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What to Look for in a Fisheye Camera

What to Look for in a Fisheye Camera

In the first part of this series, we covered the differences between fisheye cameras and multi-sensor cameras. In this guide, we’ll go over choosing a fisheye camera to suit your needs. From ensuring great image quality to what to look for to ensure a high-quality camera design, you’ll know everything you need to know about using these innovative imaging solutions to protect your home or property. The Megapixel Debate One of the first things to consider will be video quality. When looking for a fisheye lens, it’s important to remember that the megapixel rating on the camera will likely be higher than the megapixels of the video captured. This is because the shape of fisheye lenses creates a round video while camera sensors are square or rectangular. Pixel loss can reach as high as 50%. After dewarping the image, select regions of the field of view might limit megapixels further still. For this reason, we highly recommend going to at least 5 megapixels. If you’re using it as primary camera source instead of an overview in support of additional cameras, higher megapixels will help to ensure that you can pull identifying information and convictable evidence from all corners of the feed without issues. View some of our CCTV security camera installations in West Hartford HERE On-camera vs Client-based Dewarping One of the most important features for any fisheye camera is a good way of dewarping images. This helps to correct perspective and make video from your fisheye camera easier to scan. It will also help to pick out details should you need to create copies of footage after an...
Camera Losing Focus Over Time? The Fix is Simple!

Camera Losing Focus Over Time? The Fix is Simple!

Modern megapixel surveillance cameras offer increased image quality and greater flexibility in where and how you can mount your cameras. However, sometimes these features cause problems instead of fixing them. If you have video that changes focus throughout the day, changing one setting might be all you need to do to fix the issue! Here’s the common scenario: You get a brand-new camera installed and check the quality of the footage. Things look great! You go about your day and want to check the feeds before heading home for the night. After all, with all those new features, your low-light footage should be stellar. When you pull up your feeds, everything is blurry! Frustrated, you head home and plan to tackle it in the morning. When you come back in the next day, things look good. But once again, by the end of the day, images are soft and blurry. What’s going on?! Turns out, one of the common features on many surveillance cameras is probably causing a problem while trying to improve image quality. The most likely culprit for this problem is a camera set to auto iris. When you focus the image in bright lighting, the iris is smaller. This prevents light from washing out your camera image. However, as the day goes on—and the sun goes down—the iris opens to let in more light and capture more detail. When this happens, the depth of view shrinks. What once was a crisp image is now blurry! Fortunately, the fix is simple. If your camera includes an auto back focus (ABF) feature: Place a neutral density filter on...
Keeping West Hartford Schools Safe in 2016

Keeping West Hartford Schools Safe in 2016

Keeping West Hartford schools safe is priority number one for all involved, including parents, administrators, teachers, and staff members. With all the madness in the world today, safety at school has become even more of a priority than ever before. Learning ways to improve security at schools is a critical aspect of keeping the children and staff members protected at all times. Here are a few tips to help you keep your school safe and what you can do to start protecting the children now.  No matter if you are at Conard or Hall High School, they should be protected. Vulnerable Areas If you’re considering installing a video security system in West Hartford, one of the first places to install cameras are in the vulnerable areas where crimes or issues can happen. There are some places in the school building where people can be attacked by others, crimes can happen, or bullying can take place. Having the cameras in those areas are important to help protect all involved. Those areas include: The perimeters of all buildings Recess locations and playground areas Hallways Fields used for athletics Parking lot areas Libraries Computer lab areas And all main entrances and exits on the buildings   Get a Video Security System in West Hartford CT A video surveillance security system can be a great step in deterring crime from taking place in the first place. These systems can be the first line of defense when it comes to school zones and protecting all on the grounds. It will be on duty at all times and can help alert those in leadership tend...
Are 4k Cameras Worth It?

Are 4k Cameras Worth It?

When it comes to the best resolution, security and CCTV’s available, there is a difference of opinion on the new 4K technology, or also known as Ultra HD. Basically these newer models of cameras are beginning to drop in price for the consumer as your regular 1080p HD cameras are starting to get a little long in the tooth. Many are saying that 4K technology is the way to go when it comes to cameras and CCTV security cameras. While it is a great technology to utilize, you must also remember that using it requires the adequate light sources to make sure you can see what you’re capturing in pictures or filming. When you talk to ViDi Labs, the consensus is that this newer technology will not take off as suspected unless it is created for a broader market. Vlado Damjanovski does not feel like the technology will go anywhere unless it is set up for a larger market than just the CCTV industry. He does not feel like CCTV will dive into that much technology just for that arena. An Advantage to the Technology One advantage to this type of technology is that it can be a much clearer picture than before. The only way the photo or image can be more enhanced is if the sensors that are used are more enhanced at the same time. If it is not enhanced to handle the 4K optics, then you’re looking at a four times lower quality photo/image when the low-light circumstances are involved. Learn more about the best camera systems available -> West Hartford CT security cameras. Another Aspect...
The Top 5 Questions To Ask Your Potential Camera System Installer

The Top 5 Questions To Ask Your Potential Camera System Installer

Whether you’re looking to reduce theft and vandalism, keep customers and employees accountable or simply enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing you can always monitor your home or business, surveillance systems offer a wealth of benefits. However, these benefits might seem intimidating. When making an investment in surveillance systems, who you hire to install your system is equally important to what they install. From long-term reliability and proper camera coverage to exceptional video quality and easy to use software, there’s plenty to consider before making an appointment to install. If you’re unsure what you should look for in a surveillance system installer, these 5 questions offer a simple way to separate the professionals from those who might be installing outdated technologies or unreliable systems. Question 1: Are You Using IP or Analog Cameras? There are three technologies used in the majority of CCTV systems today. Analog IP HD-TVI Internet Protocol (IP) cameras use compression and digital encoding to capture video at amazing resolutions. Systems exist that accommodate resolutions higher than 4K UHD to ensure that every detail is crystal clear. IP cameras offer a near-endless array of features, designs and prices to suit any surveillance requirements or budget. Both wireless and hardwired cameras are available to provide a wide selection of options for both indoor, outdoor and concealed surveillance. You’ll also find features like thermal imaging, 360-degree fisheye lenses and pinhole-style cameras. Below IP cameras, you’ll find HD-TVI cameras. These use the same RG-6 (Coaxial) cabling used in traditional CCTV systems but with increased resolution. This works by utilizing some of the compression features found in...
Top Trends in CCTV Camera Systems

Top Trends in CCTV Camera Systems

When it comes to your security and CCTV, you want the best quality out there. There are many new trends and growing trends on the market that give you a better quality picture, detail, and peace of mind. Here are a few of the trends in CCTV technology to watch out for in the West Hartford, CT area. What’s Trending No More Video Cameras With the growth in IP security and video, there are less and less people who are using actual video camera for their surveillance. IP is quickly taking over the traditional analog recording systems and making it much easier to have a closer eye on what is going on. Not Just For Big Companies This advance in technology is no longer just for larger companies. Small business owners are finding that the IP technology to secure their businesses are more affordable and readily available. There are many different options out there for small businesses to get a secure system easily set up and for a price that they are comfortable with. Integration Made Easily A benefit of using the IP system over your traditional analog system is that it will integrate simply and easily with your current business system, in most cases. This is easily done with a software that’s installed to work with your current system. Lower Costs To Owners For business owners making the transition to digital or even just starting out, the newer IP systems are easier to install and lower costs for the businesses. You can easily have a system installed in your business building for a fraction of what traditional security systems...