How To Select A Commercial-Grade Camera For Your Business

September 20th, 2019

When determining what security system is right for your business, it is easy to get confused and overwhelmed by the choices out there. The security system choices when you walk into a big box store range from $200 on up and there are several to choose from. Yet, none of the big box stores use the systems they sell. If they don’t trust them, why should you? A good security system is an important purchase because you will not only be protecting your business, but your employees and customers as well. So don’t just go with the cheapest option.

What Types Of Surveillance Cameras Are Available In Today’s Market?.

Not all security cameras function in the same way. There are basically two different types of security cameras on the market today. The first is the most common type, consumer grade cameras. They are usually packaged in a bundled set with the cameras and the video recorder is included. The second category is the commercial grade surveillance camera where each camera starts at around $400 and you have to purchase the video recorder separately. That will run you about another $500 or more. Keep in mind that while both systems give the appearance of doing the same job, there are several major differences. 

Commercial-Grade Versus Consumer-Grade Surveillance Cameras

Surveillance cameras that are designated as “Commercial-Grade” are the cameras that the big box stores do use. They are built for high performance where failure is not an option as it could ruin your business. The benefits of a commercial-grade surveillance system includes:

  • Higher Quality Construction
  • Work Under Mixed Lighting Conditions
  • Advanced Night Vision InfraRed That Adjusts Lighting Automatically
  • Higher Resolution For Sharper Video
  • Remote Video Storage
  • Harder To Hack

Should You Consider Night Vision Security Cameras?

As a business owner who closes at night the answer to should I buy a night vision security cameras should be “yes”. Consumer grade night vision security cameras around the perimeter of your building will give you better results and is an active deterrent to criminals. A consumer surveillance camera has a fixed brightness and a short range. The quality if someone does approach your business is often grainy or too dark or out of range. Commercial grade cameras adjust the brightness automatically providing a quality, sharp image of any intruder. 

What Surveillance Camera Resolution Do You Need?

If you are unfortunate enough to experience a break in then you definitely want to be able to have a sharp, identifiable image of the perpetrator. So let’s look at what resolution means when it comes to security cameras. The resolution is the number of pixels that make up the video. The more pixels, the better the image that the security camera records. A 1080 resolution will provide enough details to protect your business. 

When you are ready to install a security camera system to protect your business the Experts at DWS Tech will customize your security system, and will work with you through every stage. We also provide a 90 day warranty on labor and a 30 day product warranty.

"Steve I just wanted to thank you and your partner Ray Kindsfather for the fine work you men did installing the security cameras around my home. The quality of the pictures is excellent, the clarity in day or infrared mode is exactly what I was looking for. What good is a camera if you can't identify the person and these cameras will greatly assist the police in identifying a perpetrator. The computer side of the job is easy and fast with very little adjustment time for me in finding what I want to see. Software and hardware get A+++++ no doubt about. The Ring is equally easy to use and the quality of the camera is equally strong. The installation was clean and fast. You maintain a clean site, it’s like you were never here. You answered all my questions with pin point accuracy. Integrity suits you well. Your answers were honest and to the point. Refreshing in today’s world. All and all you and Ray make a strong team at DWS Technology LLC. I have no problem recommending you to friend or family, home or business. God bless you both with your business. I will call you for future installations. "

Cliff Mulvaney


"Ray, in reviewing several different security cameras there were many good products, but none met my criteria of clarity and no long-term contract. Raymond, you showed me one product that caught my attention with the clarity and distance viewing that I could not get with other systems. The zoom after a few feet became distorted with the other systems but with the Alibi NVR package you demoed, we could zoom in and out with clarity which made this product stand out from all the rest. The NVR system is so simple, in fact, anyone can configure the system to suit their needs. You can monitor your home from your smartphone or tablet and having security cameras makes it a great deterrent for criminal activity. DWS Technology delivered as promised! Your installation crew worked clean and treated my home as if it was their own. Great attention to detail! I will recommend DWS Technology to anyone! Great job guys!"

Eli R.

"DWS Technology does great work! I found them to be knowledgeable, professional and cost-effective. DWS designed a company-wide integrated comprehensive solution with site survey drawings outlying every detail of the project for our nine major locations. The surveillance performance we needed was exactly what we received. DWS, you outperformed our expectations and continue to do so with your tech support. Thank you for providing great service and delivering on your promises."

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