What Needs to be Considered When Buying CCTV?

What do you want to monitor?

  • Home

  • Family

  • Office

  • Car Park

  • Warehouse

  • Outdoors

How many cameras you require determines the number of channels needed. Each property does vary, but as a guide we recommend:

  • Car Park

  • Warehouse

  • Outdoors

What type of cameras do you require?

  • PRO-535

  • PRO-780

  • PRO-771
    Dome, Long-range

  • PRO-781
    Dome, Vari-focal

Where to Place the Cameras

Security cameras are used for two main purposes, investigation and deterrance

  • Entrances & Exits
    Front & back doors will offer you the best chance of viewing and recording facial images, clothing colours and licence plates & are the most likely entrance points for intruders

  • Transaction Points
    Cash registers, kiosks & other locations where customers & staff interact

  • Target Areas
    Safes, cash drawers, jewellery cabinets, filing cabinets, etc. that are most at risk to crime

  • Secluded Areas
    Car parks, back alleys, drive ways, lane ways and other ‘blind spots’ on your property

Quality of Recording

For detail definition of the video resolutions, please refer to the?Top DIY security terms found below


Remote Viewing

Stream Live Video Footage From Anywhere in the World with SwannView App

One of the great features of this product is its remote viewing capabilities. You can view your home or business from anywhere in the world via broadband Internet connection on computer (PC or Mac) or on your Smartphone* via the SwannView app.

Top DIY Security Terms


Closed Circuit Television. A television system used for private purposes & not for public or general broadcast.


D1 is a full size standard definition TV picture (704x480 NTSC, 704x576 PAL). It is the highest recording resolution on some DVRs. D1 is 4 CIF frames arranged in a square, & therefore takes approximately 4 times the recording space of a CIF picture but offers better picture quality.


A widescreen version of D1, with an image quality equivalent to a DVD player. The actual image size of 960H is 960x480 NTSC & 960x576 PAL.


Is full High-Definition video that displays 1920 pixels horizontal and 1080 pixels vertically per image on screen. 1080 demonstrates the number of horizontal scan lines of the image display resolution.


PAL is the television standard used primarily in the UK, EU & Australia. PAL defines a standard television picture as 704x576 pixels at approximately 25 frames per second.

Infrared (IR):

Infrared Night Vision allows cameras to ‘see in the dark’. It is the method of using IR LEDs‘see’ infrared light. Infrared light provides the illumination needed to capture clear images in total darkness or low-light conditions.

High Definition:

A term used to classify the image quality of TVs, DVD players, security systems and more, and measured in pixels. Greater picture quality with more pixels giving better detail that can be viewed. Video that is better quality than a standard definition picture ie 720p and above is usually considered high definition.

TV Lines (TVL):

This is a measure of the resolution of a video device. Higher number is higher resolution. 540 TVL or greater is considered high resolution.

IP Camera:

An Internet Protocol camera that can be viewed over a network and the internet.

Infrared Cut Filter:

Is a filter applied to security cameras designed to reflect or block mid-infrared wavelengths while passing visible light. They are also used to block IR due to the high sensitivity of many camera sensors to near-infrared light.

Image Sensor:

The light sensitive chip inside a security camera that can read levels of light & transform them into an image.

IP Rating:

A system used by manufacturers to describe the ability of their product to resist the effects of dust and water. For example, IP67 = 6 (protected from dust) and 7 (protected from the effects of immersion in water to depth between 15cm and 1m).


Used in digital imaging, is the smallest controllable element of a picture represented on the screen.


Refers to the sharpness & clarity of an image.