How to Choose the Best Mini Cameras for Your Premises

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Should you get an IP Surveillance system or an analogue one? Would a wireless option be more convenient for your business? Or do you want to move away from convention and invest in spy cameras instead? 

These are the types of questions you’ll most likely face when you decide to give your office an extra layer of security. 

However, with so many options out there, how do you know which one is for you?

Not to worry... 

Every business owner experiences this dilemma at one point or another,  and that’s why we’re going to look at a few types of surveillance cameras to help you decide.

So sit back and relax as we help you answer these questions so you know which is the best mini camera for your premises.

Surveillance Cameras: Who’re They For?

If you’ve decided that your business requires a camera that needs to be visible, this is for you. Such cameras act as a visual deterrent and can benefit your business in the following ways:

  • Increase the overall safety of your customers and employees 
  • Hinder shoplifting and theft 
  • Stop employee theft 
  • Prevent burglaries 
  • Reduce risks of vandalism 

When it comes to Outdoor Security Cameras, you can choose either: 

  • An IP Surveillance System or an Analogue Surveillance System
  • A Wireless Surveillance System or a Wired Surveillance System

Analogue Surveillance System vs Internet Protocol Surveillance System 

What Is an Analogue Surveillance System?

Analogue security systems record videos in an analogue format and transfer the data to a Digital Video Recorder (DVR) through a coaxial cable. 

The DVR then converts the analogue data into digital after which it proceeds to compress and store the video recording for future viewing. 

Pros and Cons of an Analogue Surveillance System

Pros Cons
Lower costs than IP systems Poor frame rate and video resolution
Installation is straightforward Has a lower field of view than IP systems
Fairly simple to use Needs a lot of cables
Consumes less bandwidth than IP Systems Is Easily hackable

What Is an IP Surveillance System?

Internet Protocol (IP) systems are made up of cameras that link to a Network Video Recorder (NVR) using an Internet network. 

Such network cameras can record and compress video data before sending it to the NVR. The NVR stores the data and can be accessed if the footage needs to be replayed.

Pros and Cons of an IP Surveillance System

Pros Cons
Multiple sensors in a single camera Cost of initial set-up
Excellent video quality Requires greater storage capacity
Easy to set up as it requires less equipment Takes time to learn how to use it

Currently, the IP Surveillance System is dominating the market–– and rightfully so. They produce higher quality videos and allow you to access them remotely using your smartphone, computer or tablet so you can watch the live footage.

If you have already decided that this type of camera is perfect for your business, we’d recommend our top pick, the 4G 1080p IP Security Camera With 20x Optical Zoom

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This spy camera is packed with features! It comes with:

  • 20x Optical Zoom
  • 1080p HD resolution
  • 100 meters field of view with night vision
  • 4 independent motion detection regions

And so much more... Visit the product detail pages for more information. 

Wired Surveillance System vs Wireless Surveillance System

What Is a Wired Security System?

Wired Security Cameras send video and audio data to a central hub over a wire. You can choose if the data is sent outside your premises to a network or remains local on the hub for future playback. You can watch the footage live or later.

Pros and Cons of a Wired Security System

Pros Cons
Most reliable signal, with little to no interference Takes longer to set-up
Better video and audio clarity Not portable and cannot be relocated easily
Is connected to a constant power source Higher cost of installation
Cannot be hacked wirelessly Uses a lot of cables

What Is a Wireless Security System?

Wireless Security Cameras are connected to the NVR using Wi-Fi or a wireless network. The cameras’ data are transmitted wirelessly to the central hub and relies on cloud storage.

Please note that the cameras need power through wires. 

Pros and Cons of a Wireless Security System

Pros Cons
Easy installation process Lower bandwidth capacity
Easy to relocate as the system is mobile and flexible Cameras must be within the range of your Wi-Fi signal
More convenient to scale up (add more cameras to the system) Hackable. Can be prevented by using secure passwords and encryptions
Thieves or robbers cannot cut wires Wireless signals, devices or reflections from building elements can impede signal

Wireless security systems are convenient for most businesses because they are harder to tamper with physically. Moreover, most of their cons can be overcome easily by purchasing a wireless camera that comes with 3G or 4G support.  

That’s why it’s a no-brainer for us to recommend our 4G Wireless Outdoor Security Camera.

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It works perfectly even if there is no Wi-Fi connection. Also, if you plan on using it in a remote area with no electricity, you can depend on our 60W Solar Panel and lithium-ion battery combo.

Spy Cameras: Who They’re For?

What if you don’t want your customers or even employees to know that they’re under surveillance? What if you want to observe how they act in your absence without being aware of the fact that they’re under surveillance?

If this is starting to sound like a good idea, you should think of purchasing a spy camera (sometimes called a nanny cam or hidden camera).

There are several reasons you may want to invest in spy cameras for your business:

  • Budget-friendly
  • Know if employees are following company policies 
  • Prevent internal and external thefts 
  • Protect your business from false accusations (workplace violence, sexual harassment claims etc.)

What Is a Spy Camera?

Spy Cameras are recording devices that can be hidden in an alarm clock, a plant or a book. They seem like everyday objects and don’t attract much attention. This allows you to monitor everything that’s occurring on your premises, without anyone being the wiser. 

The video and audio data are stored on an SD card. With a stable Wi-Fi connection, you can also monitor your premises live without any lags or downtime. 

Pros and Cons of a Spy Camera

Pros Cons
They are discreet Legality might be an issue in some places
High definition video A smaller field of view in night vision
Comes with motion detection

If you want to get started with spy cameras, we’d recommend you getting our Smart Clock Hidden Camera.

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It comes with a USB charger in the box and the body houses lithium batteries. The battery power will get you through 3.5 hours and they are rechargeable. 

You can connect the nanny cam to both iOS or Android mobile phones. 

Choose the Best Camera for Your Business 

Now that you know of all the different types of security cameras out there and the specific roles they play in monitoring your premises, it’s time to choose the best one for you.

The best camera on the market may not be the best one for you. You know your needs better than anyone. You know how much the protection of your workplace matters to you. 

You’ll find a wide range of equipment to enhance the protection of your business at The Spy Store. 

Please note that it is the buyer’s responsibility to make sure the product they’re interested in is legal in their place of residence.