Smart cameras work in a manner that brings users comfort and saves time. However, can something be called ‘smart’ just because it’s connected to the internet? Read on to discover how smart cameras have made our lives easier so far, and where they could help us in the future.
One of the most important aspects of a camera is its set of features. Is it capable of working in low-light conditions, is there a night mode option? How does the camera react to sudden changes in brightness? Before you purchase a smart camera, consider what exactly you need it for.
This might seem obvious, but remember that more features also mean higher price. A sophisticated programmable system will cost you more than a camera with fewer options.
If you are buying a smart camera for home use, have it installed by professionals. The lack of knowledge about the product might result in improper installation that would decrease its quality. Besides, if you do not feel comfortable doing that yourself or don’t have the necessary tools, there’s really no need to complicate things.
Having a camera installed in your home means that someone is constantly monitoring what goes on there, so before you buy one keep this in mind as well. If you have children or pets, the smart camera could be a source of constant stress as it might give parents and pet owners cause for concern even when everything’s fine.
As was mentioned before, smart cameras are connected to the internet. This means that in order for them to function properly, they need a stable and reliable network connection. If your Wi-Fi is not up to par or you don’t have great signal in certain areas of your house, it might be best to look for another product.
Nowadays, wireless smart cameras are all the rage. However, there’s little use in stressing about a damaged cable when it comes to installation since most models come with a wireless receiver that can be placed anywhere. It is worth noting though that some manufacturers recommend placing the camera within five meters of its receiver for optimum signal strength.
If you want your smart camera to have night vision, make sure the receiver has a night mode as well.
Always remember to unplug smart cameras and wireless receivers for good when you’re done with them. It is recommended that you do this at night and on weekends (e.g., if you work nights) since it could be a drain on your home’s energy supply otherwise. Also, never turn your camera off completely because that could affect its signal.
The most common connection types are Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and LAN. However, it is important to know what each of these options can offer before you make a purchase. If you don’t have enough cables running through your house or apartment, for example, Wi-Fi would be a better choice than Bluetooth or LAN. Keep in mind that some smart cameras only work with certain connection types, so pay attention to compatibility.
Wi-Fi smart cameras are the fastest ones on the market right now, but their signal strength depends on the Wi-Fi network your home is hooked up to.