Security cameras are some of the most powerful and effective aspects of a business’s overall security system. Commercial security cameras not only keep property safe and monitored while vacant, but also help deter overall theft. The recorded footage from these cameras can also be used evidence in the event of a criminal investigation.
Of the many different types of cameras on the market today, do you know which type of security camera is the best choice for your business?
- HD – High-definition cameras are the preferred choice for today’s security systems. They offer the best image quality and are perfect for protecting expensive items, as they are able to zoom without lowering image quality.
- Dome – A popular choice in retail stores to deter and detect shoplifters, domed security cameras are not totally undetectable, but offer unobtrusive monitoring.
- Day/Night – Commercial day/night security cameras are typically used outdoors as they offer clear images in all types of lighting conditions throughout the day and night. This allows for 24/7 monitoring that can help prevent vandalism and break-ins, and can also be used to monitor parking lots.
- Spy/Covert – Used as a covert and compact security solution, these tiny cameras are used to monitor activities in small areas. There are some restrictions with these cameras as they typically do not offer the best image quality and could cause legal or privacy issues. They can be hidden in or take the form of small items, such as smoke detectors, alarm clocks, or other inconspicuous devices.
- Bullet – Typically used as part of a closed-circuit television (CCTV) system, these cylindrical-shaped cameras are typically used to monitor areas that are considered a high risk. These cameras are more stationary than others, meaning they cannot pan, zoom, or tilt, but they are normally waterproof and can be used indoors and outdoors.
- PTZ – “Pan-tilt-zoom” cameras are a good option for covering larger spaces such as manufacturing plants, warehouses, and storage areas. Of all commercial security cameras, PTZs are one of the most complex (and expensive) options.
- Varifocal – The varifocal security camera is a flexible solution for monitoring varying distances and viewing angles. The focus is not affected when users zoom in and out on these cameras.
- Dummy – While they do not offer any recording or monitoring capabilities, “dummy” cameras can serve as a powerful deterrent against criminal activity.
- IP – Considered the most advanced options in security camera technology, Internet protocol cameras are able to stream video via the Internet. They are the ideal choice for large networking applications or covering large distances.