CCTV cameras these days have become an integral part of our lives. So I have decided to give you a list of things to consider when buying CCTV cameras in Kenya.
For those of you who own M-Pesa shops, Pharmacies, Shops, Hotels, kindergarten school, supermarket, Hospital, exhibition, now you can have the best real-time CCTV surveillance cameras installed at a cheaper price.
CCTV’s can also be used for monitoring your baby at home from the comfort of your office, salon anytime anywhere by the use of your Smartphone.
But then, with the wide variety of CCTV’s available in the market, it is never easy to decide which one and where to buy. It is always a tough choice deciding the one that may suit your needs.
Life would be less nerve-wracking if most working mothers who leave their children at home with house girls or other caregivers could know what was happening back home.
This is made possible with the installation of discreet cameras i.e nanny cameras which enable house owners to observe the on-goings of their home.
Before buying CCTV Cameras in Kenya
You should know this:
You should consider a few important aspects of a CCTV camera when planning to buy one. Does it have night vision? can it withstand harsh weather conditions, or supports mobile viewing? Is it old and refurbished or new? There are pros and cons to both.
Here’s a list of things you should consider before you decide to buy and install CCTV cameras in Kenya.
The Number of Channels
This by far is the first and most important step to consider in your decision in buying CCTV cameras. The number of channels actually determines the total number of cameras you want to install.
In CCTV business, cameras are usually sold in either 4, 8, 16 and 32 channels. When planning to install CCTV always go for the higher number of channels to cover up for feature expansion and cost.
2. Visual Quality
A good CCTV camera should be able to produce quality images and videos in 720p and 1080p resolution. The greater the resolution, the better the quality of videos.
3. Night Vision Ability
Night vision is the ability of the camera to view objects in low or poor lighting conditions. This is an important feature to consider when buying a CCTV camera to be able to capture images even at night. With a night vision feature in your camera, you can be able to distinguish between humans, animals and still objects.
4. Focal Length
The focal length is the distance between the lens and the image sensor or CCD when the object is in focus. Focal length is measured in millimetres, for example, 10 mm, 20 mm, and so forth.
A CCTV camera can either have a fixed or varifocal length, for a fixed length camera, the lens is usually fixed while for a varifocal camera the lens can be adjusted to meet specific criteria. Varifocal cameras are usually the best because you can zoom and focus and are and finetune it to your liking.
5. Motion Detection
Motion detection is the ability of a camera to detect motion and start recording, send an email/SMS alert or activate an alarm device. This feature is also best suited for users with less storage space, i.e you don’t want the camera to fill up your hard disk recording nothing.
6. Indoor/Outdoor Cameras
CCTV cameras are made to fulfil specific requirements. There exist different types of cameras distinguished by their uses. Dome cameras are usually meant for indoor use whilst Bullet cameras are built for outdoor monitoring and they are usually made weatherproof/dustproof to withstand different harsh conditions.
7. Remote Viewing
Remote viewing is a type of technology that enables you to view and record CCTV footages from a remote location or away from the actual recording device either from the PC or your Mobile phone.
This feature is inbuilt in most CCTV systems but is made possible through the use of the internet by opening a specific port on your router device.
Wrap Up on CCTV Cameras in Kenya
To sum up, there is no one-size-fits-all to home surveillance. The system you choose should be based on your budget, climate, your home’s layout, and your security concerns among other factors.
Before buying CCTV cameras start by deciding what exactly you want and the cost you are going to incur. Then, start researching.
Different systems, even those in the same price range, mix and match features differently, so keep looking until you find one that offers what you need at a price you can afford.