Three Things to Consider in A Video Surveillance System


Homeowners and business owners alike tend to find that installing security surveillance cameras is a smart investment. Obviously, this simple, passive form of security is helpful in terms of protecting your building as well as everyone and everything inside. When you opt for this type of security, the choice is an easy one but that is only if you know which one serves you best.  If you simply choose your system at random, you might end up in a situation described in a recent Wall street journal article.  However, if you weigh the variables effectively, you should find you made the right decision.


Much like anything else in a capitalist system, if you look at all the security camera options, you will find many different price points.  Obviously, the most attractive security camera systems are going to be found on the lower side of the scale like Hikvision. At the same time, these may not offer you the best quality, and if you choose to install one of these systems you might lose more than just the cost of the installation: it could provide no security at all and could cost you everything you are trying to keep safe. Essentially, make sure that you know what you are paying for; and be willing to invest a little more for the utmost security.


While all security systems have cameras, not all of these cameras operate the same way. Consider variables like angle width, viewing distance, and lens size as well as how well they work at night or different weather conditions. It is also important to consider data storage.

You should also look into the type of recording device a camera might use.  Basically, there are two types of video surveillance digital video recorder standards:  DVR and NVR.

  • DVR stands for Digital Video Recorder and this format converts digital video input taken from the camera into magnetic discs, which can be viewed later.
  • NVR stands for Network Video Recorder but instead of saving to discs, the camera saves the digital video input as data in a network.


Speaking of “networks” you will want to consider whether you want a wired system or a wireless system. This can affect other variables (most notably, price), but each system type has its own set of pros and cons, too. For example, wired systems experience few (if any) signal interruptions while it is easier to hide a wireless system.

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