How to Choose the Best Security Camera for Your System
We offer a full line of Professional Security Cameras including Infrared, Bullet Dome, Pro Box Cameras, PTZ Cameras, and Hidden Cameras. We High Resolution and High Definition CVI Security Cameras, and IP Security Cameras.
Choosing the appropriate camera will help you best achieve your monitoring goals.
In addition to the camera selection, there several different lens selections. Choosing the correct camera lens will ensure you have the proper angle and zoom for all areas of your application. In this section, we will help you determine the best choice for your application.
TYPES OF SECURITY CAMERAS
We offer Traditional High Resolution, High Definition CVI and IP Security Cameras. In choosing the security cameras to accompany your system, keep in mind the lens type and style of the camera. Many of our cameras offer similar clarity and performance. Some cameras have similar functionalities, resolution, and definition. In other words, if inside your location (home/office) you prefer a dome over a bullet camera, we can easily accommodate you.
Choose the camera that best meets your needs.
Infrared (IR) Security Cameras
Infrared (IR) Security Cameras are the most widely used and popular type of camerafor both business and home use.
Infrared Cameras produce high resolution color video during the day. In low lux (light) or no light, low light, and poor lighting conditions, infrared cameras are the preferred camera type. Infrared Bullet Cameras are able to illuminate the area by automatically switching from color to black and white, as black and white video is preferred for low light and no light performance. The infrared illuminators automatically turn on when the area reaches a low light threshold and enables you to see clearer than the "human eye" in both low light and no light. All of our Bullet Cameras can be used both indoor or outdoor. Lastly, the ease of installation makes bullet cameras an ideal solution.
Dome Cameras, Vandal Dome Cameras, and Infrared Dome Cameras
Dome Cameras, Vandal Dome Cameras and Infrared Dome Cameras are also very popular cameras that we often
recommend and sell. The different features of dome cameras include infrared, indoor, outdoor, vandal proof and Controllable
Pan Tilt Zoom Domes. PTZ Dome cameras enable you to control and move you cameras left, right, up, down, as well as
zoom in, and out. Some customers appreciate the attractive and non obtrusive look of the dome cameras. Smoked dome
cameras offer an additional degree of surveillance as visitors, customers, employees, and burglars have a difficult time
determining where the lens is pointed. Expect a clear color high resolution picture with all or our dome cameras. Dome
cameras are available with or without infrared night vision. Some domes can be used only indoor. Some can be used
outdoor. Many of our outdoor dome cameras are also vandal resistant as well.
Professional "Box Style" Security Cameras
Professional "Box" Security Cameras are used both indoor and can also be used outdoor with a camera housing.
Pro Box Security Cameras are known for their high video quality. You will notice Pro Box Cameras in places such as banks,
supermarkets, convenience stores, and more. A unique feature of Pro Box Cameras are that the camera lenses can be
changed on the Pro Box Cameras based on the viewing angle and zoom that is required. Some Pro Box Cameras are called
Day/Night Cameras as they can switch from color during the day, to black and white in the evening or in low lux (light)
conditions. The lower the lux, the clearer the camera can see in complete darkness. Some of our customers prefer a box
camera if they are not in need of infrared, and are more concerned with daytime video. Although they see well in low light
situations, Pro Box Cameras do not come with infrared capability. When people see a Pro Box camera, they tend to know
they are being monitored, so they do make a very nice deterrent.
Pan Tilt Zoom Cameras
Pan Tilt Zoom Cameras are cameras that you can control through the DVR, the remote viewing software, and/or a joystick.
You can control and move the PTZ cameras up, down, left, and right. They also have zoom capability.
For example, you can capture a license plate or zoom in on a face from a further distance away. If desired, you can also program Pan Tilt
Zoom Cameras to do preset tours where the camera will survey and monitor certain areas when you are not present.
Airports, court houses, casinos, hospitals and large department stores such as Target or Walmart are examples of
places that use Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ) Cameras.
Pan Tilt Zoom cameras are more expensive, starting at about $500. If thinking about using a PTZ camera consider if you need to control a camera? Do you NEED a Pan Tilt Zoom camera or can you use fixed cameras to get the desired surveillance? One Pan Tilt Zoom Camera can replace several cameras due to the fact that they can do tours as well as be controlled live and remotely over the PC, Cell Phone, and Tablet. PTZ Cameras enable you to control the positions, the angles, and zoom. Occasionally, customers will add one or two PTZ Cameras to their system.
Again, it all depends on your monitoring needs.
Hidden Security Cameras
Hidden Security Cameras offer perhaps the highest degree of covert surveillance. If you do not want someone to know that there is a camera watching them then use a hidden camera. Fake smoke detectors, motion detectors, clocks, sprinklers, and EXIT signs are examples of the type of hidden cameras that we use. A disadvantage of hidden cameras are that although they see in low light, they do not have infrared capabilities which limits performance in pitch dark areas. In addition, many hidden cameras are not weatherproof, so they are not the first choice when using cameras outdoors.
Pharmacies, hotel hallways, assisted living facilities, and inside homes are good examples of applications where hidden cameras are desired.
Wired vs. Wireless Cameras
Wireless cameras can somewhat be misleading as they need to be powered at the camera location.
In addition, 99% of them require a line of sight without obstacles which can often be an issue.
Frankly, wireless cameras are far from perfected.
Reliability, selection, and video quality are the main reasons that you should use WIRED Cameras over Wireless.
All Wired Cameras are powered back at the DVR and Power Supply location. Simply run a a single cable from the
DVR to each individual camera. Expect a much longer lifespan and way better quality and reliability viewing/recording with wired cameras. Obstacles do not pose an issue with WIRED cameras. With that in mind, occasionally you may have a location or two that absolutely needs a wireless camera. In that scenario, you can use our wireless transmitter.
TYPES OF CAMERA LENSES
Most of our security cameras have a built in lenses. Normally our customers use a "standard fixed wide angle lens" or an "adjustable vari-focal lens." It is important for you to choose the camera with the lens that is best for your situation.
Fixed Lens Security Cameras
In general, most of our customers have locations that require standard wide-angle security cameras. A wide-angle view is perfect for covering large areas, such as the front of your home or business, an entire room or lobby area. Wide Angle Cameras usually come with a fixed 3.6mm 90 Degree Wide Angle Lens. We use wide angle security cameras in more than 90 percent of our applications. These cameras capture a 90 degree wide angle, a similar view to the human eye.
Obviously, the closer the image, the better the recognition.
Vari-focal Lens Security Cameras
The second type of camera lens is referred to as a vari-focal lens. A vari-focal lens is ideal should you need to focus on a
specific area such as a mailbox, a car parked in a driveway, a cash register, or an aisle v ari-focal security camera allows
the installer to adjust the angle and zoom when installing, starting from a wide angle, and then making it narrower,
until you receive the ideal width, angle, and zoom for your application. With most of our vari-focal cameras,
you set up the angle and zoom at installation. We do offer several vari-focal cameras that have a motorized lens
that you can control both the width and zoom as you wish.
Motorized Controllable Pan Tilt Zoom Lenses
The third type of lens is a motorized Pan Tilt Zoom Camera. PTZ Cameras come in dome style housings. However,
unlike a stationary lens, it is able to go up/down, left/right, and zoom both in and out. In addition, you can put these cameras
on a programmed tour(s) or even control it from the digital video recorder or remotely over the Internet and Cell Phone.
We hope this helps with your camera selection. Now you can determine the best camera/ or cameras for your needs.
All of our systems are customizable and we can also mix and match cameras to create the perfect system.
Need some advice from professionals? Need to "change out" some cameras in a system?
Call us at (888) 653-2288 and we will be happy to help you determine the best SOLUTION for your needs!