CCTV camera systems can help homes, businesses and the public sector to protect their property and assets, as well as the privacy and safety of those working or living within the building. Camera systems often act as a deterrent, as well as capturing footage in the event of an offence being committed such as a break-in or vandalism. But how do you know if a camera system is going to meet your needs? Here’s our guide to identifying some of the best CCTV features to look out for.

Guide to the key features to spot in a CCTV camera system. Includes HD surveillance, real time video, true day & night footage, weatherproof cameras & flexible packages. Get free advice from a security professional now.HD Surveillance

CCTV cameras have come a long way from the grainy images you’d see in the past with HD images making it harder for intruders to conceal their identity. High-quality video surveillance can even be integrated with analogue systems. Full HD systems will often state their resolution as ‘1920x1080P’, so if you see this listed, you know the picture quality is going to be good.

Real Time Video

While recorded footage is always handy, being able to view what’s happening at your property is real time is also important to some people, especially if you receive an alert that your alarm system has been triggered. This requires remote access capabilities to allow you to see up to date footage, so make sure this is included if it’s a feature you want.

Infrared Sensors

You’ll sometimes see camera systems have ‘true day and night’ capabilities which help the camera switch between the clear footage recorded in the day and ensuring image quality remains high when lighting is poor such as at night – often filming in black and white instead.


CCTV cameras can be placed both inside and outside a property which is often the case for businesses and public sector organisations. If choosing a CCTV system for the outside of your building, ensure the cameras are fully weatherproof. A professional security company will point you in the right direction if you’re unsure.

Additional Security Features

When finding the right CCTV package for your needs, you may like to consider other security features which are compatible with the system. For example, you may want to install two-way audio to allow you to interact with others you can see on the camera. You may also want to control the system from an app if that’s how you’re managing other products such as your security alarms. There’s a wide range of camera products on offer, so speak to a security professional to help narrow down your choices.

Flexible Packages for Your Needs

It’s important that you find a system which has flexibility because what’s right for a homeowner may not be what’s required to fully secure business premises. For those looking for commercial security cameras, ensure you find a package which can be easily expanded and upgraded as your needs change.

Looking for a bespoke CCTV camera package?

Here at Angel Security, we tailor security solutions to your requirements, finding the right products and set-up to ensure you have the coverage you want. We supply and install high-quality camera systems across Surrey and London, including properties in Kingswood, Putney and Purley. For a free consultation and quotation, call now on 0800 999 7177.