Exploring the Superior Home Security Offered by PIR Motion Detection Cameras
Choosing Between Pixel and PIR Motion Detection for Security Cameras
Most Americans believe that crime is on the rise, and one in four American families has some form of security system, many of which have security cameras. Most homeowners say they want security cameras for self-protection and to deter criminals.
For a security camera to be effective, however, it must have the ability to differentiate and alert owners to potential threats. Cameras must also reliably record criminal activity to help capture and prosecute criminals.
When looking for the right security system for your home, you need to make numerous decisions about the type of system that best fits your needs. The challenge is choosing the best type of camera to detect intruders and promote peace of mind. New technologies are able to provide increasingly sophisticated motion detection and analysis.
What Is The Difference Between Pixel and PIR Motion Detection?
Motion detection technology isn’t new, but it is constantly improving. The purpose of using motion-detection security cameras is that they are more efficient, can provide alerts based on detected changes, and reduce video storage requirements.
One of the biggest challenges with motion-detection technology is discerning between objects that trigger the camera. Motion sensing fidelity is especially important if your security system sends an alert whenever there is a perceived threat. That’s why many owners prefer PIR motion detection cameras over pixel motion detection cameras.
With pixel motion detection, the camera sensors monitor for any type of movement. The percentage of pixel change in the image triggers the camera. You can adjust the sensitivity, but finding the right balance to detect threats with fewer false triggers is difficult.
For example, you want to adjust a pixel motion detection camera to detect moving objects as large as a person or another threat, such as a mountain lion or bear. However, many moving objects, such as the neighbor’s dog or a tree branch on a windy day, can trigger the camera. Even insects, falling leaves, and rain can fool a pixel motion camera, creating false triggers.
With PIR camera detection, you have more accurate motion tracking with fewer false triggers. What is a camera with PIR detection? Instead of simply detecting motion, a PIR camera monitors for moving objects that emit infrared energy, such as humans or vehicles.
What is PIR Sensitivity?
PIR detectors generally monitor for temperature variations from 5 to 10 degrees Celsius (about 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit). You also want to install a security camera with top range and size detection. A reliable PIR security camera should be able to detect a human 32 feet away.
When properly installed, a PIR security camera will alert you of deliveries left at your doorstep, as well as trespassers and potential intruders. It also reduces the number of false triggers from ambient motion as it detects warmth in addition to motion, meaning fewer false alarm notifications sent to your phone.
One thing to note regarding the meaning of a PIR sensor: PIR detection cameras do not measure heat; they measure infrared radiation. A PIR camera is thermal sensing and looks for changes in ambient temperature, but that doesn’t mean it will “see” a heat source such as a fire or a light bulb. It will detect infrared radiation either emitted or reflected from objects, so when looking for a PIR camera, make sure it is labeled “heat sensing.”
Considerations for Capturing Video
Event recording and video data storage are also crucial considerations when shopping for security cameras. While small businesses may need continuous recording to monitor for shoplifters or employee theft, homeowners don’t need a constant record.
Your security system should capture any events triggered by the security camera’s sensors, either using a digital video recorder or cloud data storage. Choosing a security camera with appropriate sensitivity will reduce the number of false triggers, which saves on the amount of video storage needed. It also makes it easier to review captured events because there is less video to sift through.
However, you also want to ensure the security camera captures everything that’s relevant. In addition to motion and infrared sensitivity, the system should be able to detect approaching intruders early, so the recording captures all activity. Consider where you plan to install security cameras and check the camera specifications to ensure it has sufficient range to record all activity.
Why PIR Motion Detection Cameras Offer Superior Home Security
When looking for a PIR camera device to secure your home or business, you want a system with superior sensitivity and ability to detect large heat-generating objects. Swann’s True Detect™ has exceptional sensitivity and can effectively screen for motion detection while avoiding false triggers from wind, falling leaves, insects, and rain.
Swann’s True Detect heat-based thermal sensing PIR cameras reliably capture people, vehicles, large pets, and other heat-emitting, moving objects. True Detect also makes more efficient use of digital storage to capture a visual record, ensuring only essential footage is recorded.
Swann Security offers a range of PIR cameras suitable for any home security setup. Swann’s True Detect heat-based thermal sensing PIR cameras reliably capture people, vehicles, large pets, and other heat-emitting, moving objects with fewer false triggers. Swann specifically designed True Detect for home security, optimized to detect intruders using both temperature and size up to 32 feet.
While PIR detection is more widely used, our extensive range of CCTV cameras can optionally be set to pixel motion detection as well. This is sometimes useful if a camera is installed in an area that may be partially obstructed, such as behind a glass window. At Swann, we design our cameras to be adjustable and customizable to your specific security system needs.