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How to select the right video cameras for your home or business

Factors to consider

When it comes to protecting your home and family, you want the best security system possible. A key component of any security system is video cameras. But not all video cameras are created equal. There are a variety of things you need to consider.

Let’s take a look at some of the important factors to consider when choosing the right video cameras for your home security system.


Indoor Cameras



One of the most important factors to consider when choosing indoor video cameras is the location area you want to protect. Some cameras can focus on a specific area, like the front and back door or a stairwell. Others can offer a wider area view to keep an eye on the entire room.

So, what size lens do I need? The size of the lens will dictate how much area the camera can cover and how clear the image will be. For most indoor applications, a 2.8mm or 4mm lens will suffice. A 2.8mm lens gives you a field of view that is about 92 degrees, while a 4mm lens gives you about 73 degrees. That means that a 4mm or 8mm lens will give you a narrower field of view, but the image will be somewhat clearer at a longer distance. See some of our camera options here: Residential Video Options | Forest Security


We also have an option with digital pan, tilt, and zoom so you can keep an eye on an entire area while you are away. The sleek bookshelf/table-top model V622 also includes two-way-audio so you can speak to those at home, or even talk to your pet while you are away. An added feature is its built-in blue tooth speaker that delivers rich clear sound. Let Forest show you all your options and help you choose which is best for your unique application.  See more here: Residential Video Options | Forest Security


Outdoor Cameras


Outdoor cameras are a bit more complicated. To start with, the require a power, most likely in a location where there is no power source. They need to stand up to extreme weather conditions such as rain and snow, as well as heat and cold. The lens needs to be able to focus on longer distances than indoor cameras and adapt to sun and shadow conditions. You want to actually be able to clearly see if something is entering onto your property, even the way back corner of your yard should be clearly visible on camera and not just a blurry shadow.  We start with the correct lens for the area you want to protect, just like an indoor camera and then we determine which factors need to be dealt with the select the camera that will give you the best result for your application.  Sounds like a lot, but Forest has many options to cover any extreme condition you may have. See some of our outdoor options here: Residential Video Options | Forest Security

Video Analytics (Smart AI Intelligence)


A Smart Camera System includes Video Analytics which can tell the difference between a person or animal which helps avoid receiving nuisance notifications – See more about Video Analytics Here: Video Analytics | Forest Security

Proactive Defense with Perimeter Guard

Stop intruders in their tracks with Perimeter Guard™ proactive defense. This new feature uses Video Analytics to sound an alert and flash a camera’s LED when unwanted visitors are detected.

You can choose between a loud whistle, a beep, and flashing red lights to drive away potential intruders.

See more here: Residential Video Options | Forest Security

Other things to consider

  • Storage – Onboard, Cloud, NVR
  • Remote Viewing
  • Video History and Extraction
  • Video Analytics (Smarter AI Enhanced Video)
  • 2-Way Voice
  • Notifications
  • Installation


With so many options to choose from on the marketplace today, it is easy to get confused. You don’t want an under-powered option which will result in you not being able to clearly see what you wanted to or to narrow a field of view so you are missing an important area. Let the experts at Forest help you get the perfect video protection for your home or business.

Call us today for your free Video Camera Quote 708-452-2000





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