Choosing outdoor home security cameras can be a difficult process. Many factors need to be considered when trying to find the right system such as weather conditions, length of recording, and internet viewing.
Weather is the first main factor that needs to be considered and it is highly recommended that the person purchase a weatherproof camera. Vandal proof dome cameras are ideal outdoor video cameras.
Many security specialists would recommend full 1080P AHD dome cameras that provides crystal clear resolution. These cameras are built to withstand rain and snow.
Other camera options include outdoor bullet cameras. These cameras have a covering over the camera, so that they can be placed outside and protected from the weather elements. If the camera is going to be in a patio area where it is protected from weather anyway then this weatherproof option is unnecessary.
The second factor that needs to be considered when finding the right outdoor camera system is the length of recording time. Battery life can play a factor, so you may want to go with a camera that remains constantly plugged in. Cameras also support motion activated recording and voice activated recording which can lead to longer recording time. Small portable cameras use micro SD cards with some cameras support up to 64 GB of memory. This is enough memory for a couple days worth of video recording. However, if you need something longer, we would recommend DVR systems along with wired cameras that can support up to a 2 TB hard drive. These DVR’s are able to support up to 3 months of recording footage and will rewrite over itself when the memory is full.
The third factor to consider is whether you want something that can be viewed live on your phone or played back later. The outdoor camera system and DVR can be configured for wireless viewing. This requires a network installer. The user would then download an app onto their smart phone in order to view the cameras live. Other WIFI options include the Portable Plug N Play Camera and WIFI Clock Camera, but both of those options wouldn’t be protected for weather. They can be connected within 5 minutes and streamed using a smart phone. The Portable Plug N Play Camera and WIFI Clock Camera can both save the recordings onto a micro SD card. They can be configured for motion activated recording or recording times can be scheduled directly through the free application.