Types of Security Cameras

There is a wide range of security cameras which you can mix and match to build a strong surveillance system. CCTV cameras come in many types and features. With so many different kinds of security cameras available on the market, deciding which one is right for your home or office can be a very difficult task. The information in this post will give you the basic knowledge to find the appropriate security cameras to meet the specific security needs of your home and office.

Types of Security Cameras

Dome Cameras

Dome security cameras are one of the most familiar types of CCTV cameras, which are commonly placed in retail stores, malls, restaurants, banks, etc.  Some homeowners also install these cameras outside their residence. A dome camera is a combination of camera, lens, and ceiling mount loaded in a dark color dome-shaped housing. These housings are designed to make these cameras unobtrusive but visible.


Bullet Cameras

These cameras are identified by their thin and cylindrical design. These kinds of cameras are best suited for outdoor purposes and long-range surveillance. A bullet CCTV camera can be found wall-mounted or ceiling-mounted in monitoring areas. The main advantage of Bullet Cameras is their low cost and small size.


Wireless Cameras

Wireless cameras are types of CCTV cameras that may or may not be connected to the internet. These cameras use signaling devices to transmit images from the camera to control panel or monitoring room. The primary benefit of these cameras is extreme flexibility in installation.


Network / IP Cameras

IP security cameras make it possible for surveillance remotely, from anywhere in the world. IP cameras transmit images through the internet with controlled bandwidth. This type of CCTV cameras is easier to install than analog cameras because they do not require a separate cable to send images over a longer distance.


Infrared / Night Vision Cameras

Night Vision Cameras are sometimes referred to IR or Infrared Cameras. Night vision cameras have the capability to view images in pitch black conditions using IR LEDs. Infrared cameras can capture pleasant video in total darkness and even better quality video in low light. It also can detect peoples and objects in smoke, haze, dust, and light fog.


Day / Night Cameras

Day/night cameras are used in indoor and outdoor for environments with changing light conditions. But primarily used in outdoor spaces such as parking lot, garden, balcony, etc. These types of cameras are used for 24/7 installation. These cameras can operate in direct sunlight, reflections and also equipped with strong backlight for surveillance at night or low light situations.


PTZ / Speed Cameras

PTZ camera contains mechanical controls that allow the operator to remotely pan, tilt, and zoom the camera via joystick or software which gives viewers to have more freedom and control of viewing things. There are two variations of this camera one is programmable and another one is manually controllable. These specialized cameras are required for surveillance situations where an actual live surveillance guard monitoring the area.

Varifocal / Zoom Cameras

A zoom camera with a varifocal lens allows the CCTV operator to zoom in or out while still maintaining focus on the image. With varifocal lens cameras, you can adjust the focal length, the angle of view, and the level of zoom. By increasing the focal length of your camera, you can get a much better image of anything.


Outdoor / Box Cameras

A Box or Outdoor camera is a standalone camera and the name is simply derived from the shape and functionality of the camera. Basically, this is a vandal-proof, waterproof, dustproof, and heatproof security camera. The key to this outdoor or box camera is the housing itself, which must be impenetrable to moisture, insects, dust and other elements.


Discreet / Spy Cameras

Discrete cameras are also known as hidden surveillance cameras, disguise spy cameras, and covert cameras, Usually, covert cameras characterized by conventional cameras placed in hidden locations. Discreet CCTV cameras are usually found disguised, they could look like a fan or clock or smoke detector or motion sensor or any other thing that would not seem suspicious in the surveillance area. This is the best type of camera with the goal to monitor people and property secretly.


Leave a Comment