CCTV Camera Models

There has been a noticeable CCTV camera model boom in recent years as manufacturers are providing offices, businesses and homes with hundreds of different surveillance options. Choosing a camera type for your security system is only the first step, now you must navigate through a dizzying selection of results to find the right manufacturer and model for your particular needs.

Why are there so many different models available on today’s market? We’ve taken a closer look to help explain the reasons behind all the choice.

The Reasons Behind The Numbers

Security cameras have become the perfect solution to providing your company, workplace and home with the protection it deserves. This has created a big market for companies to fill, so already we can see a reason behind a lot of CCTV camera models. As competition between manufacturers increases it is necessary for them to set themselves apart from the competition and one of the clearest ways this has occurred in CCTV is through technology.

Technology is the key reason there is such a vast number of camera models available on today’s market. Technology accounts for the following in every camera:

Lens Type

These can vary anywhere from 4.3mm to 16mm and over. Different lenses offer different fields of view and levels of zoom. Higher end models can provide additional features such as Auto-Iris or manual zoom/focus, giving you the ability to review details in greater detail.


Security camera resolutions range from 176 x 120 (low QCIF resolution) up to 1920 x 1080 (1080p high resolution). Developments in technology mean these boundaries are constantly been pushed and now the likes of Sony are offering 4K Ultra HD security cameras.

Camera Range

A standard security camera simply won’t be able to provide coverage over a large area. If you require security over a large outdoor area then you’ll need a model with range capabilities of 100 to 300 feet.

Wireless Capability

If you need a camera somewhere that it can’t be hardwired then wireless capability is an ideal technology. Wireless security cameras come in all models – indoor, outdoor etc. – and a lot of modern businesses use wireless systems.

IR Capability

Infrared cameras allow the capability to see in low light or complete darkness. Not all camera models offer the same night vision coverage, with IR LEDs being key in creating image quality.

Image Sensing and Much More

Different camera models provide motion sensors or audio detection that are triggered when movement or a certain level of noise is made. This technology allows for the user to be alerted via message when the security system is triggered.

The Fisheye Dome Camera

The simplest way to explain the role of technology has played in the number of camera models available is to provide an example, in this instance the fisheye security camera.

Fisheye cameras are not a new trend. However, it is only in the last year that technology has allowed fisheye security cameras to become a viable and affordable security tool. Traditional cameras only offer 90 to 180 degrees of view; the fisheye dome camera on the other hand offers a 360-degree view.

The immediate benefit of this camera type is that it removes the blind spots of other cameras and reduces the need for multiple cameras in one area.

As you can see, technology has opened up a new area of the security market for manufacturers to provide camera models for, thus increasing the number of cameras available for consumers.