How to Get a CCTV Camera

A CCTV camera is useful if you want to monitor an area. It’s a quick solution to every security need. There are a variety of models and designs available on the market today. If you’re new to the subject, this can make it hard to pick the best one. Here’s how to pick the camera that suits your needs.

Storage space

Storage space is always an issue if you’re recording video. Traditional models are equipped with a hard drive. Once the drive gets full, the system will automatically write over the existing footage. The rewrite interval will depend on how big the memory is. Larger capacities will have longer recording times before the footage is deleted.

This method has obvious downsides. Although you can review the footage in real time, you won’t be able to go back to previously recorded incidents. If you need to go look at the previous date, there’s no way to recover the file. This is especially detrimental in cases where evidence is needed.

Instead of constantly backing up your videos when the recording time is over, you can easily install several hard drives to the system. This makes continuous recording possible. However, keep in mind that this will only last for as long as the capacity allows it.

If this is something you want to eschew altogether, Wi-Fi capable models are a good solution. These connect to the Internet and upload the footage directly into a cloud. This means you won’t need any physical storage space. Because everything is automated, you’ll have a continuous backup in the drive – no work necessary!

Wi-Fi capable varieties also give you the advantage of looking at the footage through your mobile phone. As long as you have an internet connection, you can monitor your home or business anywhere you go.

Indoors or outdoors?

Outdoor cameras need to be waterproof, as they’re constantly exposed to the environment. Most will be fitted with caps to prevent the lens from blurring. These are perfect for parking lots, driveways and front doors. However, all you need is an indoor camera, a basic set-up will do.

Need CCTV cameras on your property? Call Phoenix Security Solutions today!