Whether you are looking for a security camera for your home or business, it is an important decision to undertake. Having the correct camera in place can keep you and your property safe from damage, theft and a variety of other issues but you need to know what you are looking for first. Getting the right set up can make all the difference in your home or office security needs.
PTZ Or Fixed
The first thing you need to decide is whether you will be fine with a camera that is fixed in place or if you need a PTZ (pan, tilt and zoom) camera. This mostly depends on how much security you need and how many you will be using. In general fixed cameras are more affordable but PTZ ones have a wider recording range.
Standard Definition Or Megapixel
You should also decide what type of definition you want your camera to have. It will generally be more affordable to have standard definition and in some cases this is more than enough for your purposes. Sometimes, however, it is important to be able to zoom in closely and view objects, especially during investigations.
IP Or Analog
In today’s world it may be surprising that there are security cameras that still use cassettes but there are and these are analog cameras. IP ones only record digital images and the option you choose mostly depends on what you will be using it for. If you need megapixel definition, you will need an IP camera. If, however, you want a thermal or infrared camera, you will probably need an analog one.
The final factor is what type of image you need the camera to record. The standard option is to either record footage in black and white or color but you can also get a camera that records thermal or infrared images depending on your needs.