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When it comes to using cameras for security, there are plenty of different types of cameras that you can use. Depending on the situation, there is a camera that will be best suited for it. It used to be that there were only two types of cameras, fixed and moving cameras. However, today there are a wide variety of different cameras, housings, and features that you can choose from. To find the perfect cameras, it is important to know about all the different options you have available.

Choosing the perfect camera

Fixed Cameras

At the heart of all security cameras is the fixed camera. This camera is is the traditional security camera that has been known for years. It is pointed at a location and will perpetually watch the area. A fixed camera has less moving parts and therefore has less of a chance of mechanical failure compared to other types of cameras. Fixed cameras are not less equipped than other kinds of cameras, they can have the same features that other types have.

PTZ Cameras

PTZ cameras stand for pan, tilt, zoom cameras. These are the types of cameras that are capable of moving and focusing on different areas. Unlike their non-moving cousins,  a PTZ camera can cover a much larger area. These cameras live in a cocoon of motors and gears that allow them to be controlled remotely by an operator. If an operator is not available, then these cameras can automatically be set to automatically patrol an area.

360-Degree Camera

Wanting to remove the ability for a camera to have a blind spot or a wrong orientation, this led to the birth of the 360-degree camera. This is typically a suite of cameras that are arranged in a dome. Each camera’s image is stitched together into one large and continuous video. The issue with these is that sometimes the room itself is arranged in such a way that there is an obstruction. Standard cameras can be paired with a lens that gives it a wide field of view and may be a better option than a 360-degree camera.

Choosing The Housing


Dome housings are designed to conceal the orientation of the camera. They allow for the power to obstruct wandering eyes from knowing what is being surveilled. They can be weatherproofed and tamper proof if the camera is left outside or within reach of the public. See an example of a dome security camera here.  


Cameras that look like a box or a cylinder are known as bullet cameras. These cameras have a design that reveals their orientation. These designs can help to provide a better picture due to the front of the housing being closer to the lens. See an example of our bullet security cameras here.


If you find yourself needing to have a camera in a much less obvious manner, then choosing a discreet housing may be a better option. These housing options come in a wide variety of different styles such as a smoke detector, motion sensor, or any other type of common device. These cameras are typically not a deterrent and are better suited for surveillance purposes.

Security cameras come in a wide variety of different styles and with different features. Choosing the proper camera depends on the situation and the what you are looking to surveil. No matter what, having a professional assist in setting up your security camera network is a must.