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Ultimate Guide to Indoor Security Cameras in your home

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What is an indoor security camera?

Interior cameras are often smaller, more lightweight and less bold than their external counterparts. Both indoor and outdoor cameras will boost features such as infrared, HD resolution and wide angle lenses but the major difference between the two is the durability of camera.

How is video stored from a security camera?

Internal Camera Storage

Internal storage is generally going to be a microSD chip which is located inside the camera, this is usually the option you would choose if you don’t want to rely on the internet or extensive wiring.

A big advantage of local storage is speed, as there is no transfer of data its available straight away, however a big disadvantage is that there is limited storage capacity. As it doesn’t hold much storage often local storage cameras will only record when they detect motion which can leave it vulnerable.

 

External Camera Storage

This is a good option if you want to record throughout the day, as you can store vast amounts of video at a relatively low cost.

External Camera Storage

Connecting your camera to storage through wiring will be a lot faster for watching live videos. The wire would most likely route to either a DVR (Digital Video Recorder) or straight to a computer with vast storage space; which can be useful if you want to edit the video.

 

Wireless Camera Storage

When installed correctly and efficiently wireless cameras can be the most secure and easiest to fit of all the security camera options. You just plug in, connect to a network and install the software. The footage either routes to an NVR (Network Video Recorder) or a personal computer.

One major disadvantage is that they can overload smaller wireless networks, which can slow down the internet but also can produce a lagged video feed. If you are looking to get this type of camera check if your network can handle it first!

Things to consider before you buy

Can my camera be hacked?

Unfortunately, like most technology security cameras can be hacked. However, the majority support encryption software which means any data that is streamed from the camera is protected. Our top tips for security on cameras and technology are:

  • Purchase a camera from a trusted seller with a recognisable name
  • Make sure your home Wi-Fi network is secure
  • Create unique, strong passwords; making sure that you don’t use the same one on all devices
  • Always update the firmware on your camera and devices

 

Can a camera double as a baby/child/pet monitor?

Some cameras have two way audio which means that you would be able to talk and listen to the person on the other side of the camera making for an efficient monitor. However, if you are looking to multipurpose your security camera ensure that it features infrared technology to give clear pictures in low light and at night, as a wide view of angle and has a tilt and pan feature which you can control with your phone.

 

Can an indoor camera also be used as an outdoor camera?

An outdoor camera is designed to be resistant to weather conditions such as rain, cold temperatures and even snow! An indoor camera is not designed to withstand these conditions and would most likely break if left outside.

Likewise, if you were to point your indoor camera out the window for external surveillance you might find that it has a glare from the window which would then distort your video feed and render it useless.

 

What do you want the camera for?

Do you want it for a monitoring system? An intruder alarm?

What you want the cameras to do will determine what features you need to look for, for example if you want it purely for security you might not want to spend more money to get one that has a two way audio as you wouldn’t need it. Make a list of why you want the camera and what feature you think you’ll need, this will help you focus your search and get the best camera for you.

 

How many security cameras do you need?

The amount of cameras you will need is dependent on what you want them to do; if you want to monitor you home throughout the day then we advise that you have at least one wide-angled camera in the main rooms of your home, such as the lounge, kitchen and master bedroom. However if you are looking to protect against intruders then we would suggest looking into an outdoor camera first. Indoor cameras are great but if someone was to break into your home they would catch the intruder in the act rather than create a deterrent whereas outdoor cameras are designed to warn off would be intruders.

Read more about outdoor cameras here

 

What else could be used as security deterrents?

It might sound silly but simply putting things in awkward positions so that if someone was to come through a window they would crash into an object, is actually a great way to DIY security. Although unorthodox, if someone was to break into your house and trip over an object it would most likely create a loud noise which increases the burglar’s chances of getting noticed.

Although this a good way to create more obstacles for intruders, we don’t recommend that this is the only security measure that you take as it has no guarantee to warn off intruders or be as effective as a security camera.

What is an IP camera?

An IP camera is a device that can transmit video data via the internet. You can us an IP camera to live stream the video they capture via, laptop, smart phone or any device connected to the internet. As long as the device is connected to the internet you can view the video from anywhere in the world. This means they make great indoor security cameras, as well as the fact that they’re not complicated to install and have no wiring costs.

 

Where to put you IP camera

There are only 2 things that affect where you put your indoor security camera, first thing is whether or not your IP camera needs to be plugged in. This can limit the places you can put it, as it needs to be in reach of a plug. The other consideration is how wide your cameras field of view is and how much of the room you want to cover. So before you drill it in anywhere, you need to check if you are seeing what you want to see.

 

Do you want a high quality picture?

The resolution on these IP cameras normally ranges from 720p to 1080p, the higher the number the clearer images you are going to get. A higher quality image does take up more storage, but you need to balance that with the need to have the crispest image possible. It depends if you want to be able to identify a burglar’s face, or just want to see what the kids are up to when you’re not there.

 

The best indoor security cameras that you can buy today

CameraNest Cam IndoorHive ViewBlink 2-way Camera SystemBelkin Net Camera HDCanary FlexVicture 2-way audio Camera
Price£159£179£179.99£87.80£139.00£25.99
Resolution1080p HD1080p HD720p720p720p1080p HD
Two Way AudioYesYesYesYesNoYes
Wide Angle Lens130o130o110o95o113o100o
Night VisionYesYesYesYesYesYes
Wireless NoYesYesNoYesNo
Extra InformationMotion sensors

8x zoom

Leg rotation 180o

Head rotation 360o
Activity Zones

The camera can be detached from the base and placed remotely for up to an hour

Comes in two finishes; Black and Brushed Copper or White and Champagne Gold

Smartphone notifications

Automatic recording
Works with Amazon Alexa

2 Year battery life

Motion sensor alerts
Motion sensor alertsCan download an app for your smart phone

Can also be used as an outdoor camera

Works with Google Assist and Amazon Alexa
335o horizontal & 100o vertical rotation

360o
panoramic viewing

Cloud storage and SD card storage

Motion sensor alerts