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cameras can give you peace of mind, whether you're
keeping an eye on children at play or watching to
see who's coming to the front door.
Homebound people and those concerned about neighborhood
safety appreciate an increased awareness of their
surroundings. Cameras differ in their suitability
and function, so make sure to choose the one that
will give you the best picture for your needs.
a security camera system requires a few basic
decisions. Here are some questions to help guide
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many cameras will you need? Some monitoring
systems can accommodate only one or two, while
other systems offer further expansion.
you need audio as well as video?
camera systems include microphones so you can
hear what you're seeing.
you want color or black and white? Color
pictures are often clearer, but the equipment
can be more expensive. Color cameras might not
work in low-light situations.
you prefer wired or wireless? The
right choice for you depends on where the camera
will be located:
cameras are fixed in place and must be put
in a spot where the wiring won't get in
the way. They offer greater assurance of
a high-quality picture.
cameras can be moved around easily and can
be installed in more places, but other devices
(such as cordless phones, baby monitors
and some computer networks) can interfere
with signal transmission.
the camera be outside? Cameras
that monitor outdoor locations require special
weatherproof housings and may not be appropriate
for extreme temperatures. Those that might be
the target of vandalism need extra-tough casings
to resist tampering.
What is the light source? Steady,
reliable light — either from the environment
or from the camera itself — is required for
clear images. A camera's lux rating measures
its ability to capture images in the dark. The
lower the lux rating, the less light is required
for a clean picture. Unobtrusive
monitoring in the dark or near-darkness can
be done with infrared light, which is invisible
to the human eye, but the technology can be
there a power source nearby? Some cameras
and monitors must be plugged into a wall outlet.
Others can run on battery power.
you want to use your computer? Some cameras
can be attached to a computer, allowing you
to view the images from anywhere using an Internet
connection. The required software is usually
included with the camera.
you record the images? Some cameras are
meant just for viewing — to see what the kids
are doing in the backyard or who is ringing
the doorbell. Others are meant for long-term
monitoring and may be attached to VCRs. If a
VCR attachment is planned, make sure the camera
system is compatible with the recorder. Special
VCRs can use time-lapse recording to fit many
hours on a standard videotape. Some recorders
can be set to activate only when motion is detected.
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