Choosing CCTV Surveillance Cameras – A Beginners Guide

If you’re looking to invest in a CCTV system to protect your business premises or home, it can be a little overwhelming as one look through a brochure can give you information overload. As a result it can be difficult to decide exactly which system is best for your needs. With this in mind, here’s a brief guide to help. 

Rule 1 – Decide what it is you want your camera to do

Do you want your camera to see a person at the entrance or to be able to read a vehicle registration outside your perimeter fencing? Are you looking for static fixed position cameras or cameras that can scan a wide area. Once you answer these questions, then you’ll have a better idea of the type of camera you need.

Rule 2 – Clarify your camera type

Taking into account the above, you should then take a look at the type of camera you need. In essence there are three types of camera on the market. These are

  • Entry level – analogue cameras, good for basic security (usually on domestic homes),

  • High definition (HD) cameras – Good for use on business properties, and

  • IP (internet protocol) cameras – These are the most expensive, but give outstanding picture quality.

Rule 3 – Cheap is expensive

As with anything in life, you tend to get what you pay for. This is certainly true when you come to buy CCTV equipment. You might seem like you’re getting a real bargain when purchasing a cheap system, but if it doesn’t do the job, then you could end up losing a lot more as your business or property is targeted. Instead look to spend the most you can within your budget. A high quality small entry level system will probably be a lot more effective than a larger unbranded cheap system.

Rule 4 – Consider your lighting capabilities

Most cameras film in colour during the day, but in the evening switch to black and white. That is unless sufficient lighting is set up. While you can buy low light cameras which don’t require the support of lighting they are pretty pricey, so if you’re looking to get the best quality pictures even at night, then it’s often cheaper to invest in quality outdoor lighting to accompany your CCTV.

Rule 5 – Ask a security professional for advice

Now you have a basic understanding of CCTV cameras and what they entail, it might be worth getting advice from the professionals. Here at MA Security for example, as well as providing security personnel for a wide range of businesses, we also design and install security surveillance equipment. Tell us your needs and we can help you to choose the right CCTV system for you.

To find out more contact us on 1300 020 406 today and speak to our friendly, experienced team.


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