CCTV cameras

The Different Types Of CCTV Cameras

Investing in a personal security system for your home or business is a wise move to make, and CCTV cameras are a popular choice in do this. What you may not be aware of is that there is actually a wide variety of CCTV cameras available, each providing their own advantages. It is worth taking the time to scan the various options, to decide which set up would best suit your home or business.

In this blog, we are going to discuss the different types of CCTV cameras and detail the pros and cons of each of them. Selecting the right CCTV camera system can be vital in ensuring that your home or business is sufficiently protected from unwanted visitors and trespassers. CCTV cameras are not only handy for capturing footage but also acting as an effective deterrent for potential intruders and criminals.

Dome Cameras

Dome cameras are one of the most commonly used CCTV cameras, being able to be used effectively for indoor and outdoor surveillance. A big advantage of dome cameras is that because of their shape and size, it is unclear which direction the camera is pointing towards. This gives potential criminals an extra layer of uncertainty, making it less likely for them to attempt to break in or take part in any criminal activity within the vicinity of your property.

One of the downsides to Dome cameras is that they operate with a relatively short range when compared to their counterparts. They can also be more challenging to install although if you seek help from professionals, then this should not be too much of an issue. Dome cameras are quite small in stature, which is good for remaining covert and out of sight. However, you may prefer a camera that is more easily spottable for the purpose of acting as a visual deterrent. 

Bullet Cameras

Gaining their name from their cylindrical shape, Bullet cameras are alongside the Dome cameras with being one of the most popular varieties of CCTV set-ups. Their size means that they are very effective as a visual deterrent, putting off potential criminals or trespassers from committing any offences on your premises because they can see that they are being watched. A big advantage of the Bullet cameras is that they have a great range of vision, making them perfect to be used in large spaces such as car parks. They also cope well in various weather conditions and can work without being affected by glare.      

The disadvantages of Bullet cameras are that because of their obvious visibility, they are more easily targeted by vandals. Their size also means that they are not easy to blend in with the surroundings, so if you are looking for a more covert system, Bullet cameras are probably not the best option. These cameras do not also have an auto-focus feature, meaning that you need to make sure the positioning of the cameras are perfect when they are set up, or you may not be able to see the full scope of your premises.

PTZ Cameras

PTZ cameras get their name because they can pan, tilt and zoom, being able to move up, down, left, right, closer and further away. Their brilliant range in movement means that they are very versatile, being extremely useful to provide security for a range of properties and areas. Their movement also means that one camera has the potential to cover the same ground as multiple stationary cameras. Another great feature of the PTZ cameras is that the video quality is very high, which makes identifying people very easy.

The disadvantage of PTZ cameras is that in order to use them to their maximum potential, a security guard or camera operator needs to be able to utilise the movement of the camera. Additionally, as much as the range of mechanics and moving parts works in the camera’s favour, it does mean that there are more parts that could potentially break or malfunction. The complexity of the camera also means that it may be difficult to fix.

Night Vision CCTV Cameras

If it wasn’t obvious by their name, Night Vision CCTV cameras work far better than their counterparts at night time, working effectively in complete darkness. These cameras are also designed to withstand fog, dust and smoke. Night Vision CCTV cameras offer effective surveillance at night, arguably when your home or property will be at the most risk. These types of cameras are most commonly used in banks, manufacturing plants and farms, however, they could also be perfectly suitable to be set up around your home or small business. 

The disadvantage of Night Vision CCTV cameras is that they work to their best ability in the dark, offering less clarity during the day. Night Vision cameras are also known to suffer from technical difficulties that could potentially impair how well the camera records such as moving spots or some image deterioration over time. 

Contact Matrix Fire and Security

We hope that this blog speaking about the pros and cons of multiple CCTV camera types has been helpful. At Matrix Fire and Security, we understand that the safety and security of your property is a top priority, which is why we pride ourselves on our excellent customer service.

If you are interested in installing a CCTV camera operating system around your home or business, please do not hesitate to get in touch. If you would like assistance with selecting and fitting CCTV cameras, you can fill out our online enquiry form or give us a call on 01296 614440. 

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