Best Security Camera Systems
Choosing the Best Security Camera System
Choosing a new security camera system can be a daunting task, especially with so many technologies and types to choose from. But don't worry, we're here to help. With our experience in selling and supporting over 70,000 security camera systems for a variety of applications, from small businesses and residential properties to high-tech Fortune 500 companies, we're confident that we can assist you in making the best decision for your circumstances.
All the systems we sell are plug & play - they're easy to install, come with quick start guides, and we're always here to assist with installation queries. By installing a system yourself with our help, you might find that you save up to 65% on overall costs.
Let's dive into the three types of security camera systems we offer - Traditional Analog CCTV Systems, HD-CVI Systems, and Network IP systems - and find out which one would be most suitable to your needs.
Types of Security Camera Systems
We offer three types of professional security camera systems: Traditional CCTV Systems, HD-CVI Systems, and Network IP Systems.
Traditional Analog CCTV Systems operate over combo RG59/siamese cable and are the old industry standard. Some buildings are pre-wired for this type of system, making it convenient to install. It is also the most cost-effective option. However, it has limited resolution during zoom.
Our HD Security Camera Systems aka (CVI) operate over coaxial combo cable and are the industry standard for new security systems. They require a BNC connection, but they are the easiest to integrate with microphones. HD-CVI Systems also have excellent digital zoom capabilities.
Network IP Systems operate over standard CAT5/6 ethernet cable and are the easiest to install, as power and video can be transmitted over the same cable. These systems offer the highest possible quality video, up to 4k resolution. However, they tend to have a higher cost compared to the other options. Network IP Systems also have excellent digital zoom capabilities.
The video recorders used in all three types of systems have similar functionality. They allow for remote access to the cameras, even from mobile devices. The main differences between these types are the camera technology and the type of cabling required.
ANALOG CCTV SYSTEMS
Analog CCTV systems are the old industry standard and are the most cost-effective. They operate over a combo RG59/siamese cable. If your building is pre-wired, you might find an analog solution to be the easiest and most cost-effective choice.
Operates over combo RG59/siamese cable
Old industry standard - some buildings are pre-wired
Most cost-effective type of system
Limitations in digital zoom because of pixelation
However, keep in mind that the digital zoom function is limited because the image can become pixelated when enlarged.
A drawback of using traditional CCTV cameras is that their digital zoom capability is somewhat limited, as the video can become pixelated. This is because analog CCTV cameras are measured in lines of resolution, whereas HD-CVI and Network IP cameras are rated in megapixels (MP). 1 MP = 1 million pixels, so during zoom with HD cameras of other types, the image will remain largely intact.
Analog cameras must be used with an analog DVR.
HD OVER COAX CVI SYSTEMS
The industry standard for new coax cable-based security systems is HD-CVI. They operate over a coaxial combo cable and provide excellent digital zoom capabilities. Unlike Analog systems, HD-CVI systems offer high-definition footage capturing great detail. Consider this if you think HD video and digital zoom are essential for you.
Operates over coax cable that requires a BNC connection
New industry standard
Functions best for integrating microphones
Excellent digital zoom capabilities thanks to a megapixel rating
Keep in mind that these cameras require more specific cable types that cannot be pre-made.
NETWORK VIDEO RECORDER IP BASED SYSTEMS
Network IP Systems offer the highest quality video, up to 4K. Although these tend to be more expensive, they offer superb digital zoom capabilities, are easiest to install, and run over standard CAT5/6 ethernet cables.
Operates over standard CAT5/6 ethernet cable
Simple installation - power & video run over the same cable
Highest possible quality video - up to 4K
Excellent digital zoom capabilities
Given their cost, consider this system if high-quality video, convenience of installation, and robust zoom capabilities are your top criteria.
Network IP Cameras must be used with an Network Video Recorder.
Thank you for considering our security camera systems. We're here to guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have. Here at CCTV Security Pros, we pride ourselves on delivering quality products along with the best technical support in the industry.
Feel free to browse our security systems online or call us at 888-653-2288 for a consultation with one of our security experts. We're excited to help you select the perfect camera system for your needs.
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