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Everything You Need to Know About HD Security Camera Systems

Surveillance Technology has fielded a lot of questions about HD Commercial Security Camera Systems in our 22+ years serving Tampa, St. Pete and Clearwater businesses. Here, we’ve covered the most common ones. We are always available for free on-site consultations and estimates, to help you select the right commercial security camera equipment to protect your business.

What does the “HD” in “HD Security Camera Systems” mean?

High definition refers to 1920 X 1080 resolution. Most systems available today are at least HD, with many now being labeled “ultra high definition” or “UHD”. UHD resolution includes 4 Megapixel, 5 Megapixel, 8 Megapixel and 4K.

How do I know if I need HD or UHD?

When determining the right type of HD security camera system for your business, you’ll want a trusted partner who can come on-site and assess your company’s goals in addition to your location. We sometimes find our customers don’t know initially that they need more detail than an HD security camera system will capture. If you run a jewelry store, for example, high visibility of small inventory items is critical, so a UHD security camera system with a 4K resolution, which is approximately four times the resolution of HD, is needed.

Most commonly, our customers need a mix of UHD and HD security camera systems. While UHD cameras may be most useful over registers or at main entry points, more simple HD cameras may serve their purpose just fine in less critical areas.

Which parts of my security camera system need to be HD?

In order for an HD or UHD security camera system to function as intended, both cameras and the recording device need to be able to run on the same level of HD or UHD signals. In other words, the camera must be viewing in HD or UHD resolutions and the DVR must be able to accept that signal, display and record it.

What kind of cabling is needed to support HD or UHD?

In addition to cameras and the recording device, network cabling is also important. With a CCTV system, for example, we recommend a 95% copper Siamese Cable for optimal performance. For an IP system, we often use a Cat5e or Cat6 cable.

What else do I need to consider?

When assessing what type of HD security camera system you need for your business, always think about the areas of concern and why they’re important. For example, if you have stairs at your location, you may want a security camera recording to mitigate false liability claims. Or, it may be advantageous to consider putting a camera directly over your cash registers to monitor the bills in the drawer. Another common recommendation is license plate cameras, which can be valuable for obtaining vehicle plates when an event has occurred.

If you’re considering an HD security camera system for your home or business, contact Surveillance Technology and let us assess your needs and provide you a free on-site estimate.

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    Franco RomeroFranco Romero
    16:09 28 Apr 22
    Recognized as a Historic Landmark Resort in the St Petersburg downtown area, we were looking for the best in the surveillance camera and equipment system business. We talked with Luis from Surveillance Technology Inc, and seemed like the right choice for us. He was very professional, honest, promised us prompt response and even took the time to walk the entire property. I am so happy that we choose his company for our surveillance needs and professional advice. Luis has been with us since 2021 and has made several installations. The results have all been outstanding clear picture, easy viewing and storing.I would like to especially point out an installation done this week at our Marina. His wonderful techs led by Jaime, performed a cable installation where a "dinghy" had to be used. Fighting hightide and waves they managed to install approximately 1 mile of cable and deliver the best video viewing on all cameras. I will recommend Luis and his company to anyone looking for surveillance equipment hands down.
    John SmithJohn Smith
    16:32 09 Feb 22
    Alan and the guys did another fantastic job. Highly recommended and very professional. Our tech Jame did a excellent job ! very happy
    Yvonne SveYvonne Sve
    18:24 16 Sep 21
    Our Association was very impressed with the installation and quality of our new security camera system. They did everything they said they were going to do and when they were going to do it. Professional staff that did their job with no fuss or mess. We are happy to recommend them.
    Jeanette WeissJeanette Weiss
    16:08 13 Sep 21
    Although very busy, this company sent out their technicians within a reasonable amount of time.. The technicians Jamie and Josh were very professional and friendly. Jaimie identified and rectified my problem I had with on line visualization of the camera views and playback. He also assisted with making sure our phones were able to bring up the same views. One hour later....done. PLUS I received a call the next morning to answer any questions I may have had. Thank you!!! BTW,, Louis is the person that answers the phone and is extremely helpful and phone friendly with curteous professional communication. KUDOS
    Doug DeLozierDoug DeLozier
    14:27 04 May 21
    Ordered a system and it was installed on the date promised with everything working as promised. Great work getting it done on time.
    15:44 25 Sep 20
    Well done Luis, Jamie, C.J. and Josh! You all made a complex surveillance system installation look easy. That's the genuine sign of professionals. Keep up the great work! AAA Storage - Englewood, Florida
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