Knowing which is the best CCTV camera to choose can be challenging with so many brands in the marketplace! Names like Panasonic, Bosch, Axis, Hik Vision and Dahua 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.
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 purchase a camera, we recommend spending some time working out a) What you want to actually see? b) Is it for both day and night? c) Is the footage to be used for training purposes? d) What do you want to do if you see an incident? e) Do you want to prosecute a trespasser or fire a staff member and if so, have you got the right advice and procedures in place?
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 need 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 really well for a single level home however it’s not always ideal with a double story 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.
How much do you want to spend?
The first question to ask is whether you actually need the latest CCTV technology or is it more important to get the best camera that your budget allows?
Quite often a lower priced camera can give a more expensive option a good run for its money. Again, ask to see the pictures that the camera produces as that will give you a good indication of the quality.
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.