Deciding on the best day or night surveillance camera to safely monitor your business or home isn’t as difficult as you think. Though the overall selection of security cameras equipped with night vision capabilities has grown immensely, there are a few things that can help eliminate a lot of those choices. And the capabilities of a low-cost, cheap day or night surveillance camera are better than ever.
Many new innovative features are now routinely included with any night surveillance camera equipped with modern night vision technology. Security camera manufacturers and distributors such as ourselves permit anyone in need of a nighttime surveillance system to find great products that fit their budget.
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5 Things to Consider Before Buying a Night Surveillance Camera
Nighttime or low-light surveillance technology was designed to perform well in just about any outdoor environment or indoor setting. The importance of night vision is especially vital when it comes to around the clock protection. But when most people think of nighttime surveillance footage, they probably envision images that are dark and grainy.
This can be a serious problem if you want to actually identify a thief, burglar, vandal, or criminal for something they did. It is also one of the most common reasons so many business or homeowners are looking to upgrade their current security camera system. But not every night security camera is the same. So let’s take a look at 5 things to consider before purchasing a night surveillance camera online.
Do you want a black and white camera or a color surveillance camera?
The standard choice for most nighttime surveillance systems is black and white security cameras. This is mostly due to the added benefits of black and white cameras in little to no-light environments. Though some added details like hair color, car color, and clothing might be lost, the camera resolution for a black and white camera is as good as color cameras. In fact, some even outperform their color counterparts.
Take a look at the Day / Night IR Demo of our featured IPOB-SB5IRZA below.
Do you want a wired, wireless, or an IP network surveillance system?
Wired Security Systems
Properties or businesses that span over a large area typically use wired security systems. The primary benefit to a wired connectivity type is a higher overall resolution and image quality. However, the ability to hide or disguise wired systems from anyone looking to avoid being detected is limited.
Wireless Security Systems
If you are looking for a more budget-friendly solution, then a wireless security system might be the best choice. The initial set up and installation of a wireless system isn’t complex and can be done without professional support. Wireless surveillance systems are best used in areas completely covered by the wireless signal. The ideal setting needs a clear line of sight to avoid interference and must remain unobstructed by trees, branches, and other foliage.
IP Network Security Systems
IP or internet protocol network security systems use a computer router to connect all the different devices. The router will recognize each camera as its own device. The primary benefit of an IP network system is remote access. Users are able to use other network-connected devices such as smartphones, tablets, and computers to monitor their security footage from wherever they are.
To read more about IR IP night surveillance camera systems click here.
Do you need an indoor or outdoor surveillance system?
Indoor Security Cameras
If you aren’t concerned about the weather then an indoor security camera might be your best bet. Security cameras that do not meet certain weatherproof ratings usually cost less than their counterparts. Many indoor security cameras are actually designed to be hidden or blend in with interior decorations. However, they are also more limited and lose certain aspects of functionality.
Outdoor Security Cameras
An outdoor security camera is specifically designed to withstand outdoor weather elements. This means being able to function properly during extreme temperatures, precipitation, and heavy winds. Outdoor cameras are often designed with a lens cover or hood for added protection from the weather or sun.
View the nighttime outdoor demo in 4K for our IPOB-EL8IR-EP below:
How many security cameras do you plan to incorporate into your surveillance system?
A single-camera surveillance system heavily limits the ability to monitor a location. However, there are many new products that are capable of doing the work of multiple security cameras. Some examples of this would be cameras equipped with auto-tracking, motion detection, and intelligent number recognition technology.
View the outdoor auto-tracking nighttime demo for our IPPTZ-EL8IRL30X-ATI below:
How light sensitive does your Lux illumination rating need to be?
Capturing clear surveillance footage in complete darkness is possible, but not every night surveillance camera is capable of it. Lux illumination ratings tell you how much ambient light is necessary to actually get decent security footage. Starlight Technology is one of the latest advancements in night vision technology, letting users view in almost total darkness for up to hundreds of feet.
Check out our Starlight camera day/night IR comparison below:
Once you’ve answered these questions, you should be able to eliminate most of the night security cameras that don’t meet your criteria. Visit Security Camera King to see our entire night surveillance camera collection. If you have any questions about a camera or just want to speak with a security and surveillance specialist, call 866-573-8878. Find more day and night security camera reviews and nighttime demos in our Video Vault. For other requests, please contact us.