Tips on Choosing a Long Range Night Vision Security Camera

Are you looking to purchase a long range outdoor security camera system for your home or business? Long range (distance) outdoor security camera systems let you see and record clear video from a few hundred feet away from their mounting point.  Typical applications would include monitoring a deep driveway, front and back yards, or a large parking lot. If your company needs to recognize faces and license plates, you’ll need outdoor security cameras with long range capability for both day and night. Night vision security camera systems provide reliable surveillance, high-resolution images, and capacious image storage utilizing a digital video recorder (DVR) instead of videotape. Many systems allow recording of footage from multiple cameras on a single DVR simultaneously. Surveillance systems provide continual recording, or the consumer can program the system to take still shots at regular intervals.

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Long Range Outdoor Security Cameras Feature Excellent Night Vision

Daytime video quality alone is not enough for a good long distance outdoor surveillance camera system. For facial identification and 24/7 video monitoring at night, especially in rural areas with no street lights, night vision is an indispensable security feature. Night video quality decides how far you can see with your long range outdoor security camera in low light conditions or even dark conditions.

Lux Rating

A Lux rating measures light intensity as perceived by the human eye. In the security camera world, the term Lux is used to describe how well a camera can capture video in low light. Most color security cameras feature a Lux rating between one and four, while black and white cameras feature Lux ratings much lower. If you are looking for clear video footage you should consider a color camera security system over black and white systems, because video footage from a color camera is typically easier to view than black and white images.

Deciding Between Color and Black & White

The determining factor in choosing a black and white or color security camera is the light level in the exterior surveillance area. High-resolution color cameras often feature an infrared (IR) cutoff filter to provide integrated night vision. Typically, the higher quality IR lights your camera has, the clearer the video and longer distance your camera will see in poor lighting conditions. Color cameras are a good choice when there is sufficient light. While the resolution may be lower than an equivalently priced black and white camera, color cameras allow the user to identify details such as hair color, clothing, and car color and hue.

Installing a camera security system helps protect your property, can lower insurance rates and maintains your personal and professional safety. Because your home or building is more vulnerable after dark, night vision cameras are powerful tools in maintaining security. These versatile cameras utilize infrared LEDs to capture clear images even on dark nights.

Types of System Connectivity

Wired Systems

Wired cameras are appropriate for indoor and outdoor use, and generally, provide the highest image quality. Wired systems are well suited for expansive locations that may be too large for wireless system coverage.

Wireless Systems

Just liked wired camera systems, wireless camera systems have their pros and cons as well.   Wireless systems are relatively easy to install, are portable, and can be placed anywhere within WiFi signal range.  Sometimes wireless security systems can experience interference which can cause to fail or trigger a false alarm. Note: Wireless security cameras need at least one cable or wire for power. “Wireless” refers to the transmission of video. However, some security cameras are battery-powered/operated, making the security cameras truly wire-free.

Internet Protocol

IP (Internet protocol) network cameras allow the end user to connect the system utilizing a computer router. This connection method treats each security camera as a device controlled by the router. Many network security systems allow the user to control the cameras remotely via a smartphone or computer with an Internet connection.  Users can access the system in real-time through a dedicated monitor, smartphone or tablet.