9 Tips To Help You Choose The Best CCTV System To Protect Your Family And Home
If you’ve ever browsed through CCTV surveillance camera brochures with their dozens of options, product shots, specifications and varying prices, you may have been tempted to slap it shut and leave upgrading your security system for another day. Hampton Tel of Monmouth County realizes the vast array of CCTV surveillance cameras and recorders on the market can be daunting, but this list of 9 points helps its customers make the best investment in a security camera.
The vast array of CCTV surveillance cameras and recorders on the market can be daunting, making it difficult to decide which system would be best suited to your home or business environment. To cut through the information overload, check out this list of nine points to help you make the best investment in a security camera system for your needs.
Going cheap can cost you more
It’s always wiser to invest in a good quality, small, entry-level system that allows you to add more cameras later on. Reputable security companies will offer a range of camera and recorder options from good brand names including Hikivision, Axis, Sunell, Secequip, Visionline, Dahua, Samsung, and Honeywell. Another benefit of reputable brands is the confidence in their warranty offerings compared to small retailers’ unbranded cameras, which may only offer the required six-month product guarantee at best, and will rarely include the service of professional installation and an extended no-nonsense warranty period of up to 3 years.
Decide what you need to catch on camera
If you consider what you can see with your own eyes, it is tricky to find a camera that will be able to mimic it. Advances in technology mean today’s cameras offer a range of angles, some even provide 360-degree vision and function under a range of lighting conditions.
Think about what you need to see on camera. That will help you decide what type of camera and what different camera functions you need. Do you want the camera to be able to see a vehicle outside the front driveway gate or a pedestrian ringing the bell?
Lens length and width explained
It can seem confusing to understand the technicalities of choosing lens size and wide-angle degree when selecting CCTV cameras.
For each millimeter of lens size, the rule of thumb is that this is how far away in meters the camera will be able to view its subject (focal length). The degree of a wide angle lens will determine the field of vision and shorten the focal length as the angle gets wider.
For example, a basic 60-degree wide angle, 4 mm lens will effectively identify a human target at up to 4 meters, but it will not have enough range to view the neighbour’s property to the left or right.
Storage and data
CCTV cameras can be attached to your home or business network through internet protocol (IP) to sound the alarm of a security breach and transmit data such as images to a security provider’s control centre via a broadband connection, such as wireless, GSM or ADSL.
The HD cameras will require more bandwidth and better internet connections and can be data hungry when accessing the feed on mobile devices, as well as require higher levels of memory storage to keep the better quality high res film which will mean bigger file sizes.