Don’t be one of thoseowners that leave the security of their business in the hands of their local police department, hoping criminals will just pass by their store and leave them alone. Small investment in good security equipment could mean a lot in terms of reducing the chance of becoming a target to experienced thieves.
CCTV Top Choices
These are the best, most affordable CCTV cameras you can get for your business. You can read our short guide bellow to see how we’ve came up with this selection, and also expand your horizons and pick a camera on your own.
Indoor use – DPRO-L36 Infrared Dome CCTV Camera
- 1/3″ 520K Sony Super HAD II Color CCD
- 6mm Fixed Auto Iris Lens with 700TVL Resolution
- Infrared with smart function that allows more balanced lightning
Outdoor/Indoor- DPRO-EC550VF2 IR Dome Camera
- Ultra High Resolution – 700 TVL (day and night)
- 1/3″ Sony Super HAD CCD with 2.8 ~ 12mm Varifocal Lens
- 35 built in Infrared LEDs
- Weatherproof and Vandal Resistant housing
Outdoor- BIPRO-9004 Home & Business Security Camera
- 1/3″ Color Sony CCD
- 1000 Lines of resolution
- Weatherproof for indoor/outdoor surveillance
- 30 infrared LED with SMART IR function
What should you look for when choosing the right CCTV camera?
On today’s global market you can find many different models with affordable price tags and options to choose from. Person with no knowledge in this field could easily be lost and find himself overpaying for a product.
All you need to do is follow these simple steps if you want to make the right choice for your business:
1. Cost VS ROI
Keep in mind there’s a big difference between the price and the cost of the right CCTV camera for your needs. Getting a cheap CCTV security system can eventually lead to increased maintenance costs.
· The price varies because of the Image quality.
You can get basic CCTV security cameras for around $50. This may look like a great bargain, but if an actual crime happens you will lack the adequate image resolution to make a positive identification.
· Warranty and support should be included in the price
The price may vary because the lack of warranty of any kind included by the seller. Some manufactures may exclude support and warranty as viable options, so they can reduce the pricing and bait you into purchasing their “affordable” product.
· Support center location
Check the support center location. A great number of companies today outsource their entire support team to countries with affordable hourly rates. Just think about how difficult it may be to follow instructions from a person that doesn’t speak your language at a high level.
2. The recording distance of the CCTV camera
This is where you can save by choosing a CCTV camera in accordance with your needs. First, you need to know the maximum distance you want to cover with your new security camera. Then, you need to dig a little deeper and see what type of lenses will your ideal camera employ, so you can start looking for the best offer.
Both lens size and width affect the distance your CCTV camera can successfully cover. Anything between 3 and 12 millimeters will cover a distance of up to 100 feet. If you need anything above that and you own an office space or car park spreading more than 300 feet in any direction, you’ll need to go with a 3.4-122 millimeter lenses with quality zoom.
3. The view angle your business operates with
The view angle of any CCTV camera is dependent from their image sensor. If you plan to use few CCTV cameras and locate them into separate corners, you should definitely consider high quality image sensors. If you want to get the whole room covered with a single camera, browse for large image sensorsthat have wider view angles and increased exposure.
4. Data Storage
Cloud services are becoming a common solution for business related data storage needs. You can find a few security companies who will offer this type of storage for your recordings. The prices may vary, but you can get 4 x 1080p cameras with cloud data solutionsincluded for around 300$.
This deal may sound amazing, but you will end up paying $200 – $300 for maintenance fees only. Another element you must take into consideration is that you’re leaving sensitive data stored on a cloud service provider’s server and it has been proven how they’re one of the biggest targets for ransomware attacks.
That’s why it’s probably smart to stick with the classic DVR system.
· Number of channels
Typically, DVR’s are 4, 8, 16 and 32 channel systems. The number of channels tells us the number of CCTV cameras you can connect to a single DVR. Decide the exact number of cameras you need, so you avoid unnecessary expenditures and leave multiple channels unused.
· Ease of use
Newer models offer great user interface and experience overall, so you can manipulate themeasily with zero to none previous tech knowledge. Just be aware from all the counterfeits that hit the market over the past couple of years. How to recognize them? They look great on the outside, but the software they employ is either faulty or comes with no customer support.
You’re having trouble choosing the right camera for your business? I hope this has helped.