A Guide to Choosing the Right CCTV Camera

There are so many different CCTV cameras and security cameras on the market, it can be difficult to choose the best one for your needs. First of all, think about the questions you need to ask yourself about your security needs: Do you need pictures that will capture the faces of intruders or visitors? If so, an infra red camera with high-quality output should be considered.

Are you monitoring outdoor areas?

Then make sure your camera is weather-proof and equipped to deal with extreme temperatures. Are you generally monitoring crowds and built-up areas? A Pro box camera is a popular choice for this situation.

Wireless or wired?

Can you easily connect wires to the area where the camera will be installed? Are there any obstacles that would prevent a wireless connection from working successfully? What range do you want to monitor? The camera range should be clearly stated on each individual product Are there animals in the area being monitored? In this instance, a motion activated camera would not be suitable. And most importantly, what is your budget? Prices vary enormously depending on the picture quality required and the extra functions which have been built in. There is an option to suit everyone's needs and budget.

Types of cameras: Infrared (IR) security cameras

Ideal for both home and business, their ability to capture high-resolution colour imagery even in poor lighting conditions makes them ideal for situations where overnight security is a priority. If you are protecting outdoor spaces or tracking visitors to a property, infra red security cameras are a good option as they can be easily weather-proofed for outside installation.

Dome cameras

There are different types of dome cameras, as the name refers to the casing . Classic "smoked" dome cameras have an added advantage as it is difficult for intruders to tell where the camera is pointing at. Even the smoked dome cameras are capable of producing high quality colour security video footage and can be installed inside or out. Motion activated cameras If you need to isolate the comings and goings of visitors (or intruders) this is a great option – saving you the task of wading through hours and hours of security footage. This is ideal especially for out of hours monitoring of business premises, or for added to your home security. However, this is definitely not an option for rooms or outdoor spaces where animals are – their movements will trigger too many unnecessary recordings! Pro box cameras A cheaper option that is less discreet and produces a lower quality of video, but is effective for tracking daytime movements. Perfect for people on a budget with a defined area, such as an entrance, to track.

Pan tilt zoom cameras

Fixed cameras which are controlled remotely to take tours of areas being covered. These are the types of cameras mostly used by commercial properties, such as shopping centres, where there is high traffic. Hidden cameras These offer you the best level of surveillance of natural behaviour, the main disadvantage being that they often don't have infra red capabilities. The beauty of them is that they truly are hidden, as they can be disguised as smoke alarms, installed behind signs and clocks etc. There are camouflaged concealed night and day cameras available now, despite hidden cameras having the reputation for only being suitable for indoor usage. Wireless cameras These work on a local power source, meaning they can be placed anywhere (within reason).  The latest digital wireless cameras are a very cost-effective option. Wired cameras are more versatile and tend to be more durable, but if you have an awkward location to monitor, wireless is the solution. Do check that there are no obstacles to the wifi connection.