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Outdoor Security Camera Systems Overview

Outdoor Surveillance Security Camera Systems

There simply is no better way to consistently monitor activity around homes and other structures than by installing outdoor security camera systems. Learning how to select a good system and identifying the best places to mount outdoor security cameras are important first steps in making sure that home and business owners are getting the most out of their devices. A variety of different outdoor home security camera systems have been created to meet individual security needs and are relatively easy to install. When shopping for a system, most find it easier to do so after narrowing down their most specific requirements.

The Best Monitoring Positions

Outdoor security camera systems should ideally be positioned to record activity around a home’s doors, windows and walkways. Driveways and garage doors should also be closely monitored, if possible. In order to achieve these effective monitoring positions, a kit that provides multiple outdoor security cameras or a system that can be expanded to accommodate multiple cameras and viewing channels is recommended.

Cameras should also be positioned in areas where they are not likely to pick up glares from nearby lights such as an approaching car headlights or street lamps. This is also an important consideration when using security lighting as it is possible that lighting and camera systems will be used in close proximity to one another. In order to avoid a glare from security lights possibly interrupting the camera’s clear monitoring, test it at night with the security lights on to find a position that monitors the premises without experiencing light interference.

Tips to Remember When Comparing Outdoor Security Camera Systems

When selecting a system, a couple of features are absolutely crucial such as:

  • A system that comes equipped with night vision
  • A system that is either weather-proof or weather-resistant

Features such as the number of channels offered, the ability to access feeds from a smartphone and other system capabilities may be left up to an owner’s preference. However, do not purchase an outdoor system that does not at least offer night vision capabilities or one that is susceptible to failure based on weather conditions.

Night Vision Security Cameras

Outdoor cameras must be able to record clear video in varying shades of light and darkness. Without night vision capabilities a camera can be rendered useless after dark. Even when monitoring areas that are otherwise well lit at night, specifically installing night vision security cameras is still a dire necessity in case an intruder is able to somehow stifle any existing lighting or in case lighting fails for some other reason. Also known as infrared cameras, those equipped with night vision will continue to record activity in even the darkest environments. When selecting outdoor cameras, those that can use night vision to clearly record an area of at least 50 to 60 feet are highly recommended.

Understanding The Importance Of IP Ratings

Ingress Protection ratings, known simply as IP ratings, are used to describe how well an electrical device will stand up to elements such as water and dust. Specifically, these ratings on a security camera are used to inform consumers about how weather-resistant a camera actually is. Ratings are conveyed through a double digit system with the first number indicating how resistant a device is to dust particles and the second an indication of its resistance to water and other liquids. The numbers indicating dust resistance range from zero to six, with zero indicating the absence of any resistance and six indicating an extremely high resistance. Liquid resistance is represented in a range from zero to eight, with zero meaning that a camera does not have any resistance and that it will be ruined if it comes into contact with water. An eight rating, however, means that the device will continue function at its best even in very wet conditions.

With this information in mind, consumers are advised to locate and read the specifications of any outdoor camera being considered. Selecting a system with very high IP ratings is recommended in order to reduce the likelihood of a camera malfunctioning or being destroyed due to weather conditions. Attention to IP ratings is even important when selecting cameras that will be used in fair weather conditions, since an event such as being sprayed by a sprinkler system or a water hose could very well disable a camera and even ruin it for future use.

The Difference Between Weather-Proof and Weather-Resistant Security Camera Systems

A weather-proof camera refers to one that is 100% sealed, thus completely protecting it from all outside elements. A weather-resistant camera, on the other hand, is one that features a high IP rating and, though it may be exposed to the elements, has tested well under simulated conditions and is expected to function uninterrupted by these conditions. While a weather-resistant camera is clearly identified by its IP rating, customers who desire one yet are still unsure as to whether or not an outdoor camera is weather-proof are advised to install it under an overhang or somewhere else that will provide protection to the camera without inhibiting its field of view.

A Wide Selection Of Surveillance and Security Systems

Selecting the right surveillance system comes down to knowing what features are the most important. To make shopping easy for our customers, most of the security camera systems we carry are especially designed for outdoor use. In addition to cameras with top-quality features, including infrared viewing, we also sell both weather-proof and highly weather-resistant outdoor security camera systems.

Ralph Winn