Smart Security Camera Solutions
Whatever your needs are, we are confident you will be able to find a use for our security and doorbell cameras. Whether you are looking for a Home or Business Security Camera, Baby Monitor, Elderly Monitoring Camera, or Pet Camera, our IP surveillance cameras can help you.
Security Camera Singapore Features
There are so many types of security cameras and video doorbells available in Singapore however in here we narrow down to common features available to IP Camera which is easier to setup than professional wired or monitored systems.
Here are some of the must-have features for a Security Camera in Singapore:
Alerts: security cameras push notifications to your smartphone when they detect events. Depending on the camera, it may send text alerts when it detects motion, sound, a face (known or unrecognized), or all three. Some can send alerts to multiple people, usually, anyone else in the household using that product’s app; others will send emails in addition to text messages as a failsafe in the event you can’t access your mobile device.
Cloud recording: Many manufacturers offer cloud storage plans with their cameras. With one of these, your recorded video is sent to a remote server and stored for a predetermined time— usually anywhere from 24 hours to a week—and then deleted to make space for new videos. Though sometimes free, these cloud plans usually require a monthly subscription but are worth it both for their convenience and if you want a surveillance record during a vacation or other extended time away from home. Also, choose one that is hosted in accreditated cloud services such as Amazon Web Services so that it is secured and allows for fast access.
Local storage: Some cameras include memory-card slots in lieu of, or in addition to, cloud storage, so you can store video right on the device. It’s an attractive feature as it can eliminate the cost of monthly storage fees. The downside (if there isn’t a cloud backup) is that if crooks steal your camera, they take your forensic evidence with it.
Mobile app: Most of today’s home security cameras are accessed primarily through a smartphone/tablet app. In addition to offering you a reliable way to view the camera’s live feed, it should offer plenty of options for customizing the way the camera performs. The ability to customize notifications, adjust motion and sound detection sensitivity, and set detection areas are some of the key features to look for. The app should also be intuitive and easy to master.
Motion detection: Assuming you’re monitoring your home when it’s empty, motion detection is one of the most desirable features in a security camera. Built-in sensors pick up movement within the camera’s field of view and trigger video recording. Because these sensors can be sensitive to any movement—even a shift in lighting or leaves blowing outside a window—it’s important the camera system also offer the ability to narrow the range of detection, adjust the sensor’s sensitivity, or otherwise customize this feature to cut down on false alerts.
Night vision: Most break-ins occur after dark, so this feature is nearly as important as motion detection. Technically, most home security cameras support infrared LED illumination, versus true night vision based on image intensification or thermal vision. Be that as it may, some cameras will switch to night vision automatically in low-light conditions, while others allow you to customize when and how it should be activated.
Pan/Tilt/Swivel: Most security cameras can be manually tilted and swiveled to focus on a certain viewing area, but this is a purely set-it-and-forget it feature. A true pan/tilt camera is equipped with a motor so that you can move its lens—or even follow a moving object if you’re watching a live feed—using its app or browser-based app. Some cameras can even track a person moving within their field of view.
Resolution: No amount of security video will help you if it’s blurry, jittery, or otherwise distorted. Look for a camera that offers the highest possible resolution. There was a time when 720p (often referred to as “high definition” or HD) resolution was the standard, but most newer cameras now support 1080p (often referred to as “full HD”). Some models provide even higher resolution (2K or 4K), but keep in mind that higher-res cameras use more internet and Wi-Fi bandwidth as well as battery life (where applicable). Many cameras also offer a software zoom feature (which is not the same thing as having a physical zoom lens).
Security: There have been plenty of headlines about hackers compromising home cameras, baby monitors, and other Wi-Fi devices to spy on people, so be sure to check what steps has each manufacturer taken to eliminate this problem. Google recently suspended integration with a famous Chinese brand as its smart camera shows images of strangers’ homes while customers are streaming through Google Nest Hub and it was reported in SCMP that ten thousand of home security camera accounts were sold online in China. Look for a camera that supports up-to-date wireless security protocols, such as WPA2, and make sure it encrypts internet transmission of your user name, your password, and the live feeds. Never install a security camera (or a router or any other device on your home network) without changing its default user ID and password.
Smart device integration: If you have a home full of smart devices, consider looking for a security camera that connects to smart home devices such as Amazon Echo or Google Home. If you have devices that work Z-wave or Zigbee and supports automation services like IFTTT. It can potentially allow the camera to react to various scenarios, such as taking a picture when your Nest Protect detects smoke or telling your smart bulb to turn on when unexpected sounds are detected.
Two-way audio: While the idea of a security camera implies eyes-on monitoring, the ability to also hear what’s going on gives you a more complete picture of what’s happening on the home front when you’re away. It can also alert you to something occurring out of the camera’s field of vision. This feature can also allow you to speak through the camera, a great tool for remotely commanding an unruly pet or startling an intruder in the act. On some very low-end models, you might need to plug in a powered speaker for this feature to work.
Viewing angle: The camera’s field of view determines how much it can see. As you’re probably monitoring a single room, you want a wide viewing angle. Most current cameras fall in the 130-degree range. These wide angles can sometimes cause image distortion at the edges in the form of a fisheye effect, particularly when used in smaller rooms, but it’s not like you’re going to use a security to capture snapshots for your photo album.
Source of Power - Security cameras are either battery-powered or wired. Battery-powered allow you the flexibility to move around the cameras easily but depending on capacity would be charged after a few weeks or months. Wired cameras do away the need for charging and generally more reliable but can be a hassle if you need to shift the camera or doorbell.
Deciding on a Security Camera or Video Doorbell.
Before you decide on which a security camera or video doorbell to buy. You probably need to ask yourself these questions:
- Do you want to look in on a playful pet, monitor your kids or elderly parents while you're at work or are you more interested in protecting your property or business 24/7?
- Will, your camera stay in one spot or would you like to be able to move it around with ease? Also whether you want to place it indoor or outdoor. If outdoor then you may need to consider a camera or doorbell that is weatherproof.
- What about the app? Do you want to have access to your camera on your computer as well as on your phone?
- Is a high-resolution or HD video feed necessary or is it OK if the camera captures a simple standard-def clip or photo of a security event?
- If you're interested in saving video footage, would you rather use cloud storage or access your video locally (via a microSD card or a USB drive)?
- How much are you willing to spend on a security camera?
- Do you want your camera to work with other devices?
Also, check on the basic qualities before committing to a purchase.
- How's the latency? If your smart security camera or video doorbell camera takes a long time to get a push alert after someone rings your doorbell or when the camera detects motion, then you risk missing your visitor or capturing your home intruders completely.
- How's the live view? Lighting and weather changes can impact the view of the camera or doorbell. Hence, it's important that the camera has night vision and can handle any of these scenarios so you don't get stuck with a nonfunctioning product that can't see faces under a porch or when the day turns dark.
- How's the two-way audio? If the doorbell or security camera's microphone and speaker don't work well, you're going to have a tough time communicating with whoever's there.
- Does it work with smart home platforms? If so, do they work well together? Nowadays smart security cameras are expected to work with at least one major smart home platform -- Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit are the main ones you need to look for.
At Smart Camera Singapore, you are assured on the best quality security cameras with a wide choice so you can always find a smart security camera or video doorbell that meets your requirement or budget.
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