. The difference between the two is simple but effective in improving the final result for the viewer, as shown in a past article highlighting the difference. While the next stage of compression, H266 has been developed in 2020, it has not reached any sort of significant implementation at the time of writing.
Infrared, more commonly known as night vision, provides a home or business owner quality video footage in low light conditions. While it was introduced by the Germans in the Second World War, the technology gained prominence in the 1970’s and widespread popularity in the 1990s. While common now, especially in analog cameras, new cameras with night vision are capable of producing clear and crisp footage. Not only capable when protecting property but also practical for companies when needing to surveil equipment, cameras with this feature are perfect for everyone using security camera systems.
9. License Plate Recognition
License plate recognition or LPR cameras provide businesses and organizations the ability to focus in on license plates in parking lots or on the road. These cameras are perfect for adding an edge in security and customer service while mainly being used on toll roads, by state organizations, federal agencies, and customer-focused businesses. While some may come with long-distance lenses, these cameras are traditionally used during the day with assistance at night with separately installed lights. At the time of writing, A1 Security Cameras has provided a post that highlights the best LTR cameras on the market presently.
10. On-board storage
When it comes to planning for a power outage, internet outage, or a flexible security camera system, onboard storage is an excellent feature to consider. Available in many IP security cameras, onboard storage typically takes the form of a separately bought SD chip inserted in the available camera slot. Moreover, this feature allows homeowners and small businesses to use the camera without a centralized recorder. Better yet, it allows for multiple devices to be placed wirelessly across a property, making a flexible security system entirely easy to install. Furthermore, for those wanting an altogether wireless system, they can enjoy cameras that still record even when the internet goes out.
11. Remote streaming
Years ago, video streaming had become a popular feature from security camera systems for both home and business owners. Now, companies like Speco, LTS, and Axis have made their own mobile apps for streaming ongoing video footage from the security camera system directly to the owner’s phone. Whereas seemingly simple in our technologically advanced modern-day, mobile streaming can be a game-changer for anyone that owns a security camera system. Furthermore, such features are regularly available in modern security camera systems. Contact us for more information on how to stream your security camera footage.
12. Resolution management
When looking to save space in the recorder of your security camera system, cameras that can actively manage the resolution provide an exceedingly capable avenue. Common in many modern wireless cameras and moreover IP cameras, this capability helps you make better use of your recorder so that you can enjoy a more significant timespan of recorded data. Furthermore, cameras with this capability can likewise be pushed to produce better quality video footage. Such an option will allow you to configure your entire system to your specifications better.
While these devices became available as early as 1999, Pan-Tilt-Zoom, better known as PTZ cameras, is fast becoming a highly popular option for security camera system owners at all levels. Not only do these cameras provide superior video quality, more features like zooming, and can cover a larger area, but they also can be individually controlled by the owner to focus on specific points of interest. In addition, while they are more expensive than the average security camera, these devices also offer more possible features. Better yet, future models are constantly moving faster and providing better footage.
14. Power over Coaxial (PoC)
For those that own older security camera systems on coaxial cabling, power over coaxial provides an effective measure in making analog security camera systems more flexible while efficiently delivering effective results through one cable instead of two. While the capability is specific to PoC cameras, it makes old and new surveillance systems alike far better. Better yet, analog cameras with power over coaxial produce higher definition footage, can be adequate in low light conditions, and offer extended support for motorized zoom. If industry-standard RG59 coaxial cable is already in place, all that is needed is the new cameras.
15. Power over Ethernet (PoE)
Unlike power over coaxial, power over ethernet works on modern-day cameras that feature the correct port. Applying this capability works similarly to the PoC connection above, reducing the cables needed to one per camera. Furthermore, using PoE allows a much more flexible system while effectively allowing for footage, audio, power through one cable. The capability can easily be integrated effectively for security camera owners that already have Cat 5e cables in place. Furthermore, depending on the type on the type of cable, the effectiveness of the system can be enhanced further.
16. Smart IR
A more advanced version of infrared, smart IR produces better footage in heavy darkness or natural night environments with little surrounding light. Moreover, this type of infrared technology prevents overexposure, implements noise reduction, adjusts infrared lighting intensity, and provides a fast response to changes in light. Whereas there is always a limit to infrared or night vision technology in security cameras, smart IR is more adaptive than the regular and reacts much more quickly to a changing environment while delivering a superior image quality.
17. Internal web server
When you are looking for security cameras that can easily be viewed online or streamed through your phone, security cameras with web servers allow for exactly that. Commonly found in IP security cameras, this capability might seem complex, but it is rather simple. As phones and computers also do, cameras with their own web servers provide seamless streaming from individual applicable devices. Furthermore, such a capability is possible through cameras that both use either WiFi or cellular networks. Such makes them perfect for construction sites, ranches, and environments similar to them.
18. Weather and vandal proofing
Common in indoor and outdoor security cameras today, weather and vandal proofing allows for extensive protections against what may hinder the device. Coming in multiple levels like IP66, IP67, and IK10, this rating is important for those looking for security cameras so that they know what the device can withstand. Whereas IK00 will withstand nothing adverse, IK10 is extremely effective towards the majority of what may face it. Furthermore, weatherproof is represented by IP and the following double-digit number. The first is for resistance against dust and the second is distinctly for fluid. As the process goes, the higher the number, the more effective the exterior is.
19. Wide Dynamic Range (WDR)
Wide dynamic range helps produce clearer and sharper images by editing details for superior context. Whereas normal security cameras will feature reduced capability through sunlight, glaring, shadows, and more, WDR helps to reduce such effects by providing more clarity to incoming video footage. In today’s market, modern security cameras generally feature WDR even in affordable options.
A1 Security Cameras works to deliver the most advanced security camera options and features available on the market. Our professionals work to help implement each into each security camera system we help design, upon request. We can also provide detailed information about each product when requested and provide additional support when each device is purchased through us. When you are looking to build or enhance your security camera system for better home or business surveillance, choose our team to get the job done. We work to effectively meet every client’s expectations and deliver the best possible result. Contact us today for more information on what A1 Security Cameras can offer you!