Security camera FAQs
Do I need cameras with my security system?
You certainly don’t need security cameras to go with your home security system. In fact, forgoing cameras can save you a lot of money if you’re just looking for something simple and affordable.
But if you want a complete security system, you’ll likely want to add indoor and outdoor security cameras. They act as the eyes of your home, giving you a visual on your home and property while you’re not there. And if something goes down, you’ll see it all on camera instead of wondering what set off your security system alarm.
What to look for in a security camera
Nowadays most high-end surveillance cameras offer 1080p resolution. It’s true that 720p cameras can save you some money, but the video quality might feel a touch outdated. We recommend sticking with 1080p or better—some camera manufacturers are even coming out with 4K resolution.
The other big factor to look at is field of view. If you want to monitor your backyard with only one security camera, a wider FOV will show you more of your property in your video feed. It’s pretty standard to see security cameras with fields of view ranging anywhere from 110º to 180º.
You should also consider the power source. Do you want to opt for wireless security cameras that give you more placement flexibility? Or would you rather buy a wired security camera that won’t require any recharging or new batteries? Make sure you consider the pros and cons of each before you make any decisions.
Indoor vs. outdoor security cameras
Indoor and outdoor security cameras have a few key differences. The main difference is that outdoor security cameras are built with weather resistance in mind to handle rain, snow, heat, and cold. We don’t recommend using an indoor camera for outdoor use unless it’s specified that the camera can handle inclement outdoor conditions.