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Best Home Security Camera

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Many of our customers ask us this question “What is the best home security camera?”  Our answer, as vague as it may seem, is usually “that depends.”  Security cameras come in so many different types and varieties for so many different applications, that it is truly difficult to say this is “the best home security camera.”  Probably, a more practical question is, “What is the best security camera for this particular application?”

In the following article, we’ll try to help determine what some of the best home security cameras are that Security Camera King (SCK) offers based on their application.  Remember everyone’s situation (and application) is different, so it’s important to consider these cameras as presented without tight restrictions.

First, let consider the standard box camera.  SCK has three box cameras listed in our catalog.  The best home security camera of the three would more than likely be the 600 TVL Dual Power Wide Dynamic Range Box Surveillance camera, Product# SVS-60CDNRD if you need a box camera that has the capability of accepting both of the standard digital video camera power supply inputs, 12 Volts DC or 24 Volts AC.  This camera is a Veilux brand camera and it goes without saying that Veilux cameras are some of the highest quality cameras made in the industry.

On the other hand, if dual power is not a concern then SCK’s Product# BC-EL600 600 TVL Super High Resolution Wide Dynamic Range Security Camera is probably the best security camera of this type.  Here’s why:  Both cameras offer super high resolution, 600 TVL, which provides an extremely highly detailed video image with great clarity and crispness.

Both cameras also offer comparable camera features, but the BC-EL600 excels over the SVS-60CDNRD in that it offers a two year (versus one) warranty and is currently $20.00 cheaper in price ($139.95 vs $159.95).

Now let’s turn our attention to bullet cameras.  SCK offers eight different bullet type security cameras each of which could be considered as the best home security camera.  The Product# OB-LX420IR50 is a great buy for a standard type bullet camera.  It has a range of approximately 65 feet for Infrared recording which is good, however if you are looking for a camera with an extremely high detailed high resolution output, this camera only offers a resolution of 420 TVL.  On the other hand, if price is your main concern, this camera definitely qualifies as a best security camera with a featured price of only $49.99.

Comparing the Product# OB-LX550IR120 and the Product # SVB-58IR48 both offer similar features.  Both cameras are indoor/outdoor day/night infrared cameras, however the latter camera, the SVB-58IR48 has and edge over the OB-LX550IR120 in that it offers a viewing resolution of 580 TVL vs only 550 TVL.  This comes at a cost of $24.04 more, but it is well worth the price.  Therefore, between these two cameras, the OB-LX550IR120 could be considered the best home security camera.

Considering the remaining bullet cameras not mentioned so far, here are what can be considered the best home security cameras:  Product# OB-LX550IR2150L922 for its superior 200 foot IR range distance and 550 TVL resolution at an extremely economical price of $159.95; Product# TPS-QLBAZ1 for it’s extremely high resolution of 650 TVL and its ability to produce true day/night color video images; and, special use Product #SVB-60IRC80L650D for its unbelievable long range IR capability outdoors of up to 395 feet!

We now come to dome cameras.  There are so many dome cameras available for different applications that a book could probably be written comparing them all and trying to determine what would be the best security camera. That being said, we shall limit our discussion to the two dome cameras that SCK includes with their packaged security systems, Product# OD-LX420IR50 and Product# OD-LX520IR50.   These two cameras offer some of the “biggest bang for the buck” in dome cameras.

Essentially, the two cameras have identical features with the latter offering a much higher resolution display (that’s why it is bundled with the Ultimate series DVR).  Each can qualify as a best home security camera; they have day/night infrared with a 50 foot range, light weight, easy to mount, and are vandal resistant.  Either of these cameras may be considered the best home security camera although if your budget is larger there are many dome cameras that at a higher price, would outperform these two.


SVS-54 Dual Power Wide Surveillance Camera

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

The SVS-54 Dual Power Wide Surveillance Cameras are made by Veilux, a name known for extremely high quality products in the digital video security camera industry.  These cameras are the standard box camera type, with a dual power input capability.

The actual full name of the SVS-54 Dual Power Wide Surveillance Cameras is 540 TVL Dual Power Wide Dynamic Range Box Surveillance Cameras.  That’s a bit of a mouthful to swallow, but the cameras are every bit of what the label describes.

The SVS-54 Dual Power Wide Surveillance Cameras made by Veilux work off of 12 Volts Direct Current (VDC) or 24 Volts Alternating Current (VAC) hence the reference to “Dual Power.”  This is incredibly convenient in the event that you want to purchase this camera as an “add-on” camera to an already existing system, because the majority of digital video security cameras today operate on either 12 VDC or 24 VAC.  Since these cameras are dual power, they will operate equally well, no matter which of the two power systems you use.

These cameras are what are known as true day/night vision cameras as compared to an infrared illuminated camera that uses infrared Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs).  A True day/night camera such as the SVS-54 Dual Power Wide Surveillance Camera uses something called an IR Cut Filter to provide the day/night feature, instead of using illuminating infrared LEDs.  Cameras using IR Cut Filters are generally more advanced than IR LED types producing a much cleaner brighter, detailed image whether it is operating in day mode or in night mode.

The IR Cut Filter works by sitting in place in front of the CCD sensor during the day and blocks out stray infrared light from entering the camera.  This stray infrared light often causes distortion of the image and incorrectly displayed color characteristics.   In night mode, the filter is literally moved out of the way of the sensor (i.e. mechanically repositioned).  This allows all light, including visible and infrared to strike the camera’s CCD sensor.   Since the sensor is inherently sensitive to IR light, this allows the camera to “see” more in less light.

The IR cut filter and special sensor combination allow the SVS-54 Dual Power Wide Surveillance Camera to produce high quality, detailed video in bright visible light conditions all the way down to the lowest Lux (brightness) conditions.  Combine this with technology that produces up to 120 dB or dynamic range and that’s why this camera earns the title “Wide Dynamic Range” or WDR.

This camera also produces a high definition, highly detailed video image.  In fact the video image produced by the SVS-54 Dual Power Wide Surveillance Camera is 540 horizontal television lines (TVL).  This a fairly high-detailed resolution, especially for a camera that can operate without infrared illumination at incredibly lo Lux ratings.

Other features of the SVS-54 Dual Power Wide Surveillance Camera include On Screen Display, Motion Detection, and back light compensation.  These extra features contribute even more to the high versatility of this camera.

Which leads us to the question, “Where would you use an SVS-54 Dual Power Wide Surveillance Camera?”  The answer is just about anywhere.  Although this camera is an indoor camera, it can easily be placed in an outdoor rated enclosure and used outdoors as well.  The Wide Dynamic Range and extreme low light sensitivity makes this camera an excellent choice for used indoors or outdoors.

Mentioned earlier, the dual power function is another benefit that adds to its versatility.  Besides the fact that there are no worries about needing to convert this camera’s  power supply to meet DC or AC, the fact that it can operate on AC makes it an excellent choice for special long-range applications.  Direct Current has a tendency to weaken, or experience voltage drops, the longer the distance it is sent, primarily due to inherent resistance of the wire that carries the current.  (Unfortunately, this cannot be avoided).

However, AC has the opposing characteristic of being able to be shipped long distances without tremendous power loss.  Therefore, this camera is excellent for applications where the camera power supply must be run a long distance (several hundred feet for example).

At the time of this writing, Veilux is temporarily out of stock of the SVS-54 Dual Power Wide Surveillance Camera so it is on SCK’s discontinued list.  For a similar camera but with a high resolution, check out SCKs Product# SVS-60CDNRD.