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5 Questions to Ask When Choosing a CCTV System

5 Questions to Ask When Choosing a CCTV System

With rapid and constant advancements made in technology today, especially mobile devices becoming more powerful, connected and accessible, CCTV monitoring has evolved into a valuable tool that delivers instant peace of mind. That’s right, instant – view CCTV footage in the palm of your hand, at any time of the day, from wherever you are!

But where do you even start when choosing the right CCTV security cameras?

With so many different options, varying price ranges, brands and suppliers out there, the selection process can be overwhelming. The good news is that it means there’s a unique solution for each individual need.

1. What do I need my CCTV cameras to do for me?

By answering this question, you will establish a basic understanding of what to look for when comparing different cameras and their functionality.

Things to consider are if you need surveillance cameras that:

  • Are indoor or outdoor (or both)
  • Are discreet and hidden or visibly obvious to act as a deterrent
  • Has both day and night vision capabilities
  • Have a wide angle that covers an entire front yard or just a front door
  • Can provide the level of quality footage you require – will it be sufficient to see shapes and figures, or would you need to identify features and vehicle number plates?

All these subtle differences will help you narrow down to find your perfect surveillance solution.

2. What are the different types of CCTV cameras?

Various options of surveillance cameras are available in different shapes and sizes with different functions and applications.

  • The bullet camera, thin and cylindrical, is fixed to constantly monitor a single view and can’t be moved to zoom or pan across a location. They can be used both indoors and outdoors.
  • Dome cameras, named according to their dome-like shape, are unobtrusive and are mostly used for indoor security and surveillance purposes, as a criminal won’t know which way the lens is facing.
  • Infrared cameras have perfect night vision, able to capture footage in pitch black conditions using infrared LED lights surrounding the lens.
  • IP/Network cameras transmit images over the Internet with controlled bandwidth. They are easier to install and are preferred over analogue cameras for better quality and security, but are more expensive than the former.
  • HD cameras are on the higher end of the scale in both image quality and cost, its high resolution lens able to capture finer detail. They’re suitable for identifying numbers and characters, or for evidential recording for legal purposes.

3. What are the best CCTV camera brands?

By answering this question, you will establish a basic understanding of what to look for when comparing different cameras and their functionality.

Things to consider are if you need surveillance cameras that:

  • Are indoor or outdoor (or both)
  • Are discreet and hidden or visibly obvious to act as a deterrent
  • Has both day and night vision capabilities
  • Have a wide angle that covers an entire front yard or just a front door
  • Can provide the level of quality footage you require – will it be sufficient to see shapes and figures, or would you need to identify features and vehicle number plates?

All these subtle differences will help you narrow down to find your perfect surveillance solution.

4. Where do I actually place my security cameras?

Various options of surveillance cameras are available in different shapes and sizes with different functions and applications.

  • The bullet camera, thin and cylindrical, is fixed to constantly monitor a single view and can’t be moved to zoom or pan across a location. They can be used both indoors and outdoors.
  • Dome cameras, named according to their dome-like shape, are unobtrusive and are mostly used for indoor security and surveillance purposes, as a criminal won’t know which way the lens is facing.
  • Infrared cameras have perfect night vision, able to capture footage in pitch black conditions using infrared LED lights surrounding the lens.
  • IP/Network cameras transmit images over the Internet with controlled bandwidth. They are easier to install and are preferred over analogue cameras for better quality and security, but are more expensive than the former.
  • HD cameras are on the higher end of the scale in both image quality and cost, its high resolution lens able to capture finer detail. They’re suitable for identifying numbers and characters, or for evidential recording for legal purposes.

5. What are the additional costs to CCTV cameras?

By answering this question, you will establish a basic understanding of what to look for when comparing different cameras and their functionality.

Things to consider are if you need surveillance cameras that:

  • Are indoor or outdoor (or both)
  • Are discreet and hidden or visibly obvious to act as a deterrent
  • Has both day and night vision capabilities
  • Have a wide angle that covers an entire front yard or just a front door
  • Can provide the level of quality footage you require – will it be sufficient to see shapes and figures, or would you need to identify features and vehicle number plates?

All these subtle differences will help you narrow down to find your perfect surveillance solution.

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