How To Choose A Connected Home Security Camera

Sep 30,2017

Most home security cameras perform the same basic functions – they detect an event, record the event and send you an alert – but they don't all do it in the same way.

Certain cameras go beyond those basics and some can be mounted outdoors. Don't forget to read our suggestions to find out how each camera works in practice and whether its day and night video quality is good or not: don’t rely on a manufacturers specifications or claims.

Alerts

You should get notifications on your smartphone when your camera detect events. Without watching the live feed constantly, this is the only way to keep tabs on your home in relative real time. Depending on the camera, it may send text alerts when it detects motion, sound, a face (known or unrecognized), or all three.

Some can send alerts to multiple people, usually anyone else in the household using that product's app; others will send emails in addition to text messages as a fail-safe in the event you can't access your mobile device.

Local storage

Some cameras include memory card slots so you can store video on the device. We like this option as it can eliminate the cost of monthly storage fees. The downside (if there isn't any cloud storage option) is that if a thief steals your camera, he takes the video evidence with it.

Apps

All the latest cameras can be accessed (some even set up) via a smartphone or tablet app. In addition to offering a way to view the camera's live feed, apps often let you adjust settings and turn on and off recording, motion detection and more.

Often you'll only be able to customize notifications, adjust motion and sound detection sensitivity, and set detection areas via the web  portal, but it's great if you can do this in the app. Apps for G6 iEaglecam enable us to monitor our home/baby/pet anywhere anytime with your mobile phone.

How To Choose A Connected Home Security Camera

Motion detection

Motion detection is one of the most desirable features in a security camera. Built-in sensors pick up movement within the camera's field of view and trigger video recording. Because these sensors are sensitive to any movement – event a shift in lighting or leaves blowing outside a window – it’s important the system also offers the ability to narrow the range of detection, adjust the sensor’s sensitivity or otherwise customize this feature to cut down on false alerts. Some don't offer this and, generally, should be avoided.

Night vision

Most burglaries happen after dark, so this feature is nearly as important as motion detection. Technically, most home security cameras support infrared LED illumination, versus true night vision based on image intensification or thermal vision. Some camera’s will switch to night vision automatically in low-light conditions, while others allow you to customize when and how it should be activated. This won't work through windows, as you'll just see a reflection of the infrared LEDs.

Pan Tilt Swivel

Most security cameras – including all those reviewed here – can be manually tilted and swiveled to focus on a certain viewing area, but this is a purely set?it-and-forget it feature. A true pan/tilt camera is equipped with a motor so that you can move its lens – or even follow a moving object if you’re watching a live feed – using its app or browser-based app. G6 smart WIFI wireless home camera is with wide range of Pan & Tilt control. Horizontal 358° and Vertical 120° rotation make it secure your home omnibearingly.


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