Introduction-An Eye for your Home
It is a rising trend that security is becoming threatened. We have seen and heard a lot. Through technological advancement, more and more sophisticated devices are out in the market to improve the security and safety of the nation.
When it comes to home security, we cannot leave it to the authority. It is our responsibility to ensure we have a safe home. There are too many choices out there which might result in the consumer being confused or getting the wrong one and wasting money.
To the best of my knowledge and experience, I will be sharing with you on how to choose the best surveillance camera for home.
In the market, which is the best Indoor Wireless Security Cameras? So many models! Which one to choose? It was so confusing when I decided to get one!
They can be wired or wireless.
IP Cameras today have a much higher resolution than CCTV cameras.
They can be powered and they transmit video over a single cable, thereby reducing the cabling cost compared to CCTV.
2) Traditional analog CCTV cameras work on their own system connected to a DVR (Digital Video Recorder)
The main processing of the video signal done at the server or DVR. It also requires two cables, one for the power and the other for the video. Furthermore, the resolutions are limited, unlike IP Camera.
– Put it simply, we do not need a CCTV at home running on a server system.
Verdict: IP Camera is Sufficient for your home.
Concerns about the cable connection
The setting up with all the cables was a puzzle in itself. Do I need a long cable to connect from my installation point to the modem/router? What do you mean by wireless and wired?
I have taken photos of my own IP Camera. Photos explain the situation better, more than words (Sounds familiar? Not the song. LOL) Note there is some dust, that shows it is not new and I am using it.
Two areas to look at:
- Network connection– Two types: Wireless(WiFi, which everyone knows) and Wired LAN cable [Photo below: The cable on the left, in this case, mine is a blue LAN cable].
Verdict: Wired LAN cable connection definitely more stable without much video lagging and provides better resolution.
2. Power source– Two types: Power cable or Battery Operated
Power cable IP Camera (Runs on power wires)
Constant power supply from the wall socket to the IP Camera. You do not have to worry about the loss of power from the battery operated ones unless there is a power failure.
[Photo above: The cable on the right, the black cable].
Battery Operated IP Camera [3 Types]
(I) Non-rechargeable battery: Requires changing when it runs out.
(II) Rechargeable battery: Need a couple of hours to charge before it runs out of power, although Eco-Friendly.
(III) Solar-Powered: Although Eco-Friendly but it depends on the sun. No sunlight means no power to move on.
Simply saying, these are also called Wire-Free Battery Camera.
Verdict: Power cable IP Camera
A close-up look at the back of the IP Camera
Normally, you hardly find such pictures on any advertisement or when you search the websites. This was the part I could not figure out initially. Hence, I hope this picture can help to clear some doubts.
[Photo below: (Orange)LAN port; MicroSD slot and DC 5V power input]
Where to install the IP Camera?
Who says you need to drill holes? There is no hassle at all. It depends on how you do it.
For me, I have attempted a few ways.
(i) The usual recommended, Inverted position:
I had tried placing the IP Camera on top of my ceiling, by simulation. I got my sister and mum to help me see if it is working out well. Holding on to the IP Camera high up, standing on a chair (Be careful of safety when you do that, that’s why my sister was there to help. My mum helped to see if the video captured looks OK. I trust my mum’s judgment). No matter which type of camera you are using, the view of your house seems somehow distorted. Not that the IP Camera is not good, it is due to the positioning where the camera is ‘zooming downwards, at an angle’. It looked weird.
(ii) Non-Inverted, Original Upright position:
I find it the best. Why? Because you will not be looking at people and things from the top down view.
The advantage: (I) No need to drill any single hole on the wall. (II) I can relocate to any place I prefer, right now I’ve shifted it to my TV console.
Verdict: Non-Inverted, Original Upright position + Any place
[Look at the photo below.
Previously it was on my sofa. The view was taken from the sofa which is not seen in the photo below. It looks great on the resolution too!]
Resolution -A critical decision
Verdict: I go for the best and latest technology, which is the 1440P.
A lot of IP Camera seems great, I have also seen very cute ones, such as the robot or doggy type. Most of these types look nice on the exterior but when it comes to choosing the best resolution it will not be a good choice. The resolution could be low or very low at 720P. Currently, in the market, the common ones are the 720P and 1080P.
What is 720P, 1080P and 1440P?
It refers to the screen resolution or display resolution. That is, how clear is the screen image/video.
[OK, it will be a bit technical here. If you are not clear, go for the highest resolution. You will not regret it]
In fact, the term “resolution” is not correct when it is used to refer to the number of pixels on a screen. It is about how densely the pixels are clustered. Technically speaking, “Resolution” is the number of pixels per unit of area, rather than the total number of pixels.
“P” stands for Progressive.
In the older days, it was the “I” which stands for Interlaced (Early CRT /TV monitors) which flicker a lot.
To overcome the flickering issue, it needs to increase the number of times on an entire screen in a second, which is called frame rate (Most common was 60 times per second, which was acceptable for most people while it could be pushed a bit higher to get rid of the flicker)
In a progressive scan, the lines are so-called ‘painted’ on the screen in sequence rather than first the odd lines and then the even lines. In laymen term, 1440p means there are 1440 horizontal lines of vertical resolution and a progressive scan.
Tabulation on Resolution:
So, which one is the best? 720P, 1080P or 1440P? [Now you know]
[The photos I’ve provided are based on 1440P]
Currently, there is a 5MP(2560 x 1920). This is definitely the clearest resolution.
In fact, 1440P(4MP- Megapixel) is more than enough where the market is still popular with 1080P(2MP).
It is up to you to choose which resolution to go for, as long as it serves your needs.
Why did I get the IP Camera?
Out of security concerns when my mum is alone at home. I believe children are always concerned about their parents’ well-being.
As my mum is staying with me for good, after staying with my sister for over 20 years. I’ve decided to get an IP camera. At least, I will feel reassured and can check out anytime for my mum’s safety.
Always feels safe and secured, knowing your home situation. You will be alerted(via email and mobile device push notifications) if there is an intruder via its motion sensor feature.
It is also able to record motion-detected videos to inserted MicroSD card or via a Reolink NVR(Round-The-Clock 24/7 Video recording for all Reolink security cameras)
- IR (Infra-Red) Night Vision
Sharp and crisp image and video in the resolution of 2560×1440.
Even in the dark, 8pcs infrared LED lights bring you excellent night vision up to 40ft, giving you 24/7 surveillance.
- Video recording
Fast forward and playback via micro SD card.
- Pan & Tilt, Every angle covered
With up to 105 degrees wide viewing angle. Wide rotating angle – 355° horizontally and 105° vertically, you can see every part of your home with easy pan and tilt control.
- No messy cabling (If you choose not to use the LAN cable)
With 2.4 GHz/5 GHz dual-band WiFi available, and 2T2R MIMO antennas, no signal loss, and interference.
- Easy relocation
You can place your IP Camera at any part of your home. Just to ensure there is a power source if you are using the power cable type.
- Two-way communications
Both parties are able to communicate at the same time. There may be a slight lag over the voice. Hence, be patient.
Ultimately, it will be better compared to those which only has one-way communication from the apps.
- Predefined location. For immediate viewing of your preferred location.
You can view any part of the home, say the living room. It is controlled via Apps.
Try to centralize your IP Camera. For me, I placed it right in the middle of my house (fortunate enough) where I can view my living room, bedrooms and dining/kitchen.
It is always a good deal, worth investing. With no regret! It is not only fun to play with but also gives you the comfort to ‘look after’ your loved ones. This is even better when you need to travel for business or having a holiday where you still can get connected with your family.
Overall, it is the best home security camera system where you can remotely monitor your home anytime, from anywhere.
Take a look at my home eye!
Here is my Reolink C1 Pro IP Camera!
Isn’t it great? Let’s own one now!
- 4MP 1440p HD
- Pan Tilt
- 2.4/5 GHz Dual Band WiFi
- Night Vision
- Two Way Audio