CCTV systems can be complex and features can vary vastly so we have put together an infographic that explains the basic features of a CCTV system.
Motion detection is activated when a CCTV camera picks up movement. A CCTV system can be programmed to only record when motion is detected and notify users of any movement.
High Definition Digital Video
HD CCTV cameras allow for high-resolution video recording which ensures clear and sharp images, the higher the resolution the better quality of image you will have when viewing. You can read more about CCTV resolution in our Guide to Choosing the right CCTV Megapixels.
Pan/tilt/zoom cameras can be controlled by a user from a remote location that allows for a larger area to be covered by the CCTV camera.
Wiring for CCTV can vary, using a CCTV system that requires the least amount of wiring makes for a simpler installation and easier job of hiding the wires.
Waterproof CCTV cameras allow them to be used for outdoor installations where the cameras will be open to the elements of the weather.
Mobile device and computer
CCTV systems can be monitored from a number of devices including mobile phones which allows for easy monitoring from any location.
To allow for remote monitoring a CCTV system needs to be able to access the web so that it can be connected to different devices via remote monitoring.
Day and night vision
Day and night vision allows CCTV cameras to record video surveillance in both the day and night with low light and complete darkness.