Good Quality CCTV Security Cameras

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Good Quality CCTV Security Cameras

A good-quality CCTV, or closed circuit TV security, camera can mean the difference between catching a thief and allowing him to go free. Many people use the closed circuit TV camera as a tool to deter criminals, as well as catch criminals after a robbery or act of vandalism. There are quite a few closed circuit TV cameras on the market today and it can be hard to choose between the different types and features available. Some businesses and homes only use a closed circuit camera as a deterrent, while others use them to keep an eye on employees. These closed circuit cameras can be placed just about anywhere on a property, including dark corners and hiding places. Good-quality CCTV security cameras may be purchased at electronics shops and on the online auction website, eBay. Before purchasing a CCTV security camera, one must consider the area they want to view, which type of camera is best for the area, and know how to plan a CCTV security system.

CCTV Viewing

The area that a person wants to view is very important for deciding which closed circuit camera is needed. With a wide variety of cameras on the market today, every area or light condition is capable of being viewed. The coverage area, lighting conditions, and indoor or outdoor conditions need to be considered.

Coverage Area

The coverage area for a CCTV security camera is the amount of any given space that can be seen or filmed by the camera. Some cameras are static, while other cameras have the ability to pan. Panning is the movement of the camera. Some cameras can pan 360 degrees and others may only pan 180 degrees. Each of these options has a different purpose and coverage area. There are advantages and disadvantages to each of these. A static camera often has a clearer picture but can only view a certain percentage of the total area. A 180-degree camera can move in a 180-degree arc, but has a picture that may not be very clear, and the same applies to the 360-degree camera.

Light and Dark

There are cameras that can only see when it is light out or when a room or parking lot is lit. There are cameras that have night vision and can record in the dark if they need. Knowing which one to use depends on the lighting conditions of the recording environment. A security camera in a parking lot may need to be a night vision camera, while a security camera inside a shop may not. There are several different options for light and dark vision cameras. Some of these cameras are able to record in total darkness, while others need a semi-lit or completely lit environment. Night vision cameras tend to be more expensive than the ones that may record in daylight.

Special Circumstances

There are a few cameras that are made for special circumstances, such as those that clear up yellow glare as they pan across a light or light source, such as a headlight, which improves general viewing, particularly in parking lots.

There are also cameras that are meant to be placed inside of a home or business, such as nanny cameras and micro cameras. These cameras can either be night vision or day vision cameras, but they are built very small so as not to be noticed.

Types of Camera

There are several common features from which to choose when searching for a good-quality CCTV security camera. How these features are chosen depends upon the type of viewing area and what is being viewed. Each of the different CCTV security cameras has a specific function that is used to the advantage of a shopkeeper or homeowner.

The method by which a camera records is of major importance when it comes to a closed circuit TV security camera. Many of the cameras record to tape or disk, while others record to a hard drive or some other storage media. The more modern camera systems have the ability to do both. As technology advances, so do the camera systems available. Most larger businesses have Wi-Fi cameras that do not require the traditional power and coaxial cables.

Type of Camera

Functions and Options

Standard-definition corded day camera

Daytime coverage

Indoor coverage

Static or pan

Bulletproof or vandal-proof models

Records to tape or hard drive

Has a cord

May be solar-powered

High-definition corded camera

Daytime distance coverage

Indoor coverage

Static or pan

Bulletproof or vandal-proof models

Records to tape or hard drive

Has a cord

High-definition clear video

May be solar-powered

Standard-definition cordless camera

Daytime coverage

Indoor coverage

Static or pan

Bulletproof or vandal-proof models

Low-quality picture

Records to any media

Cordless

May be solar-powered

High-definition cordless camera

Daytime distance coverage

Indoor coverage

Static or pan

Bulletproof or vandal-proof models

High-quality picture

Cordless

May be solar-powered

Night vision standard-definition camera

Daytime and nighttime coverage

Indoor coverage in night mode

Static or pan

Lower-quality picture

May be solar-powered

Wired or wireless

Records to any media

Night vision high-definition camera

Daytime and nighttime coverage independently

Indoor coverage switching

Static or pan

Lower-quality picture

May be solar-powered

Wired or wireless

Records to any media

Pan, tilt, and zoom

Each of these cameras comes in a variety of styles. Some of the styles are vandal-proof, waterproof, rounded, and standard. The bulletproof or vandal-proof camera is often used outside or in high-crime areas where someone may want to damage the camera. The standard cameras work well for indoor or outdoor use, but they need to be placed in a high position because they can be tampered with or vandalised.

Specialty Cameras

There are groups of cameras that are meant for specific purposes. Much like the mini-CCTV cameras used as nanny cameras, there is also the pocket camera. This camera is extremely small and is used to catch a specific person or action on tape. There are also anti-glare cameras. An anti-glare camera is one that adjusts to the light sources in the area. This stops whiteout or camera glare and gives a clear picture of what is happening. These types of cameras are mostly used in parking lots and as traffic cameras.

Planning a CCTV Security System

When planning a CCTV security system, one has to keep in mind what they want to capture on film and what they do not. The purchase of a camera system can be extremely costly. It is important to know what is needed before purchasing a system. Most people purchase a variety of different types of camera for a more complete system. This allows a business to get the most out of a camera system. First, walk around the property or shop and look for inconspicuous places to place the cameras. If the camera is on an inside angle corner, then a static camera is just fine. If the camera is on an outside corner angle, then a 180-degree panning camera is a good option. If the camera is going to be mounted in the centre of a room or on a pole, a 360-degree camera is good choice.

For security purposes, business owners need to consider what they want to protect the most. If watching employees is important, then a camera mounted behind a till can serve the dual purpose of watching a counter and watching a till. If the parking lot is high-risk, then a night vision anti-glare camera in the parking lot is a good idea.

Buying a CCTV Camera on eBay

If the CCTV security camera system that you choose has a variety of different types of camera, a great place to purchase cameras individually is on eBay. They have a wide variety of cameras from which to choose, and you can mix and match different cameras. To find a CCTV camera on eBay, all you have to do is enter the type of camera that is needed into the search box and hit search. This populates a list of the different cameras they have for sale. Then, you can select the camera that suits your needs.

If you read a product description and you are unsure if the camera works with your system, you can always ask the seller a question. Sellers are generally very knowledgeable about the cameras that they sell. Also, take a look at the feedback about the seller. Each seller has both feedback and a star rating.

Conclusion

Proper planning and a good understanding of the different CCTV security cameras is necessary for a good security system. By knowing the types of cameras and planning where cameras should be located, one can install a security system that both performs well and is cost effective. There are wired and wireless systems to choose from as well as night and day vision. There are also cameras that record to a hard copy, such as a disk or a tape, and those that record to hard drives. Ultimately, which combination of cameras a business chooses depends on its needs. The wide selection of cameras available on eBay allows a business to mix and match the types of cameras that are available to make a complete system. Not every business needs advanced cameras and some businesses need an extremely advanced camera system. It is important to know which type of system your business needs.

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