Security cameras have long been considered a great tool in the small business world, able to better monitor and improve safety at almost any location. Before adopting the equipment, there are pros and cons that business owners should keep track of, but they can feel confident that the next generation of cameras can improve quality further.

Advantages of adoption
According to Kim Komando, who operates a nationwide technology-based talk show, the main advantage of security cameras is that they serve as an extra eye on a business whether owners are there or away. They're especially beneficial in the event of vandalism or a break-in, because operators can get clear evidence that police can see. In some cases, simply installing security cameras in a visible location can be enough to dissuade criminals, as would-be thieves would reconsider their decision to steal if they thought their images were being captured.

To make matters even better, the costs of security equipment are falling precipitously. Equipment that would have cost thousands of dollars a few years ago will only run a few hundred dollars in today's space, while there are even less expensive cameras that can be had for under a hundred. Some models come with features like two-way audio, night vision and remote viewing, and others feature automatic or user-controlled tilting. 

Things to watch out for
The news source stressed that there are some problems with these cameras. Improper setups of Internet-enabled cameras can lead to anyone being able to access a camera or even a Wi-Fi network itself. Security cameras that have other property in their sights can also be problematic due to privacy concerns, so any outside cameras should be visibly restricted to certain areas. Some states require businesses to post signs that notify customers that they're being recorded.

Future advances
NovusLight added that Sony has recently commercialized new image sensors for security cameras. The two sensors use compact and easy-to-mount packages that can potentially reduce camera sizes and help equipment survive in hotter temperatures, even those up to 240 degrees Celsius. This means that putting infrastructure into place now can be highly beneficial in the future once upgrades become available.

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