How to Buy A CCTV Security Camera

When it comes to closed-circuit security cameras (CCTV), most people think of elaborate systems that those like big companies who have secrets to protect, or the government who might have something to hide, would have. What most people don’t think of is the fact that CCTV systems are for anyone who has something or someone to protect. This goes for nearly everyone, including you. In fact, not only is having a CCTV system a good idea, but makers have come a long way in terms of making these so that they are not only practical but very affordable. This short article will give you some guidance on how you should buy a CCTV that fits your needs, as well as your budget.

Many Forms, Many Reasons

CCTV systems can take on a lot of different forms. These include those that are commonly called “baby monitors,” since they are designed to keep you informed of your baby’s status. On the other hand, CCTV systems can be extremely complex and very elaborate, able to move cameras automatically when they detect movement, then let you know wherever you happen to be.

Generally speaking, there are five different types of cameras, each for a specific purpose.

Bullet cameras. Bullet cameras are all too familiar to anyone who happens to take a walk downtown, or even around the block. They are shaped somewhat like a, well, a bullet. And despite their common shape, they can be very small or about the size of a soda can. Bullet cameras are easy to install. All you have to do is to determine the coverage you want, and mount the camera.

Dome cameras. Dome cameras are like the “eye in the sky” that you might have seen in casinos and similar environments. They are small and very unobtrusive, but highly effective. Just like bullet cameras, the only thing you need to do for dome cameras is to determine your viewing desires and mount the hardware.

Live streaming cameras. These are ideal for remote monitoring. You can either mount and lay these anywhere and the signal is streamed to you wherever you happen to be. Some of these can even be tilted, scanned, and moved by remote control.

Hidden cameras. Want to catch someone who is up to no good? These are ideal for the job. Commonly called “nanny cams,” they can be set up in a room where you suspect that certain activity is taking place, and you let it run. Motion normally turns the camera on, and whether you get the signal steamed to where you are, or you replay the activity later on, you’ve got an accurate record of whatever happened.

Wireless cameras. CCTV Singapore are increasingly popular because they can be fed into an existing monitoring system, whether it be a computer or a mobile device. In most cases, all you need to do is to set it where you wish and turn it on.

What Do You Need?

By just reading the above you are probably getting the idea that thanks to modern technology and design, you can have practically anything you want in cameras. The ideal situation for your case is best determined by the factors above or those below that are a little more specific.

Color or black and white? The presence of color in a video can be a huge help when there is a need to give specific information about a subject. For example, the ability to tell the police the color of an intruder’s clothing or his vehicle can be a big step towards identifying him later. In other cases, color might not be as big a factor. Either way, you can have the information available if you need it.

Motion activation. Having a camera that is activated by motion can save you hours of trouble and having to go through endless streams of door knobs. On the other hand, with a motion activated camera, you will only have footage of the intruder and what he was up to when he was in your home. You might also have footage of a fidgety cat, but wouldn’t you rather be absolutely sure?

Night vision. Did the intruder strike at night? If you have a CCTV camera, it won’t matter, since most systems will record activity, whether it happens in the daytime or at night.

Having a record. In days gone by, CCTV cameras fed video cassette recorders, which resulted in bulky tapes. Today, however, modern technology allows you to compress hours of tape onto tiny memory cards, just like cameras. As a result, keeping records of your CCTV recordings used to be prohibitive based on the size of the casettes, but not anymore.

Indoor or outdoor. If you have more concerns over what is happening outdoors rather than indoors, you don’t have to worry since cameras can be placed in either location just as easily. Outdoor CCTV cameras are weatherproof and rugged, making them excellent choices for recording whatever happens outside as well as what happens inside.

Fuzzy image? From time to time, vibrations can create trouble with CCTV images. Fortunately, there are cameras available that have image stabilization capabilities that will keep your image clear.

Wired for sound? If you think that not only what someone looks like is a help, but you would also like to know what they said, CCTV systems can also be set up so that sound can be recorded along with the visual images.

Networking. By now anyone who is even remotely familiar with CCTV systems knows that having a camera in a single place is usually of limited value. Having cameras in more than one place can be immensely valuable. Despite this, how do you monitor all of these cameras at the same time? It’s easy, with a professional CCTV installation person working for you he can create a system that incorporates all of the features above and allows you to monitor everything quickly and easily. Even better is the fact that with one call, a CCTV professional can make all of your surveilance problems a thing of the past.