Types of CCTV Cameras for Commercial Applications

Commercial CCTV Camera - Dome Type

Are you interested to know about what types of CCTV cameras there are? And possibly, which the best types of closed-circuit security cameras there are, depending on the application, for monitoring and securing industrial, retail, municipal, public, agricultural, and commercial premises? You are, well read on – you can find out here in this security blog article, compiled and written our CCTV security system experts here at RJ Wilson.

For quite some time, having a CCTV camera system has been an increasingly popular method of monitoring and securing property, across the municipal, commercial, and private sectors. The advantages of using the very latest, commercially available CCTV cameras are many, with the most important of them will always be peace of mind and the preventive nature of these systems.

CCTV cameras deliver a significant improvement in safety and are well known to be a proven deterrent against theft and vandalism. They offer you visibility of your entire premises, inside and out, offering you valuable camera footage for the purposes of providing evidence; the possibility of monitoring staff performance; and the capability to monitor the whereabouts and safety of any person on your premises. Another benefit is that they help in the instance of claims against any of your insurance policies, as well as reducing the cost of your premiums.

There are various kinds of CCTV camera available, with each varying depending upon the features and the options you need. The great news is that a good, modern security camera will capture accurate images regardless of the time of day, the amount of daylight available, any additional lighting in the area, and even in extreme weather conditions.

As you would expect, it is only natural that you would want to install the correct kind of systems in and around your premises, so they are both reliable and effective. Here we list the commercially available CCTV cameras that are usually used in industrial and commercial premises, such as school buildings, shops, warehouses, factories, or municipal buildings.

Each of the various types of CCTV cameras can offer a surveillance solution. Below is a description of the advantages of each type of CCTV camera system. Please use our expert guide to find an appropriate and secure option for your property and personnel.

Commercial CCTV Camera Types:

  • Bullet CCTV Cameras
  • DOME CCTV Cameras
  • PTZ (Pan, Tilt and Zoom) CCTV Cameras
  • High Definition (HD) CCTV Cameras


This type of CCTV camera is known by their bullet shape, they are also known as lipstick cameras. CCTV Bullet Camera types are usually recommended for longer viewing distances and only have a narrow view of approx. 80 degrees horizontal x 40 degrees vertical. Generally, bullet CCTV cameras are small which may vary depending on the type of lens. Perfect for surveillance, the smallest ones can be easily concealed. Bullet cameras are also commonly used where CCTV surveillance is required externally, as they usually have cases with head covers that are resistant to dirt and prevent lens insertion. They are also often equipped with IR LED lighting.


Best for shorter distances and a wide angle, DOME CCTV cameras have, as you would expect, a dome-shaped housing, and are most often intended for indoor applications, although there are also versions for outdoor work and where required, vandal-resistant ones. Vandal-proof cameras are intended for places where vandalism is the main problem (prisons, warehouses, car parks).

PTZ (Pan, Tilt and Zoom) CCTV Cameras

Importantly, PTZ cameras allow for good flexibility in capturing and recording data. They can be manipulated via a button, tilting, or turning, zooming in, and out as required, meaning that they are able to capture detail more accurately and are an excellent option if you have a monitoring crew on your premises. They are usually seen on the streets, in supermarkets and around busy neighbourhoods.

High Definition (HD) CCTV Cameras

CCTV cameras have various pixel resolutions from 720p through to 4K. The larger the resolution, the better image quality. Standard CCTV camera systems can have low-resolution cameras that sometimes make identifying objects difficult for users or people. HD camera technology enables the capture of images with excellent quality and zooming capabilities. These are especially useful in highly risky areas where foot traffic must be strictly monitored.

The Most Favoured Types of Security Cameras in the UK 2022

In the UK in 2022, traditional analogue CCTV just isn’t an option, whereas IP cameras that offer higher resolution video and better picture quality than CCTV cameras are the norm. They broadcast video as a digital stream of data over an IP network to a Network Video Recorder (NVR) rather than a DVR, which is the footage storage system for ‘old school’ analogue CCTV.

Amongst the types of security cameras that are commercially available, you will not find us stating that there is only one winner. The most effective security cameras are all about applications and their locations, so what we won’t be doing here is going into any detail. Our CCTV security camera comparisons will review most essential items below and are only intended on helping you make a quick decision on the direction you need to be looking.

Whichever type of camera system you need for your specific circumstances, the very latest commercial CCTV camera systems in 2022 are powerful cameras. They provide exceptional image quality – even in low light, allowing you to monitor at your leisure and giving you reassurance wherever you have the risk of a security breach.

If your business or organisation has the need for a new or replacement security camera system, our security system specialists at RJ Wilson will be able to offer the right solution, so please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information and a free quotation. By using the latest technologies in indoor and outdoor cameras and digital recording units, including the highly regarded IP systems we recommend, we can deliver and install a CCTV package tailored to your individual needs.

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