Homeshield have placed together a buyers guide below to help you in your journey for the right CCTV system for your property. Not all systems are the same.
You may wonder why there are such large price differences between camera suppliers that seem to have the same specifications.
The truth is that prices often reflect the quality of the product you are buying. As the saying goes, “You get what you pay for.” It is important for savvy shoppers to know why it’s not recommended to cut corners.
Below is a list of features that are often overlooked by buyers. These features provide more insight about the cost difference between the professional vs cheap security camera.
The image sensor is the most important part of your CCTV camera system. With cheap security cameras come cheap image sensors. Manufacturers have to cut costs wherever possible to bring their price down. If you are serious about installing a quality home CCTV system then you need to understand that a CCTV camera Image sensor is one of the most expensive parts of a camera, and the main component that determines the video quality of your CCTV system. CCTV Cameras that use poor quality image sensors simply do not produce clear video.
While many sellers may tell you their cameras which are made with low quality sensors will provide a 4K resolution the reality is that they will fall far short when it’s video quality is compared with video from a real 4K security camera.
Be very mindful that your purchasing a CCTV system that uses a highly developed superior image sensors so you can expect clear, blur free and undistorted video.
This is also very important when using Digital zoom which is common for gathering detail on a face, license plates, or vehicles by magnifying a selected part of the field of view in the video to see minute detail.
Quality at night is a really important feature to have on a camera system. Cheap CCTV systems with built-in infrared night vision will appear to have fuzzy, grainy or unclear video at night.
Our systems feature technology to detect and correct noisy video. Noise Reduction Technology, also called 3DNR which uses advanced image processing to enhance video production at night.
Make sure if you choose wisely a Cheap CCTV camera system may claim to have noise reduction features but rarely perform. Noise reduction is really important when trying to see detail at a distance in black and white mode at night. With poor quality noise reduction, it is almost impossible to make out a face or writing on a sign at a distance.
Video encoding is the process of converting raw video into a digital format that is used by your devices such as your I-pad, I-phone etc so you can view the images. Codecs refers to the process of compressing and shrinking video to allow effective streaming and storage on your device.
Cheap CCTV cameras come with lower end software because research and development budgets are so tight. This leads to software that has a poor design and can often introduce issues.
One of the major problems with cheap CCTV systems is video artifacts. Video requires encoding to be performed by a chip on the camera. Low cost chips with poor video encoding power and poorly implemented video encoding algorithms cause video artifacts and this is not what you want.
Video artifacts are frustrating streaks, blotches, or strange pixilation in video.
Video artifacts are common in cheap CCTV camera systems, especially in high resolution cameras like 4K. The video encoder inside the camera cannot handle the amount of power needed to encode the 4K resolution video properly.
Artifacts prevent identification of intruders and can render video clips useless.
All our systems use the latest most advanced processing algorithms and high quality chips to ensure a crystal clear image when you need it most without these annoying artifacts.
With cheap CCTV systems comes manufacture cost cutting measures in relation to the camera’s physical construction. This common in the production of cheap cctv systems. Frugal buyers are unaware of this important fact which includes poor physical design of the camera, low-grade materials, poor weather sealing, and cheap solder.
All our systems are constructed with high quality aluminium or plastic that is durable enough to withstand the harsh elements. Particular attention is paid so that water is never pooling on joints or gaps that are reinforced with rubber gaskets.
Weather proofing is another way other systems save money in production. All our systems are by industry standards Ingress Protection or IP rating of 66 or higher. Lower cost systems may have an IP rating however they are often misleading
CCTV Security products have become complicated electronics. Having a good quality technical support is important to learn how to use what you purchased and resolve potential issues down the line.
CCTV systems can also require troubleshooting as there are other components like cabling, DVR recorders, and power supplies which can cause issues in video quality. Having access to qualified and experienced technical support is crucial to resolve problems.
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