An important consideration when choosing a camera is the environment in which the camera will be placed. Will the camera be placed indoors or outdoors? How is the lighting in the area which the camera covers? Northeast Remote Surveillance, with years of installing cameras in a wide range of environments, can correctly identify the type of camera needed in each location. It is not as simple as just choosing a camera with a weatherproof housing and IR illumination for nighttime. Several other factors are to be considered.
If the camera will be placed outdoors, the following should be considered:
- What are the minimum and maximum temperatures that the camera may be exposed to?
- Will the camera be placed in an area with high humidity?
- Will the camera be exposed to direct sunlight?
- Will the camera be placed under an eave, or otherwise shielded from rain, snow, and ice?
For both indoor and outdoor cameras, the following should be considered:
- Is the area always well lit, such as a locations that are open 24/7, or areas with proper security lighting?
- If the area is dark, how far away must the IR LED lights reach to capture a quality video image?
- Is it feasible to run coaxial or Ethernet cables to the location, or should the camera connect via a wireless network?
- Where is the nearest power source?