Whether you are restructuring the security for your home or your commercial enterprise, surveillance cameras are your best bet. They can be the frontline of your security strategy, which you can further reinforce with hiring a security department and coordinating with alarm alerts. IP cameras have made it possible to cover area surveillance connected with your smartphone or tablet.

Here is a look at the key features and specifications that are most predominant in the best IP camera systems available in the market. You can critically compare the features to find products that have the best combination of features and affordability for your security needs.

Differentiating on the basis of the resolution

Resolution is the number of pixels that are captured by the camera sensor at one time. The terms high definition or 720p, 1080 p or 4K refer to this pixel capacity to denote the clarity of resolutions of different IP camera systems. The megapixel IP camera, for instance, can capture over 1 million pixels at one point in the camera sensor. The ratio of the horizontal to vertical pixels, in this case, is referred to as the aspect ratio. The more high definition cameras have a wider format aspect ratio nowadays.

Critical features of the lens

The major application of the camera lens is to frame the particular area that you want to capture on the recording. The lens quality can affect the quality of the resolution as well as the frame rate or the speed of the recording. If your IP camera system does not come with a lens, you can use a third party lens to further enhance the performance of your security device. You can use the Iris lens to control the recording for areas where you need to control the light sensitivity of your camera for security recordings. You can also use a narrow-angle lens to capture videos of faraway areas while a wide-angle lens can be used for a high-quality image recording of any small area.

Input/output features

If you want to associate your camera sensor with outside commands, you will need a system with a high-quality Input/output feature. For instance, if you want your camera to start recording each time a door is opened in the house, you need a device to coordinate with the motion sensors on the door to activate on command. Look for IP camera systems with access to an I/O feature that can be coordinated with branded third-party devices easily.

Light sensitivity

The minimum amount of low light required for a camera sensor to capture a quality image differs according to the quality of the IRE level of the device. A 30 IRE camera sensor will only be working at 30 percent to capture the image while a 50 IRE will be working at 50% signal level. The quality of the image for 30 IRE camera will be darker and even noisier as compared to the 50 IRE camera. Usually, outdoor security IP cameras should be chosen from a higher IRE level to compensate for the low lighting during night time.

Residential and commercial security strategies have different applications. The features that you would most likely need in your security cameras will depend on your overall security goals and final budget.