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The Different Types of Security Cameras Available In Toronto

Originally posted on 06 May 2022

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Security surveillance is vital in today’s society, and home security systems and home security cameras ensure that your family, home, and property are adequately protected. Security cameras in Toronto can dramatically elevate your protection quotient with their ability to deter crime and provide the police with evidence while you enjoy valuable peace of mind. With the continuous upgrades in technology, many different security cameras are available, each with its own purpose and functional design. When choosing the type of camera for your home or business, consider the area you want to monitor, your motive, and your budget. Read on to discover the essential types of security cameras with the pros at Engineered Alarm Solutions!

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Types Of Security Cameras in Toronto

Based on the design, security cameras can be broadly categorized into the following types:

Bullet Cameras

These are the most popular type of cameras and are called bullet cameras owing to their cylindrical design that resembles a bullet. These cameras are installed within a protective case that shields them against dirt, dust, and other elements. Bullet cameras are ideal for commercial use as they can be fitted with fixed or varifocal lenses and offer IR night vision with high-quality images. 

Dome Cameras

Named after their dome-like shape, Dome cameras are commonly used for indoor and outdoor surveillance. The security camera is encased in a dome-shaped device that can be mounted on ceilings. The unique dome design makes it hard for onlookers to figure out the camera’s direction, thus deterring crime with its air of uncertainty. These cameras have infrared LEDs to illuminate the surroundings and rotate to provide a wide viewing angle. The discreet tamper-proof design makes it ideal for commercial businesses.

PTZ Cameras (Pan/Tilt/Zoom)

A PTZ camera allows panning (moving left or right), tilting (up & down movement) and optical zoom options. These cameras are beneficial when a surveillance specialist or a guard is present to operate the security system. The person monitoring the system can control the camera movements to focus on a particular area they wish to see. It is best suited for monitoring large areas or real-time monitoring with a dedicated surveillance team. High-quality resolution and X36 optical zoom are a definite plus factor. 

Turret Cameras

A turret camera or eye-ball camera is also dome-shaped but without protective housing. The ball and socket camera can rotate or pivot freely from its socket mount to focus in any direction. The discreet design allows the turret camera to blend into the surroundings and requires less maintenance. However, it lacks the long-range provided by bullet or dome cameras. The only drawback with Turret Cameras is that the lens is easy to spot which makes the cameras field of view obvious and lets an assailant identify blind spots. A proper design and layout of the camera system will eliminate that issue.

Ultimately, the camera design depends on the type of property, the area to be monitored, and whether you want a discreet or visible camera. 

Security Cameras Connectivity Options

While Wi-Fi (IP) cameras are rapidly gaining popularity among home security cameras, one needs a reliable network with enough bandwidth to support them. They offer ease of access through a mobile app where you can receive notifications, view footage, and control the camera. Unfortunately, they can be unreliable and can slow down your internet speed. Plus, you still need a wire for power. Wire-free cameras are not practical as they run on batteries that do not last too long in the Canadian weather. 

Overall, wired IP cameras are a better option and are more secure and better when the Wi-Fi connection is choppy or intermittent. 

Whether you wish to monitor your home or business premises, choosing the right security camera in Toronto is essential. The Professionals At Engineered Alarm Solutions specialize in high-definition commercial and home security camera installation, system design, and maintenance. Our expert team of security specialists will be happy to help you choose bespoke security systems customized to your needs. Connect with us today to get a head-start in security, with maximum protection & minimum cost! 

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