Home Security Camera Buying Guide

If you’re in the market for a home security camera system–perhaps after reading our article about whether security cameras are the best choice for you–you’ve probably discovered that there are approximately a million different options. Between consumer-level WiFi-enabled “Internet Of Things” cameras to professional-grade multi-camera systems that record to a dedicated video server, it can be overwhelming to try to narrow your choices down. Hopefully this article can help with that.

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Do You Need Security Cameras?

Whether you are a homeowner or an apartment dweller, you’ve probably given some amount of thought to home security. For some people, security is as simple as locking the deadbolt on the front door, while others invest in professional security systems that monitor the entire home and automatically notify emergency services in the event of a break-in.

If you’ve ever considered improving the security of your home, it’s likely that security cameras were one of the first things you thought of. We’ve all seen security cameras in commercial buildings and other public places, and the idea of catching an intruder on video is appealing. But before you go out and invest in a camera system, it’s a good idea to consider what your needs are and whether a camera system will meet those needs.

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Amazon Echo Look: Do Voice Assistants Need Eyes?

Last week, Amazon announced the Echo Look, an Alexa-enabled camera that gives you fashion tips and helps you take selfies. The Echo Look has the same Alexa voice assistant found in the Echo and Echo Dot, and can do everything those devices can, such as telling you the weather or playing music. However, the Echo Look is the first product in the Echo line to include a camera, making it a much different device than previous Alexa-powered products. I’m not really sure how to feel about it.

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