In just a few scrolls, you’ll know all 7 factors that ensure your CCTV cameras are just perfect for you.

The installation of your CCTV cameras play a significant role in the total cost of your surveillance system and there are no ‘Try before you buy’ schemes.

Once a security camera is in place, the cost of changing it jumps massively compared to the cost of changing this camera in the initial design process.

By cost, I am referring to more than just financial;

  • The labour replace the camera
  • The additional fixings
  • The additional camera
  • And, the time taken to organise all of this

All this could amount to spending thousands of your £s and dozens of unnecessary hours organising the alteration works. This just emphasises the importance of getting your CCTV cameras right 1st time…


How can you ensure you don’t end up giving your CCTV cameras the switcheroo after installation?

Before we dive into all 7 tips, there is one important question you must ask yourself:

What do you need the CCTV for?

Once you’ve answered this, you’ll glide through the following 7 tips with ease and be a lot more prepared.

So without further ado here are the 7 points to cover when looking at your CCTV cameras.


  1. Discreet or Visual Deterrent

    • Do the cameras need to be discreet or should they act as a visual deterrent?
      • Dome cameras are the most discrete. The dark semi-circled dome doesn’t easily give away the direction the camera is pointing.
      • Box cameras are more obvious. The name itself hints at the shape of it and you’re right, this oozes ‘I’m watching you’ all over. – The Visual Deterrent.
  2. Indoor or Outdoor

    • Most modern cameras can be used both indoors and outdoors, however, being specific with your choice could lead to you having a clearer picture and many other benefits.
    • As well as this, factors such as temperature come into play. So, if you’re setting your cameras up to brave the cold outside, a durable design and inbuilt heater may be necessary in certain conditions.
  3. Coverage Area

    • If each camera needs to cover a large area, you may want to look at dynamic and wide-angle view cameras.
    • If the coverage area is fairly small, a static camera, if set up correctly will be the most efficient use of your resources.
    • Distance/Zoom – How far away is your focal point?
      • OPTICAL – Lenses  move to increase or decrease image
      • DIGITAL – Increases pixels electronically
  4. Image Clarity

    • How clear do you need your image to be? – Higher resolution cameras will be needed for larger coverage areas and therefore should have a clearer image.
    • However, small rooms typically only require low-resolution cameras.
    • Do you need to be able to read number plates when you look back at your footage?
  5. Lighting Conditions

    • Indoor and Outdoor lighting will impact the image and therefore must be considered when setting up.
    • While most cameras are adjustable, specific cameras
  6. Audio

    • Is audio necessary? If so, how clear does it need to be?
    • Do you need to hear what is going on?
    • You may also have the option to speak with possible perpetrators.
    • In addition to this, audio detection can be used to ‘trigger recordings and alarms when audio passes a certain threshold.’
  7. Scalability

    • Over time will you need to add more cameras?
    • Having a flexible and scalable surveillance system is important.


BONUS: Playback

Playback footage this may not come out as clear as the live image. This is because when the footage is recorded, the system compresses the footage to save the data, therefore what you are seeing on playback will be a compressed image of what is picked up.

However, with the right Video Managements System (VMS), the footage doesn’t have to be compressed, which means your video playback will be as clear as the live footage.

Our customer’s favourite and our recommendation would be to use Avigilon systems; cameras and VMS. The software and systems offer more than just high quality surlveillance footage, but also analytical processes to aid with finding items, people and many more.

Feel free to get in touch if you have any queries.

Stay Safe & Compliant

Tom Patel
CCTV Guru Finder
WFP Fire & Security
01277 622932


The inspiration of this article was based around a short piece from IFSEC, who collated a list of 10 things to check before having a new CCTV system installed.

If you would like to know more about how WFP can help you with your CCTV systems, simply get in touch, or head over to the link below.

Or, if you would like to have a read of the full article, here is the link.

10 tips for choosing the right security cameras for you