Smart Outdoor Cameras

A smart outdoor camera is the powerhouse of your security system

An average of three burglaries take place every minute in America. If you’re presuming that you’re less likely to be a victim of theft, it’s better to be safe than sorry by investing in a security system. With smart outdoor security cameras, you get more than just home surveillance. Some of the top brands deliver features such as two-way audio, remote monitoring, and voice assistant compatibility.

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Smart outdoor security cameras come with…

  • Either wired, wireless (battery operated cameras that work with a base station), or wire-free set-up (battery-operated and no base station)
  • Instant motion alerts
  • Resistance to tough weather
  • DIY installation process
  • Smart sensors to detect the difference of movements between people and animals
  • Minimum 720p up to 4k quality video resolution
  • Cloud or local drives to save security videos
  • The option to interconnect with other smart things

The 8 questions to answer in order to decide on the best outdoor security camera for your home

There are many things to consider before buying a smart outdoor security system. If you have a limited budget, you want the smart security system to meets your priorities. We have compiled some questions you can ask yourself to help you find the best outdoor security camera system for your home.

How many entry points do you have in your house?

Whether you live in a house or in an apartment, this is the first question to answer. If you have one or two openings, an outdoor security camera with a wide-angle view is a great and efficient investment. If you place one 130-degree viewing field camera on a corner spot above your main door, it will have ample coverage of the door and its surroundings. However, if your home has multiple entry points, buying more cameras with a smaller viewing angles would be an economical choice. You can place them around your porch, backdoor, garages and so on.

Do you want a permanent set up or a flexible one?

Now that you have decided on the location for the cameras, it's time to decide on whether you want wired, wire-free or wireless security cameras for outside your home. Wired installation is ideal for big properties. It requires operating with cables and has a trusted connection for seamless video streaming. Both wire-free and wireless security cameras are ideal for homeowners or renters. They are battery-powered, connected through WiFi, easy to set up and change locations.

Is it important to have high-resolution videos?

Adding a high-resolution outdoor security camera to an existing burglar alarm system can capture or deter a possible intruder. Most home surveillance cameras already come with the HD video quality. If you want to position your camera to monitor a large space (such as a big front yard and driveway), a high resolution is ideal in order to recognize faces that are far away.

Do you want the cameras to monitor your home during the night?

Nighttime burglaries account for about 17% of all burglaries. It’s challenging to monitor the outside areas of your home after dark. You want to be able to depend on your outdoor camera to alert you if it senses motion in the dark. A smart outdoor camera with infrared technology (IR) will automatically switch to a better quality image capturing mode when it starts to get dark outside.

Is your home usually empty during the day?

The popular time for a home intrusion to take place is between 12 pm to 4 pm- yes that’s when you’re at work and the children are at school. In addition, during the summer, burglaries increase by 10%. Burglars could dress up as a plumber or delivery man to divert your neighbor’s suspicions. Most smart outdoor security cameras have built-in motion sensors with varying sensory range. Whether you’re at home or away, you will get instant notifications if the camera detects movement. Thus, it’s important to assess the size of the space you wish to monitor and if the sensor covers that range.

How do you want to store your security videos?

This is where budget plays the biggest role. Some smart outdoor cameras require a monthly subscription to access cool features like face recognition or cloud storage. Others give free cloud storage for a limited time. On the simpler and cheaper side, there are some smart security cameras that come with SD cards for local storage.

Do you want your smart outdoor security cameras to do more than just monitor your home?

Wired or wireless, all smart outdoor security cameras come with special features to help you monitor your home while you’re away. Starting with simple features like motion sensor alerts, to integrated speakers, to two-way audio, all the way up to facial recognition intelligence. For instance, a wireless security camera with a combination of a motion sensor and an integrated speaker means you can talk over the speaker to scare off a thief when you get an intruder alert. If you have a package delivery, you can instruct the person in a safe location to keep the parcel. So, what kind of cool elements are you looking for in your smart outdoor security camera?

Do you have Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri?

“Ok Google, show the front door camera on the living room TV.”
By the end of 2019, one-third of the population in the US will have used a voice assistant once a month. Smart outdoor security cameras have been built to integrate into your already automated home. To help you narrow down your search, find the range of security cameras that are compatible with the voice assistant you have at home.

Pro tips: how to get the best visual from your outdoor security cameras

  • Avoid areas where the sun, street light or security light may hit the camera lens and cause white-washed videos
  • Mount high to keep them out of reach (at least 120 inches above ground) but position the cameras to face downwards
  • Check for blind spots
  • Need to be within WiFi range or you can install a WiFi extender

Bundle Benefits: Don't be afraid to mix and match

The cool thing about smart devices is that you can interconnect them to automate your home. All the top brands have a range of outdoor cameras - wired or wireless, spotlight cameras, floodlight cameras, IP cameras and doorbell cameras. To make the most of your investment, it’s good to stick to one security company, try out their different products and expand your smart security system. Our bundles are designed to simplify your decision-making process. We combine smart security gadgets, such as smart locks, with compatible voice assistants for new customers.

State laws on residential video surveillance

Most states in the US don’t have any precise laws on surveillance. It’s advised to make sure your outdoor security cameras are not pointed inside your neighbors’ home as that would be privacy invasion.