If you’re interested in a security camera system for your home or business, chances are, you’ve done a lot of research which may include some myths. That’s why we’ve put together this list to clear up some information and make sure you know what to expect from your security system.
Let’s break down some common myths you may have heard about:
- All Security Camera Systems are the Same
- You Can Enhance Grainy Images
- Security Cameras Record Everything Nearby
- Security Cameras Don’t Need Lighting
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All Security Camera Systems are the Same
Similar to other technology systems, a security camera’s features greatly depend on the brand and system itself. Generally, the higher quality your camera is, the less you’ll need as they’ll be able to provide a highly detailed picture of a large area. When considering how many cameras you’ll need, you should consider the layout of your property, which areas are most vulnerable to crime, and what your goal is for the coverage.
You Can Enhance Grainy Images
If you’ve watched any crime shows, you’ve probably encountered various scenes where someone’s been able to zoom in on a grainy image from a security camera and easily identify the suspect. Unfortunately, it isn’t that easy in real life. Just like trying to zoom in on a grainy photo taken on your cell phone camera, enhancing a grainy image from a security camera loses detail the larger it gets. To help combat this, using a High Definition camera will allow you to get clearer footage.
Security Cameras Record Everything Nearby
The surroundings that your camera is able to record depends on your specific camera’s field of view. This is determined by the size of the lens with the higher the number, the narrower the view. For example, a 2.8mm lens will give you a 90 degree view while a 6mm lens will give you a 45 degree view which is a more narrow and distanced view. A 180 degree view gives you the largest field of vision but the lens you should use is dependent on how much detail you want to capture. Here are some things to consider:
- A wide angle is best for covering a large landscape such as the parking lot for your business. It captures the overall area and will allow you to monitor any activity that occurs.
- If you’re trying to get highly detailed footage of a specific area such as the point of sale in your business, you should be using a camera lens with a narrow angle.
- Instead of sticking to solely one area, PTZ (pan, tilt, and zoom) controllable security cameras use a joystick or trackpad controller that allows you to change which area is being filmed. This is best used for places like warehouses.
Security Cameras Don’t Need Lighting
Just like taking a photo, what you’re able to capture on a security camera is highly dependent on the amount of light. For example, if you have a camera at your business’s front door, it’ll get flooded with light whenever the door is open. However, most commercial grade cameras use high dynamic range which is responsible for adjusting the lighting exposure. As cameras need a light source, it may be difficult to have a clear, detailed picture at night which is why it’s best to use a camera that has infrared technology. If you’re monitoring the outside of your business, you can include motion detector lights to help your camera pick up a more clear image when any activity occurs.
Trust Herring Technology for your Security Camera Needs
We provide recording solutions and IP cameras that allow us to design systems that will produce high definition resolution video. We also develop systems for areas with challenging light conditions.
Contact us today to learn more and start protecting your business.