4 Popular CCTV Models: Which One Is Right For You?

CCTV has become one of the most popular security measures in residences and businesses around the world. CCTV (closed circuit television) is a system of cameras that transmits still photos or videos to a specific monitor or set of monitors. There are many different types of CCTV available and each serves a specific purpose. Here are 4 common types:




  1. Dome Camera- The dome camera can be used indoors and out with an average reach of 35 to 40 feet. One feature that makes it so popular is that criminals can’t tell where the camera is pointing and its rugged design is nearly vandal-resistant, which is a deterrent in itself. They are also equipped with night-vision capabilities.

  2. Bullet Camera- Mainly used outdoors, the bullet camera is designed with an outer case that resists damage by wind, dust, dirt and other outdoor elements. It also has high-definition features that take clearer long distance images than the dome style.

  3. C-Mount Camera- This model comes with interchangeable lenses for different applications. One, for instance, is a long-distance lens which allows for clear images beyond the typical 35 to 40 feet.

  4. Day/Night Camera- While the other cameras can be used in both normal and dimly lit areas, the day/night camera doesn’t use infrared lighting technology, rather, the micro-chips that control the imaging quality are super sensitive, making this camera optimal for outdoors.

Another feature to consider is whether you want to use a wired camera or a battery powered model. While wired models will give you 24/7 surveillance coverage, a battery operated style is designed to record only when motion is detected (to save on battery life). Other pluses: the battery should run 5 to 6 months on a single charge and, being wireless, the camera is very easy to set up and it’s easily moved vrom place to place.