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Standard Body C-Mount Lenses

We sell a variety of standard body camera lenses, each having different features for different needs and situations.

The "C" in the term "C-Mount" stands for 'Cine', which denotes the C-mount lense's original use in filming movies, since the word 'cine' is the prefix of the word 'cinematographic'. However, the use of digital video cameras brought with it the demise of the C-Mount lense, since it was originally developed for 16mm cameras. In the 70's and 80's the use of C-Mount Lenses in the camera security industry took off, and have served as a bedrock for the industry.

C-Mounts offer the best resolution that a security camera has to offer, which still gives them a place of authority in the video surveillance industry, even though bullet cameras have taken over in recent years.

Standard body cameras with C-Mount lenses are great for in-door use, and are designed for being inside. For that reason, if you want to use a standard body camera with a C-Mount lense, then you will need to protect your camera with a housing unit to shield it from the elements. Though they are not ideal for outside use, there are reasons why they might be needed outside. Fo example, if you need to surveil a high rise building, and require high resolution and color video in order to focus in on long distances.

Contact your Security Consultant to discuss whether or not C-Mount Lenses are appropriate for your project.

As the first step in a digital video surveillance system is understanding the capabilities of the various security camera technologies see our  Real surveillance movie samples from our security cameras

CCTV Security Cameras take many shapes and forms

The most common form factors for CCTV cameras are dome, bullet, and standard body. Pan-Tilt-Zoom, Low Light, Infrared Low-Light and License Plate technologies can be built into almost any of these form factors.

Security Camera Tips: Apply Logic when picking cameras and lenses

Consider the following when choosing a CCTV surveillance camera:

1. Sketch out a Floor Plan:
Put in all camera locations.
Consider  the distance to your surveillance zone:Are you 5 feet or 15 feet away from your surveillance target area? It is best to locate your camera as close to the surveillance area first, then choose how much zoom you need. Do you need 4mm, 8mm or 12mm lens or something way more powerful?

2. Field of view or area of surveillance: Take photos of areas you want to cover from the proposed camera locations.
What lens you need depends what you want to see and how far away and how wide a viewing area. Wide angle and fisheye lenses are available. Check out our Field of View Calculator for help.

3. Resolution:
Do you want to capture a persons face or a car license plate? Each situation and expectation will determine the location your security camera will have to be mounted in and the quality of camera you will require to get the desired resolution and image quality for your shot.

4 .Vandalism potential: Will your camera be subject to damage through vandalism or other environmental factors? Vandal resistant cameras are available along with a full range of housing to protect your security camera from any environment.

Lighting: Is the space well lit or dimly lit. Are the lighting conditions simply unpredictable due to an outdoor influence? Are the lights turned off at night? Do you want to monitor the area with the lights turned off? Do you need infrared or low light cameras? Are yow aware of the benefits of a Wide Dynamic Security Camera?

6. Budget:
Just like any technology, the more you spend, the better the system you get. Keep in mind however a low cost camera is better than no camera.

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