What You Need To Know Before Buying A Low Light Camera

September 27th, 2019



When it comes to providing security in dimly lit areas, a standard security camera simply won’t do the job. Standard security cameras, even with high definition, cannot capture the fine details needed in poorly lit areas. Cameras work by capturing the light rays and redirecting them to a single point to create an image. Without light, you will not be able to capture a good image. In order to truly protect dark areas on your property, you need to consider a low light surveillance camera. However, before purchasing a low light camera, here are some key things you need to know.

What Is A Low Light Security Camera?

Low light cameras are often grouped with other styles of cameras that capture images in the dark. These are most commonly referred to as “night vision” cameras. However, there is a difference between the types of night vision cameras. Most “night vision” cameras are actually thermal cameras. Thermal cameras capture the heat emitted from a body, generating an image. A low light camera, on the other hand, uses infrared to cut out the filters, requiring less light to capture an image. Thermal captures can let you know an intruder is present but do not capture the details needed to identify that criminal. So when purchasing a security camera for a dark area, make sure you are purchasing a low light camera and not a thermal camera.

 Distance Matters With Low Light Cameras

Even though low light security cameras will capture more detail in the dark than standard cameras, they don’t provide very clear imaging. This is simply a product of the way cameras work. However, you can compensate for the lack of detailed quality with a proper installation. Distance from your target matters, you need a maximum of 20 feet from your target to capture enough detail to provide evidence to the police. So when installing cameras in dark areas keep that in mind. You may benefit from multiple cameras in the space to ensure that you are close enough to the target to capture what you need.

Consider Bolstering Your Ambient Light

Low light security cameras will capture images with any available light source including ambient lighting like the moon and the stars. However, in really dark areas, you are probably not going to get great images, even with the best low light cameras. A good option to compensate is to add some lighting in the area. Outdoor solar lights that run on motion detection can go a long way to help make sure you get the images you need. Areas with low light need to be treated very differently than areas that are very dark. A professional security expert can help advise you on where to add light.

If you have a dark area on your property, speak to the experts at C4 Security. We know how to choose the right camera for your space and we’ll install it so it works when you need it most. Call us today for a walkthrough of your property and a customized quote.