Outdoor Security Cameras

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  • Easy to Use and Install on Your Own
  • Night Vision, Long Range, and Vandal Proofing
  • Protect Your Perimeter and Deter Crime
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EZWatch Outdoor Security Cameras

Outdoor security cameras are essential to any large-scale security system, and necessary for many smaller installations as well. Sturdy outdoor cameras built to withstand weather and vandalism come complete with features like night vision, and are an excellent way to keep the exterior of your home or building monitored, secure, and safe.

200IR Outdoor Security CameraOutdoor surveillance cameras face different problems than indoor cameras, and outdoor security requires a specialized approach. Nightvision, vandal-proof moorings and cameras, and Pan-Tilt-Zoom features all contribute to an effective and efficient outdoor security system.

At EZWatch we carry a wide variety of outdoor camera options to fit your needs as a business or building owner. Our custom packages can be built to your exact specifications, and we can deliver in packages as small as 2 cameras or large commercial installations of 16-48 cameras or more. If you need help figuring out exactly what you need for your business, check out our 2015 Ultimate Buyer's Guide for Security Camera Systems, which will walk you through all of the frequently asked questions we get from business owners on a regular basis. Our equipment has been rigorously tested in thousands of real-life situations, and it’s easy to install and use on your own.

For many buildings, outdoor security is just as essential as indoor. Don’t be left without full protection of your building.

Weather Proof and Vandal Proof

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.

Why outdoor cameras are essential to any large scale security installation

On March 5, 2012, security cameras caught a man stealing copper spools from a utility truck yard in Texas. On March 2, 2012, security cameras caught a man setting fire to a home in a Chicago neighborhood. Also on March 2, security cameras caught a man attempting to break into a Baptist church in Columbus, OH.

All over the country, every day, security and surveillance cameras are stopping crimes before they happen, protecting property, people and possessions.

Large-Scale Installations Need Outdoor Cameras, Not Just Indoor Cameras
All three of the examples cited above relied upon outdoor camera units with an ability to record at night to catch the criminals. Without these, parking decks and lots, building exteriors, lawns, decks, entryways, and rooftops are all vulnerable to criminal activity.

Large-scale installations, in particular, owe it to themselves and to their communities to install sufficient cameras that are night vision capable. There is little sense in installing cameras for the exterior of a building or facility if that security camera cannot record in the dark.

However, outdoor surveillance cameras also have other needs that distinguish them from indoor cameras. In addition to being night vision capable, they have to brave the elements and continue to function properly even in rain, snow and extreme temperature changes.

Vandals are also more likely to tamper with an outdoor security system than with an indoor security camera. Understanding this, these cameras should include vandal-proof moorings, lenses and casings.

Pan-Tilt-Zoom Security Cameras for Outdoor Applications
Besides being night vision capable, weatherproof, and vandal-proof, an outdoor surveillance camera will be far more versatile if it is a pan-tilt-zoom camera. These pan-tilt-zoom cameras are frequently seen these days indoors, hidden under a protective, sphere-shaped shell. Capable of being operated remotely, the camera can be rotated, zoomed, and angled to catch virtually any movement.

Pan-tilt-zoom cameras applied outdoors are most useful for small-scale security installations that nevertheless have a big area to monitor. A single pan-tilt-zoom camera placed in the right spot on the exterior of a building, inside a parking garage, or near a fence can often do the work of several security cameras. Criminals who see a pan-tilt-zoom camera and know what it's capable of will quickly realize that there's nowhere that they can hide out of the line of sight of the security camera.

EZWatch Security Cameras for the Outdoors
EZWatch has video surveillance cameras that will suit every type of outdoor environment. Regular EZWatch outdoor cameras start as low as $99 with indoor/outdoor cameras like the EZBullet 420.

For a great pan-tilt-zoom outdoor camera perfect for outdoor applications with a large amount of territory to cover, consider the Ranger. With excellent zoom capability, the Ranger can reveal what's happening at 300 feet away even in the dead of the night.

From truck yards to residential neighborhoods, church parking lots to bank parking decks, crimes are happening outdoors every single day. If you manage a large-scale security system for an office building, neighborhood, school, or government building, make sure that you've invested in security cameras that can get the job done.

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.

Range Capabilities
Security cameras from EZWatch come with a variety of specialized angles and range features. We have cameras that can see hundreds of feet in pitch black dark (like the long range Ranger), and we have cameras with special wide-angle lenses that make surveying a wide area (like a yard, dock, long wall, etc) simple and easy.

Night Vision
Night vision is another way that an outside camera system can stop and catch crime. Most crime occurs at night, so you want to be certain that your outdoor surveillance camera can sense a criminal's presence, especially in the dark. Night vision is an amazing tool, and it can be an essential part of keeping your property protected from crime.

Vandal Proof, Weatherproof, and Tamper Resistant
In order for your home or office to be protected by an outdoor security camera, you want to be certain that the security camera itself is protected. Often a thief will try to tamper with or destroy a camera before attempting a break in, so it’s vital that your security camera tough enough to handle the pressure. That’s why many of our outdoor cameras are vandal proof and tamper proof. A properly placed camera outside that is practically impregnable is going to be an even more imposing deterrent to the average criminal.

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.

Video Quality
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.

Security Features
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.