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CCTV Camera Types: Which Is Best for Your Application?

Published 07/14/2020 by General Security


Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras provide surveillance for a wide range of purposes, including employee productivity, criminal activities, and public safety analysis. 

They also boast sleek designs; protective enclosures; video and audio surveillance; wireless technology; night vision; and smart technologies such as video analytics, motion detection, and remote viewing.

Adding CCTV cameras to your residential or commercial properties can also lower associated insurance rates.

Here’s a helpful breakdown of the benefits, features, uses, and compatible technologies for several popular types. 



Consider the following CCTV cameras:

  • Bullet 
  • Dome
  • High Definition (HD)
  • Thermal Imaging
  • Analog
  • Wireless Internet Protocol (IP)



Measuring between 2 and 3 inches, the bullet’s long-range viewing overrides its manual-only pan, tilt, and zoom. Also known as lipstick cameras, these can be mounted on walls and ceilings. Internal heaters, cooling fans, and aluminum enclosures facilitate outdoor and harsh weather usage.

Bullet cameras are used in parking lots, warehouses, and other outdoor spaces. Additional benefits include night vision and video analytics. 


Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras provide surveillance for a wide range of purposes, including employee productivity, criminal activities, and public safety analysis. 


Optimized for indoor/outdoor surveillance, this camera has a discreet and compact design. It’s vandal-resistant, Power Over Ethernet (POE) capabilities make it ideal for commercial and residential applications. Many organizations also use these to monitor employee productivity. 

This camera’s circular dome cover deters vandal tampering. Its panoramic and 360-degree rotation provide a larger view field than other models. Infrared illuminators can be added for low-light conditions. 


This camera’s zoom-in capabilities capture the highest picture quality, without loss of focus or quality. Its added clarity and detailed images are often used by law enforcement to identify and apprehend thieves at high-end retailers, casinos, and banks. 

Homeowners can also view the sharpest images from any mobile device. This is especially helpful when remotely checking in on loved ones.


Thermal Imaging

Typically utilized for heat source detection in public safety applications, thermal imaging cameras have transitioned into vital personal protective equipment (PPE) in the battle against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). These handheld or mounted devices scan an individual’s forehead or tear ducts for a temperature reading. An elevated number can help curb community spread.

Applications include retail or grocery stores, transportation hubs, learning institutions, and offices. 


These low-cost, video-only cameras are a solid, budget-friendly option. Their easy setup and myriad design options are popular for do-it-yourself projects. 


Wireless IP

Compatible with network video recorders, these models are recommended if you’re building a full CCTV system. They’re easily connected to any home Wi-Fi network, but unlike wire-free cameras, still require a power cord

Motion detection, video analytics, night vision, and image sensors round out this camera’s capabilities. 


The CCTV Difference

 It's important to work with an experienced provider, such as General Security, for invaluable advice on the best CCTV camera for your home or business.

General Security provides commercial and residential CCTV systems for added protection and peace of mind. Request a free, contactless quote from us today. 

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