Purchasing a Weatherproof camera is required for any Security camera to be kept outside. For indoor cameras that will operate within your expected outdoor temperature range you may also use a Weatherproof camera housing. These camera housing units provide physical protection from outdoor elements.
Wired or Wireless Cameras
In the past all outdoor security cameras were wired. With the advent of new technologies wireless security cameras are taking a large part of the market.
Pros and Cons of a Wireless Outdoor Security Camera
- Mobility: easy to move the location of your camera
- Ease of install: simply mount the camera securely
- No drilling required to wire power/data, allows installation in places not easily accessible by cables.
- Wireless cameras run on batteries, requires changing
- Operating Frequency may interfere with other electronic devices causing picture degredration
- Most models offer lower quality image than wired cameras
CDS (Cadmium Sulfide cells measure light intensity) Sensor for Night Vision
A CDS Sensor is a photoresistor. It’s resistance changes based on the amount of light detected. In the case of Security Cameras this allows the camera to activate the Infrared LEDs. This means the Camera saves power by not running the IR LEDS during times of high light.