Learn about the general types of security cameras and how they are used:


collage of cameras


Box Style Security Camera

A Box Style camera is a standalone camera. The name is derived from the shape of the camera.

analog box camera


  1. Functions like any other camera.
  2. Can be used in Outdoor Environmental Housings or for Indoor mountings if aesthetics are not a concern.


  1. Allows for customization of the lens, camera and housing to fit the needs of the installation.
  2. Offers many lens options, including vari-focal and fixed.


Dome Security Camera

A dome camera is a combination of camera, lens, and ceiling mount packaged in a discreet dome shape.

wide dynamic security camera


  • Functions like any other camera but comes in a dome-shaped housing.
  • Is well-suited for environments that tend to get dirty, like kitchens and warehouses.
  • Typically available in indoor or outdoor housings.


  • Aesthetically pleasing / compact in appearance.
  • Available in vandal-resistant housings.


PTZ Security Camera

A PTZ camera contains mechanical controls that allow the operator to remotely pan, tilt, and zoom the camera.

PTZ pan tilt zoom security camera


  • Pan, Tilt and Zoom features.
  • Control movement via joystick or software.
  • Can automatically run patterns or turn to a preset position.


  • Focuses on areas of interest.
  • Auto Track movement.
  • Survey a wide area of interest and zoom in to detail


Bullet Security Camera

A bullet camera is a combination of camera, lens, and housing packaged in a bullet-style body.

IP bullet security camera


  • Commonly includes IR illuminators.
  • Sealed enclosure decreases need for servicing.
  • Small footprint.


  • Requires no separate housing or lens.
  • Good for low-light situations


IP Security Camera

An IP camera transmits a digital signal using Internet Protocol over a network.

compact IP security camera


  • Increased resolution and scalability
  • Many have built-in video analytic software.


  • Better system management than analog cameras.
  • Resolutions from VGA to 29 Megapixel.


Day/Night Security Camera

A day/night camera is a camera used indoor and outdoor for environments with low light conditions.


  • IR filter that is lifted as lighting levels decrease.


  • Handles both day and night-time lighting situations.


Thermal Security Camera

A thermal camera uses thermal imaging to produce surveillance footage in dark or harsh environments.  It uses heat to differentiate objects.


  • Uses heat sensing to distinguish objects and people.


  • Detect people and objects in smoke, haze, dust, light fog.
  • Works in complete darkness.


Wide Dynamic Security Camera

Wide Dynamic Cameras have the ability to balance light-levels on a pixel-by-pixel basis.

wide dynamic security camera


  • Capable of handling a wide range of lighting levels in the same scene.


  • Capture clear face shots when a people are entering with bright light behind them and with dark shadows on their faces.
  • Used in areas with too much sunshine or where headlights are used, such as parking lots.

Wireless IP Camera

Wireless IP security cameras offers ease of installation and eliminates the cost of network cabling when adding this camera to your video surveillance system.

wireless IP security camera


  • Wi-Fi enabled for easy installation and setup.
  • Tilting and swivel options to maximize viewing.


  • Motion detection for instant alerts of intruders.
  • Crystal clear images, even in low light conditions.


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