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What To Look For In A Commercial Security Camera System

Protecting your business is imperative to any successful venture. Without the proper protection, you can quickly lose several years’ worth of assets. Modern commercial security camera systems offer a bounty of features that can take the stress out of managing your building’s protection.

The majority of commercial security systems feature two critical components: cameras and recorders.

Cameras

Video surveillance systems typically employ the use of either internet protocol (IP) cameras or analog cameras.

IP cameras offer high-resolution images that can be up to 5 megapixels in size, with a broader field of view than analog cameras can produce. IP cameras also have a video analytics feature that can allow you to access your images with your phone. They are more expensive than their analog counterparts, though a full IP system generally costs less than an entire analog security camera system.

Analog cameras typically produce images that are about one-half a megapixel in size, making them grainier and less precise than images captured by an IP camera. They do not offer many consumer-friendly features, making them a less attractive option for many business owners.

Camera Type

There are several different types of cameras you could use as part of a security system. They include:

  • Bullet: The most common type of camera associated with security systems. Also known as lipstick cameras, bullet cameras are small and have a single focal point.

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  • Dome: As their name suggests, dome cameras are dome-shaped cameras with a wide field of view.

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  • Live streaming: These cameras are often tiny but capable of movement and motion sensor streaming.

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  • Hidden: Hidden cameras are diverse and can be small enough to fit on the tip of your finger. Most hidden cameras are disguised as other objects, such as books or lamps.

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  • Wireless: A wireless camera records media without needed to be attached to a lengthy system of wires, making them discrete and easy to incorporate into your system.

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Indoor/Outdoor

Some security cameras are specifically designed to function either indoors or outdoors. Outdoor cameras are more resistant to weather but are easier to spot. Indoor cameras can be easier to hide, but they are far more sensitive to moisture.

Lighting

Many cameras are equipped with a night vision feature or offer some illumination. This is important when attempting to capture an event that happens during the night.

Audio

Some cameras have an audio-recording option, though cameras that function in this way are often recorders.

Recorders

Cameras capture and save still images, but recorders can capture hours of feed. Recorders incorporate the use of a camera, but they do not often take still photographs.

Recording Types

You have the option to save footage onto many different devices and in many different formats. IP cameras often require a network video recorder NVR, while analog cameras rely on digital video recorders or DVRs.

Resolution of Recordings

The resolution of your recordings depends on the type of camera used, the settings are chosen, and whether the camera is an indoor or outdoor camera. Most modern recording systems feature a minimum of 720p HD.

Storage

The amount of footage your recorder can store depends on whether you would like to utilize Cloud Storage or on-site storage. Cloud storage is a non-physical option for those comfortable with storing their data with an internet-based service. However, on-site storage is only accessible by the recorder operators and is located physically near the security camera system.

What is the  Best Commercial Security Camera System?

The best camera system is the one that meets all of your needs. A commercial grade security camera system can be a complicated endeavor, but it doesn’t have to be. CrownFire in Toronto offers a wide range of safety services and products to keep you, your business, and your family safe. Contact us today for a consultation regarding your security camera system needs!

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