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6 Awesome Security Camera Features

Looking for a security camera? Don't start shopping until you've read Tech Talker's list of 6 must-have (and pretty awesome) security camera features.

By
Eric Escobar,
July 17, 2014
Episode #133

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Hey, everyone! This week, in my second episode on security cameras, I'm going to be focusing on some of the top features you should look for when you are shopping for a security camera system.

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As a reminder, last week we discussed the 3 main types of cameras on the market. If you haven’t already listened to it, go check it out now, because it’s jam packed with information that would be useful to know for this episode, too.

Now, here are the 6 top--and pretty cool--features to look for in a security camera:

Pan-Tilt-Zoom

First up is Pan-Tilt-Zoom, or PTZ. This feature is exactly what it sounds like: it lets you control the direction of your camera side-to-side and up and down, and gives you the ability to zoom in. This feature is great if you want the ability to see / scan a large area, then zoom in on areas of interest.

Oftentimes, you can even automate this action so that your camera will pan back and forth, capturing a very large area. Cameras that do this are a little bit more expensive than a static camera (which doesn’t move), but if you need something to replace multiple static cameras, they could be well worth the price.

The zoom feature is also great--and often overlooked. This allows you to zoom into areas of interest and get greater clarity in places where a static camera may have a limited view. These types of cameras are best if they are being actively monitored by someone.

Night Vision/ Infrared (IR)

Night vision is probably one of the best features on any security camera. After all, not having this feature limits your viewing to only day time (unless you have well-lit conditions.) This is generally not a very expensive feature, but it is a pretty incredible one.

Infrared security cameras have small LED bulbs that emit an infrared light. This light is only visible to cameras, and not to the human eye. This is pretty neat because you could be in a pitch black room, unable to see your hand in front of your face, and yet the camera will easily pick up everything around you!

These LEDs will produce a faint red glow, which generally can’t be seen too easily. But if you are trying to conceal your camera, this might be something to keep in mind.

Wireless

I almost always recommend hard wiring your cameras, in order to reduce interference. However, there are many situations in which having a wireless camera makes sense. For example, there could be areas that are too hard to get a wire to, or there might be a remote location you want to monitor. In these circumstances, a wireless camera is the way to go.

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