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What to consider when buying cctv system

The market offers a wide variety of CCTV cameras and setups, as well as related accessories. As a result, the sort of camera you use is determined by your application requirements. For example, cameras used in military and other mission-critical applications may be high-end and provide superior resolution at night. Additionally, they may allow infrared imaging. However, not all of these elements are necessary for a home setup. As a result, the cost would vary. This post highlights some of the considerations you should make when purchasing security cameras for your application.

1. You need to know what to cover up.

The fact that this is the most common thing we see may surprise you, but it’s true. Every part of the system is based on what you choose to cover. Deciding what to cover should always be the first thing you do when you start looking into a CCTV system. Features like ANPR, night vision, motion detection, and auto-tracking have completely changed the cameras that are out there.

2. Location

External factors can have a big impact on the effectiveness and design of a camera solution. When designing a camera solution, it is important to think about things like the weather and where the camera should be. Things like sunlight could change where you put the camera, but so could the risk of vandalism. You may also consider wireless security cameras if the location is a bit far from your home to save from cabling. 

3. Type of Camera

There are a lot of different types of security cameras, from Bullet Cameras to PTZ Cameras. You’ve thought about your risks and external factors, and you’ve done some research into the pros and cons of different camera designs. For example, you don’t want to put a bullet camera at a low level where it can easily be pushed out of view, so you should look for a vandal-resistant dome camera.

4. Resolution

After determining what you desire to capture and the distance between you and the subject, you must choose the quality of the image you need from your camera. With analogue systems supporting up to 1080p, it’s easy to be persuaded; however, their IP solution supports resolutions ranging from 1.2MP to 12MP, providing plenty of options. The most prevalent IP cameras on the market employ either 2MP or 4MP technology, which provide the best resolution for the money, and are often the best value for money if no old analogue wiring is present.

5. Data Storage

Storage is sometimes overlooked and only becomes an issue when the critical footage you want has vanished and is not returning! While NDE use tools to determine the amount of storage required, not everyone has access to these tools, so it is certainly worth considering before burning your cash on expensive cameras.

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