Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 8:09 am Post subject: Choice of camera help... I am lost
I'm new here. First of all, great site... good info, good reviews.
For about a month now I've been looking around for an IP camera system.
I would want to use 2 cameras. One insde my (small business) building, which would be used for night surveillance (with the motion detection).
The second one would have to overlook the outside. Is it possible to have a decent nightview from behind a window by day/by night? If not I would have to look out for a outside cam.
I have a couple of questions:
From which distance is it possible to recognize a face by day, and a licensplate by night.
For the possible outide cam: Would I need a housing with cooling/heating?
Where I live (Belgium) temperatures go from -8?C in winter to 35?C in summer.
How well do these cameras handle humidity?
Of course budget is an issue? The prices of Gadspot seem interesting... but what about general quality, color, etc...
Does someone have experience with a situation like mine??
How far is distance from the location you are planning on mounting the camera? For an outside camera you will have to find one with a fan and heater builtin. This should allow the camera to function under your climate conditions.
I would recommend a camera with a CCD image sensor and a good high resolution. This will help you view the license plate numbers. You might want to invest in a PTZ camera which will allow you to zoom in on license plates.
For night viewing, find a camera with a low light sensitivity. 0.5 lux would probably do the job.
I have never used Gadspot. I have noticed posts on this forum saying good and bad things. They are low end cameras though so for your situation you might want some higher end cameras.