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What's The Best CCTV Camera?

Knowing which is the best CCTV camera to choose from can be challenging with so many brands in the marketplace! Names like Hik Vision, Uniview, Dahua, Panasonic, Bosch, and Axis all offer great products; however, the key is knowing which will offer the best solution for what you want to achieve.

To help you select the right camera, here are some things to consider.

The Best CCTV Camera

What do you want to achieve with your CCTV system?

It’s surprising that when we meet people who are looking to have CCTV cameras installed we often find that their requirements are quite vague.

Before you invest, clarity is key. Ask yourself what is the purpose of the CCTV system. If an incident was to happen what do I want the CCTV system to do at the time of the incident? Should the cameras give an overview of the area or is it important to have closer detail? How long should the CCTV system store footage? Would nighttime colour images be beneficial?

This blog aims to guide you through these critical considerations, ensuring that your CCTV investment aligns smoothly with your objectives and provides the security and peace of mind you seek.

Is night vision important?

Outside cameras have their own infra-red lighting to enable footage to be recorded during the night. If there is no lighting, the camera records in black and white so you need to be aware that the pictures won’t be as clear as during the day.

This is where it’s important to decide how much you want to invest in technology to get the best results. We recommend you ask to see an example of night time footage before you make a purchase.

Where can the cameras be positioned?

For identification and vehicle number plates, the camera needs to be installed at a height of around 3-4 metres. Sometimes it’s not always possible to get the camera installed in the best position to capture the detail needed. For example, many business cameras are installed far too high and all you end up seeing are the tops of people’s heads.

With careful planning, cameras in the workplace can be placed in some good positions so it’s worth taking the time to test out various options.
If you’re looking for a CCTV system for your home, the best place to install the camera is under the eaves. This works well for a single-level home however it’s not always ideal with a double-story home as the camera angle may mean the image is obscured. Again, it’s important to take the time to discuss various places and angles to achieve the best results.

Are CCTV systems affordable?

The answer is yes. There are a range of payment options for both homes and businesses. For a home, a 12-month interest-free repayment plan can be set up, subject to credit criteria being met, where repayments can start at $45 per week. For businesses, there are both operating lease options over 1, 2, or 3 years as well as lease-to-buy plans.

Will I receive after sales service and support?

No matter which camera system you choose be sure to check that the company you buy it from provides a good level of service and that the cameras have spare parts available locally. Also ask for some references on similar work they have recently done.

All Round Security is an experienced installer of CCTV systems and provider of after sales support services. We provide a range of home and business CCTV systems Auckland wide.
If you need help or advice in determining how best to protect your home or business, then please contact us for a free consultation.

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