IP cameras allow us to monitor our home and business easily and quickly, all through our smartphone with the manufacturer’s free app. We must differentiate between IP cameras and Cloud cameras, the former do not use the manufacturer’s “cloud” for viewing or managing the camera, that is, we will need to perform a certain configuration on our home router, and if you have CG-NAT, we will not you can view it from the outside. Cloud cameras connect directly to the manufacturer’s cloud, and we will connect to said Cloud, so all traffic (visualization, management, alerts) goes through the manufacturer’s cloud. Manufacturers like D-Link, EZVIZ, Reolink and others come highly recommended for their value for money.
To choose a good home video surveillance camera, we must look at several very important aspects:
- Camera resolution: nowadays the cameras have HD 720p or Full HD 1080p resolution, both options are highly recommended, but if you can choose Full HD 1080p much better if you have to zoom. Thanks to this resolution, we can clearly see the entire room, even if we enlarge a specific area.
- Frames per second: FPS is also very important in a camera, normally home cameras use between 15 FPS and 30 FPS depending on the maximum resolution of the camera. The more FPS, the better viewing experience we will have when objects are moving quickly.
- Two-way audio: Nowadays it is essential to have a camera with a microphone, however, it is also highly recommended that it incorporate a small speaker to be able to interact with the person on the other side. Therefore, a camera having two-way audio is very important for a perfect user experience.
- Infrared night vision: To see in complete darkness, you need infrared. There are cameras that have “smart” infrareds that adapt to the environment so as not to oversaturate the image.
- Micro SD slot: If you want to store video clips locally, it is a good option that incorporates a micro SD slot, but logically, if a thief enters to steal, the first thing he will do is take the recordings you have made, therefore, use this with caution.
- Wi-Fi direct to the router or a camera base: Currently there are totally wireless cameras (powered by batteries) that connect directly to the router in our home, or they need a “base” of cameras. Of course, cameras that are not completely wireless also connect via Wi-Fi, mainly on the 2.4GHz band because it will provide us with greater coverage.
- Ethernet port: Due to the size of current surveillance cameras, it is unlikely that they incorporate an RJ-45 port, however, if you want to connect it via cable and do without the Wi-Fi network, it is something that you should consider.
- IP camera or Cloud camera: if you decide to buy an IP camera or several, you will surely have to mount some type of NVR to carry out all the recordings and management in a centralized way. With Cloud cameras, everything is easier by using the camera manufacturer’s application. If you do not have much knowledge about networks and protocols that are used for video surveillance, surely a Cloud camera is the best for you.
- Cloud recording: Cloud cameras allow you to record video clips in the cloud, in this way, we will not store the recordings locally but on the Internet, ideal if a thief comes and steals the camera, the evidence of the crime will be on the Internet in your user account . A very important aspect is that there are manufacturers like D-Link that have free cloud recordings (with limitations) and also very competitive payment plans. With other manufacturers like EZVIZ it is necessary to buy an individual subscription for each camera.
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