There are many different types of security cameras. This article will help you understand the most popular types of security cameras and how each type can be used to secure your building, business and/or other property to help promote safety.
Bullet cameras are highly visible
The first type of security camera is a bullet camera. Bullet security cameras have a distinct advantage in that their presence is quite noticeable and can therefore act as an immediate deterrent. On the flip side, due to not being particularly discrete, bullet cameras may not be ideal for monitoring sensitive areas of a property. They do have one major advantage; they can be mounted on the walls, soffit, or under the eave. Moreover, they are primarily meant to cover smaller areas. Depending on the location, these cameras can be used to monitor the driveway, the garage, the front door, the stairway, hallway, and entryway, for example.
Intruders tend to avoid bullet-shaped security cameras, as they are easily visible, but again, they are often not very useful if the goal is to avoid their detection. Bullet-shaped cameras also tend to be easier to disable than other types of cameras and since they have an obvious and visible lens, they are more prone to be easily vandalized. Thus, these cameras are generally not the best option for buildings with a large number of windows and other structures. However, they are still effective when properly installed and provide high-quality video.
Domes are more resilient to tampering
Dome cameras are more resistant to tampering because they can monitor large areas. While domes are not as sturdy as a bullet-proof camera, they do have advanced functions and are more resistant to being knocked off. If an intruder crosses a line in front of the camera, it will trigger an alarm and notify the security officer. Dome cameras are ideal for high-traffic areas, as they can detect movement and identify intruders.
Another advantage of domes is that they are more discreet. Domes are often mounted on ceilings, which makes them less noticeable. Additionally, they are less vulnerable to vandalism and theft because they have a low profile. This can be an important benefit if you need to protect a business, church, or other location from vandals. Domes also have variable focal lengths, so they allow security teams to monitor a wide area.
PTZ cameras allow you to control the camera pan, tilt and zoom functions remotely via certain surveillance software
These video cameras can be used in many situations. They are particularly useful for surveillance in buildings, which may not allow you to adjust the lens manually. A PTZ camera’s automatic functions allow it to track moving objects. This feature is most useful in still locations where a person can’t move around much. Other features of a PTZ camera include motion tracking, which detects movement.
Many PTZ cameras are compatible with surveillance software. Most cameras allow you to control these functions remotely through certain surveillance software. One popular feature is presets, which let you set a camera’s location by previewing the video feed. Press the “SET” button to save the location into one of the 12 preset buttons. You can also use presets to follow a subject.
Wireless security cameras transmit images through Wi-Fi
While many security cameras are wired, wireless ones communicate with other devices within their place of installation via a Wi-Fi network. These cameras can also send video to a cloud storage or a DVR unit, enabling you to view the images from anywhere in the world. A few other advantages of wireless cameras include a lack of cables and less clutter.
The range of wireless security cameras varies. Some can reach up to 500 feet, while others only extend to 150 feet. While this is an ideal distance for most situations, the actual range depends on the building materials and obstructions within the range of the camera. In addition, brick, concrete floors, and trees may block the signal. Fortunately, there are ways to increase range, including using repeaters or antennas.
With the availability of a wide variety of security cameras, deciding which one works best for your particular application can bit a bit overwhelming and once decided the installation and setup tends to be quite challenging. Contact Academy Intercom to help with the entire process, we specialize in security cameras, we’ll work with you through the entire process of choosing the right security camera solution, installation and post-install support. Please contact us @ 1 (212) 539-1000 by phone or click here to contact us via our sales form. We look forward to hearing from you soon!