Some have web portals as well, which add flexibility for accessing your videos and alerts from anywhere.
The videos your camera records probably won't be saved on the camera itself.
Some add Bluetooth for local control and easier setup through your smartphone, while others incorporate separate home automation networking standards to interact with other devices, like Zigbee or Z-Wave.
For most cameras, all you need to do is follow instructions on an app to connect them to your home network.
Here are some other important factors to consider when buying a home security cam: Even though 1080p is generally the standard resolution for cameras we've tested, and you won't find any that stream or record in 4K at the moment, there are benefits to cameras with higher resolution sensors.
Few home security cameras have optical zoom lenses, but almost all have digital zoom, which crop and enlarge whatever the camera is recording.
Depending on the manufacturer, your home security camera will store different amounts of footage for different lengths of time.
That's a big range in terms of the camera's vision cone.
If you want to watch a large area, you should consider a camera with a very wide field of view.
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