Surveillance Camera and Wireless Security Cameras
Your no.1 source for IP cameras and security camera systems. We offer you a full solution with wireless security camera system options for home or businesses. This category offers you professional IP camera equipment and DVR monitoring systems. All at factory-direct prices.
Browse the subcategories to discover network surveillance equipment. Our range covers PTZ Cameras, (pan tilt zoom controllable). as well as IP cameras, indoor / home security camera systems. Even outdoor security camera systems. Many of which are weatherproof or even vandal-proof for tighter security and use in public spaces. Our IP-enabled h 264 DVR systems, offer a professional solution. This allows you to have CCTV cameras used in a network-enabled surveillance camera and video recording solution.
Surveillance Camera and Wireless Security Cameras
IP cameras, (Internet Protocol cameras) let you use an ordinary broadband connection to support security cameras. With many IP cameras now capable of wireless connectivity, you will have great freedom and flexibility. Now setting up a surveillance camera system for home or office use couldn’t be easier.
A wireless IP camera can also be called a WiFi security camera, wireless security camera systems, or even IP wireless CCTV cameras. These are the ideal tool for your peace of mind. Whether you want to watch over loved ones or keep an eye on your property. Using a surveillance camera with wireless functions offers a no-fuss, inexpensive solution. Suitable for business or domestic security without breaking the bank..
Modern wireless IP cameras are lightweight, durable, and are capable of recording high definition video and two-way audio. Typically this can be accessed from any PC connected to the internet or a computer network. You could site cameras in different rooms of a house, or separate offices without the need for costly or time-consuming cabling. Once installed you’ll be able to enjoy the flexibility of remote access and control. You can also record and review live video through your PC or laptop. You could use a wireless IP camera to keep an eye out for intruders, keep a record of any break-in. Or, you can set up a live view of something interesting on your company website.
We’ve divided our IP camera products into four main categories to help you find what you’re looking for. PTZ cameras can be panned, tilted and zoomed by remote control from a computer. This enables you to monitor a larger area without the need for additional cameras. PTZ surveillance cameras are sometimes called dome cameras due to their shape. They are perfect for watching the coming and going of people through malls, lobbies, parking lots or other large public areas.
Our outdoor cameras are rugged and weatherproof and also include automatic night vision often referred to as IR Cut. This means you can enjoy 24/7 protection. With IP66 or better ratings, they can withstand the worst of the weather and metal housings give better protection from vandals. Our indoor and office cameras are compact and easy to install. but, still come with sophisticated features such as motion detection and night vision. Finally, our IP-enabled DVR category offers complete video recording systems. Including everything from IP cameras to cables so you’re ready to go, right out of the box. We are careful to source only the best quality products. Each IP camera you see on our website has been fully tested by our in-house QC team.
Wireless Security Cameras: Useful Everywhere
Most people are likely to use security cameras for surveillance of their home or business. But IP cameras needn’t only be there for when bad things happen.
Imagine that you are going away for a couple of days. You leave enough food for you treasured pussy cat, Tibbles, but you’d like to see how she is getting on while you are away. Simple home security cameras, such as our wired / wireless security cameras with night vision and Phone app support lets you do that. Link it to your broadband (either by Wi-Fi or Ethernet cable) and you’re up and running.
Once you arrive at your holiday destination, you can open up a web browser on your Phone and input the camera’s IP address for an instant video stream. Many Wifi cameras will even support two-way audio. Keeping an eye on Tibbles snoozing on the bed is now easier and more convenient than ever. You can even give commands if he is being mischievous or needs some encouragement at meal times.
The best part about wireless security cameras is that you can place a wifi camera almost anywhere. This is because you don’t have to run network cables around your property. Now you can view the places you want when you want and changing the system layout to suit your needs is quick and easy.
Another good use for an IP camera with Wi-Fi is to use it as wireless outdoor security cameras. For example, you could keep an eye on a paddling pool or swimming pool in the back garden. It’s hot, the kids want to play in your garden pool and you need to work on the computer. You can’t do both, but you can make sure your children are safe by setting up an IP camera to oversee the kids splashing about while you get on with your work. With a two-way audio stream, you can also keep an ear out for any problems. This would let you tell them to calm down if they get too boisterous – that way the kids are happy, you get your work done and everyone stays safe.
Useful IP Camera Terminology
- Auto Tracking
Innovations with PTZ cameras, auto tracking uses built-in firmware to detect, monitor, and track the movement of pixels in a video image. When an object moves across the camera’s field of view it can pick up on this and pan or tilt the camera to track the object. once the object leaves the cameras view it will return to a parked position. There it will sit ready to start again should another target enter the PTZ cameras field of view.
- CCD and CMOS
A charge-coupled device (CCD) or complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor (CMOS). These are two kinds of image sensing systems used in cameras and camcorders. They convert an optical image into an electronic signal. The differences between the two systems are marginal. Although CCD is generally thought to result in slightly better image quality.
H.264 is short for H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 or AVC (Advanced Video Coding). It is a common standard for compressing video files. It is also one of the most used formats for recording, compressing and distributing high definition (HD) video.
IP stands for Internet Protocol. An IP camera is a digital camera that can send and receive data via the internet or a Local Area Network (LAN). IP cameras are most commonly used for security and surveillance. Internet access means that the video recorded on the IP camera has the potential to be stored and viewed anywhere in the world. IP cameras usually send their data wirelessly, which means they don’t need the installation of network cables.
- IR Cut-off filter
An Infrared cut-off filter blocks infrared light to the camera while letting visible light in. Infrared light tends to wash out color differences. So a camera with an IR cut filter will have a far better chance of achieving optimal color performance. Security cameras with an “IR cut” function will have an internal mechanism to move the filter into place during daylight. (to get rid of IR interference in color reproduction). Then remove it in low light and darkness when illumination from active IR LEDs is necessary.
PoE is short for Power over Ethernet and has IEEE standards for compliance. Power is supplied over two or more of the different pairs of wires found in the Ethernet cables. Cameras that are PoE compliant are able to use the Ethernet cable as a power supply. While also for transmitting images. This allows easier installation as they don’t need to place close to power sockets. Or have dedicated power cabling installed for them.
PTZ stands for pan, tilt, and zoom. A PTZ camera can be controlled remotely, either manually or automatically. This allows you to adjust the position of the camera, focusing in on movement or any activity that interests you. PTZ systems enable you to watch a large area with a single camera, or a small number of cameras in a network.
IP Fisheye Camera Benefits
Having blind spots in your CCTV network can be costly. A 360-degree Fisheye IP camera gives you eyes in the back of your head. These types of surveillance camera have an extreme wide angle lens with an 185 degree diagonal, horizontal and vertical field of view. The cameras can sometimes swivel to record a 360-degree “fisheye” image.
Useful for office and warehouse ceilings these cameras can capture everything around them. They will generally come with bundled software and a web management interface that can be used to re-process this image to generate four different views. Depending on your requirements, including a broad 360-degree view and quad view (which enables you to see all four corners of a room at once). With each of these four views, you may even have the option to pan, tilt, and zoom (PTZ) or focus in on what interests you. While the addition of two-way audio system lets you hear what’s going on or even talk back if necessary through a built-in speaker. Best of all, since this is an IP camera, you’ll be able to remotely switch the camera on and off. You can also watch and control the video feed straight from your web browser no matter where you may be in the world.
Choosing the Right IP Camera
There are a number of factors to consider when purchasing an IP camera or DVR system. Firstly, find out how many frames per second (FPS) the system records at. Cameras may provide anything from 1 to 60 FPS. Too few and the image will be jumpy. Too many and you may find yourself running out of internet bandwidth or storage space if you intend to record many hours of surveillance. Typically, business and home users should expect between 15 and 30 FPS for adequate playback. Secondly, you should consider image compression. There are three main types of compression – MJPEG, MPEG-4, and H.264. Without going into too much detail, H.264 is the most sophisticated of these. It uses the least bandwidth, which means you can use more cameras on the same broadband connection and/or record for longer onto a hard drive. Lastly, you might want to consider additional feature sets, such as wireless capabilities, which allow for easier setup, and pan, tilt, and zoom which gives you the flexibility to change your video image point of view without having to move the camera.
Resolution is another main consideration when choosing an IP camera. Resolution is largely determined by the CCD / CMOS sensor size and how many megapixels it has. The bigger and better this sensor the more sample points it can take when rendering and image. So the megapixel count of the sensor will be key in determining your video and image quality. While we all want the best resolution possible you should always weigh up this factor against cost and think about what range you want the camera to cover. A high resolution such as HD 720P or FHD 1080P cameras will ensure you get clearer images and video. This will also let you enlarge the image or zoom in to clearly see faces or vehicle number plates.
At Image IT we are quick to respond to the latest developments, and source the newest and best IP cameras and products from China’s factories. Our IP cameras film at respectable FPS rates and most come with H.264 compression. Our PTZ camera and dome camera section include some of the cheapest products of this type on the market. And don’t be fooled by the price! All our IP cameras are high quality and packed with sophisticated features such as motion detection, night vision, and two-way audio. Now you can keep an eye (and an ear) on what matters most to you, wherever you happen to be.
Comparing Prices For IP Cameras
The quality and feature set of products is improving constantly. Especially if you compare today’s digital products with the CCTV cameras that were available only a few years ago. In the future, we expect to see even better camera resolution, easier setup and improvements to software for increased functionality and slicker integration with mobile devices.
The latest tech news, including IP camera reviews, can be found at websites like CNET, Techcrunch, and ZDnet. In print, you should check out magazines like PCPro as well as specialist magazines, such as Professional Security. And don’t forget to visit Image IT’s own Hot Products category for our latest products. If you see a cool new product on another website and wonder if Image IT could source it for you from China at a cheaper price, why not check out our “Product Suggestions” form linked from our left sidebar on the shop website.
Security Cameras – Selling Tips
Are you in online retail? Would you like to sell more IP cameras, CCTV and surveillance equipment? Today’s customers not only want to read about products, they want to watch videos about them too. Unboxing videos, product demonstrations, reviews, installation and setup guides – this kind of content is not only fun to watch, it also helps to sell products. These days, even a cheap camcorder is packed with features that make it easy to create professional-looking videos. These you can upload to YouTube and your own website. And with improved content on your website, you’ll be easier to find on the search engines and will attract more visitors. This in turn should mean more sales and greater profits for you.
IP Cameras & DVR Recorder Notes
Image IT supports the professional and ethical use of surveillance and recording devices. We do not condone any violation of privacy laws and expect you to abide by your local laws and licenses for surveillance equipment installation and usage. All devices in this category are designed for professionals to install and may not be suitable for beginners. Image IT cannot offer any kind of setup, usage, compatibility, cabling, software etc support or advice either before or after sales. All products are protected by our standard 12-month quality guarantee. All products which we make available online to add to your cart are in stock, and standard volume orders within that stock level will be sent out within 1 working day of your order payment.