The Five Most Common Types Of Security Cameras And Their Uses

December 9th, 2022

When it comes to security cameras, whether it is for your home, small business or mega-corporation you want the camera that will work best for your situation. There are many CCTV cameras to choose from, each for different situations and uses. Selecting the proper camera for your application is vital to ensure you have proper security coverage.

So let's look at some cameras currently on the market. 

  1. Dome Security Cameras:

Dome cameras are mostly utilized for outdoor as well as indoor security and surveillance.  Because of its small dome shape, it is difficult for intruders to determine which way the camera is facing. This design feature is a good deterrent for criminals as they cannot determine if it is pointing at them or not. Other benefits include:

  1. Bullet Security Cameras:

Bullet cameras are named due to their long cylindrical shape that resembles a bullet. These cameras are ideal to use outdoors. They are excellent in applications where you would need long-distance viewing. Due to their protective casings, they are shielded from the elements. They are also fitted with a fixed or zoom lens. Other benefits include:

  • Come with easy to install brackets
  • IR night vision
  • High-quality video resolution
  • Vandal-resistant
  • Maneuverable

  1. Day To Night Security Cameras:

These cameras are able to operate both in normal light and in poorly lit environments. Because of their extra sensitive imaging chips, they can capture clear video images in the dark and do not require inbuilt infrared illuminators. Because of this feature, they are ideal for outdoor surveillance. Other benefits:

  • Records data in both color and black and white
  • Comes in several sizes
  • IR capability

  1. C-Mount Security Cameras:

C-mount cameras were the first security cameras developed and were first introduced in the 1970s. But do not let that deter you. C-mount cameras come with detachable lenses, allowing you to make simple lens changes to adjust to different applications. These cameras, with the correct lenses, can cover distances greater than 40 feet.  Standard lenses can only cover distances for 34-40 feet maximum. More benefits include:

  • Can be upgraded to support updates in technology
  • Work effectively for indoor usage
  • They are bulky but their noticeable appearance can act as a deterrent

  1. Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ) Cameras:

PTZ cameras allow the camera to pan (move from left to right), tilt ( move up and down) and the lens will zoom closer or further according to your needs. These cameras are usually used in situations where there is live security or a specialist operating the security systems. Some benefits of the PTZ camera:

  • High-quality image resolution
  • X36 optical zoom
  • 200m IR night vision

If you’re still not sure what camera is best for you property, a professional security expert can help. A security professional will determine what areas of your property would benefit most from surveillance, what type of camera to use, and how to use the camera to truly protect your property. 

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