A lot of things happen in the cover of the night, which is why you must ensure that your home or business is well-guarded during these times. While manned guarding can help set your mind at ease, having eyes on various locations of your home or office will give you peace of mind. Good thing there are night vision security cameras that you can have installed. These devices can see even with the absence of light, but what’s even better is that it can record crisp and clear footage.

Security cameras with night vision come in various types and choosing the right one depends on different factors. When shopping, whether for use at home or in business premises, consider the following:

1. Color or Black and White
Do you prefer to watch footage in black and white or in color? The choice actually depends on the light level of where the camera will be installed. In environments with low lighting, for example, the best choice is a black and white camera. Otherwise, have color security camera installed. Whether you’re looking for indoor or outdoor night vision security camera, you must take into account the light level. A good solution would be to buy a combination of black and white and color camera, so all blind spots are covered.

2. Connectivity Type
Security cameras these days are either wired or wireless, with both options having their share of pros and cons.

Wired systems are highly recommended as they are suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications. They generally have a wider coverage, higher resolution, larger choice of options and are equipped with an infrared cutoff filter for accurate color imaging. The downside is concealing cables from the camera to the recoding device or monitor may be difficult in pre-existing buildings. With wires and cables left visible it may be easier for intruders to spot or disable the system. On the other hand a highly visible surveillance system may be a good deterrent.

Wireless night vision security cameras, on the other hand, offer some advantages over their wired counterparts.
  • Easy to install
  • More portable
  • Provide clear video and audio output without running wires
  • Immune to signal interference from other wireless devices
  • Easy to conceal from intruders
So what’s the catch? There must be a clear line of sight between the transmitter and receiver. This means there must not be a tree or anything that stands in the way of an outdoor night vision security camera, because it could be rendered useless.

3. Construction
Although some cameras can be installed both indoors and outdoors, you must ensure that extra protection is added on those security cameras with night vision that will be set outside the house or office. Remember that they are vulnerable to the elements, which is why they must have waterproof and weatherproof housing. It is also important that they are strategically installed for added protection. Installing outdoor cameras under overhangs provide another protective layer that could extend its integrity and longevity.

So now you know which camera to buy. The next thing to tackle is how many? An outdoor system with 2 or 4 cameras provides sufficient coverage, but professionals suggest adding more if there are more blind spots to deal with. It’s important that a security camera system has the capacity to see a subject as it moves from one field of view of the camera to another. To avoid blind spots, it’s best to have an assessment carried out by security experts, so you’ll know exactly how many night vision cameras you must invest in.