A Beginner’s Guide To Surveillance Toronto Cameras

Household surveillance Toronto is an excellent home security option for those who can afford it. Surveillance cameras can deter people from trespassing or from vandalizing property. Also, surveillance allows homeowners to gather evidence that can be used in court in case there is an incident at the residence. However, surveillance Toronto cameras are helpful only if they are used correctly.

Record Footage

For most surveillance cameras, it will be important for the camera to record footage rather than only showing images on a monitor or television screen. The camera must be placed in a location where it can have a full field of vision, allowing for the camera not to miss anything.

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Another consideration is lighting. To be able to accurately record people on a camera, there must be sufficient lighting in the room. Buildings that do not have enough lighting might need surveillance Toronto cameras that have IR lighting. IR lighting is on the actual camera.


The camera must also have a high enough resolution to make it possible to identify a face. The field of view for the camera is determined by the focal length of the lens. The field of view becomes broader the further the distance.

Data Transfer

When recording, the data must be transferred to either a VCR/DVD recorder or a computer. The surveillance Toronto camera can be wired or can transmit data wirelessly. In some cases, wired cameras are harder to work with because the building sometimes needs demolition to make it possible to run wires through the building.

A computer or a full professional unit is often necessary for constant recording, since a VCR or DVD player will record on a device that cannot store a very high data. One of the disadvantages of a wireless camera is that it has to transmit a signal that might experience interference.


Interference can come from different sources, including a laptop. Weather also can cause interference with a wireless camera, which is a problem for companies that need constant uninterrupted surveillance.

Types of Surveillance Cameras

Two common types of surveillance cameras are the bullet and dome cameras. While both cameras have a similar function, the main factor that distinguishes them is whether they will fit in a particular area. The bullet cameras protrude outward, which can cause them not to fit in some areas. However, bullet cameras tend to have a further range.

One advantage of dome cameras is that it is sometimes difficult to spot the camera, while the bullet cameras are more obvious. However, in some cases, the property owner might want the camera to be noticeable so that vandals are less likely to trespass.

When using a covert camera, there are times when the camera must be completely hidden. Some cameras are engineered to look identical to other objects, such as a clock. However, the best cameras will generally be larger and are harder to hide, so those trying to conceal a camera will often be sacrificing range for being hidden.

Indoor vs Outdoor Cameras

Cameras that are designed for indoor use may not be as helpful outdoors because outdoor cameras need to be weatherproof. They must not only resist moisture, but must resist the occasional damage that results from strong winds and severe weather. More durable cameras are also helpful for preventing vandalism. By being more sturdy, vandals will have a harder time breaking the camera.

Other Features

There are numerous other features that cameras can have. Some cameras have motion sensors and will trigger an alarm and send an email to both the property owner and the police. Some cameras can be designed to only record when they spot something moving and also can take a picture. This not only saves on electricity, but also reduces the need to search though large volumes of data.