Which Security Camera is Right for Your Business?

With so many different types of video surveillance camera options, it can be difficult to decide which is best for the security needs of your facility. While there are several factors to consider and evaluate, a good place to start is by learning more about the primary types of cameras that are available to you.

Analog Cameras

These types of cameras are what comes to mind for many people when they think of security cameras because they have been used for several years. These cameras work in a simple manner, once an image has been captured by the camera it is taken to the monitor and then recorded. Analog cameras rely on several compound wires for power and communication.

A couple of the benefits of analog security cameras include:

  • >   Lower cost – Since they are an older technology, analog cameras are
  •       cheaper than newer IP cameras (which we will get to shortly).
  • >   Greater Compatibility – With analog, it is easy to mix and match
  •       different cameras. If you already have some analog cameras that you
  •       wish to continue using, it will be much easier to integrate them with
  •       other new analog systems. When purchasing a new camera system,
  •       however, your best bet is to go with IP cameras. Which brings us to our
  •       next section.

IP Cameras

Internet protocol (IP) cameras are the newest technologically advanced camera type on the market. These cameras capture images or video and compress the files to transmit over a network. IP cameras can be connected to a network using ethernet cables or they can be connected wirelessly via a Wi-Fi router.

A few of the benefits of IP cameras include:

  • >    Better network connection: IP cameras have encryption built right into
  •        them providing for a secure network connection.
  • >    High video quality: IP cameras have better video quality and a larger
  •        field of vision than analog cameras.
  • >    Able to integrate with remote monitoring apps: Since IP cameras act as
  •        network devices, video feed can be retrieved and viewed using apps.

Night Vision Cameras

Night vision cameras are used at night or in very low light conditions. The devices detect a change in lighting and change to night vision mode, which is a simple process. The front of the camera is covered with powerful LED bulbs, when it gets dark out, the LEDs turn on and cover the camera’s field of view with infrared light.

However, the infrared light produced by these is completely invisible to the human eye, so it doesn’t seem that there is a bright light flooding the area.

This type of cameras is very helpful if you are looking in to monitor an outdoor area or a facility where the lights get turned off at night.

Security cameras are just one of the elements that can be arranged to make up a complete commercial security system that meets all your security needs. To learn more about our business security solutions, contact us today!