Security Cameras

Security cameras are one of the most confusing and frustrating product item in the security industry. There are so many specs and stats that mean so little. Overall there is no better way to see a camera's true performance capabilities other than live and on a larger tube type television in both day and night conditions where the cameras will be used. This subject is so overwhelming that we like to always tell customers; your eyes won't lie to you. What you see on a screen is what you are going to get with a camera. (Assuming that you use one of our great imaging DVR's) A great camera with a lousy DVR still gives you a poor image so everything will be as good as your weakest link. Watching an old VHS tape on a 1080p high definition television is kind of the same thing as a good camera with a lousy DVR. Your weakest link drags the overall performance down on the complete package.


Camera Basics:

B&W, Color, and Infrared Descriptions

All things equal, B&W is lower cost and provides better light gathering so image quality in lower light will be better. Color will provide more detail such as hair/clothing color and vehicle colors for example. But color will not perform as well in relatively dark conditions. Infrared (IR) cameras can be either B&W or color in daytime use, but a color IR camera will automatically switch to B&W when darker conditions prevail and at that time provide the IR illumination. IR illuminator cameras are all over the place in the performance categories. We have tested hundreds and it is unbelievable on the differences! Once again, your eyes won't lie to you! The number of IR LED's mean absolutely nothing other than your ability to practice your counting skills. We have a 20 IR LED camera that out performs many 56+ LED cameras so again; many of the camera figures are false.

How do you know what you are getting? You really don't unless you try them or trust your source. These are a few of the basic required performance standards of our CCD image cameras:

  • All must drive through 1000 Ft of CCTV coax and Cat 5 cable with cat 5 baluns.
  • No video noise or video instability can occur in this 1000 Ft cable run.
  • All CCD image sensors are 1/3 inch and are Sharp or Sony chipsets.
  • All IR cameras must produce a full screen illumination with no partial center hot spots.
  • We manufacture to exacting specs and control the performance assuring consistant performance.

Cmos Image Sensors:

Cmos sensors are the lowest cost and lowest resolution camera available. Any time you see cheaply priced cameras they almost always have a cmos sensor. We generally avoid this type sensor as they have poor low light performance, low resolution, and wash out in high sunlight conditions. Some are adequate for close up identification, but cmos imagers are more of a residential basic type application vs. true professional usage.