Plenty of CCTV security equipment comes with a number of features. Generally, the more basic a security camera is, the cheaper it costs. More features means, more expense. There are security cameras that can be programmed to work with your burglar alarm kits and there are wireless CCTV kits that can be programmed to work even if you are in another country. The possibilities are endless.
Consider first whether you want your equipment to record in colour or in black and white. CCTV cameras that capture footage in black and white are known to be cheaper than cameras that capture coloured video. However, the costs of CCTV cameras that can capture coloured footage have become far cheaper recently and are quite affordable. There are also cameras that capture videos in both colour and black and white depending on the lighting conditions.
Determine what kind of resolution you would like the video output to be. Resolution is the number of lines that form the footage on a monitor. The more lines there are, the clearer the output. This can be from fourteen to five hundred lines where five hundred lines is already considered high-resolution. Make sure though, that the monitor you plan to use for your CCTV equipment can accommodate the resolution of the security camera, otherwise, getting a high-resolution CCTV camera for a monitor that cannot accommodate the expected output is a waste of money.
Consider how fast you would like the camera capture rate to be. This can range anywhere from six to thirty frames per second. Most cameras roll at six frames per second for data management because capturing footage at thirty frames per second or in real-time can be data heavy.
Decide whether you would want your camera to be in a fixed position or if you want it to be able to pan, tilt and zoom. Most cameras are mounted to take footage of a specific area without moving but there are cameras that you can control to zoom in on objects and tilt or pan for a better view of an area. These are called PTZ cameras.
Determine if you want your security camera to be wired or wireless. Wired cameras need to be planned in such a way that you know where the wires are running and should be labelled accordingly. Wireless cameras are easier to install because they do not require complicated wiring. Many models are both battery operated and mains powered.
Identify what shape and form of camera you would like to use. Your options are vast so it is important to also consider the specific purpose the camera will be used for. You can opt for bullet cameras, dome cameras, box cameras or hidden cameras. Hidden cameras are very popular for home use because it can take any shape or form.
Also consider where you plan to install your cameras and when you will be using them. If you plan to install them outside, it is best to purchase cameras that are made to be weather resistant and tamper proof while ensuring you also purchase the necessary housing. If you only plan to take footage during the evening, then infrared and night vision cameras are the best equipment for you.
Lastly, ask yourself how many cameras you plan to use. This can be from one to as many cameras as you like provided you have the necessary equipment to accommodate all of them. Be careful not to get ahead of yourself by buying a lot of cameras that you will not even need. Only purchase what is necessary.
Once you have decided on all the elements listed above then you are ready to decide what the right CCTV security equipment is for you. Integrate and program this to work with your burglar alarm kits for the best results. In fact, you do not even have to be at home to view footage of your wireless CCTV kits. You can check in to see what is going on in your home from anywhere around the world by logging in to a web interface or mobile application to view real-time footage. Choosing the right security equipment is vital in securing the safety of your family or your business.