Factors to consider when buying CCTV cameras
A good surveillance system helps you keep an eye on who comes and goes at all times
If you are thinking of buying CCTV cameras for your business or home, here are a few things you should consider.
Area of surveillance
You have to decide whether you will install the cameras outdoors or indoors. Although most cameras are designed for use both inside and out, not all can handle cold temperatures and adverse weather conditions, so double-check this carefully before committing to a purchase.
How big is the area you want to cover? If it is substantial, then you will need powerful cameras such as the PTZ. They have the ability to cover wide areas and zoom closer to a particular subject. They are also a more economical option instead of installing several static cameras.
Do you want the CCTV cameras to be discrete, or do you want them to act as visual deterrents? Bigger cameras such as bullet CCTV cameras are obvious reminders that the area is under surveillance, which can help to scare away criminals. However, if you want to be more discreet, dome cameras or PTZ cameras are best.
High-resolution cameras are more expensive, so survey the area you want to monitor before buying. For smaller spaces such as offices, you don’t need very high-resolution camera. However, if your area is prone to theft and burglary, you may need high-quality output for identification purposes. You should also check if the camera supports day and night recording and poor lighting conditions. Most cameras use artificial illuminators and IR filters for clearer images.
Storage is often overlooked, but it is a very important factor to consider. For commercial use, especially, you never want to lose your surveillance footage. Ask an expert to help you calculate how much storage space you will need before buying.
If you plan on adding more cameras in the future, go for the new IP cameras that connect over a wireless network. Traditional CCTV cameras have a closed circuit and are difficult to scale because everything is hard-wired.
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