About Wireless Security Cameras

by Alan Donahue

Security footage is vital to home and business protection. Not only can security cameras help prevent and catch criminal acts, but breakthroughs in technology have allowed the placement and accessibility of security cameras to improve. The use of wireless security cameras is rapidly expanding and with this use, surveillance footage can be captured from virtually any location.


Wireless security cameras enable users to send footage to the recording source without having to wire through ceilings or walls. Most of the wireless security cameras feature an antenna that sends the data to a receiver - usually a monitor with a connected VCR or DVR hard drive. These cameras can be large and obvious like most video monitoring systems or they can be seamlessly blended into the environment around them. For example, you can purchase wireless cameras disguised as ordinary objects like clocks, tissue boxes, lamps, DVD players, and televisions. Some wireless cameras are equipped with recording features built-in. For example, the Micro Eyes Color DVR features an SD slot to record high quality video directly to the card from the camera.


Wireless security cameras are used in home and work environments. Home owners can feel safe and protected by capturing any intruders on camera, should a break in occur. The cameras can also be used for babysitters or suspicious partners. Businesses use the cameras for live protection as well as footage for investigations. Security teams are assembled at major buildings and businesses to monitor ongoing activity and many wireless cameras can be found in casinos. Private investigators also use wireless cameras for surveillance purposes or for getting footage. This type of footage can commonly be seen on the news during "Undercover Stories".


Wireless security cameras come with a large selection of options. Each option affects the ultimate price of the camera. The most common option is either a black and white or a color format. In most cases, color cameras are not necessary unless the owner of the camera is looking for the best quality footage. Many wireless security cameras feature night vision so that footage is captured overnight. This option is essential for businesses and homeowners who want to shoot outside their home at night. In order to save disc space, cameras can include a motion setting that only turns on and records once the motion sensor has been activated. Cameras can also rotate around a room if necessary.


The clear benefit of these cameras is right in the name: wireless. Owners of these cameras can place them at any location and any angle to retrieve footage. These are especially useful in capturing any "blind spots" that cameras may have previously had. The cameras can also work as crime prevention, if they are made obvious to people at the location.


Wireless cameras operate using batteries and if they are not properly charged the footage could be lost. Consider a wireless camera that features a DC outlet to help supply power to the camera but is still wireless to the receiver. This will insure that the camera always has power. Installing microphones can be beneficial as footage without sound can be misleading. The microphone will remove any questions and give a clear picture as to what is happening.

About the Author

Alan Donahue started writing professionally in 2003. He has been published in the Norwich Free Academy "Red & White," UNLV's "Rebel Yell" and on various websites. He is an expert on wrestling, movies and television. He placed second in the NFO Screenwriting Contest and received filmmaking awards from Manchester Community College and Norwich Free Academy. He currently attends Academy of Art University.

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