Your home is where you should feel safest, and now it is easier than ever to have security tech assist you in making your home a safer, more secure place. Home security cameras can be a costly investment, but with a little knowledge, you can get the cameras that fit your needs, at a price you can afford. However, not all home security cameras are made equally. How do you know which ones will fit your needs? Here’s a look at the different styles and the best home security cameras on the market.
- Smart Cams:
Smart cams are a relatively new style of home security camera. They don’t require lengthy installations or a monthly subscription for service. They’re built for simple set-up and a user-friendly experience. They are unobtrusive and can fit unnoticed in any room. They range in price from low end, $150 to well over $200. What makes a cam smart? They connect to the internet, store footage on the cloud, and most come with a mobile app that lets you view live footage of your home, as well as archives from the cloud. The best options out there are ones like the Samsung Smartcam PT, which features auto motion tracking technology, an app that lets you pan and swivel the eye manually, as well as local and cloud data storage. Another option is the Icontrol Networks Piper nv. This HD camera isn’t only a smart cam. It doubles as a smart home hub. Run all your other smart home products through the Piper nv for an integrated home experience.
- Multi-Channel Cameras:
If you want a full security camera set up for your home, you’ll likely explore the option of multi-channel camera bundles. While camera bundles can be pricey, there are affordable options out there, if you don’t mind the installation process. Wireless security cameras are naturally more expensive, as the setup is much easier. Netgear offers a wide collection of bundles for their smart cams, but at top dollar prices. A more affordable option is the Night Owl 8 Channel, 4 camera, collection. Though not wireless, this bundle comes with a DVR for local storage and the cameras are high resolution, 1280 x 720, and have infrared night vision capable of 100 feet. These indoor/outdoor cameras are some of the best on the market for the price, especially if a wireless setup isn’t your greatest concern.
- Home Security Plans and Services:
While home security services often require monthly or annual fees, they provide a level of protection self-installed and monitored security cameras just can’t compete with. You may not know, but Xfinity offers a home security service which includes installation, professional monitoring of cameras, and full alarm system. It can be paired with your internet and/or cable subscription for an added fee. Another option is SimpliSafe products. SimpliSafe has no annual or monthly fee and no contracts at all. Though you are locked into purchasing SimpliSafe products, they provide professional monitoring and police dispatch free of charge. They pride themselves on top gaining customer loyalty through superior service, rather than lengthy contracts.