Avoiding a Cheap Camera System

Home Security Camera System

When it comes to a home or business security system, there are a lot of options to be had. Unfortunately, this is both a blessing and a curse. While there are a lot of fantastic options out there, it’s important to be wary of the ones that are less desirable.

With home security systems, the price tag is as varied as the options you have available. It may make sense to go with the cheaper of two options. After all, a camera is a camera, right? How different can they really be? Not so fast.

At the grocery store it may make sense to buy generic green pea rather than Green Giant. Ultimately, you may not notice a big difference. However, not all camera systems are created equal. Here are a few reasons you may want to leave the cheaper options on the shelf and choose quality.

You Get What You Pay For

Chances are the quality of the less expensive product isn’t going to be on par with your needs and expectations. Apart from the quality of the image, there are mechanical features to consider as well. Cheaper price often means cheaper components such as electronics, wires, or casing.

These cheaper components may not withstand the test of time, weather, or other conditions. If your camera system requires frequent repairs or even replacement you may ultimately wind up spending more than you’d anticipated in the long run.

No Night Vision

Half of what you want to see is going to take place at night, right? It may seem like an obvious statement, however many consumers forget to take nighttime recording and monitoring into account; or they assume that all camera systems are equipped with this feature.

It’s true that most modern camera systems are setup for night vision, but this is not universally the case. Many cheaper camera systems conveniently neglect this feature to cut costs. Unfortunately, it leaves the consumer with a system that won’t work as hoped half the time.

They Don’t Suit Your Needs

If you’ve ever purchased Christmas lights, you know there is a difference between indoor and outdoor strands. Camera systems are no different. Most outdoor cameras will work inside, but that doesn’t mean the opposite is true.

Inside cameras are not usually made to withstand the weather, so make sure you are selecting the right tool for the right job. Also, cheaper systems will often skirt this issue by claiming their cameras will work outside. This may be true, but it doesn’t mean they were designed to function in this way. There is a big difference between “could work” and “intended to work.”

Subscription Fees

Some companies will try to sell you a cheaper product, which looks good on paper, while charging heftily for ongoing subscription fees, usually for basic features. Always take into consideration the subscription fees, if any. It may seem attractive to pay a low monthly (or annual) cost rather than a heft up-front price tag; however, keep in mind that cost is recurring and will eventually wind up costing you more in the long-run.

Choose Wisely

It’s always important to remember that there’s a lot of security cameras to choose from, but at the end of the day, you have to find what’s best for your needs. If you’re in the market for a home security system, contact us today to schedule an estimate.