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How Far Can the Average Surveillance Cameras See?

Knowing the range limits for your surveillance cameras and system can help you better manage your privacy and potential points of intrusion. Jay 360 are the go to advisors in helping you secure your home or commercial premises.  Click here to secure your premises today. There are many factors  with determining quality of visible range. This article helps provide an appreciation for these factors, common misunderstanding for buyers, and a comparison of camera performance. With an analysis using common types of cameras: optical surveillance may provide a range of 10-700 feet.

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Surveillance Camera Range Visualizer

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Here is a great tool by IPVM  to help you see for yourself the range of a slew of surveillance cameras. This application helps you simulate different camera configurations and also gives you imaging quality during the day vs. night.

Field of View

field of view diagramField of view or FOV describes the portion of the visible world that is displayed by a camera, based on capabilities of the camera and its lens.

Factors for width of FOV – In general the larger an image sensor and smaller a camera lens, all things held equal, provides for a wider field of view. The common sizes of lenses arranged in the order of wider field of view is 4mm, 8mm, and 12mm. See here for info by WECU Surveillance on the impact of FOV by camera lens.

Factors for distance of FOV – On the other hand, a larger lens provides a longer viewing range for your security camera. As mentioned in a post by Rugged CCTV the larger your lens, the greater the viewing distance provided.

Common Security Pitfalls

pitfalls to surveillanceSilvas Consultants offers three points to inject a dose of reality into some underlying yet unspoken assumptions buyers may have. These common pitfalls serve as a strong warning for surveillance owners to get informed about the quality and range of their security cameras.

Security cameras rarely serve as a deterrent to crime – there is no firm evidence that argues concretely that security cameras can deter crime, though it often helps would-be perpetrators  think twice before acting.

Most recorded footage is ineffective as evidence – surveillance owners are usually not aware of the limitations of their system, and it is usually too late.  Often the result is, “I can see the person, but I can’t identify them”

“Megapixel” cameras are not silver bullets to surveillance issues– capabilities of megapixel cameras have been over hyped and a robust surveillance system cannot be boiled down to simply more pixels.

Jay 360 has helped clients avoid these and other pitfalls while helping commercial and residential owners secure their premise. Learn more here about how Jay 360 can help you secure your home or commercial premises.

Quick Reference Camera Ranges

There are many factors that impact the visibility of objects and individuals for a camera. As a general rule of thumb, Gloria Sumter offers the following [annotations bracketed]:

  • Most indoor and small outdoor cameras are good for about  10-30 feet
  • Larger bullet cameras [perform well] for about 50~60  feet
  • PTZ Cameras [perform well in the ranges of ] 200~250m or 500-700 feet

Gloria further provides a breakdown for viewing (FOV) a human on camera taking up 20% of the camera display vertically. Her analysis assumes the following factors for the various types of cameras described

Target Width: 10.70 metres – that is the viewing width of the camera is 10.70 metres
CCD: 1/2.8″ type sensors
Target Vertical: 8.02 metres – the view height of the camera

See definitions below.

comparison of camera ranges

Distance from Object a Key Factor

Distance from an object is a significant variable that often is neglected when choosing a security camera, which has impacts on the image lighting and quality of what is being monitored. As described by Security Today, the closer the camera to the target, the more light is collected, resulting in a sharper image. The prospect of bringing the camera closer is the simple solution. Yet this approach is often bottlenecked by a lack of wired internet connectivity and available power source. Security Today suggests that to help your camera go the distance, innovations in solar and wireless technology are helping to bridge those gaps.

Jay 360 Has Security Camera Systems Covered

jay-360There are many more factors to consider when designing and installing a security camera system. Jay 360 continues to help clients ensure their premise security, looking at all the different angles to provide you with ease of mind and comfort. You can rely on the knowledge and experience of Jay360 to provide you with the best home security solutions. We will recommend only the security products that meet your specific needs and budget.

Call on Jay360 to help you to plan the ideal security camera system to suit you and your needs, all at the very best value.

Definitions:
CCD – is an acronym for Charged Coupled Device and is one of the key components in most security cameras used to produce an image – as defined by Security Camera King
PTZ – Pan-tilt-zoom cameras

Sources:
https://www.quora.com/How-far-can-the-average-surveillance-camera-see http://www.silvaconsultants.com/three-dirty-little-secrets-about-video-surveillance-systems.html
https://securitytoday.com/Articles/2013/08/01/Distance-The-Other-Variable.aspx
http://www.wecusurveillance.com/cctveducate
http://www.rugged-cctv.com/blog/security-camera-system-faq/top-10-questions-about-buying-a-security-camera-system/
https://securitytoday.com/Articles/2013/08/01/Distance-The-Other-Variable.aspx?Page=1