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Security Cameras

Camera systems are a great way to watch your home and property around the clock.  The price of camera systems have really come down making them very affordable to just about everyone. Systems today are less than half of what they were even just two years ago.  The quality of the cameras have gotten twice as good and the DVR's (digital video recorder) that record the cameras are smaller and can go for years without any problems at all.  

First, lets compare the differences about cameras.  The black cameras you see here are "bullet" cameras and the white one is a "dome" camera.  Both work great depending on where you put them. Most of the bullet cameras we use have a 90' Infrared (IR) beam (see in the dark).  Dome cameras usually 40' - 50'.  Bullet cameras can usually be positioned a little better at almost any angle where as the domes have a few more limitations.  Both have excellent picture quality.  

Now there are three kinds of camera systems.  Junk systems, affordable good quality systems, and high quality expensive systems.  We pick the middle, because they work very well and are trouble free. We have over 200 cameras systems installed here in the eastern panhandle, some have been working around the clock for over 10 years straight!  

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Comparing Apples to Apples

When it comes to camera systems, you pretty much get what you pay for.  I can't tell you how many times I went to someone's house where they wanted a camera system, and when I give them a quote, they tell me they can go to Sam's Club or Costco and get it for a lot less. Yep, that's right, you can, but does that price you get at Sam's Club include having it installed?  If your camera is more than 60' from the DVR do they give you the extensions for the cables?  Does Costco have the extensions in stock?  No, to all three questions!!!! Stop comparing apples to oranges, it will never compute.  

Installation, warranty, parts, tools, labor, work van, and tech support can't be free.  If buying a cheaper system works for you then that might be the way to go.  Nothing wrong with that whatsoever.

Is there a difference between what we sell and what Costco and Sam's Club sells?  Yes!  First off, the next time you are at one of those stores, take a look at the pictures on the screen.  They work great and probably do the job quite well, depending on your application. The lens size makes a huge different on what you are looking at.  Seeing too much in the picture is not always the best.

For example, if you are using one of their systems inside a store or other building, then these systems work very well. Now take a close look at the picture, you will see that their camera lens has a very wide long range picture.  Great if your sitting in front of the monitor all the time, but because of the huge range they pick up, even when you see people just a few feet from the camera, it's hard to get much detail because the lens is looking at too much.   

Now if you need a camera system to work at night, which is usually when most people need them, you will see that their cameras usually only have and IR range of about 35 feet.    Remember that 35 feet looking straight ahead is 35 feet.  But when looking at that distance from an angel, say from the eve of your roof, that does cut if down some. In fact, the IR won't even hit the ground with a 35 foot range.   Then again, it depends on where you put the camera and what it is that you want to protect.

Every camera system has it's good points and bad points. There are thousands of different DVR's and cameras you can buy on the Internet, but the advantage of buying local is that we give you 24 hour service and we back up what we sell.  We use the same DVR's and cameras at our homes as well, so if it's good enough for you, then it has to be good enough for us too!   

Don't Buy The Cheapest You Can Find, Get The Best You Can Afford

A camera system can have 4, 8, 9 or 16 cameras. It all depends on the size of the DVR you choose. Today's camera systems can also be viewed on your smart phone, tablet, or computer, just so long as you have high speed Internet at the place where your DVR is located. Click HERE to see pictures by different lens sizes & IR.