Video surveillance systems are an excellent investment when you have something that needs protection. Surveillance footage can be used as evidence in court and cameras are excellent deterrents for criminals. When buying your first video surveillance system, you’ll need to make some plans to ensure everything goes smoothly. This blog post looks at the different factors you need to consider before investing in a video surveillance system!

1. Think About Location

The location where you’ll be a placing your cameras has a huge impact on the type of video surveillance system you need to buy. If you’re buying cameras for a store, then you’ll probably want to place a few in plain sight as a visual deterrent. At the same time, it’s a good idea to invest in dome cameras which are excellent for discreetly surveying the premises.

Another thing you need to ask yourself is if the camera will be indoors or out. Cameras used in cold environments require a durable design and an inbuilt heater to keep your surveillance system running even when it’s really cold. If you need cameras in a really hot environment with a lot of steam or smoke, then you need to make sure a durable case protects the camera.

2. Think About Surveillance Area

Furthermore, you need to consider how large of an area you want your cameras to cover. Pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras are usually the best choice for covering a large area since they are extremely flexible and easy to maneuver. Depending on how large of any area you want to cover, you may need to leave room in your setup to add more cameras later on.

3. Take The Lighting Conditions Into Consideration

The lighting conditions at your premise have a significant impact on the quality of the footage you’re able to record. Simple things like light reflecting off the floor or lights creating a glare can ruin your security footage. If you’re placing cameras in a nightclub, you’ll need to take account of the many strobing lights and the effect they’ll have on the footage you’re recording. You may need to look into IR filters and artificial illuminators to ensure your security footage is crystal clear. You’ll also need to test different camera models to see which ones work best in the light conditions that you have to deal with.

4. Pay Attention To “Frame Rate” When Buying Your Camera

Frame rate has a tremendous influence on the quality of the footage you record. At the most basic level, a video is just a series of images stitched together to create a moving picture. Low frame rates mean pictures are taken less often which results in choppy, low-quality footage. “Real-time” is usually measured as around 30 frames per second. Any camera that can record over 30FPS is capable of producing high-quality footage.

5. Make Room In Your Budget For Storage

The complexity of your video surveillance system will determine how much storage space you need. When recording high-quality footage in HD and at a high frame rate, you’ll need extra storage space to compensate. Your camera’s resolution will also determine how much space each video file will take up. If you’re not careful and overcomplicate your system, you can easily find yourself in a position where keeping all your footage becomes near impossible.

You can use this online calculator to estimate how much storage you’ll need by inputting your surveillance systems stats. Don’t leave storage as an afterthought; it’s an important part of running your video surveillance system.

Keep these four tips in mind when assembling your video surveillance system!

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