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When placed and used properly, fisheye cameras will increase the situational awareness provided by your surveillance system and ensure comprehensive coverage of your home, office or place of business.
However, when not placed properly and configured for optimal use within the environment, fisheye cameras offer less than stellar results. In fact, you might even find you were better off with your previous camera arrangement!
In our previous guides, we’ve covered the differences between fisheye cameras and multi-sensor cameras and what to look for in a fisheye camera. In the last part of this guide, we’re going to provide best practices for getting the most out of your camera and point out common pitfalls to avoid.
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One of the most common misconceptions about these cameras is that they’ll allow you to replace multiple other cameras across your surveillance network. While this might be true, we don’t recommend relying on fisheye cameras as your sole camera type.
While fisheye cameras provide a wide field of view, they aren’t ideal for depth of field. With the warped images created by cameras, they can also prove tricky for constant monitoring or picking out fine details.
In most cases, we recommend using fisheye cameras to provide an overview of your area while using megapixel cameras to capture fine details or further distances. Using fisheye cameras to detect a potential event and megapixel cameras to identify, you are eliminating the weaknesses of both camera types and creating a powerful synergy.
Due to their shallow depth of field and warping toward the edges of images, where you place your camera is critical to achieving optimal results.
If you’re considering 180-degree cameras, you’ll find these tips helpful:
Whether you’re looking to secure your yard and driveway or monitor a warehouse or shipping hub, fisheye lenses are a powerful addition to any surveillance system. In our three-part guide, we’ve covered everything you need to know about this complex technology. If you have further questions—or you’re looking for ways to incorporate fisheye cameras into your surveillance network—Mammoth Security has the expertise and equipment selection to make your ideas a reality. Call today to schedule your consultation and start using your new system in as little as 14 days!