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Glossary

Camera Features

This Camera Has True Day and Night ICR - True Day and Night cameras can see at low light conditions without having IR LEDS. ICRs (or Infrared Cut Filter) help the camera produce accurate color reproduction under different conditions. For example, with different types of lighting fixtures such as incandescent and florescent lighting, the filter will drop down over the lens cut out any infrared coming from these light sources.

This Camera has Back Light Compensation’ - Back Light Compensation is when there is a bright or a large source of light coming from behind the area of where the camera is placed. What the camera will do is brighten the dark areas and darken the areas which are too bright. The camera will make sure that the main areas in focus will have a proper brightness level to see everything in frame


This Camera has Infrared LEDs Night vision - This Camera comes equipped with IR LEDs, which means it can easily see at night. At night time or low level lighting conditions the LEDs will switch on automatically and start giving the camera night vision abilities. Depending on how many LEDs each camera has, the range of night vision can be shorter to longer.

This camera has Super High Resolution Measured in Television Lines - The TVL or Television Lines is a measure of analog cameras resolution, or the overall quality of the image that the camera can produce. Most cameras can deliver more than 480 TVL, and up to 700 TVL. The higher the TVL rating on the image, the better the quality of the image will be.

This Camera has Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) - The WDR feature is beneficial when there are two lighting levels in the fore ground and the background of where the camera is focused. What the WDR feature will do is scan the image twice, once for the dark image, and one for the bright image. Then it will take two separate images, adjust the brightness for both images, then after it will combine both images together and the image generated will be vivid, accurate, and sharp.

This Camera is equipped with a Privacy Masking Feature - The Privacy masking filter means that this camera comes equipped with an on screen display (OSD) option that allows you to grey out certain areas of the image that this camera will capture.  For example, if there are parts of neighbors’ windows that should not be recorded, so you can manually set areas of the image not to record, or view.

This Camera is a Weather-Proof IP66 Rated Camera  – This means that the camera is suitable for outdoor use, but not direct rain, and has to be protected, such as mounted under the edge of a siding or roof.  IP66 means that the housing is completely dust proof, and that it has protection against string water jets, and some water. Most of our bullets are IP66, while domes are used for indoor use, and are not weather proof.

This Camera is rated as a Vandal Proof Security Camera  – The vandal proof covering over the dome means that this security camera very difficult to be tampered with or destroyed.  This will be great for a lower height install, or in high-traffic areas, such as stores, banks, hospitals, etc.  It means that the dome is safe from being scratched or tampered with.

This Camera is equipped with pass-thru cable management – This means that the cable is not visible at all once the camera is installed, making the camera or the feed difficult to tamper with.  It also means that the install is much cleaner looking, since there are no exposed wires.

This Camera is equipped with a Dynamic Noise Reduction Feature  – When ha camera has DNR feature, it will create high quality images even in low light, or areas that have high image noise levels.  This means that this feature will bring your images no blur, motion blur, image noise, and image ghosting. 

BNC Connection Camera – This camera is a BNC Connection, meaning the camera needs a power source, and a BNC port on your DVR to connect

Quick Connect Camera – This camera is a RJ12 Quick Connect Connection, meaning you need a RJ12 Quick Connect Port on your camera. This camera will supply audio, power, and video over one cable, and does not need an external power source.

HD Camera - This is a High-Definition Camera – The camera and senor have a High-Definition or a Megapixel rating, meaning a very high resolution with a very high definition.  This will give a very clear and crisp image, as well as capturing a huge amount of detail over an area.  Some areas such as parking lots that once needed 3 or 4 cameras to cover one area now only needs one Megapixel or HD Camera’

IP Camera – This Camera will have its own IP Address, and will network with your own network connection.  It will also have the regular BNC connections for video, but also includes intelligent capabilities such as enhanced video motion detection. The network camera’s external inputs and outputs can be connected to devices such as sensors and relays, enabling the system to react to alarms and activate lights or open/close doors

Supports SD Cards - The Network Camera also supports a micro-SD memory slot for local recording with removable storage.’

Two Way Audio compatible - This camera has Audio in and Out Ports, meaning it can interact with a speaker and microphone, giving you two way audio though you DVR, Smart Phone, or Tablet.’

This Camera is ONVIF compatible - This means the Camera or DVR is a global interface standard that makes it easier for end users, integrators, consultants, and manufacturers to take advantage of the possibilities offered by network video technology. ONVIF enables interoperability between different vendor products, increased flexibility, reduced cost, and future-proof systems.


Terms and General Glossary

Auto Iris Lens - A lens with a mechanical iris which is controlled by a motor or other electrical device and responds to the changing video levels produces by a camera. The iris will be driven more open as the light hitting the image device becomes less and less and vice versa with an increase in light. The lens automatically adjusts the amount of light reaching the imager.


Auto Sequencing - The automatic viewing of each image within a quad processor, one after another.


Automatic Brightness Control - In display devices, the self


Automatic Gain Control - A function that automatically adjusts the brightness level of video, to keep it consistent.


BNC (Bayonet Network Control) - A type of connector/cable end used primarily for video and CCTV


Coaxial cable - A special type of wire used to carry low voltage signals. It gets its name from having two conductors configured in concentric circles or two conductors having the same axis. The center conductor is a solid or stranded wire running the full length of the cable. The second conductor is constructed in a braided fashion around a separating non.


CCD (Charge Coupling Devices) - A light sensor that is employed by scanners and digital cameras to convert analog data into digital data.


CCTV - A common abbreviation for Closed Circuit Television


Digital Recording - A computer term associated with storing electronic files to disk, which can include video, audio or data files. The process used by a digital video recorder (DVR).

 


Digital Zoom - A function that creates an electronic zooming effect by blowing the image up.


Field of View - The width and height or area desired to be covered by one camera. This area is determined by the focal length of the lens on the camera and the distance the camera is mounted from the scene.


GB (Gigabyte) - One gigabyte is equal to 1,024 megabytes. It has the storage capacity of approximately 1000 floppy disks.


HDD (High Density Disk - aka Hard Drive)


Illumination - The amount of light cast on an object.


IP55 Water Resistant - A standard by which products are tested against dust and water. IP55 means that products will be sealed and protected against a typical spray of dust or water.


IR (Infrared) - A wave that is part of the electromagnetic spectrum that is very close to light, but invisible to the human eye, often called night vision.

 


Iris - The eye of the camera.


Looping - Referring to the video inputs on a device such as a switcher of quad. The input is not terminated and has provisions to continue the video line; normally two BNC connectors are present on the rear of the device making it possible to connect the video signal to additional devices. The looping of a video signal should be limited to a few devices.


Lux - A measurement for the amount of illumination on an object. The lower the number, the better the image will be at night.

Optical Zoom - A function that magnifies the size of an image by adjusting the focal length of the lens.


PIR (Passive Infra Red) - A function that monitors changes in heat to determine motion. In essence, a heat driven motion sensor.


Pixel - A tiny sample of video information, the dots that make up an overall picture.

 


PPP (Point to Point Protocol) - Software, that allows for communication from modem to modem.


Quad Processor - A function that allows up to 4 images to be displayed via 4 separate video sources.


Resolution - A measure of graphics that's used to describe what a printer, a scanner can scan and a monitor can display. The higher the resolution number, in general, the better the picture quality will be.


RJ12 - A type of cable and connector. It supplies power, audio and video within the same cable.

 


Secondary Monitor - A second monitor that connects to your primary monitor, which allows you to view the same picture on both.


TCP/IP - A format for networks that assigns numbers to devices, which allows them to be unique.


Variable Dwell Time - On a monitor, it is the amount of time delay between the switching of images.


VariFocal - A function that provides the ability to change the focal length of a camera manually.


Video Transmitters - A device that transmits video across phone lines or the Internet.