How do I Choose the Best Motion Detector Security Camera?

G. Wiesen

When looking for the best motion detector security camera for your needs, you should consider some fairly basic aspects of how you plan to use the device. One good place to start is to consider if you are going to use the camera indoors or outside, and if you want a black and white image, a color image, or even a camera with night vision for low light imagery. You should also consider your budget and how elaborate a system you need. Additionally, you may want to consider the technology you have available, such as televisions and computers for viewing and recording.

A motion detector can alert homeowners that someone is trying to enter the home.
A motion detector can alert homeowners that someone is trying to enter the home.

A motion detector security camera is a device that captures video or still images and is activated by motion within a targeted area. This prevents hours of footage being gathered of nothing happening, while activating the device when people, vehicles, or animals come into or move through an area. These devices are often part of a home or business security system, and can be used both indoors and outside.

One of the first things you should probably consider when choosing a motion detector security camera is whether you want one for indoor or outdoor use. If you want to use the device outside, then you should be sure to get one that is rugged enough to survive weather and natural elements. An indoor camera, however, does not need to be as durable and may be a less expensive device, depending on the features you want.

You should also consider the possibility of using a concealed camera that can either be hidden or disguised to look like something else. Indoor concealed cameras of this type are often called “nanny cams” and can be used to watch for unexpected intruders or monitor activities within your home. Many motion detector security cameras are full color, though some may be black and white and less expensive. Night vision cameras that can capture images even in dark or underlit areas are also available, and you should consider how you plan to use your device as you select it.

Most systems that use a motion detector security camera will either work wirelessly or run wires to a receiver that can transmit the data to another location, or save the information on an internal hard drive. You should be sure to look for a system that will work with the area you need to use the camera within, and will take advantage of the technology you possess. There are even software programs that will allow you to use a computer to utilize a webcam as a security camera, and a quick search should help you find guides for following such a process.

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@talentryto- I tried to install a motion detector security camera once, and I had get the help of a professional to finish the work. If you know about cameras, you may be able to install one by yourself. But if this type of equipment is not your specialty, chances are you will need some help.

Usually, the store where you purchase a motion detector security camera will have contracts with technicians that can do the installation for customers. You can often get a good deal on the installation, especially if you buy an expensive camera.

Keep in mind that not only do you have to set up the motion detector security camera and all of its settings, but you also have to install the hardware to place it on. This is why having an expert do the work is worth the extra cost.


Does anyone know if motion detector security cameras are difficult to install? I want to put one by my back door, and would like to save money on installation.

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