When you choose your CCTV surveillance there are many different options that you can choose from and many different advantages you can gain from shopping around and choosing the best system. For the most part the majority of people will not know the difference between one CCTV surveillance camera and another however, which might lead them to purchase cameras that are not overly suited to the use they intend them for, or to miss out on some great features. Here then we will look at CCTV cameras and how they can vary with a kind of checklist of possible features and statistics for you to look at. Follow the items below and you should be able to get a handle on which cameras are for you.
Digital: It is possible to get either digital or analogue CCTV surveillance. The best is of course digital as this allows all the features we are going to look at next to be possible. At the same time it also allows you to record footage from multiple 'tracks' meaning you can see what is coming from several cameras at once without having to record from just one at a time and risk missing anything that happens on the others.
Resolution: The resolution of the footage is the size and the quality of the file. Of course a high resolution will mean a good frame rate and a high DP which will mean its easier to work out what's happening on the screen. However at the same time it will mean you need more storage for your files. Perhaps the best case scenario is that the resolution be adjustable so that you can have the best of both world's as it were.
Motion sensor: Motion sensor on a CCTV surveillance unit is a very useful tool indeed. This means that your camera will only record when it picks up movement. That in turn means that you have a lot less footage to look at to decipher the night's events meaning you can check the footage every morning something that might otherwise take too long. At the same time this means less file storage space is necessary so that you can use higher resolutions and better quality footage. In this case then you will have chosen quality over quantity.
IP: IP stands for Internet protocol and what this means is that the CCTV surveillance is wireless and can thereby be transmitted across long distances to be picked up by your computer. This way you can then watch the footage of the CCTV surveillance remotely and that allows you to make checks of the property without having to necessarily travel there. This can be great for peace of mind, or might be useful for checking out an alarm that's sounded without having to go there in person and potentially waste time. Of course the other benefit of IP is that it is wireless and this makes placing the cameras a lot easier and a lot more flexible. As you don't need to worry about cables etc you can easily put them anywhere and not worry about drilling holes in the walls etc. By being able to place them anywhere meanwhile you can see more of your property and avoid vandalism.