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Infrared Security Camera - The Truth About Night Vison Cameras

Jan 3, 2008
There is a difference between an infrared security camera and a day/night camera which many consumers are not aware of.

In this article, we'll explain the difference between the two and if you're in the market for a security vision system with night time capabilities, then you should be able to make an informed decision about which type of camera you actually require.

Infrared

In a nutshell, an infrared security camera has LED (light-emitting diode) lighting installed and this allows it to pick up images in almost no light at all. In fact, with a little light to work with, the images can almost appear as if they were taken in day time conditions.

They are ideal for use in areas which are surrounded by dark spots. Businesses use them effectively to patrol their blind spot areas while home owners who have very little street lighting around their homes, find them effective in keeping an eye on the areas around the house which may be immersed in almost total darkness.

They can vary in price considerably and for a home owner, a camera like the Pro 420 has generous performance capabilities with an IR distance of some 65 feet in darkness.

Day/Night Cameras

The difference between day/night and infrared is simply that the former doesn't have infrared capability. This doesn't mean they are not effective at night...they are and capture excellent images with a little moonlight to work with. The more natural and artificial light they can work with, the better quality images they capture.

The day/night camera comes with what is known as an extra sensitive imaging chip and this gives it the ability to work well in low light conditions. However, unlike it's infrared cousin, it won't work in conditions where there is no light at all.

What Should You Choose?

That depends. An infrared security camera may be a little more expensive in terms of operating function. Weigh this up against their ability to see in total darkness and if this is the situation you're faced with, then they can be a good fit for you.

Comparing any price advantage between the two can be a little misleading. Both have models available for under $100 and models heading up to the four figure range. It depends on how much coverage you need and how much you want to spend.

The other option is to install extra lighting around your home or business which could prove to be a little too expensive. Assess your situation and draw a map of the outside layout of your premises and identify the dark spots.
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