Understanding the world of cameras

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By Bryony Sandy
24th November 2022


Are you looking for a way to keep your organisation safe and secure, monitor certain spaces or moderate, monitor and comply with any policies and guidelines within your industry, but you’re not sure where to start? but you’re not sure where to start? There are a number of camera solutions that could suit your needs.

But which video technology solutions are available and how can they benefit your business? First, let’s look at the different types of cameras.


IP camera’s, or Internet Protocol camera’s, are commonly used for surveillance but unlike CCTV cameras, they require no local recording device, only a local area network. These cameras receive control data and send image data via an IP network.

A PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) camera is built with mechanical parts that allows them to swivel from left to right, tilt up and down, and zoom in and out of a scene. PTZ cameras are a great option for providing wide coverage, covering blind spots or large areas with a single camera.

Fisheye cameras offer a panoramic view with a wider angle offering up to a 360-degree field of vision. They are typically used to cover larger geographic areas and expansive locations.

Available Options

IP PTZ cameras from Bolide Technology can quickly move between user-defined presets, tours, and positions. Using premium components provides extended life span and millions of rotations. They are auto-tracking, meaning they follow moving persons and objects as they enter and exit the camera’s view. Contact us to learn more about the options available or take a look for yourself.

Where do you want your video footage stored?

The first video recorder to note is a digital video recorder (DVR). These are electronic devices that records video in a digital format to a disk drive, USB flash drive, SD memory card, SSD or other local or networked mass storage device.

DVRs connect to security cameras with an analog video cable and provide a more budget price for multiple cameras, however, multiple cables are required. Another thing to note is that the analog signals power decreases with distance so if you were looking to capture video at a large distance, this can lead to poor video quality due to a weaker signal. Although some DVRs offer audio connections, they don’t always have enough audio ports for every camera.

Another option is a network video recorder (NVR) which records video footage and stores it on a hard disk, a mass storage device, or cloud storage. They are paired with digital IP cameras to create a video surveillance system.

An NVR receives pre-processed video files from IP cameras over ethernet cables or wireless connection. Comparing to a DVR, NVRs only need one cable to send power and signal. They also use newer technology such as AI motion detection and audio so may be a better option for your business if audio and a better signal are required.

Mobile Video Solutions

Depending on your needs, a mobile video solution may be a great option as they can easily be moved from location to location. There are a range of mobile video solutions available on the market including Mobile Dashcams, Mobile DVRs and Mobile Cameras.

As well as remote monitoring of mobile assets, Mobile Dashcams are very useful for vehicle surveillance. Do you have a fleet of vehicles? Mobile Dashcams can help with any potential accident insurance claims, reduce insurance premiums and can be used to record driver behaviour. Keeping your staff safe is important and Bolide Technology can also provide driver behaviour alert systems which helps drivers stay alert and focused, reducing vehicle accidents. Distractions and signs of fatigue are detected and the driver’s attention to the road is monitored with visual and audible alerts in real time.


Each camera solution has its own benefits and drawbacks. It is also important to consider what resolution and data you will need to be best suited to your needs. We work with Bolide Technology, a worldwide manufacturer and ISO 9001:2008 certified distributor of CCTV surveillance products and accessories based in Southern California, to provide all your camera needs. Still not sure which camera solutions are best suited for your requirements? Contact us today to learn more.

Contact Channel Partnerships directly by calling: 01923 618099
Or email: info@channel-tools.biz

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