IP Cameras will provide enhanced monitoring of your video security system with much higher resolution than traditional analog cameras. Higher resolution means better clarity and details in the camera views with the ability to post-record zoom into critical areas with a much broader view reaching up to 90 degrees.
Outdoor cameras are contained within a weatherproof housing able to withstand the temperatures and moisture of the outdoor environment. Both dome-style and bullet-style cameras are used at outdoor facilities and home security.
Indoor cameras tend to be smaller and lighter and are not weatherproof.
Both types of cameras can have infrared night vision capabilities if required.
Mounting Location. Consideration of the camera mounting location is determined by, first and foremost, the most optimal view from the camera. Secondarily, but just as important, the ability to run cabling to the location and the camera’s security. Cameras get stolen, and you can sneak up on them if placed in the wrong spot.
Types of Video Surveillance Cameras
The camera selection depends on several factors, including the shape and form factor of the camera. Dome cameras or Bullet-Style Cameras are the most popular today. Each offers essentially the same lens and video compression circuitry, so it’s a personal choice in packaging.
There are several choices when choosing a surveillance camera style:
Location – Will it be intrusive? Can it be tampered with? Best Viewing Angle?
Infrared Requirements – Bullet-style cameras are available in longer IR lengths (up to 400 feet)
Deterrence Factor: Many times, the mere spotting of video cameras will deter a security situation. How well do you want the cameras to be seen? Deter or Discrete?
Bullet Cameras tend to be placed in areas needing higher intensity Infrared and have a larger lens for a more extended Field of View. Bullet Cameras need to be out of reach as they are not vandal-proof devices.
Dome Cameras are the most common camera package and are discrete and can be placed on drop-ceiling tiles very effectively. The dome camera is offered in vandal-proof packages that can be placed in almost any location without fear of theft or damage.
The camera’s resolution is the relative pixel size of the screen being recorded. The higher the camera’s resolution, the more detail and clarity are available. More data, or more pixels, means a more detailed image being captured.