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What To Look For In A Security Camera

What To Look For In A Security Camera

When you want to keep your home or business safe, security cameras do the trick. Not only do security cameras catch any wrongdoings on tape and can be used as evidence for police and insurance claims, but they also discourage theft before it occurs. Since there are a lot of different security cameras available, you may not know where to start looking. Consider the different types and features of security cameras available and consult with a security professional to determine what security camera will suit your needs best. Here are some of the features you should consider when looking for a security camera.

Security Camera Considerations

Video Quality
In the modern technology age, we are familiar with the crystal clear resolution on a high-definition TV. Despite how far technology has come in terms of high-resolution video, this isn’t necessarily needed for a security camera. While you want to be able to see what’s happening on the screen, sometimes with higher resolution comes slower video. The higher resolution you choose, the more you run the risk of your feed showing you a delayed video as it needs time to process and send the video to the monitor. If you are viewing your security camera on a larger screen, you will likely want a better resolution so you can see what’s happening, but if you view it on your phone you can get a clear picture at a lower resolution. Typically, you won’t want to go beyond 1080p, as this creates a clear image without slowing down the video much. Speak with security experts about the ideal resolution without delay.

Video Storage
Unless you have live video monitoring, you will likely want to go back and watch the tapes, especially if anything has happened. Security cameras need to have decent storage so you can review footage at your convenience. Typically storage of 32 GB or higher is enough to store several weeks' worth of video, but you will need a higher storage capacity the higher resolution your security camera is. For a camera that’s 1080p or higher, you will want to opt for 64 GB of storage or more.

Wired Vs Wireless
Both types of security cameras offer benefits and drawbacks. If you want a wireless security camera, it will rely on the WiFi network and batteries. While wireless security cameras can be convenient since they are not limited to where wires can be installed, they do have to be taken down for battery replacement and the video may lag, especially if the camera quality is over 1080p. Wired security cameras may be limited to the number of feeds the system can accept although they tend to be very reliable. Learn more by reading Pros And Cons Of Wired And Wireless Security Systems.

Additional Features
Some people want to stick to the standard, but many people prefer additional security features. For example, some security cameras come with night vision, some come with thermal capabilities, and some security companies offer 24/7 live video monitoring. These additional features can help homeowners and business owners feel more secure, as they know their property and valuable people are safe at all times. If you’re interested in any additional features, ask your security specialist about what is available as well as how useful these features are to you.

Field Of View
By either using a wide-lens security camera or a camera that automatically moves back and forth, you can get a wider field of view so that you can see more of your property with each security camera. This will help you place your security cameras strategically, potentially limit the number of cameras you have, and get a more comprehensive view of the property. Typically, a view of 130° is recommended. If you have a video doorbell, you may want a 160° view instead.

Camera Circuit
Security camera circuits can either be Internet Protocol (IP) that transmits data via an ethernet link, or they can operate on a Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) where the video feed is going directly to the camera it is being watched on. Both of these options have their benefits and a security expert can help you decide which option is best for you. To learn more, read Which Is Better For Home Security? IP Or CCTV?

Stay Safe With Security Cameras From Frontline Security

Whether you want to protect your home or your business, Frontline Security offers a range of security cameras that can be installed by our security experts for optimal coverage. We will work with you to make sure the security cameras you choose meet your security standards and leave you, your business, or your family feeling completely safe. When you receive a free quote from our trusted Calgary-owned and operated security company, we will discuss the features you are looking for in a video surveillance system to get you the security camera that will best suit your needs. To get peace of mind knowing your family and/or property are safe, contact Frontline Security at 1-403-291-9311 or fill out the online contact form.


As a Calgary security company, we know how important it is for security cameras and other security systems to function even in the cold Calgary winters. Choosing a camera with the correct IP rating, installing it to be protected from the elements (as much as possible), and adding a waterproof casing are some of the ways you can make sure your home protection system lasts through the coldest months of the year. Learn more about cold-resistant security cameras by reading Consider Extreme Weather Cameras When Shopping For Security Systems.

Frontline Security is here to help you decide! We can come to your house or business to offer a free estimate that involves determining which security camera will work best for you and your property.

Yes, Frontline Security offers security systems that can link to your smartphone so you can check your camera whenever and wherever you are.

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