How Zoom Functions Work in Business Security Cameras

If you’re looking into available business security camera options to keep your business safe, Business Security Cameras of Orange County is here for you. In today’s blog post, we’re going to tackle a question that trips up our clients from time to time. What are the different zoom functions that are available in business security cameras, and how do they work?

There are two basic types of zoom: digital and optical.

Option 1: Digital Zoom

The first option, digital zoom, is a software-powered zoom that doesn’t require any mechanical (moving) parts on your security cameras. It works similar to the way your smartphone camera does. When you tell the camera to zoom, it magnifies the image in question.

This is helpful in many situations, but it has its limits. With digital zoom, the footage doesn’t get any clearer zoomed in. Sometimes it may even appear less clear when zoomed. That’s because the frames themselves don’t change. You’re just blowing up a part of those frames and making it full screen.

Digital zoom is better than no zoom, but it’s far inferior to optical.

Option 2: Optical Zoom

The second option, optical zoom, is hardware-powered. This means that you can only use optical zoom if your cameras have the necessary mechanics and lens built in. Optical zoom could be called a “true zoom”: when you tell the camera to zoom in, the optical lenses shift so that your intended object becomes both larger and clearer.

Cameras with optical zoom generally cost a little more than those without, but if your business would benefit from the added clarity that optical zoom brings, the benefit more than outweighs the cost.

Not Sure What You Need?

If you’re not sure what your business needs (or even what you already have) in terms of zoom, contact us today for a free consultation.

 

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 


When It’s Time for Your Small Business to Upgrade to a Multi-Camera System

If you’ve started your own business, you’ve surely experienced growing pains along the way. For many entrepreneurs, the decision to hire their first employee is a momentous one. The same goes for renting your first office space or opening your first retail location.

Another of these growing pains is the decision to upgrade your business security system from a single camera to a multi-camera system, as well as the decision to add cameras to your existing system.

At Business Security Cameras of Orange County, we’re happy to help you through these growing pains. Here are a few ways you can know it’s time to upgrade to a multi-camera system.

If You Have Multiple Entrances and Exits

If you’re a small operation with just one entrance and exit, then a single camera may be acceptable. But as your company grows, you’ll eventually move into a space that’s sufficiently complex to need multiple entrances and exits. At this point a single security camera just isn’t going to cut it. If you want to cover most or all the entrances and exits to your facility, you’ll need a multi-camera system. Whether that system is a traditional CCTV or a modern, internet-enabled system is up to you.

If You Have Multiple Spaces Containing Valuable Items

Another way to know it’s time to upgrade to a more robust system is if you have multiple spaces containing valuable items. A gas station may be able to get by with one camera, carefully positioned to cover both the door and the cash register area. But a more complex retail environment may need cameras at the front end to cover the cashiers as well as cameras in the back to cover the safe and the receiving area (where large amounts of product sometimes sit unattended).

If you’ve reached the point where you need to upgrade to a multi-camera system, let us help you through the process.

 

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 


360-Degree Cameras: Not Just for Social Media

There’s been a recent trend on social media to post 360-degree videos. These unique videos let the watcher explore the recorder’s point of view by rotating their mobile device (or clicking and dragging on a desktop). It’s an intriguing form of producing and consuming content. These 360-degree videos can be created using specialized cameras or even stitched together using front and rear phone cameras.

But social media isn’t the only use case for 360-degree video. 360-degree cameras are also shaking up the business security camera space. Are 360-degree cameras right for your business? Here at Business Security Cameras of Orange County, we can help you decide.

360-Degree Cameras: Great Solutions for Large, Open Spaces

If you have large, open spaces as a part of your business (like a warehouse, distribution center, or even a large retail footprint like a Walmart), then a 360-degree camera may be a good choice. Because it can capture footage in every direction at once, a 360-degree security camera can do the work of multiple conventional cameras.

Software-Powered Visual Insights

Most 360-degree cameras use special fisheye lenses to capture images from seemingly every direction. These images would be hard (if not impossible) to read in their natural format, so 360-degree cameras also come with software that decodes the footage, turning it into something human eyes can handle.

Pan, Tilt, Zoom Options Available

Depending on the model of 360-degree camera, you may be able to pan, tilt, and zoom your camera remotely for a closer look at something specific. If this functionality is important to you, be sure to mention it during your free consultation.

Of course, this high-tech solution comes at a cost that may be higher than lower-quality, traditional systems. The right choice for you depends on plenty of factors, and we’re happy to help you determine what works best for you.

 

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.


What to Look For in Business Security Cameras: Weather Resistance

This week we finish up our four-part series on what to look for in business security cameras. Our final major area to consider is weather resistance. We’ll explain some of the terminology that’s used in this industry as well as some of the potential pitfalls to watch out for.

Understand Camera IP Ratings

When choosing outdoor business security cameras, you’ll usually see an IP rating number as a part of the sales materials. It’s important to understand what this rating means.

The IP in IP rating stands for “ingress protection.” It’s a measurement of how resistant a device will be to ingress (that is, intrusion) from water and dust. You’ll see ratings such as IP65 or IP67. These terms have recently hit the mainstream, as smartphone manufacturers have ditched the headphone jack and started to produce devices that can be highly water- and dust-resistant.

In general, the higher the number, the better. The first digit rates a device’s resistance to dust and solids, while the second digit rates water resistance. Generally 5 or 6 is sufficient for security cameras (able to withstand low pressure and high pressure jets of water, respectively).

If your camera is at high risk of serious water exposure, look for IP66 ratings. If your risk of water exposure is lower (say, a camera that’s under a roof overhang), IP65 will be sufficient.

Ask the Installation Team about Other Components

Of course, the camera itself is only one part of the system. Quality installers like those at Business Security Cameras of Orange County will sufficiently weatherproof the entire install. Watch out, because other installers like to take shortcuts. If you see your installer “weatherproofing” with electrical tape, that’s a huge red flag. Be sure to ask your installer what steps are taken to protect connection points and cable runs.

 

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.