1. Type of Camera
There are plenty of different types of CCTV systems available. You should think about different factors such as your budget, external threats to the camera, and the pros and cons associated with different camera models.
2. Night Vision
If you need your CCTV system to record during the night time, you’re going to have to find a model with an adequate infrared range. Again, it comes back to your budget. A CCTV system that is more capable at night time is going to cost you more money. Take the time to think about what you really need.
3. Quality & Lens
When it comes to the lens associated with your CCTV system, you should definitely give this part a lot of thought. There’s a massive range of unique lenses, offering different focal lengths, sensors, and use cases. Take the time to research the strengths of different lenses so you can find the right one for your situation.
4. Additional Features
The additional features that a CCTV system can offer are actually very important. If a potential camera system you are looking at is missing a key feature, it could be a deal-breaker. Some common additional features include remote viewing, motion detection, and license plate recognition to name a few.
5. Who You Hire
As you can probably already tell, there is a lot that goes into successfully choosing and setting up a CCTV system. That’s why it’s usually best to hire a professional to help you through the process. That way, you can do it the right way the first time.
6. Quality & Output
The quality and output really just come down to what you need. Understand that the output size, such as 1080p for example, is not the only determinant of quality. You also have to take into account the sensor of the camera, and the megapixels the camera offers.
7. Storage System
You should think about the storage before you run into any problems down the road because you hadn’t thought of it. When you work with a professional, they can help you determine how much storage you will need for your camera’s daily function. Don’t risk it only to find out that you can’t access the footage that you need.
8. Location, Location, Location
Location is extremely important regarding a CCTV system. Not just the location of the camera itself, but the location of your residence. You need to plan for the weather that your area is known for, how much rain you get, and the amount of sunlight that comes in.
9. Know What You Need to Record
There are tons of different areas and angles that you can record with a CCTV system. That’s why knowing exactly what you need to record is one of the most important things to think about when installing one. You should talk a walk around your premise and plan out what you need to record.
10. Does it Work Offline?
Some CCTV systems require that you have an internet connection close for them to work. Certain systems actually have hotspots built into them. Having your camera system connected to the internet allows you to monitor your videos feeds from any of your devices.
Jesse James | Matador Security technician