Published on December 22nd, 2016 | by Guest


A guide to select the right CCTV Camera for you

There are many factors that you need to consider before you buy that CCTV Camera. Choosing the right CCTV camera during installation process can be a headache. There are high chances that the installer could over-spec the CCTVs to be used. Here, we have formed a list of all those major factors for all the new CCTV users – this will hopefully help you come to discussion terms with your installer or have a good overview of the subject if you are planning to install them yourself.

First and foremost, you need to decide on the location of your CCTV Camera. Whether it is to be located indoors or outdoors? Because if the location is outdoors, then you need to make sure that the camera is weatherproof and if not, then it should be cased inside a special enclosure. This is to ensure that the camera endure minimum amount of wear and tear. Factors like wind, sun, rain, snow, etc. all need to be considered when choosing a CCTV System for yourself.

CCTV Cameras (source –

Next, you need to consider the amount of light levels that your cameras will be working in. Whether they’ll be recording stuff in daylight or at night time? This is necessary because different CCTV cameras are made to work in different light purposes. In case you’re using CCTV cameras to record in low lighting, then you should consider day-night vision cameras (they are the best and the most expensive too) or black and white cameras. Besides, black and white cameras will also be less damaging to your pocket, since they come cheap. You can also go for additional lighting if you’re adamant on using a normal camera. You can use Red beam or spot IR illuminators for this purpose.

IR Illuminators (source –

Once you’ve decided on the location and use of your CCTV Camera system, you need to select from the different camera types available. There are mainly three types of CCTV Cameras available in the market. They are:-


These CCTV Cameras fall in lowest end of the spectrum. They are decent enough to act as a deterrent, but I wouldn’t recommend anyone to rely on their photo image quality. Analog cameras are not equipped with high resolution lenses and therefore do not click or record high quality pictures that can be used for identification purposes.

Analog Cameras vs. IP Cameras (source –


– HDTV Cameras are good cameras enabled with a high quality lens that can click high resolution pictures. They can serve the purpose of intelligence in police investigations, etc. These cameras almost give a match to high end IP Cameras.


– IP Cameras cover the top notch of CCTV Cameras. They not only record in a great high resolution quality, but they also come equipped with burglars’ alarms. If someone tries to breach into the house where an IP camera is installed, then the IP camera will alert the security system. These are often used by small to medium sized business people.

You can also choose from different designs of CCTV Cameras, which include Dome cameras, bullet cameras and Pinhole cameras. To select one of these, you just need to consider the location and use of these cameras.

Bullet camera (source –

These are some of the main factors that you need to consider before buying a CCTV Camera as a first time user. Once you’ve made your acquaintance with these security features, then you can easily freely delve into more details of them.

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