Home Security Camera Singapore
Whether you live an apartment, HDB or landed property in Singapore, having a security camera or CCTV to monitor and protect your home is very useful. After all, it is your important investment and where your love ones are when you are out at work. Most people will start their search for a security camera by location: where do you want to monitor? If you live in an apartment, you probably only need indoor cameras or doorbell camera, but those with front and back yards can benefit from outdoor cameras and video doorbells, as well. Do note that in certain countries such as Singapore there are certain laws regulating the installation of security cameras especially in government built properties such as HDB. You may want to have a look at our article on installing your camera legally in Singapore to familiarise yourself with some of the legal issues before you install your security or CCTV camera.
Most security cameras perform the same basic functions—they detect an event, record the event, and send you an alert—but they don’t all perform them the same way. However, it is important it is easy to install and use - meaning you should be able to set up and monitor them yourself rather than hiring professional help. Security cameras and doorbell cameras have become relatively affordable in the past five years, thanks to new technologies, ever-faster internet, smaller camera sensors, and cheaper WiFi chips. Smart Camera Singapore is where you will find the best quality, home security cameras and doorbell cameras at affordable prices.
Home Security Cameras
Choosing a Home Security Camera
There several types of security camera you can consider for your home.
Indoor Cameras: This typically costs around SGD 50 to SGD200, which can be used to cover any area that’s easily accessible, like a front hallway, or any area that’s central to your home, like a living room. Indoor cameras are more likely to be plug-in than outdoor cameras, which may not be near an outlet. Tp-link Tapo TC70, C110, C210 and C225 are such cameras
Outdoor Cameras: Outdoor cameras, on the other hand, tend to more expensive between SGD80 to SGD300. The reason? They come with weather-resistant cases so that they can withstand hot temperatures as well as rain. How do you determine how durable a camera is will depend on the IP rating. Unlike indoor cameras, outdoor cameras are more likely to be wireless due to fewer outdoor outlets. Nooie IPC200 Outdoor Cam , Tp-link Tapo C320WS and Tapo C420S2 which are IP66 waterproof are such cameras.
Video Doorbells: Video doorbells are another type of outdoor cameras used specifically on front doors. Otherwise known as doorbell cameras, they may include a chime or replace an existing doorbell set up so people can see and speak to their guests remotely through a mobile application or smart home device. For example, when someone rings our doorbells, we get alerted not only on our phones but also on our Google Nest Hub, where we see our guests in full colour. We carry two of the best video doorbells in the market i.e. Tplink Tapo S230S1 and Nooie Cam Doorbell.
The Must-Have Traits For a Home Security Camera:
Most home security cameras perform the same basic functions—they detect an event, record the event, and send you an alert—but they don’t all perform them the same way. And some cameras have special features that go beyond those basics. Here are some important features from a comprehensive list you should lookout for a home security camera
- Alerts: Home security cameras should send alerts to your smartphone when they detect events or sounds. This is to help you monitor without always having to access the camera.
- Local & Cloud Storage: You should get one that offer both local storage such as micro sd card as well as cloud. This will provide you a backup just in case your device or memory card is stolen and if you are away from home for an extended period.
- Mobile app: Most of today’s home security camera’s are accessed primarily through a smartphone/tablet app. Try and get one with good reviews which means it should more functional and easy to use and setup.
- Motion/Sound detection: Motion or detection is one of the most important feature in a security camera. Built-in sensors pick up movement or sound within the camera’s field of view and trigger video recording. This allows you to be alerted for movement or record any movements in the range of the camera.
- Night vision: Most break-ins occur after dark, so this feature is nearly as important as motion detection.
- 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. If you require 360 monitoring a true pan/tilt camera equipped with a motor so that you can move its lens—or even follow a moving object will a great choice Tp-Link Tapo C225 are ideal 360 cameras for your house.
- 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.
- 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 security measures taken by the manufacturers.
- Smart device integration: If you have a home full of smart devices, consider looking for a security camera that integrates with smart home devices such as Amazon Alexa or Google Home Assistant. This can give you a huge home security advantage—the ability to remotely control lights, door locks, and security cameras. You can also program your system to boost security measures when you’re out of town or during the holidays when lots of packages arrive.
- Two-way audio: The ability to 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.
Where should I put my cameras in my home for maximum security ?
Where you install indoor cameras depends in large part on what you want to see. If you're primarily concerned about catching intruders on video, put cameras high up in corners or on shelves for a wide, unobstructed view of a whole room or hallway. Also, put cameras by exterior doors especially the front door. If you have high-value items such as safe, jewelry boxes, collectibles or antiques you may want to install cameras for complete coverage of the area. Not only will it deter theft but also monitor your valuables. To protect your home you may choose to install an outdoor camera or use an indoor camera to aim outside. For example, you can place one by a window to keep watch on your front or backyard.
Some tips for setting up your smart security cameras:
- Don't Hide your cameras- the presence of security cameras by itself is good deterrence to burglary
- Pick the right spot for your security cameras -considering the layout of your homes
- Set up motion detection - most of us can't monitor the cameras 24-7 so make sure you activate motion detection
- Secure your account - make sure it is protected with a strong password and enable two-factor authentication if it is available to protect your security cameras from hackers
Doors and Windows
Effectively monitor doorways or windows that could be used as potential entry points for intruders. Our smart video doorbells will be ideal for your front door. If you live in a landed property to monitor your porch or backyard you can install Nooie IPC200 outdoor camera or TP-link Tapo C320W or C420S2 For windows you can consider TP-link TC70, C110, C210 or C225 as indoor camera.
Hallways and Staircases
Position cameras in high traffic areas to provide excellent coverage without invading privacy. Tp-link Tapo C225, TC70 or C210 will ideal cameras for big areas where all-round surveillance is required. The cheaper Tp-link Tapo C110 Cam is ideal for smaller rooms where complete coverage is not needed.
High Value Items
Cover objects (such as safes or jewelry boxes) that would attract the attention of a burglar. TP-link Tapo C225 with movement tracking is ideal for all-round surveillance as well as deterrence whereas Tp-link Tapo C110 is ideal for small localized areas.
SECURITY CAMERA GUIDE
- Security Cameras for your homes
- Choosing a Baby Monitor
- Senior Monitoring & Security System
- Checking your pets with a Pet Camera
- IP Cameras for your business
- Choosing a security camera - types of cameras
- Must have Security Camera features
- Securing your IP Cameras
- Installing your Security Cameras legally
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