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Beginner's Guide: Choosing CCTV Surveillance Camera

  • Cheap is expensive
          • Try to buy the best value for money CCTV surveillance camera system within your personal or business budget. It’s always wiser to invest in a good quality, small, entry level system that allows you to add more cameras later on, than to rush out and buy an unbranded cheap camera, that could lead to buyer’s remorse.
  • Check the warranty
  • Understand basic capabilities of camera
          • When selecting CCTV cameras it’s important to consider lens size, wide angle degree and memory for data storage.
  • Clarify Camera Type
          • There are three types of CCTV surveillance cameras on the market, from the most affordable entry level analogue cameras to High Definition (HD) and Internet Protocol (IP) cameras at the top end of the market.
  • Comparing Analogue, HD or IP cameras
          • Deciding whether to buy more affordable entry level analogue cameras, or if you should go with HD or IP cameras instead, depends on the quality of the image you desire and your present and long term security needs. A basic analogue camera offers a low resolution image suitable for detection of people and to monitor areas. An HD camera provides a crisp high resolution image suitable for identifying numbers and characters, or for evidential recording for legal purposes.

A higher resolution offers a far more enhanced picture, which makes it possible to zoom in digitally and retain image quality to identify subjects and details such as vehicle number plates. The benefit of zooming in is that this intelligence can be shared with police investigators and security companies.

  • Decide what you want the camera to see
  • Select the best camera position
  • Consider the need for support lighting
            • CCTV surveillance cameras can record color during the day but at night, unless sufficient support lighting has been set up, they switch to black and white. It’s important to provide support outdoor lighting, such as an LED lamp, for color definition, so that a meaningful intelligence report can be written up describing, for example, the color of vehicles and clothing of intruders. Low light cameras that don’t need support lighting are available but are far more expensive, making it cost effective to use lighting.
  • Consider All Installation cost
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