Tips on Buying CCTV Camera

CCTV cameras are ideal surveillance equipment and spy gadgets. Are you thinking about buying a CCTV camera for your home or office security? Don’t hurry – Take your time and do your homework before investing your hard earned money.

Today, the market is flooded with surveillance equipment and spy gadgets which contains various CCTV cameras outfitted with state-of-the-art technology. With so many options, it becomes difficult for an average customer to make the right choice; and many of us end up making a wrong choice due to lack of knowledge and unfamiliarity with the technology. Here are some points that you should keep in mind while purchasing a CCTV camera:

  1. Evaluate Your Surveillance Needs: The first and foremost thing is to evaluate your needs before making the deal. Make the purchase in accordance with application area where the camera is to be deployed and the lighting and weather conditions of that area. There are various types of cameras available, such as hidden cameras, IR Day/Night cameras, dome cameras, bullet cameras, pan-tilt-zoom camera, and more. Check out the features of each in accordance with your needs to make an informed decision.
  2. Check the speed of the camera: The fps (frames per second) rate calculates the speed of the video or in other words the number of images processed per second. It is advisable to select the fps depending upon the surveillance location. For example 30 fps is good for securing a casino or bank, 15-20 fps for retail stores and shopping malls and 5-7 fps for residential surveillance needs. Choosing a high power fps camera without the requirement is just an overkill and wastage of money.
  3. Check the Resolution of the CCTV Cameras: The measuring unit for resolution is horizontal TV lines (TVL). Higher the TVL better the picture quality. The resolution of normal cameras ranges from 350 to 400 TVL whereas for high resolution CCTV cameras, it goes up to 480 or 500 TVL. Higher resolution cameras produces crystal clear accurate images and are best suited for surveillance of crowded and crime prone areas.
  4. Do you need an Infrared camera: Infrared cameras work even in pitch darkness and thus provide 24×7 security, but they can be a very expensive investment in the long run as the LEDs that produce infrared beam last only for 1 to 3 years. Infrared cameras are recommendable only for high alert surveillance needs in critical areas.
  5. Color or monochrome cameras: Again depending upon the need and budget you can either go for color CCTV cameras or monochrome CCTV cameras. Although color CCTV cameras are more popular due to their excellent picture quality, but monochrome CCTV cameras are cheaper, have a fair picture quality and are easy to operate.
  6. Check for package deals: It is economical to go for DVR package deals as you get all the CCTV equipment compiled in a single package which not only resolves the compatibility issues but also eliminates configuration problems by making installation easy and flexible.
  7. Check warranty on the cameras you purchase: All quality reputed stores provide warranty on the surveillance equipment and other spy gadgets and stand by what they sell. It is advisable to check the warranty scheme before making the purchase as it will not only cut down on the maintenance cost but also guarantee the working of the equipment for a particular time period. Happy Shopping!

Eric Jensen is a former private investigator and surveillance camera installer. He consults for homes and businesses for hidden camera needs.

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