Are you in search of home security cameras? When you search online for cameras, you may feel overwhelmed by all of your options. Along with having so many brands and models to choose from, you also have a wide range of security camera types.
Which type of camera is right for your home security needs? Let’s take a look at each type and how they work.
PTZ Security Camera
If you’re looking for small security cameras, PTZ security cameras are a great option. PTZ stands for pan-tilt-zoom, and just as its name suggests, these cameras allow you to pan, tilt or zoom using remote controls on a browser or software program. The remote control function makes PTZ cameras great for all types of surveillance situations.
· Panning is when the camera moves horizontally.
· Tilting is when the camera moves vertically.
· The zoom function allows you to zoom in on a subject.
In many cases, a PTZ cam can support preset positions that allow for easy monitoring at different angles. These positions can be used in conjunction with alarm triggers to allow for thorough monitoring in a wide range of environments.
Of course, the camera’s positioning and viewing angle can also be adjusted manually as needed.
Some security PTZ cameras can use their pan and tilt functions to follow targets, which may be ideal for monitoring doorways and areas just outside entryways.
Box Security Camera
Box cameras are outdoor security cameras and are sometimes referred to as CS-mount cameras. These cameras can also be used indoors with the right mount.
When most people think of security cameras, box security cameras are what usually comes to mind.
One advantage of a box camera is that you can easily customize it to your needs. In most cases, the lenses are detachable, which allows you to make changes for different situations and applications. A few of the many lens options for box security cameras are fixed and vari-focal.
With the ability to change out lenses, box security cameras can cover 40 feet and even beyond.
Bullet Security Camera
Bullet security cameras systems are small and shaped like bullets. They’re sometimes referred to as lipstick cameras.
Some smaller bullet cameras are no bigger than a cigar. Others are larger in diameter, especially infrared bullet cameras that need IR LEDs.
There are several types of bullet cameras, including CCTVs, AHDs and TVIs.
One thing that sets bullet cameras apart from others on this list is that they are meant to be seen. Bullet cameras are designed to be visual deterrents for thieves.
While you can use bullet cameras indoors, they are best suited for outdoor use where they can deter criminals before they have a chance to enter the building.
Bullet cameras are great for:
· Monitoring areas that require long ranges
· Overt security purposes
· Protecting homes and offices because they are visual deterrents
IP Security Camera
IP stands for Internet Protocol. This type of security camera allows for digital surveillance and transmits video footage over the Internet or local area network (LAN). IP cameras connect to the network through either Wi-Fi or a Power over Ethernet, also known as PoE, cord.
In many cases, IP cameras are connected to network video recorders or digital video recorders. They’re an excellent solution for business-level video surveillance, but they can also be great for home security purposes.
Day/Night Security Camera
Many business security cameras are actually day/night security cameras. These cameras can capture footage and surveil the area whether it’s day or night.
Day/night cameras automatically adjust based on the current lighting situation. They typically come equipped with infrared LEDs that provide night vision. These infrared LEDs are blocked during the day to ensure the camera captures clear images. At night, the filter moves away and allows for low-light recording and surveillance.
The main advantage of this type of camera is that it allows for seamless monitoring in any lighting condition. This makes it easier and less costly to monitor your home or office.
Now that you have a better understanding of the different types of security cameras, you can decide which one will be appropriate for your needs and budget. While each has its own advantage, PTZ cameras are often preferred by homeowners because of their affordability, easy use and advanced controls.