WIRE­LESS SE­CU­RITY CAMS

TechLife Australia - - BARGAIN HUNTER -

BUYER’S CHECKLIST

THE KEY SPECS, FEA­TURES AND TER­MI­NOL­OGY YOU NEED TO KNOW WHEN BUY­ING A WIRE­LESS SE­CU­RITY CAM

WI-FI

All the IP cam­eras tested in­clude in­built Wi-Fi, but some also have wired con­nec­tions for ar­eas with poor sig­nal.

RES­O­LU­TION

A 1,280 x 720p res­o­lu­tion is most com­mon in af­ford­able IP cam­eras, and it’s best to avoid older 640 x 480 mod­els.

NIGHT VI­SION

While not strictly nec­es­sary, IR night vi­sion is very handy for se­cu­rity mon­i­tor­ing in the dark and is in­cluded on all but the cheap­est cam­eras.

APP CON­TROL

The IP cam­eras tested all can be con­trolled re­motely via a smart­phone app, and can be op­er­ated with­out any other form of record­ing de­vice.

MO­TION SENS­ING

The bet­ter cam­eras can au­to­mat­i­cally de­tect move­ment (and au­dio), and start record­ing, as well as send an alert to your phone or email ac­count.

TWO WAY COM­MU­NI­CA­TIONS

While most of the cam­eras have mi­cro­phones, the best in­clude a speaker that en­ables two-way com­mu­ni­ca­tions from the con­trol app.

CLOUD RECORD­ING

Lo­cal or phone record­ing is fine, but be­ing able to save your footage di­rectly the cloud makes life a lot eas­ier, but is not al­ways free.

PAN AND TILT

De­spite be­ing more ex­pen­sive, pan and tilt cam­eras can give a lot more cov­er­age and pro­vide ex­cel­lent value for money.

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