Whether you need interior or outdoor security cameras is mostly determined by the regions you wish to safeguard. Outdoor cameras are primarily used for security, and many include built-in deterrent measures such as lights and sirens that activate when motion is detected. Additionally, two-way audio allows you to communicate with anyone present remotely. You may not need any internal cameras if you can stop a burglar from entering your home with exterior cameras (and studies have shown that simply spotting a camera may be a deterrent).

Consider combining inside and outdoor cameras for a full home security system. This will increase your chances of catching any possible issue on video, regardless of where it occurs, which is why some experts advocate obtaining both. “It’s critical to have both inside and outdoor cameras when installing cameras,” Frankel explains. He recommends starting with interior cameras in strategic positions such as key entrances, main corridors, or abandoned areas such as a basement with windows or a walkout escape on a tight budget. Ensure that any cameras you purchase are motion actuated and capable of sending an alert to a smartphone and/or your security provider when they are triggered. Most crucial, cameras should begin recording to a cloud-based server automatically, and the film will be protected and available even if the intruder disables a camera.

Outdoor cameras are not subject to the same privacy problems as inside cameras. Consider putting only exterior cameras if you’re concerned about privacy. Alternatively, just place inside cameras in areas where general traffic is captured, such as the main hallway or rear entrance. An interior camera is a wonderful choice if you want a security camera that can also help you keep an eye on your dog or interact with family members while you’re gone.

What Are the Most Important Features of Indoor Security Cameras?

A clear image: Installing a camera in your house is pointless if the film is grainy or fuzzy. Look for a camera that can live stream to your smartphone or computer and has at least full high-definition (HD) quality (also known as 1080p or a 2-megapixel sensor).

Indoor cameras can be programmed to record continuously or when motion is detected, resulting in motion-activated recording and alerts. In either case, if they see movement, they should provide you a warning, so you’re aware of any possible issues.

Storage options: A camera can record to the cloud or local storage, such as a micro SD card. Make sure you can quickly access the film in each of these options to observe events in real-time or after the fact.

An indoor camera with a wide-angle lens or pan-tilt functionality allows you to see more of your house with just one device. A 130-degree field of view shows you both left and right as well as straight ahead. A camera with pan and tilt capability, on the other hand, accomplishes a similar outcome.

Two-way communication: A built-in microphone and speaker allow you to converse with someone else in your house. This is great for scaring a thief away without addressing them or talking with your child when they return home from school.

Geofencing and scheduling: These two features are critical for keeping privacy since they may automate your cameras, turning them on and off when you leave and return. Geofencing takes advantage of your smartphone’s location, and it may be set up to follow your usual movements.

What Are the Most Important Features of Outdoor Security Cameras?

High-definition video: There’s no use in spending the money and time to install cameras if you’re going to overlook vital information. Outdoor cameras should be able to record in full HD or higher and Livestream to your smartphone or computer to ensure sharp, clear footage.

Motion-activated recording and alerts: An outside camera should record and deliver an alarm as soon as it senses motion. If it can record 24 hours a day, it should alert you whenever it detects movement on your property.

Readily accessible storage: Whether you utilize cloud storage or local media storage, make sure you can easily see footage while it’s being shot or later.