IP Security Cameras
Use the power of IP Cameras and wireless technology to watch your property from any PC in the world.
- View Live or Recorded Video from Any PC
- High Definition Resolution
- PTZ, Night Vision, and More
- Lifetime Technical Support
Vivotek FD8362E 2MP Remote Focus Vandal-proof WDR Enhanced -40°C ~ 55°C Extreme Weatherproof Fixed Dome Network Camera
What is an IP camera?
IP cameras are network cameras. They are used primarily to send video & audio over an IP network such as a local area network (Lan) or over the Internet. IP cameras enable live viewing and/or recording either continuously, at scheduled time, on request or when triggered by an event. Video can be saved locally and/or at a remote location. Authorized access to view the video is available with access to the IP network.
An IP camera (or network camera) can be described as a camera and computer combined in one unit. The main components of an IP/network camera include a lens, an image sensor, one or several processors, and memory. The processors are used for image processing, compression, video analysis and networking functionalities. The memory is mainly for storing the camera’s firmware (computer program) but also stores video.
Like a computer, an IP/network camera has its own IP address, is connected directly to a wired or wireless network and can be placed wherever there is a network connection. In addition to capturing video, some IP/network cameras can provide intelligent video functions such as video motion detection, audio detection, active tampering alarm and autotracking.
IP/network cameras with day/night functionality have an automatically removable infrared-cut filter. The filter is on during the daytime, enabling the camera to produce color images as the human eye sees them. At night in low-light conditions, the filter is removed to enable the camera to take advantage of near infrared light and produce good quality black and white images. In complete darkness models are available with built-in IR LEDs to enhance the camera’s ability to use near infrared light to produce quality black-and-white images.
IP/network cameras are available in many different models to provide the solution to various surveillance and security requirements.
Fixed IP/Network Cameras
This type of camera has a fixed viewing direction and coverage area once it is mounted. Available in dome, bullet, and box camera styles.
PTZ IP/Network Cameras
Cameras with the ability to cover large areas through the use of digital pan/tilt/zoom capability with preset locations. Most types are available in several styles to accommodate any needs. Many types are available in both indoor and outdoor models, and various models are available with Wide Dynamic Range (WDR).
Wide Dynamic Range (WDR)
Certain Models of IP/network are available with Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) to be used for surveillance with both dark and very bright areas such as an entrance door where bright light is present when the door is opened. A camera without WDR most likely will not provide a good image with this sudden light change. WDR Cameras often incorporate an image sensor that takes different exposures of a scene; an example is a short exposure for very bright areas and a long exposure for dark areas being combined into one image enabling objects in both the dark and bright areas of the scene to be visible on one quality image.
Most security cameras that were built for the outdoors can be used indoors as well. But the reverse is absolutely not true. Outdoor cameras are a very different breed, and they’ve been built with features and considerations that indoor cameras just don’t have. This is a guide to help you choose the right outdoor security tool for your needs. The following are the three major questions you need to ask of any camera that you’re considering for your outdoor security needs.
Is it weatherproof?
Unless you’ll be using it in a very peculiar outdoor place where it never rains or snows and the wind is calm and gentle, weatherproofing is essential for every outdoor camera. Weatherproofing should include protection from water, wind, storms, you name it. Anything that mother nature can throw at a security camera she very likely will, and you need to be prepared. Only buy weatherproofed security cameras, and make sure that you install them properly and very securely.
Does it have night vision?
Not all outdoor surveillance camera installations are meant to work primarily during the night, but all of them would benefit from night vision capability. Most crime occurs after night falls, and a good, sharp night vision camera is often your best defense against this kind of transgression. Night vision is not one size fits all. There are different levels of night vision excellence, and different capabilities. One of most powerful night vision cameras, the Prowler, can see with perfect clarity up to 120 feet away in the blackest night. Others can only see as far as 45 feet (no that that’s anything to sneeze at). Other cameras are not truly night vision at all, but “low-light” cameras meant for places that are dim, but not completely dark. Be careful when you’re choosing your outdoor camera with night vision - think about your priorities (like distance) and then make an informed decision.
Is it vandal proof?
Vandal proofing isn’t only important for outdoor security systems, but is certainly more important for them than indoor models. Because outdoor cameras are so exposed they come under much more fire from vandals. Often the vandalism is completely random, other times it’s more serious and focused. Either way, it’s important to buy cameras that come with vandal proof shells and casings so that you can continue to get the shot you need even in the face of willful interference. Vandal proofing is never a bad idea for any camera you buy, but for an outdoor camera it is often essential. An outdoor camera with all of the above is going to be powerful and secure. And those are the two most valued adjectives for any security camera on the market.
A Customer Plans and Installs An Outdoor Security Installation
The following is a testimonial from a real customer who was kind enough to write up their experience purchasing, planning, installing and using their outdoor security camera system.
Our business is located in the center of our downtown area, and that means it can get pretty rowdy on Friday and Saturday nights. We have a problem with people using our parking to lot to drink, carouse, leave their cars overnight (and longer) and the full roster of general weekend debauchery. Needless to say this presents a problem for us not only in terms of safety, but also in terms of liability for any kind of injury that might occur. To compound this issue, we recently had several cars broken into in our second parking lot - in broad daylight. It was becoming clear to us that we needed security, and specifically we probably needed some outdoor security cameras.
We reached out to EZWatch and they gave us a few options we liked. In the end we went with a 16 channel Platinum TurboView DVR and a good mix of 8 security cameras. We provided the monitor ourselves.
The first camera we installed was the EZBULLET Watchman, which is weatherproof, has a great wide angle lens, is night-vision enabled, and records at 600 lines of resolution. That’s not quite high definition, but it was certainly enough to serve our purposes. We could clearly identify faces, the makes of cars and the general flow of conversations and groups from 30-40 feet away. We installed this particular outdoor security camera on the roof of an adjoining building (we went in together with some of our neighbors when we purchased the system) and trained it on our parking lot facing our door. That way we would have a clear shot of any break-ins, and of most of the parking lot. Adjusting the camera to be just right was easier that I thought it would be. Zoom, focus, and the width of the frame are all easily adjusted with a few knobs underneath the camera.
We made sure that the camera was as obvious as possible. Because it’s so high up in the air, we were confident that even if people saw it they couldn’t do much to interfere with it. Just having the camera there, even if we weren’t recording any footage, is probably nearly as effective as a fully functioning system - even dummy cameras act as a solid deterrent to anybody with an eye to cause trouble.
We used Google Maps, our own understanding of where crime was most likely, and a lot of back and forth with one guy on the roof and one down below to get the right coverage for our business. We also used a few EZDOME VPIR models - they were vandal proof and waterproof as well, and offered a few interesting angles and gave us a little more flexibility in terms of where we could hang the cameras.
All in all the process of buying and installing these cameras was easy (and pretty fun to be honest). So far we haven’t caught anything truly egregious - but then again, that means our parking lot has been incident free since we installed these cameras. Not bad.
IP/network camera resolution
The resolution of an IP/network camera is defined by the number of pixels in an image provided by an image sensor. Cameras with megapixel sensors provide images with one million or more pixels. IP/network cameras supporting HDTV 720P (1280x720 pixels) and HDTV 1080P (1980x1080pixels) are gaining popularity due to the clear, useful video they produce.
Outdoor Surveillance Cameras Provide the First Defense Against Crime
Having good outdoor security is an important first defense in stopping a thief from robbing your home or business. Because the cameras are visible to the perpetrator and are equipped with night vision capability, they are often able to deter crimes just as often as they solve them.
Major benefits to IP/network cameras include:
- Absolute best image quality possible with higher resolution than possible with most analog cameras
- Multiple authorized parties can simultaneously view real-time footage anytime, anywhere from the same camera through their web browser.
- Network access allows for deployment of wireless cameras, eliminating the cost of expensive land lines as well as allowing cameras to be installed anywhere there is a network connection.
- Maintenance of digital (IP) surveillance systems can be more cost effective than analog systems.
EZWatch security professionals are knowledgeable in IP/network cameras and welcome the opportunity to assist you in designing a custom system to provide the solution to your needs.
In addition to our in house EZWatch brand we are happy to offer an extensive line of Vivotek, Sony and Honeywell IP cameras.
What makes a great outdoor security camera?
Protecting your property almost always involves improving security measures. Whether you own a large retail center, or you own a small home, keeping you and property safe requires using some sort of security system. This can be anything from a new alarm system to an outdoor security camera system. While there are many outdoor security camera systems to choose from, not all camera systems are created equal. With all the options available, it can be challenging to know what camera system is right for you, and your basic to complex security needs. Let's take a look at what makes a good outdoor security camera great.
There's no point in using an outdoor camera if you can't see the video clearly. High-definition cameras are the answer. Clear, high-resolution video is now a key component of any great outdoor security camera. At EZWatch you can select cameras with 420 (Silver) lines of resolution, 550 (Gold), or even 700 (Platinum). This kind of security video footage lets you see what's going on outside of your building with unbelievable visual clarity. In the case of an incident at your property, you can take a look at your video frame by frame without missing a beat. Lastly, the best outdoor cameras have sophisticated zooming capabilities. You can widen or focus the camera frame on a specific area you want detailed surveillance footage.
Any quality outdoor camera system must be able to withstand the climate and environmental conditions of your region. This is particularly true in regions where sub-zero temperatures are the norm in winter months. The best outdoor security cameras are fully weatherproofed. In most cases, this means that the exterior of the camera has been completely sealed with special weatherproofing material that can withstand -10 degrees. It's crucial that your camera is operational even in the most harsh weather conditions.
In addition to durability, the camera itself must be secure. The most high quality outdoor security cameras come with a wide range of security features that prevent it from being damaged during an incident. Most commonly this includes vandal proofing, tamper resistance and anti-theft technology. In a nutshell, this technology prevents your camera from being damaged or stolen in the event of an incident on your property.
Night Vision & Other Features
Since most incidents of theft or vandalism happen at night, it's increasingly important to have an outdoor security system with night vision capabilities. A top of the line outdoor camera will have a night vision range of over 100 feet, but for many homes and buildings 50 feet is enough. This enables you to see everything that's going on outside of your facility or residence throughout the night time hours. Additionally, an excellent outdoor unit will utilize complex video technology like motion sensors to quickly capture live action going on outside your building. Since your outdoor camera system will be on the majority of the time, it's also crucial that it perform all of these functions while using a minimal amount of electrical power.