SECURITY CAMERAS BUYERS GUIDE
Within the surveillance camera industry, a battle has always raged between those who prefer the direct connection of hard-wired camera installations vs. those that enjoyed the benefits of battery-powered, wireless security cameras. More recently, wireless surveillance cameras have taken center stage with advances in battery life and storage capacities that allow them to break loose from the old style of wiring connections back to a central hub. This security cameras buyers guide will cover the advances that have permitted security cameras to become smaller and much more discrete.
Hard-wired Security Systems
Discrete was something quite difficult for a hard-wired security camera system to achieve. Typically, they were bulky affairs with long cable runs that lead back to recording hubs, acting as eyes for a brain. The central digital video recorders often connected to the internet for video streaming, yet this was also a cabled connection. All of these linkups required hours and possibly teams of people for installations, but storage capacity and clarity were, for a long time, much higher than with anything battery-powered or SD card-based.
Memory Card-Based Surveillance Cameras
Storage capacities were always a hurdle when high-definition surveillance cameras first came out, but newer, high-class SD memory cards allowed very sharp resolutions to be captured and reproduced with great clarity when reviewed. Up to 156 hours of 1080p video can be stored from our ZMax 86 Microstick Camera onto a 256GB SD card.
Wireless surveillance cameras are typically designed with SD card use in mind, even if they offer cloud storage. Often, a wireless signal may not be strong enough to upload a high-resolution video effectively. In these cases, the security cam video stored on an SD card may store the sharper images.
Battery Powered Security Cams
Wireless security cameras, such as our Zetta Max Surveillance Camera line are designed for creative placements. They come with enough rechargeable battery life for short, targeted investigations or as long-term solutions to cover areas no one should be trespassing.
Motion detection features can keep some devices on standby for many days, with up to 30 days in standby achievable with the 1080P ZMax MicroCam. Passive infrared technology enables the Zetta Max IR Surveillance Camera 160° Field of View to go for nearly 180 days without any person or animals' body heat to trigger it!
Artificial intelligence within the aptly named Smart Security Camera can detect differences between vehicles, people, cats, and dogs to alleviate unnecessary motion detection alerts. Coupled with the massive battery pack inside, this AI can keep the wireless surveillance camera on standby for nearly 2 to 3 months!
Cloud Storage Security
One of the most frequent questions we get about wireless security cameras is: what if someone takes the camera? Cloud storage, held off-site and away from the camera to keep the information safe, has been integrated with devices like our Smart Security Camera for added insurance. This wireless surveillance camera requires a WiFi connection for setting up and uploading video to the cloud.
Whether your situation requires a cloud storage option from a WiFi wireless surveillance camera, or if you need a memory card-based unit, our collection of security cameras will have what you need.