The Ultimate Guide to Finding Right Night Vision Camera

Popularity of the night vision cameras have dramatically increased over the past decade or so. These cameras are suitable for both residential and commercial properties alike. Day by day, the effectiveness of these cameras increases, thanks to the development of the technology. Because.......

The Ultimate Guide to Finding Right Night Vision Camera

Popularity of the night vision cameras have dramatically increased over the past decade or so. These cameras are suitable for both residential and commercial properties alike. Day by day, the effectiveness of these cameras increases, thanks to the development of the technology. Because of the proven effectiveness of night vision cameras, modern property owners rely heavily on them. Modern night vision cameras have the ability of capturing high-resolution images and they provide a reliable surveillance system. Such a system comes with various gadgets, including multiple cameras and DVRs. These systems are easily programmable to capture still images at desired intervals.

Because of the large variety of products and models available in the market, consumers may find it rather difficult to select the right kind of night vision camera. These systems come with different colour modes, connectivity options, different number of cameras, sensitivity levels, etc., thus making the selection process even more difficult. Below are some important facts to take into consideration when selecting the right kind of camera.

1.Selecting the most appropriate colour mode

The colour mode of the camera you are going to select should be determined by considering the amount of light in the surveillance environment. If you go for a high-resolution colour camera, you will be able to experience the integrated night vision facility, too; they come with a powerful IR system. When it comes to colour cameras, they perform perfectly when there is enough light in the surveillance area. Although the resolution may be lower than the black and white night vision cameras, colour cameras give you the luxury of identifying essential details, like the colours of hair, clothing, vehicles, etc.

Choosing the Lux Rating
With lux rating, you can have a general idea of the amount of light a particular camera nees to produce a clear picture. In other words, cameras that have lower lux values can produce a better picture even under poor light conditions. However, colour security cameras have rather high lux values compared to the black and white cameras. Designated night vision cameras have a very low lux rating (up to 0.0003), so they are capable of recording footage even when it is very dark.

When it comes to video footage, details in colour videos are easier to identify compared to black and white ones. Therefore, if your intention is to acquire clear video footage, you should go for a black and white camera. Modern technology has facilitated manufactures to introduce colour cameras that perform even in the dark. The price of these colour cameras are higher than the equally rated black and white cameras. Such colour cameras come with highly sophisticated infrared sensors to add more colour details to the respective videos captured under poor lighting conditions.

 2. Determine the connectivity type you need
As a consumer, you should determine the type of the connectivity depending on the condition of the surroundings. Technically, wired cameras perform perfectly for both indoor and outdoor uses. Wired connections are capable of delivering perfect image quality. To add more versatility to these cameras, they come with multiple ports. The system can be enhanced by using additional video extensions and connecting multiple cameras to the recording and control units.

 Wired connectivity
Generally, wired connectivity can be used to cover a wider area. Practically speaking, wireless systems have limitations when it comes to covering larger areas – wired connections can be the ultimate solution for such a situation. Such cameras come with infrared cutoff filters in order to rectify potential colour faults. Besides all the advantages, you might be required to put additional efforts to hide the physical wires of these cameras from the vicinity of the intruders. If not, the discreteness and the effectiveness of the security system may go down significantly.

Wireless connectivity
Wireless cameras are known in the industry for their easy-to-setup and affordable characteristics. These systems require significantly less labour, time and effort to be installed. Technically, the digital signals used to transmit data by these systems are fully protected from potential unauthorised access. These connections are capable of transferring data faultlessly when the line of sight is clear (between the camera and the control unit). When it is situated in between barriers, there may be interference in transmission. Since the wireless systems don’t have physical wiring, the connection may remain discrete from potential intruders.

IP Connectivity (Internet Protocol)
IP connection is based on a computer router. In fact, within IP connectivity, the cameras are identified as devices controlled by the respective router. One of the main advantages of using IP connectivity is that is allows you to view and control the cameras even when you are located remotely. As long as you have internet access, you can access this system using any smart computing device, such as smartphones, tablets, PCs, etc. no matter what your location is. Moreover, most of the modern IP security cameras are capable of recording the captured videos to a network driver (either a dedicated video recorder or a PC) with the help of software. Users can view the real-time capturing via any device. The speed of the connection solely depends on the status of the network utilised.

3. Determine whether it is an indoor or outdoor system
Depending on the requirement, you may select either an indoor or an outdoor system.

Outdoor system
It is compulsory for outdoor security cameras to be waterproof and dustproof. Simply, such devices should be able to withstand any extreme weather conditions.

Indoor system
Visible indoor security cameras discourage intruders and others to become involved in inappropriate acts within the building. On the other hand, you can place hidden cameras to monitor the activities discretely.

Motion Detection cameras
If you go for a motion detection system, you can save a significant amount of space of the recording device. These systems will capture the videos and images only when a particular movement takes place within the coverage.  

4. Number of Cameras you need to select
The number of cameras you need depends on the size and the shape of the property. The number of entrances, size of the yard, type of the land, etc. are highly instrumental when deciding the number of cameras. The key is to leave no blind spots.


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