Every surveillance application is unique in the sense that, it is designed to meet the needs and budget of individual residential or commercial users. For this reason, users must take time to evaluate their surveillance needs to ensure that they get the right IP security cameras for the job. Below is a look at some of the different types of cameras.
1. Dome Cameras
Dome Cameras are the most common type of security cameras for both home and business surveillance applications, owing to their low cost, ease of installation, and tamper-proof design. The cameras are ideal for applications that require high resolution images at relatively short distances. In addition, some of cameras come with a "smoked" dome for added security since people are unable to tell where the camera is pointed. Users have a wide range of styles to choose from including:
- Indoor domes
- Outdoor domes
- Infrared domes
- PTZ controllable domes
- Vandal-proof domes
2. Bullet Cameras
Bullet Cameras are small in size, usually 2 to 3 inches, and cylindrical in shape. These cameras are ideal for surveillance applications covering a much longer distance than that covered by the Dome Cameras. The cameras offer high quality images, and can display images in both color and monochrome (black and white). As such, Bullet Cameras can function in both outdoor and indoor applications, as well as normal and low lighting environments.
3. Infrared Cameras
Most IP security cameras can operate in normal lighting environments, due to the availability of constant lighting. However, specialized cameras are required for surveillance applications in poorly lit environments. Infrared Cameras are able to see in the dark, owing to the illuminators that are fitted to provide invisible light in low lighting conditions. These cameras can provide high resolution black and white images, even in zero lighting conditions.
4. Pan Tilt Zoom Camera (PTZ)
PTZ cameras are fitted with motorized controls that can adjust the movement of the camera both horizontally (right and left) and vertically (up and down), as well as adjust the position of the lenses in order to zoom in on a subject. Using these IP security cameras, users can get clear images from all possible angles.