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Frequently Asked Questions About Security Cameras

Q. What Types Of Security Cameras Are There?

A. There are a number of different security camera types out there to choose from, and each one has its own distinct features and benefits. Depending on your location and your security needs, you might find yourself wanting or needing a specific model. Some of the different factors to consider include indoor, outdoor, night vision, pan, tilt, and zoom capabilities. In addition to these features, you'll want to consider the style of camera, some of which include:

  • Motion Detection Cameras
  • Nanny Cameras
  • Night Vision Cameras
  • Outdoor Cameras
  • Fixed Vs. Pan/Tilt/Zoom Cameras
  • WiFi Cameras

Q. What Are The Ways My Security Footage Can Be Stored?

A. There are four primary ways in which your security footage is stored depending on which type of camera you own. These methods are:

  • DVR
  • Cloud Storage
  • Memory Cards
  • VCR
  • Directly To Your Computer

Q. Can Video Footage Help Me In Prosecuting?

A. Absolutely. Anyone with video footage of a crime being committed is responsible for submitting it to law enforcement. Not only can this footage be used to help apprehend the culprit, but it can also be used as evidence when seeking a conviction.

Q. Can I Use An Indoor Camera To See Outside?

A. Every camera performs a bit differently, but as a general rule of thumb, most surveillance cameras don't perform well when aimed through a window. Most cameras will often focus on the window itself or a mark on the window as opposed to what's on the other side.

Q. Are Cameras Completely Wireless?

A. No, most cameras still need to be plugged into an electrical outlet. While there are battery operated camera options out there, they still often need to be wired into a DVR, VCR, or other system in order to transfer their recorded data. Make sure to check which wires your camera needs before making your purchase.