If you’re in the market for indoor security cameras, there’s one major choice that you’ll need to make. While picking a camera often comes down to personal preference and performance, tech experts and homeowners alike are as divided as cat enthusiasts and dog lovers when it comes down to one big security camera question: Which is right for my home — multiview or stationary cameras?
Declaring a victor largely depends on your tastes, needs and the layout of your home. If you have nooks and crannies that aren’t well served by wide FOV stationary cameras, going multiview makes sense. If you’ve got an open concept and prefer your cameras hidden but effective, stationary may be more your style.
To help you decide which camera is right for you, let’s take a look at the differences, advantages and disadvantages of these common camera types.
Stationary Camera: Advantages
The biggest advantage to going stationary is that these cameras are small and can be easily installed anywhere in your house. Need one tucked away in the top corner of your living room or capturing a view of the stairs? No problem. Because of their compact size they don’t stand out, giving you the ability to blend them into the décor rather than working to conceal or cover them up.
Stationary cameras from AT&T’s Digital Life also come with advantage of a wide-angle field of vision (FOV) to help capture more detail in a single glance. Wideview stationary cameras give you the ability to monitor an entire room through your Digital Life app, meaning fewer cameras are necessary to provide coverage for your entire home. What’s more, these cameras are available a la carte as part of your Digital Life security system, allowing you to pick up and install new wideview stationary cameras at your leisure.
Stationary Camera: Disadvantages
Stationary cameras do come with a few disadvantages. If you want to capture a different view, you’ll need to change the camera position manually. This can be problematic if you’re someone who likes to rearrange your furniture often, which may create a camera blockage that you’ll need to make manual adjustments in order to fix. It’s also worth noting that these smaller cameras are more sensitive to movement or jarring — being knocked even half an inch out of place drastically changes their viewpoint and their small size makes them less resistant to drop damage.
Stationary Camera Best Use Cases
The best case scenario for using a stationary camera is when you want the widest view possible, but don’t want to draw attention to the camera itself. They’re great for long hallways, wide rooms and making subtlety part of the security discussion.
Multiview Camera: Advantages
Multiview cameras come with the benefit of mobility. Even basic models let you pan, tilt and rotate to capture more of your home from a single device. For multiview camera connoisseurs, the advanced, dome-type options give almost 360 degree coverage anywhere, anytime. Controlling these cameras is easy from your Digital Life app — just head to “devices” and select your multiview camera. On the control screen you’ll have an extra option: “go to position,” which allows you to change the camera’s position on demand.
Multiview Camera: Disadvantages
While multiview cameras give you the advantages of movement, they come with two disadvantages: A smaller FOV than wideview stationary cameras, and a larger “footprint” in your home. These cameras aren’t quite as discrete and for some users, the smaller FOV is frustrating when checking in on their home when they’re at the office or out of town.
Multiview Camera Best Use Cases
The best case use for multiview cameras is when you need direct control over what your camera sees. Multiview cameras allow you to zero in on movement in your house, which might otherwise be in a camera blind spot. While multiview cameras are not as discreet as stationary cameras, this can be viewed as a benefit when it comes to deterring criminals. A would-be burglar looking in your window might think twice before attempting a smash-and-grab when they see a multiview camera pointed their way.
So, is there a clear-cut winner in this camera clash? The good news is that there doesn’t have to be: You’re free to mix-and-match! Choose the cameras that work best for you in specific rooms and tie them all to your app and control them on the fly.