Surveillance security cameras are not just for government and businesses any more. Electronic and video technology has conspired not only to give superior performance but to put this gear in the hands of the average person. These cameras can be found providing guard duty not only for the mansions of the rich but for more modest homes is middle class neighborhoods.
Types of Surveillance Cameras
Depending on your requirements, chances are that there is a video camera out there to meet or exceed your needs. The usual popular concept of a security camera is that little eye in a box hanging under the eves of a house or mounted behind the counter of the local convenience store. True, these are all over the place but more complex and intriguing models have been developed.
Depending on application, surveillance devices can be purchased that operate in a wired or wireless mode. And they are very sophisticated in the camouflage department.
A quick Internet search reveals security cameras hiding in fully functional air purifiers, boom boxes, clock radios, lamps, and more. They are available in both color and black and white versions.
And these security cameras can get the job done. One wireless camera built into a cassette radio found at www.extremesurveillance.com has an effective line sight of seven hundred feet and 380 lines of resolution. It comes loaded with a 2.4 Ghz transmitter that delivers to a VCR, radio, or personal computer.
Surveillance Camera Recording Capabilities
The recording duration of these security devices is dependent on the recording device, and of course, the desired quality of the recording. For instance, using a VCR with a T-200 tape, the recording can run continuously for up to 10 hours. Optionally, special long play recorders can be purchased that will hold 960 hours on one tape.
Another option that is gaining in popularity is the DVR (Digital Video Recorder). One of the benefits gained with its use is that the data is stored digitally on a large hard drive so the quality of the video will not degrade over time, as it will with a VCR tape.
Using a 960 GB hard drive, at one end, shooting 30 frames per second will save an amazing 3840 hours of video! On the other hand, if you want the best action with the accompanying sacrifice of recording time, shooting at 480 frames per second will allow for a mere 240 hours. It all depends on the situation.
Special Surveillance Situations
There will be times where a potential bad guy uses the cover of darkness to conceal his actions. What can be done? One answer is to use a night vision security camera. Some cameras in this category offer dual duty by taking color video during the daylight and switching to black and white when the sun goes down or the lights are turned off for the night. And who knows when a burglar will cut the lights to conceal his actions?
Some surveillance cameras use the infrared spectrum to capture video in low lighting conditions. This kind of device is especially well suited to a closed circuit television security system.
The advent and coupling of new technologies make it clear that there is something out there for ever security need at a reasonable cost. And it is easy to find a specialist consultant to design a system according to needs.