CCTV System Specifications Explained
Keeping your home or business safe is a very important goal. Whether you are looking to install a CCTV system as a reactionary measure or preemptive security measure, it is important to make sure that you choose the right cameras. If you get a camera that has a low resolution or light sensitivity, you won’t get clear images. However, in the world of technology, there are often so many different specifications thrown out there that you aren’t even sure what the words all mean. That is why RBM Lock & Key breaks down different camera specifications to help you out.
Black & White vs. Color
When you look at whether to get a black and white or a color camera, you want to ask yourself what the purpose of the camera is. Color is the most preferred choice, but it is also more expensive than black and white cameras. Black and white cameras are also better in dark conditions. If you are using the camera as more of a deterrent or to catch images at night, then a black and white camera might be the better fit and save you some money.
High Resolution & HD Video
Image quality is also something that you need to consider when you are looking at camera systems. Megapixel IP cameras are great for capturing HD video. For example, a 2 MP camera can capture a license plate while also covering 24 feet of width. MP cameras are much better for clear details than an analog camera.
Indoor vs. Outdoor
When you are looking at what type of camera to buy, you first need to know where it will be going. Are you placing it outside your home to catch and deter would-be intruders or are you looking to place a camera inside your home? This is important to know because some cameras are built for indoor use only and will not prevent moisture and debris from entering.
Light & Lux Sensitivity
Cameras are light sensitive and this is something that you definitely need to consider when you are looking to purchase a CCTV system. Lux is how light sensitivity of cameras is measured and this dictates how well a camera functions in low light conditions, like dusk and nighttime. Direct sunlight is generally between 100,000 to 130,000 Lu, while a moonless night sky is equivalent to 0.001 Lux. With such wide ranges, it is important to consider how well CCTV cameras perform in different levels of light.
Are You Ready for a CCTV System? RBM Lock & Key Can Help!
At RBM Lock & Key, our goal is to keep your home or business well protected. We have been offering automotive, residential, commercial and industrial locksmith and security services since 1973. If you are interested in installing a CCTV system or improving security with the addition of high-security locks, then give us a call at 909-980-3448 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be happy to help with any and all of your security needs.