7 Types of CCTV and Which Type Should You Get ?

CCTV is an acronym for closed-circuit television, it’s the use of specialized video cameras to send out high definition moving pictures to a set of monitors for security purposes. Many organizations such as banks, hotels, casino, airports and even homes use CCTV as a means of improving the level of security and a deterrent to crime such as theft or vandalism. Its mostly installed at entrances, exit, surrounding environments and also various key areas in a building with its feeds transmitted privately over a network to a control room hence the term closed circuit.

There are different types of CCTV cameras for surveillance, each with its unique features and limitations which will be elaborated upon to help you decide on which will perfectly suit your security needs especially when it comes to the location.

Types of CCTV

Dome CCTV Camera
Bullet CCTV Camera
Day/Night CCTV Camera
Network/IP CCTV Camera
High Definition CCTV Camera
C Mount CCTV Camera
1. Dome CCTV Camera

Dome CCTV Camera
The camera is named after its external casing, its one of the most used indoor/outdoor surveillance camera. Its design makes it impossible to know where the camera lens is focusing at a particular point in time which is ideal for deterring criminals. The Dome CCTV is very easy to install and also comes with an IR/Night vision feature for easy use at night. Its used in homes, retail stores and restaurants because it easily blends in with its surrounding.

2. PTZ CCTV Camera


also known as the Pan, Tilt and Zoom camera allows the camera to be adjusted left or right, up and down, and also allows the lens to be zoomed in or out. The PTZ CCTV Camera produces high-quality image resolution, has an optical zoom of x36 and also can view up to 200m at night. The PTZ CCTV Camera is used in Video Conferencing, Live Video productions, Lecture Capture, Distance Learning and several other applications.

3. Bullet CCTV Camera

Bullet CCTV Camera
They are designed for covering a particular area, with a long and cylindrical shape suitable for outdoor surveillance. It can be mounted on the ceiling or on a wall and can be used for both indoor and outdoor surveillance. The bullet CCTV camera cannot be panned, tilted or zoom but performs optimally on long distance views, it comes with an IR/Night Vision, lenses that produce high-quality images and also motion sensors. The Bullet CCTV is used in homes and offices, Car Parking Lots, Shopping Malls because it’s easy to manage

4. Day/Night CCTV Camera

Day and Night CCTV Camera
Works both in a poorly lit and normal environment which makes it suitable for 24/7 installations, the clear imagery is made possible not by infrared light but by specially built image chips. The Day/Night CCTV Camera can compensate for different light conditions like glare, direct sunlight, reflections and backlight which makes it very suitable for Outdoor surveillance. the Day/Night CCTV camera records both colored and black/white pictures, has a wide variety of size and also has infrared capabilities. The Day/Night CCTV is used at homes, offices, Dataware houses, banks, and many more outdoor applications.

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