Indoor vs. Outdoor Cameras: Should You Choose One Over the Other?

Homeowners often wonder whether they should opt for indoor or outdoor security cameras. While both options come with their unique benefits and drawbacks, the decision ultimately depends on your security needs and budget. In this blog, we’ll explore the differences between the two to help you make an informed decision about which type of camera is best suited for your home.

Indoor cameras

If a manufacturer intended for a security camera to be used only indoors, then we call it an Indoor Security Camera. The operating temperature and humidity of Indoor Security Cameras is very moderate. These operating conditions are very similar to most electronic devices in our home.

They will not have any weatherproofing system in their design. So, we need to keep them clear of water and snow. Also, indoor security cameras cannot tolerate very high temperatures.

Another important thing about indoor security cameras is that they run on AC Power Supply. Since we install them inside our homes and offices, it becomes very easy to provide the necessary power to these units. Even if there aren’t any outlets near the camera installation point, we can use an extension cable.

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Outdoor cameras

While both types of cameras usually come in similar styles and with comparable features, outdoor cameras need to be able to contend with all types of weather and varying light conditions.

Outdoor cameras are also more vulnerable to being tampered with, so they typically have more durable materials, like metal, and may be heavier or even housed in a casing in order to discourage easy removal.

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Which one should you get?

Whether to get indoor or outdoor security cameras depends largely on what areas you want to protect. Outdoor cameras are mainly for security purposes, and many have deterrent features built in, such as lights and sirens with motion detection. Additionally, two-way audio means you can talk to whoever is there remotely. If you can deter a criminal from entering your home with outdoor cameras (and studies have shown that just seeing a camera can be a deterrent), then you may not need any indoors.

For a complete home security system, consider both indoor and outdoor cameras. This will give you the best chance of catching any potential trouble on camera no matter where it occurs, which is why some experts recommend getting both. “It’s important when you install cameras that you have both interior and exterior cameras,” Frankel says. He adds that on a limited budget, it’s a good idea to start with interior cameras in central locations like main entrance points, main hallways, or unattended areas like a basement with windows or a walkout exit. Make sure any cameras you get are motion activated and capable of sending an alert to a smartphone and/or your security company the moment they’re triggered. Most importantly, cameras should automatically start recording to a cloud-based server. That way, even if the intruder disables a camera, the footage will be safe and accessible.

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With the right security measures in place, you can rest assured that your family and belongings are safe and secure at all times. If you need help choosing the right security camera for your home, don’t hesitate to contact us! 



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Published Date: May 11, 2023

Category: Home Security