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How to Choose the Ideal CCTV Camera Type
Ready to call a security company to handle your professional CCTV installation process? While CCTV installation experts can help you with choosing the ideal type of CCTV cameras, it doesn’t hurt to be familiar with some of the basic options before you make the call.
The list below will provide you some insight into the functions CCTV cameras can handle and the options we can use to build your customised system. Depending on your budget and your needs, you can opt for one, two, or more types of cameras. For instance, you don’t have to pay extra to have HD cameras in areas where you don’t need them.
Let’s take a look at the cameras and systems that can offer your peace of mind and keep your premises safe from intruders.
The most popular types of CCTV monitoring cameras are:
Dome CCTV Cameras
They get their name from their dome-shaped casing around the camera. Their unobtrusive design makes them super easy to fit for any outdoor or indoor use. The dome makes it hard for intruders to tamper with the camera, so you’ll enjoy a future-proof security system.
Dome CCTV cameras are ideal for restaurants, hotels, casinos, and others because they have 360-degree angles and can be easily added to any monitoring system.
Bullet CCTV Cameras
Bullet CCTV cameras are perhaps the most widespread option. Their iconic design makes them easy to recognise and act as a deterrent for intruders.
CCTV specialists always recommend bullet cameras where possible because they withstand rain and even extreme weather conditions very well. They may not be suitable for high-definition and high-quality photos, but they are still a great technology for outdoor use.
C-Mount CCTV Cameras
Want to monitor varying distances? Then C-mount CCTV cameras are a great choice, thanks to their detachable lenses that can be switched around.
These cameras are very popular in CCTV installations in the logistics, manufacturing or the utilities industry because they can monitor stretches or road and wide premises. This is also a great technology for extreme weather conditions.
High Definition (HD) CCTV Cameras
Want the best quality in your images? Then we recommend you add HD cameras to your CCTV system. They have resolutions ranging from 720p to 4K.
High-definition cameras are available in a lot of dome and bullet models. They are ideal for criminal identification.
Infrared/Night Vision CCTV Cameras
Want to install CCTV cameras that are useful 24/7? The night vision cameras are what you need. If you worry about night-time security, these cameras are the ideal solution.
While the imagery may not be as clear as that obtained by HD cameras, night vision cameras are an excellent deterrent in industries like manufacturing.
Day/Night CCTV Cameras
Need a CCTV system that doesn’t compromise quality depending on the time of day? Day/night CCTV cameras are designed to ensure your security 24/7. Typically, they record in both colour and black and white and the quality of the image when the lighting is ideal is very good.
Day/night cameras are typically used when you want to install CCTV cameras in outdoor areas, where the light is variable.
PTZ Pan Tilt & Zoom Cameras
Do you have a large security team that needs to closely monitor certain areas? Then PTZ cameras are the best choice, since they offer the possibility to zoom in and out to analyse certain incidents in detail.
Not only does the optical zoom give you the possibility to focus on certain areas, but the pan/tilt function provides a 360-degree view angle. This way, your security service can always be on top of every situation, even developing ones, as they have
the opportunity to react quickly.
Network/IP CCTV Cameras
Go mobile with your monitoring by using network/IP cameras. Their feed can be accessed online, from anywhere in the world, which makes them ideal for offices where management travels a lot.
The feed is stored on NVR (Network Video Recorders – not to be confused with DVR, which is used for analog cameras) for later access. Your archive footage can always be accessed via NVR for later use. Plus, the installation process is very easy, since there are no computer stations or co-axial cables required.
Wireless CCTV Cameras
Thinking about installing CCTV on your premises, but dread the long process? We get it! Wireless cameras are often the fastest system to install because they need fewer cables. Please bear in mind that, despite their name, wireless cameras aren’t 100% wireless. They still need to be connected to the mains network to draw power. Some newer options work on batteries, but do keep in mind that this means changing the batteries quite frequently.
Still, they are an increasingly popular option, especially in indoor environments like churches, museums, stately homes, art galleries, and others where aesthetics are very important.
Still not sure what type of CCTV system or camera is the ideal fit for your company or your oganisation? No problem!
Our professional CCTV installation service always starts with an on-premise survey. This will help us identify the most suitable system for your security needs, as well as the best solution budget- and aesthetics-wise.
For more than 20 years, we’ve served customers in London and the surrounding areas with CCTV installation services that are always future-proof. What does this mean for you exactly?
It means that, since the moment you call us until the final test of your system, our main concern is making sure that your money is well-spent. We would never recommend a CCTV system that will be obsolete within a few years.
ACCL work with top manufacturers and distributors of CCTV and security solutions from all over the world. We are certified installers and service professionals for some the most popular CCTV cameras brands in the UK. This means we have high standards to uphold and that our installation services will always go above and beyond.
Ready to take your security to the next level? Call our CCTV installation experts today or drop us a line and we’ll get back to you to schedule your on-site survey. This is a completely FREE, no-obligations service, so what have you got to lose?
Let’s talk about enhancing your security today!