The top 6 questions asked about video surveillance and security cameras

Video Surveillance and Security Cameras

The top 6 questions asked about video surveillance and security cameras

As the costs come down and the need increases, more people are looking for video surveillance or security cameras for their home or business. So, here are the 6 most common questions I get about video surveillance and security cameras.6MP Platinum Dome IP Camera

1. How far back will it record?

Camera systems these days are recorded to a hard drive. It will be either a hard drive on your property or a hard drive on a server somewhere. You will usually have around a month of recordings if you have it recorded on your own Digital Video Recorder (DVR). If you have it recorded off-site, you may have around a week, depending on your service provider. Some still ask if they are recorded on a VHS Tape; it’s sometimes hard to hold back the laugh when I tell them that no, we use a hard drive now and it automatically erases the old by recording the newest events in their place.

2. Is it recorded all the time or on motion? Do I need a motion detector with my camera system?

Most security camera systems have the option of recording non-stop, on a schedule, or on motion. The best is usually to record on motion. You don’t need a separate motion detector for this because the camera or the DVR can tell when there’s motion. So when someone walks in front of the camera, it will start recording. This helps so you don’t have hours of nothing to look through. Then when you want to look at the history, it’s easier to look at a few events in a day other than hours and hours. And of course, you will be able to have a longer history if you only record on motion.2.1 Fixed Indoor Wi-Fi IP Camera

3. How far can the cameras see?

Most cameras that we install can see best between 0-50 feet. They can see further away, but not with great detail. There are also cameras that can see further away, but usually you can’t see close and far at the same time. It’s just like when you take a picture with a camera. If you zoom in, you lose what is close by. So if you want to see close and far you should have two cameras.

4. Can I have a security camera without a monitored security system?

Yes, you can. They are usually two separate systems. But if, for example, there was a break in on the first day of your week vacation, you wouldn’t find out about it until days or even a week later if all you had was a camera system. You could have it on video, but most want to get a notification as soon as a break in occurs. That is the main purpose of the alarm system: to provide notification.

5. Are they really expensive?

Actually, you can get an inexpensive wifi camera for as little as $150. The prices have gone way down in recent years and it’s easier than ever to get a camera system for your home or business. You don’t need a monthly fee if you purchase the type of system that’s recorded on site. These are around $2500 for a 4 IP camera system, and $150-250 for indoor wifi cameras.

6. Can I view it remotely?

Yes, most camera systems give you the ability to view the cameras from your smart phone, using an app or web browser. But you do need to have high-speed internet at the property where the camera is located.

  • T Trahan
    Posted at 01:28h, 11 November Reply

    Thank you Zion, you have provided some very good information which has allowed me to make my choice with installong a security camera. When I am ready, I will be contacting you…Hoping that you will have a great promotion for outside security cameras.

  • William Watson
    Posted at 07:43h, 05 September Reply

    How far away on my phone can I watch what is going on at my company and I have a survelance system?

    • Zions Security Alarms
      Posted at 15:04h, 07 September Reply

      Anywhere you have internet you should be able to view your cameras.

  • Zach Snyder
    Posted at 06:23h, 22 July Reply

    Can I watch my employees and not record video?

    • admin2
      Posted at 10:43h, 25 July Reply

      Yes you can keep an eye on them with live video and not record if you do not want to. But why not record also?

  • Carmen
    Posted at 10:56h, 12 April Reply

    How can I set my camera system up to alert me on my phone when there’s movement

    • Kelsey McCallister
      Posted at 13:20h, 13 April Reply

      It depends on what camera system you have but usually by going into the video settings of your system’s app, there’s an option to add a rule and you can set it up to trigger a notification for you based on motion.

  • Chris R
    Posted at 23:27h, 24 September Reply

    I would like to add to the second point. Have both… some that record constantly and some that record on motion. There have been several times where there was a potential incident in front of my house and because an individual was standing relatively still the motion cameras stopped recording. I want to know what someone was doing in front of my house the whole time they were there. Also if I was having an conversation with someone I want the whole conversation recorded for LE if they need to respond. Motion Detection Cameras will help me to narrow down the time to search through my constant cameras but the constant ones catch everything that the motion cameras miss.

  • Irma Arias
    Posted at 10:57h, 02 October Reply

    I want my camera to record all the time not just motion. How can I do that?

    • Kelsey McCallister
      Posted at 11:37h, 05 October Reply

      What kind of cameras do you have? That will determine if they are capable of doing 24/7 monitoring or if they can only do clips on motion.

  • Issam rhazzal
    Posted at 15:45h, 16 June Reply

    Do I need hard drive when buying outdoor security camera to get instant alert with the footage and able to save it or rewind the video whenever I want

    • Jacob Menke
      Posted at 19:06h, 01 July Reply

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