5 tips for selecting the best security cameras

You can find a plethora of options in the market when it comes to choosing security cameras. But for choosing the best one for your home or workplace, you always must pick the right one that meets the needs of your situation.

This article shall walk you through 5 of the most prominent tips that will help to identify the special features required in a CCTV camera required to best fit your situation. Following these tips, will help you in getting the best surveillance coverage, making your investment worthwhile. Take a look.

1)    Color or black and white cameras: Both the color and black and white cameras come with their own specialty. When compared to black and white cameras, the colored versions are better at identifying valuable details of a suspect. These include clothing or hair color. But unlike colored security cameras, the black and white are far less costly and perform fantastically at the low light environment.

2)    Night vision capacity: The night vision capability of a typical colored security camera ranges between 15 and 50 feet. You can also opt for high powered night vision cameras that have a range of 150 feet. You can determine the night vision range of any camera by counting the number of infrared LED’s mounted on it.

3)    Lowest acceptable image quality: You may require different types of security camera installation at different locations. For instance, you install one of the security cameras at the front door to buzz the people visiting you. Another may be installed to see the license plates of cars driving through the parking lots. Now each of these cameras will require different image quality. You can get a clear indication of the image quality of the security cameras by the number of TV Lines (TVL) per inch. A typical general purpose security camera has 400 – 420 TVLs giving an average image quality. But if you need a camera producing much better image quality, then you should look for one having 480 – 520 TVLs. Or you may opt for a CCD camera for producing a better image in place of CMOS camera.

4)    Wired or wireless: Most people like to go with wireless security cameras just because they think that these would not require any wires or cables. But the truth is that although these cameras make use of wireless technology to send out a signal to a receiver connected to a DVR or monitor, most of them still need a cable for power input. Some of them may also be battery operated, which need to be replaced often. Moreover, the image quality of these cameras is very inadequate and poor.

However, many of these wireless security cameras come with cabling to supply all power requirements from a single wire.

5)    Element exposure: most of the general purpose security cameras that come in packed systems can be used both indoors and outdoors under normal conditions. If the security cameras that you install are going to be exposed to extreme weather conditions, then you would need to strongly mount them. Also if these cameras will be exposed to areas having threats of vandalism, then you must be careful about using well-built mounting brackets.

All of these mentioned tips should be kept in mind when selecting the right security camera for securing your property.