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There are 4 simple rules for placing security cameras on and within homes, businesses or warehouses that most people and even expert installers do not know. I’m sure there may be several other tips you can go by but these rules are the most critical when placing surveillance cameras.
Know the limitations of your security cameras. Forget the pictures advertised on the box your security cameras came in. A camera’s resolution is only as good as the distance it needs to see. Most security cameras are set to a wide 3.5mm view (the smaller the number, the wider it is). With this wide view, your optimal resolution is no more than 12 feet. At this distance, you would be able to recognize vehicle license plates and read any posted signs in detail. If you need to see detail at a much further range then you need 2K (4 Megapixel) to 4K (8 Megapixel) cameras. With these cameras, you can read lcense plates within 30 feet to 65 feet respectively. All surveillance cameras are built to see to infinity but you will need the right resolution if you need clarity at a distance and still have a wide angle view. Anything beyond a certain point will start to look fuzzy or seem somewhat out of focus. To see much further in detail, you need a camera with a specialized lens size or an adjustable lens that allows you to see further at a particular area but keep in mind, the further your lens allows you to see, the more less width you’ll have in your camera view.
Use your corners. When you are using a limited amount of cameras use the corners of a room or if the cameras are outside, use the corners of the building. You can cover more area from a corner of the room or the corner of a building outdoors than in the middle. If you’re using two or more cameras to cover a room or an outside area, place the cameras in opposite corners. It’s ok if the cameras both pick up the middle of the given area. You’ll get a complete and closeup look of any action. If you have enough wide view coverage from your camera angles then you can place cameras in other locations.
Know what you need for night time coverage. You can skip this rule if you’re not concerned with what happens after sunset but if you are, you’ll need to make sure you’re well covered. Most budget security cameras will have night vision included but just like their resolution, it is limited to less than 20 feet. After that, all you will see is a wall of darkness unless there are other objects lit up with ambient light further off. If you are covering a large area like a backyard or a large room make sure you add an infrared illuminator that allows you to see hundreds of feet further in the darkness. Or purchase security cameras that have infrared illuminators built-in that can see a minimum of 100 feet. Daytime coverage is important but night time coverage can be crucial.
Expensive cameras don’t mean better coverage. Proper security camera placement will always be better for you than buying more expensive surveillance cameras. Now, I’m not knocking getting a better security camera or system. The better the camera resolution the more flexibility you have but if the cameras are placed too far or at a wrong angle then you take the risk of squandering your camera’s ability.
Know your options. There are wired and wire-free security cameras. As of this writing in January 2019, wire-free surveillance cameras have come a very long way by offering 2-way talk capability through your mobile phone, tablet or computer. The best reason to consider wire-free security cameras is the fact that you can place the cameras anywhere without the limitations or the heavy cost of installing camera wiring. Wired security cameras give you the luxury of having the highest video resolution available. 4K surveillance camera systems have fallen in price by over 70% in the last few years and are becoming more ubiquitous than ever now that there are kits to upgrade or replace existing camera systems using the existing surveillance camera wiring that’s already in place.
If you are trying to monitor a vehicle parked by your home or place of business, consider a 24-hour dashcam that can view and record faces as well as notify you when your car or truck is being vandalized. Today, you have plenty of options when it comes to security cameras. Try not to limit yourself into just a few of those options. Today’s surveillance choices and low pricing give you plenty to work with.
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