Installing a CCTV camera is a crucial process that requires a lot of consideration. Whether you are setting it up at home, in a business or anywhere, it is important that you have the right camera for the job. A Closed Circuit Television(CCTV) has components such as Light detector, heater, head, power supply, LEDs, sensors and lens. All these elements have to be high quality for the camera to function properly and over a long period. The advantage to having a CCTV Security camera is that it gives views from different angles, it wards off burglars and is cheaper than basic DIY cameras. However, they are not easily adjustable for consumers; they are heavier and mostly conspicuous which works against the purpose of hiding them from people.

Below are factors to consider before buying a CCTV camera. Quality resolution; the camera should have a high-quality resolution, preferably about 5 megapixels or more. Clear images are definitely important for surveillance and helping law enforcement.

• Function; there are boxed cameras for normal surveillance, hidden ones if you do not intend to inform others that they are being watched, facial recognition, night vision, and motion detecting cameras. You can choose a type that suits your aim

Durability; the camera should withstand harsh weather conditions if kept outside and extreme indoor conditions.

• The Lens and sensors; the lens collect light for the sensors. Hence it controls the focus. It is an important determinant of resolution. As for sensor size, choose a large sensor to cover a larger field of view.

• Features; you can choose a camera with tilt, zoom and pan options to get a clearer, closer or farther images. Cost; it is also important to work within your budget. Once you determine the camera with the characteristics you prefer, find out if it is affordable. Now that we know what to look for in a CCTV Camera let us check out some of the latest models.

1. Hikvision Mini Dome Camera; dome design that can be installed everywhere, 2.8mm lens, about 90ft night vision view, waterproof, full HD 1080p real-time video with 3MP resolution, and vandal proof.

2. Amcrest 960H Camera; strong material that can withstand temperatures as low as -30 degrees Celsius, quality motion detector, 1 terabyte of hard drive space, 960H resolution, 65 feet night vision range and a 1-year warranty.

3. Arlo Smart Home Security Camera System; clear HD live and recorded video, motion detection notifications on one's personal device, 1GB cloud storage space, wire-free model and weatherproof for both in and outside surveillance.

4. HD-Q3 Camera; 1080p full HD video, Infrared LED 24 pieces, weatherproof, mountable on ceiling and wall, 3.6mm lens, 50-ft IR distance, infrared night vision with zero light and comes in different modes such as HDCVI, AHD, and CVBS.

We have covered the basics of CCTV cameras and what to look for when purchasing one. We have also looked at a few of the best cameras in the market currently. This way, you will have a better understanding of security cameras and an idea of how a quality camera should be.