Outdoor security cameras are the first line of defense when it comes to protecting what’s most important—your property office and house. Outdoor surveillance provides the assurance that anything and anybody approaching your property and home will be captured on video.

Besides discouraging intruders, outdoor security cameras give you forewarning. They can also provide you with precious extra minutes to alert officials at the first sign of a threatening advance.

However, security camera choices can feel overwhelming. Retail shelves and websites are a blur of details, terms like CCTV, infrared, DVR CMOS and CCD chips can be hard to grasp. So, Trinity Cabling Solutions are here to assist our clients by preparing customized outdoor camera set-up for your property. 

Analog surveillance cameras

Most cameras on the market are analog security cameras that rely on a closed circuit television or CCTV surveillance software. Connected to a DVR or computer monitor, these cameras have a lens, a DSP (digital signal processing) chip, and protective housing to stand against the elements. Transmission cables connect the camera to the DVR and receive the video from the “eye” of the camera. The DVR then compresses the video and stores it onto a hard drive to be accessed at a later time. The DVR is also where all programming is made such as alarms, notifications, and scheduled operation.

Network security cameras, or IP security surveillance systems, are pricier than analog cameras, but its technology is more advanced, enabling more options. In this type of camera, there is no need for a separate DVR because the camera has this capability built right into it. The camera not only captures the images and video, but it also compresses and converts it to a digital format and streams it over the internet. Many network security cameras come with an SD card capability as well so video can be stored directly on the card.