Security Surveillance Cameras

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Security 101

Surveillance cameras are a great way to provide security for your home or workplace. As well as providing you with video footage of any events that may happen, they also act as a visible deterrent to criminals. Amazon offers a wide range of security cameras suitable for every budget. Not all cameras work the same way or offer the same capabilities. We've highlighted the most important features to help you find a DIY camera that suits your needs.

Keep Your Home Safe While You’re Away

The holiday season is busy enough so the last thing you need is to be stressing about whether or not your home is safe while you're away. Follow these quick and simple tips to ensure your holiday is happy and safe.

1. Beware what you post on social media
2. Post security signs
3. Have your neighbors help out
4. Automate your lights
5. Properly dispose of expensive item boxes
6. Keep an eye on your home

Wi-Fi Cameras

If you can’t be physically present to keep an eye on your home or business, the next best thing is a digital camera that can stream real-time video to the networked device of your choice.

Unlike typical security cameras, network cameras, cloud cameras, or Wi-Fi cameras don’t require a closed circuit TV system and special cabling to work. Instead, they connect to your home’s existing network via Ethernet or Wi-Fi, just like a laptop or tablet. Once connected, they stream live video you can access from any connected computer. The most flexible systems even let you view feeds through a web browser, smartphone or tablet; great for on-the-go viewing.

Wi-Fi cameras are the perfect solution for homeowners, business owners, pet owners, parents and anyone with something to watch. Wi-Fi cameras fall into two classes corresponding to the type of user: Entry Level and Professional Level.

Entry Level Cameras

These cameras are small, very affordable and perfect for the home user. Designed to be easy to set up and easy to use, they connect to a wireless home network at the push of a button. Key features include:

  • Wireless capability and compact size for flexibility of placement
  • Low cost so you can purchase enough cameras to cover multiple areas
  • Ability to check camera feeds from any web browser, iPhone, Android, device or tablet

Professional Level Cameras

These cameras are more expensive than entry-level cameras. However, the added investment pays off in upgraded features that make it possible to integrate your cameras with dedicated alarm and sensor systems. Key features include:

  • Designed for permanent installation, with durable, rugged housing
  • Wired or wireless connectivity
  • Outputs for alarm and access control systems

Wireless Cameras

Wireless security camera systems offer numerous benefits over wired security systems including simple installation, flexibility, and cost efficiency. First and foremost is flexible installation options. Wireless security systems can make it easier to install your cameras higher, or further away without having to run cables and wires around your home or business to a receiver. Typically there are less tools and accessories that are needed to setup wireless cameras. This will allow you to save money on the installation.

Video Quality

High-definition surveillance video has become more accessible and affordable for end-users of DIY security. HD video is available in either 720p or 1080p streaming quality for crisp, clear viewing. Resolution is an important specification in Wi-Fi cameras. Higher resolution means more image detail, but this doesn't mean it can provide an excellent surveillance solution. Different from traditional digital security camera, Wi-Fi cameras rely on a network for video streaming, which means it will occupy the high network bandwidth. If you choose an HD Wi-Fi camera and run into lag times or other bandwidth holdups, most camera systems give you the option to adjust the quality to a lower resolution

Night Vision

Outdoor security cameras are a great way to keep a watchful eye on your property. Durable, weatherproof cameras let you keep tabs on important outdoor areas like your back yard, driveway, entrances and more in rain, snow, heat, and cold. Some network cameras can illuminate a low-light or no-light area with infrared lighting so you can clearly see what is happening day or night. Infrared lighting is invisible to the human eye but allows the camera a clear view, even in total darkness. With features that include long range night vision, weatherproof ratings and even vandal-resistant design, there are many camera options for your home and business that are sure to be the perfect fit your outdoor security monitoring needs.

Remote Viewing

For truly mobile viewing, you need a camera that allows you to see a live feed from your smartphone or tablet. Many cameras work with mobile apps, for both iPhone and Android devices, that let you view your home or office and keep an eye on your kids, pets, and possessions from anywhere with a Wi-Fi, 3G, or 4G connection.

Motion Detection

If you choose to record footage only when motion is detected, you’ll save disk space and know exactly what footage you need to view. If you plan to record footage, select a camera that makes it easy to set motion triggers as well as specify recording schedules so you can record exactly what you want directly to your PC. For more reliable motion detection day and night, certain cameras feature passive infrared (PIR) sensors that use changes in heat to detect movement, rather than visual cues. This is great for monitoring at night when a standard camera would not be able to detect motion due to low light conditions.