Types of Security Cameras

Understanding the types of security cameras available, and the features that each offer, will allow you to make an informed decision about what best meets the security needs of your organization.

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The Increasing Importance of Security Cameras

Surveillance plays a critical role in the protection of people, property and assets. In 2014, there were nearly 250 million professionally installed security cameras worldwide. Through 2021, security camera sales are expected to grow over 7% annually.

With physical safety as a top priority across all industries, Security and IT professionals are becoming increasingly reliant on security cameras and surveillance technologies to scale safety across locations.

Key Benefits of Security Cameras

  • Facility Management
  • Loss Prevention
  • Monitor Parking Lots and Other Open Areas
  • Prevent Intruders From Entering Building
  • Video Footage for Liability Purposes
  • Objective Incident Resolution
  • Prevent Vandalism
  • Protect Patrons, Faculty or Students
  • Create a Safer Workplace

Finding the Right Security Camera For Your Business

Whether you’re replacing a legacy system with an upgraded solution, or you’re installing security cameras for the first time, it can be daunting to adopt a new video security system without a comprehensive sense of what’s available. To help you get started, we’ve listed out key considerations, common use cases, and features specific to some of the most popular commercial security cameras in the market. This can guide you in determining which security camera system best fits the needs of your business or organization.

  • Dome Camera

    Dome security cameras are easily recognizable for their circular, dome encasing. Dome surveillance cameras are highly versatile and can be used in both indoor and outdoor settings, providing unparalleled coverage for nearly any use case.
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  • Bullet Camera

    Bullet security cameras are known for their long, external enclosures, making these popular surveillance cameras highly noticeable and effective at deterring theft, vandalism, and other crimes. This also lends itself to extended night vision for larger outdoor areas such as parking lots and traffic intersections.
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  • Fisheye Camera

    Fisheye security cameras, known for their ultra-wide-angle lens, are capable of providing video surveillance with dynamic viewing angles, including panoramic 180 degrees and 360 degrees.
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  • Internet Protocol (IP) Camera

    Internet Protocol cameras, also called IP cameras or network cameras, provide digital video surveillance by sending and receiving footage over the internet or local area network (LAN). Like their name suggests, IP cameras connect to a network through WiFi or a Power over Ethernet (PoE) cable.
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  • 4K Camera

    4K security camera systems record footage using 8 megapixels (8MP) image sensors, allowing them to record footage with better contrast, color, and low-light performance. Their high pixel density allows users to zoom in on distant objects without reducing image quality. When incidents do occur, they offer the best chance of capturing useful evidence.
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  • PTZ Camera

    Pan tilt zoom (PTZ) cameras come with remote camera controllers or motion-based auto tracking capabilities. Here are the pros and cons to be aware of for indoor and outdoor surveillance.
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  • WiFi Camera

    From wireless to 4K and bullet to dome, WiFi security cameras today are equipped with advanced features and come in a variety of forms. Here is everything you need to know when evaluating solutions.
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  • LPR, ANPR, ALPR Cameras

    Cameras with License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology go by several names: License Plate Recognition (LPR), Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR), or Automated License Plate Readers (ALPR).
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