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8 Basic Comparisons To Make Before Installing A Video Surveillance System

As we all know that Video Surveillance Systems acts as an extra set of eyes for the business owner as well as modern law enforcement to catch all the activities in and around the business.

In order to choose the type of video surveillance system required, you must first decide the intent or purpose behind putting the cameras as it will largely determine the type of cameras you’ll need and you can get an estimate based on the complexity of the system.

Analog Vs Digital Cameras

1. Analog Cameras

A couple of decades ago, video surveillance systems captured and recorded video in the form of an analog signal that was stored to a tape which can be viewed later by the owner if required.

It was not well organized and cost-effective. These systems are outdated.


2. Digital Cameras

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Nowadays, digital video is the standard which can be stored in any digital storage device like a hard drive.

This allows us to record and store a large amount of data in a space less than the size of your pocket that too with a supreme video quality.



Open Vs Hidden Cameras

3. Choosing Open/Visible Cameras

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First and foremost thing to decide is, whether you want the cameras to be visible or hidden.

Most businesses prefer the cameras to be openly displayed as a deterrent for potential thieves or criminals.

These cameras are usually bigger in size with a bigger aperture.


4. Hidden Cameras

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You might also feel the need of hidden cameras that could blend in the background or with the décor without drawing anyone’s attention.

Some cameras like Pinhole cameras are available in much smaller sizes and discreet shapes that can be hidden in common objects that a scattered around the room.

Such cameras are also used as “Nanny Cams” where a suspicious inappropriate behavior is needed to be captured as a proof



Wired Vs Wireless Cameras?

5. Wired Cameras

The video surveillance cameras are available in both wired and wireless types. Wired cameras are reliable, capable of recording high definition videos efficiently with the help of a DVR.

Wired cameras are relatively inexpensive compared to the wireless cameras but wired connections may often require a professional installation for providing the proper passage through the walls with minimum drilling and cost-effective wiring.

6. Wireless Cameras

A wireless camera on the other hand just needs a power source that could either be a battery or a regular wall power-outlet; it’s basically a plug and play system for you if cost is not an issue.

The choice is your folks; I personally love wireless cameras.


IP enabled Cameras Vs Regular Cameras

7. IP based Video Surveillance system

An IP based video surveillance system provides a live feed of the targeted place that can be accessed from any device with internet access that too from any location in the world. Additionally, the videos are also stored by the system in a file format which can be accessed and viewed later.

The cameras or the whole surveillance system is connected in the same way as a computer is connected to the server. Each camera has a unique IP address assigned to it that identifies it on a network. The videos are transmitted to the server by the cameras on to the local network which can be accessed by the user over the internet using appropriate credentials.

8. Regular Cameras

A regular camera, on the other hand, is referred to all the above-mentioned types of a camera but without any IP capabilities. So, you can’t keep a visual track of activities or perform any operation remotely.

After analyzing the benefits of different type’s video surveillance systems you can select from the various available options in the market depending on your necessity. Hope this article will help you to come up with the best choice for your requirement(s).