What Type Of Security Cameras Are Out There?
These days, security cameras are no longer reserved for banks and police stations. We can find them everywhere – from a small office to a simple home. If you are looking to keep a closer eye on what’s going on in your house or office, you may be on the market for just the right security camera.
What kind of security camera should you choose? This is exactly what we will try to explore in this post.
There are several types of security cameras available and it’s best to have rough idea of the few of them before clicking the Add to cart button.
Infrared Security Camera – a night vision pro
Infrared cameras are suitable for both business and home.
- Infrared cameras are the preferred type when it comes to low lighting. So, if you want to have a clear vision of the surrounding environment in the nighttime, this would be your best choice.
- During the day, the camera produces high resolution colour recordings.
- A great feature is the ability of the camera to light up the area, allowing you to see a certain spaces clearly, even in low light, whether indoors or outdoors.
- Some devices are weatherproof and can be used in an open space with no protection. However, it is best if you do thing through some type of camera housing.
Pro Box Camera – top notch image quality
Go for a Pro Box camera if you are looking for high quality imagery.
Found mostly in banks, supermarkets, convenience stores – these cameras are known for their high professional image quality.
- The camera allows you to change lenses, which offers more flexibility and allowing you to adjust the viewing angle and zoom.
- Pro box cameras can switch between night and day view, giving you color imagery during the day and black and white at night time.
- If you don’t need a camera specifically for the nighttime (if you do, go for the infrared option), a pro box camera can offer you very good daytime video quality, as well as reasonable vision in low light.
A Pan Tilt Zoom Camera – gives you lots of control
These types of cameras can usually be found in large public areas, like airports, large department store.
- A pan tilt camera can give you more control of the viewing angle, letting you see more of the area you are watching. You will be able to control the camera with remote viewing software, moving your viewing point left, right, up or down.
- You can also adjust the zoom function remotely. This feature comes in handy when you want to zoom in on a person or a detail in the background.
- One of the disadvantages of pan tilt zoom cameras is their rather high price. You will also need a few extra accessories (cables) to arrange the setup.
Wireless or Wired?
This choice revolves around the balance between video quality and convenience .
- A wired camera will generally give you better video quality and boast a longer lifespan.
- A wireless camera will rid you of the cable hassle and would be much easier to install. At the same time, it will need a clear line of sight and may not have the same image quality as the wired counterpart.
Hidden Cameras – keep an eye on any area discretely
If you prefer not to make it common knowledge that the area is being surveyed, go for a hidden camera, but do keep in mind:
- Most hidden cameras do not boast infrared capabilities, and thus may not be the best option for looking at things in low light.
- Most hidden cameras are not weatherproof. So it may not be the best idea to place them outdoors.
- Hidden cameras may be masked as smoke detectors, fire alarms, clocks, sprinklers and even exit signs.
Plug & Play Security Cameras
If you don’t want to spend too much time on the setup, you can opt for a plug&play camera. These are ready to use right out of the box – and, even if you are not too friendly with technology, should not cause you any difficulties.
- Most plug&play cameras are not weatherproof and are thus meant for a safe indoor environment.
- You may not get top-notch image quality, however quite a lot of plyg&play cameras come with built-in LEDs to ensure vision in low light.
- The biggest advantage of plug&play cameras is their super easy installation and convenience of use.
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