Type of CCTV Camera System for Your Home and Business

The market is filled with different types of CCTV cameras varying in their features and functions, all of which have one thing in common: they capture clear footage irrespective of the time of day, light availability, or extreme weather conditions.

You must make sure you have the right kind of system installed at your business to guarantee its effectiveness and efficiency. Here are the many options to choose from:

• Dome CCTV camera

Named after its shape, the dome camera is typically installed indoors and on the ceiling of a room. Its stand-out feature is that it’s hard to tell which direction the camera is facing, making it difficult to dodge if someone even tries to. They are widely used in retail stores and office spaces.

• Bullet CCTV camera

Another one taking its name from its unique shape that resembles an oversized bullet, the bullet camera is typically installed outdoors where long-distance surveillance is required. Due to their placement, they come in a protective casing and are weather-resistant.

• Day/Night CCTV camera

These CCTV cameras are ideal for use in both types of lighting conditions; light and dark, and can be used for 24×7 surveillance. They are typically placed outdoors, have a wide dynamic range, and can withstand direct sunlight, reflections, and glare.

• Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ) CCTV camera

As the name suggests, this camera gives the user the ability to pan, tilt, and zoom the lens for better surveillance. They are extremely responsive and are used for accurate monitoring and a clear view of the subjects in question. Due to their special controls, they are ideal for use in highly sensitive areas where monitoring is required in real-time.

• High Definition (HD) CCTV camera

CCTV cameras come in varying recording capabilities and qualities. One of the defining features is the frame rate at which the camera records the footage. HD CCTV cameras do so at a high frame rate and crisp HD quality. This allows them to capture clear footage giving the user the ability to zoom without losing picture quality.

• Infrared/Night vision CCTV camera

Sometimes the areas that need to be monitored are not well-lit and monitoring them with regular CCTV cameras becomes a challenge. That’s where infrared/night vision CCTV cameras come into action. They can record footage in poor lighting as well as absolute darkness using infrared LEDs.

• Network/IP CCTV camera

Network/IP (Internet Protocol) cameras use the internet to transmit recorded footage over a far distance. Unlike their analogue counterparts, IP cameras do not require a local recording device. They work using both wired and wireless technologies and are relatively easy to install.

• Wired CCTV camera

Wired CCTV cameras, also known as DVR (digital video recorder) systems, are used in conjunction with a recording device connected to a power source and the internet using a cable.

They can either be powered through a separate cord connecting the power and internet or by using a Power over Ethernet (PoE) cable, requiring just one cable providing both power and internet connection.

• Wireless CCTV camera

Wireless CCTV cameras are connected to a power source via a cable and connected to the internet over Wi-Fi, uploading the recorded footage to a local storage device or the cloud.

The main difference between a wired and wireless CCTV camera is that the recorded footage in wireless systems is transmitted from the camera to the recorder wirelessly, whereas wired systems work entirely over cables. Both, however, require wired power.