5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Home Security Camera

By on March 1, 2017     Views: 1,069

Many people are aware that home security cameras and systems are being increasingly more commonplace in our modern technology-charged world. But a new report predicts the video surveillance market will reach $42 billion in the next two years, indicating that this emerging market is expected to keep growing and evolving over the next few years.

With increasing demand and options, it no surprise that finding the right home security camera to buy is a big decision. After all, there are very few things more important than safety. Unfortunately, the industry is also a bit untamed. Here are five common mistakes you should try to avoid.

1. Choosing the least-expensive and cheapest version.
Making a decision based upon price isn’t always advisable when it comes to home security. While the less expensive cameras may look very similar to the more expensive options, they are often more difficult to set up, use, and include inferior software.

2. Failing to consider subscription fees when evaluating costs.
Some security camera companies try to sell a cheaper security camera upfront but require you to pay a large and ongoing subscription fee for essential and basic features. As such, it is imperative to consider the subscription fee when evaluating security camera options.

3. Not questioning security and privacy.
Many people know that security is one of the greatest controversies when it comes to smart and connected home systems. It’s important to remember that when it comes to security, not all security cameras are created equal in regards to privacy. Besides ensuring the camera you’re considering is backed up either 128-bit or 228-bit encryption levels, it’s wise to make sure the camera you end up purchasing will allow you to set a unique and challenging password. It’s also important to consider cameras that run some features locally, rather than solely relying on the the Cloud. Cameras with some localized features are able to keep sensitive data in your home, while sending minimal information into cyberspace.

4. Buying a security camera that has no night-vision capabilities.
Consumers frequently fail to consider directly making sure this feature is available on the system they do end up buying, instead assuming it’s a fundamentally incorporated feature on all security cameras. However, this is not the case and people interested in buying a security camera need to make sure the model they are interested in has this capability. A security camera’s night vision is critical to allowing your system to record non- grainy and proper video footage at night, which is a popular time for break-ins and thefts.

5. Becoming victim to the newest and shiniest option.
Mistakenly falling for the newest product and brand on the market happens to the best of us, whether it be a home security camera or another emerging product du jour. Assuming that a company will support cloud and security updates forever is a huge and risky gamble, and buying a security camera system from an unestablished or emerging company increases that risk. Security cameras are increasingly high tech and new companies helping to civilize on this trend are a dime a dozen. So, before falling for the latest and greatest, dig deeper into the company behind the camera, and never forget to check multiple sources of consumer reviews.

Before making the investment in a new home security camera system, make sure you do your research and know all your options and the features to consider in helping guide your purchasing process. For additional security camera buying-guide resources, visit here for a host of resources and special offers.

Timothy Chandler

About Timothy Chandler

Timothy Chandler is a frequent contributor to Smart Life Now. A Michigan native, Chandler grew up on his parents’ farm outside of Detroit. In college, he majored in computer science and went on to work as a consultant in New York’s Financial District. In his free time, when he’s not writing or cycling, he loves heading down to the racetrack with his car club.

One Comment

  1. Callum Palmer

    August 15, 2017 at 12:59 am

    There really is a lot that you need to take into consideration when buying a security camera for your home. In particular though, I do like that the article emphasizes the importance of getting one with night vision. After all, there’s not much point to having a security camera outside of your home if it can’t see the danger approaching at night.

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