Choosing a CCTV system for your home or business is an important decision. Here is a guide to what you need to take into account, in order to find the best solution.
Consider what you want the coverage for. Do you need a prominent camera that will act as a deterrent to potential intruders and vandals? Or do you want a more discreet system, which can be used to monitor a workplace or track customer in-store journeys? Consider if you need night vision, motion detection alerts, and smart system integration.
If you need the footage for identification purposes, for example, to provide evidence for prosecution for theft/vandalism, then high-res will give you the necessary close-up details. However, if you need CCTV for a more general purpose, such as monitoring vacant buildings or outdoor spaces, then low res might be more suitable.
What size of area do you want to monitor? High-definition cameras (HD) provide very clear and detailed quality images, but they typically cover a smaller area. Also bear in mind that HD cameras require more bandwidth than a lower resolution. If your internet tends to be slow and prone to outages, it may be worth investing in an upgrade if this is possible.
Whether the camera is to be positioned outdoors or indoors also needs to be considered. For an outdoor space, obviously you will need to ensure the camera is weather resistant. Some types include an in-built heater and screen de-misters to maintain good image quality in challenging weather conditions.
For more in-depth monitoring, a pan, tilt and zoom camera (PTZ) will allow you to rotate the position of the camera over a wide field of view. Many types of PZT camera can be controlled remotely, allowing the operator to track intruders or a customer journey, without the need to install multiple cameras.
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