If you live in an area with tough weather conditions such as snow, heavy rain or extreme heat or cold, it can be difficult to find an outdoor surveillance camera that you can rely on year-round. WorldEyeCam carries several models of outdoor security cameras that can withstand extreme temperatures and heavy flows of dust and water. A good outdoor surveillance camera will not only be able to withstand extreme weather but it should also have night vision and be able to record high definition footage.
Outdoor cameras need to perform well in low light. Lighting conditions can quickly change with the weather and you also want to be able to record clear footage both day and night. IR LED lights can turn on automatically to illuminate a field of vision for the camera from 10 feet all the way up to several hundred feet depending on the number of LEDs. Infrared light is indiscernible to the human eye so you don’t have to worry about bright lights shining all around your property and disturbing neighbors. Another incredible benefit of infrared light is that it works better at illuminating hazy conditions, such as fog or smog, than standard lighting does. Proper illumination is key not only for night time coverage but also for dealing with heavy fog or dark clouds.
Higher resolution, color cameras will also be able to capture detail even in cloudy, dark and rainy situations. Low resolution cameras that only record in black and white are only able to record grainy images without much detail. In instances of harsh weather it can be tough to see any type of detail for cameras or humans! That is why it is important to have a camera that can capture high resolution images so even in the toughest of situations you can clearly identify criminals and potential threats to your property. Details such as clothing color, tattoos or facial features are integral in catching and prosecuting criminals and only high resolution cameras will be able to capture these details clearly.
The most important component of outdoor surveillance cameras for severe weather conditions is the IP rating. These ratings indicate how much water and dust the camera can withstand before being damaged. For severe weather conditions you want a camera with an IP rating of at least IP66, although IP67 is better. A rating of IP67 means that the camera is dust tight, no particles can get into it and cause damage, and that it can be immersed in water for up to 30 minutes with no damage. This means that your camera will be able to withstand heavy rain and wind and keep on recording. (See more on IP ratings here.)
Another great feature that some outdoor cameras have to offer is a built-in heater/fan that will keep the unit cool in extreme heat, and warm in extreme cold. We have seen this feature in the GeoVision line of arctic box cameras and have found it to be very helpful in the colder areas of the country. The heater can keep the camera running even in temperatures as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit. Many of the Arctic Box surveillance cameras also have hooded casings which allow extra protection for the camera lens.
Keep these features in mind when shopping for your outdoor surveillance cameras and feel free to give us a call with any questions you may have!
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