What security camera should I choose? Where should I put it? Questions like these must be answered as you decide to enhance the security of your home or office. Here we’ll do an overview of exactly what you need to know to select the best security camera for your needs and to know the best location for installation.
7PiXL Multimedia Group is an industry leader throughout the Dallas, Plano, and Frisco area in providing the latest, cutting-edge technology in multimedia, access control and surveillance, security camera installation, key card access, gate control and security system installation, maintenance, and monitoring for multifamily housing projects, commercial, office, industrial, and residential projects. Not only do we design systems that are aesthetically pleasing to the eye, our team is trained to work in concert with building professionals, general contractors, etc. to integrate systems into new or retrofit offices, multifamily complexes, or homes.
Selecting the right camera
Cameras have different features for different purposes. When the area and objects to be under surveillance is determined then you must next determine the camera features to best suit the security needs of the organization.
- Fixed or Pan, Tilt, and Zoom (PTZ Cameras)? When you walk into a building have you ever got the feeling someone was following you? How about just staring at you? Look up and you may see one of two types of cameras: Fixed or PTZ. The fixed camera will just stare at a particular view. The PTZ camera will survey the scene with movements like up and down, left and right, zooming in and zooming out. Fixed cameras are cheaper ($200 to $500 for fixed vs. $2000 or more for PTZ) and thus are more widely used. Fixed cameras aren’t usually monitored on a daily basis whereas PTZ typically are. PTZ cameras are also commonly used when security personnel are available to monitor the cameras from a central security room.
7pixl and our team of Security and Access control experts also bring their considerable experience to residential home automation control and security camera installation. Our access to various product lines allow us to tailor fit a residential system to any budget, and deliver a quality, completed project that will please the most demanding customer! From a new home theater or entertainment room to a full-blown state-of-the-art security camera installation, rest assured that the design, install and implementation of your system are performed professionally and properly, ensuring your safety and maximum enjoyment of your system.
- Megapixel or Standard Definition? Think of picture quality of an HD television compared to picture quality of the television you were exposed to when you were a child and think of the image quality of movies today compared to image quality just 10 years ago. The improvements from standard to high definition image quality means smaller items in images can be identified and used as evidence or clues during an investigation of a surveillance video. Roughly 4% of surveillance video cameras that were sold in 2008 were high definition but due to the clarity of the images. Cameras with high definition are being chosen more and more by organizations. Security cameras can go up to 16 megapixels in resolution whereas a high definition television has a limit of 3 megapixels.
- Analog or IP? The difference between the two is the same between a camcorder that records on a video cassette (analog) and an all digital camcorder (IP). While both types can be transmitted through a network an analog camera requires an adaptor to do so. A major benefit for using IP video surveillance cameras is that only IP cameras are capable of having megapixel resolution. Most infrared and thermal cameras are only available in analog, however. IP cameras are rapidly replacing analog cameras in the video surveillance market and currently represent about 20% sold.
We don’t stop there though, 7pixl can also set up your Audio/Visual system for your new office space as well! With our years of experience, along with the flexibility to develop custom solutions for everyone from small businesses to enterprise organizations, 7pixl can help you build an office with a professional Audio/Visual suite to impress your clients and employees. We also offer Structured Wiring solutions to allow your Television, Audio/Visual, and Internet services to be delivered where needed without clutter. All of our integrated commercial and office AV and control systems are custom designed and tailored to meet our client’s needs, budgets and preferences.
- Color, Thermal, or Infrared? With security cameras, color may be beneficial in low lighting but that’s just about the only time. In this case an infrared or thermal camera would be beneficial as they produce black and white images. Black and white images won’t blend together in the dark as color images would. Thus, color cameras would be better suited for surveillance during the day or of well lit areas. Infrared or Thermal are better suited for darker areas. Infrared cameras use infrared illuminators to create a clear image. These special lamps make infrared cameras considerably more expensive, like 2 to 3 times more, than color cameras. Thermal cameras are even more expensive and can cost from $5000 to $20,000. These cameras produce outlines of objects and do not require any lighting and would be good for areas like in the middle of the desert or woods.
Location, Location, Location
The security camera is a crucial component of surveillance and the placement of it is as crucial as the security camera itself. Placing the camera in the wrong spot would be as effective as putting a blindfold over the lens. The very purpose of a camera is to survey activity and protect property. When placing a camera one must consider the assets being protected and all possible ways people can enter the secure area, known as chokepoints.