What’s the Difference Between Indoor and Outdoor Cameras?

Written by | Updated October 12, 2018

When considering the safety of your family and property, security cameras can add an extra level of comfort. With all the choices out there, it can be difficult to know which cameras best suit your needs. One of the first things to understand is the difference between indoor and outdoor cameras.

The primary distinction between indoor and outdoor security cameras is the types of external factors each camera has to be able to withstand.While both types of cameras usually come in similar styles and with comparable features, outdoor cameras need to be able to contend with all types of weather and varying light conditions.

Outdoor cameras are also more vulnerable to being tampered with, so they are typically made of more durable materials, like metal, and may be heavier or even housed in a casing in order to discourage easy removal.

Indoor cameras can be smaller, more lightweight and are usually less intrusive than bulkier outdoor cameras. Both indoor and outdoor cameras utilize features like infrared, allowing for clear pictures in low light conditions and easy transitions when there is a sudden change in light-changing automatically from color images in bright light to black and white when it gets darker.

Dome cameras are also common for both indoor and outdoor use. Dome cameras are designed to keep the onlooker from knowing exactly where the lens is pointed, which keeps people from easily hiding from the camera. Domes also provide an extra level of protection for cameras that are mounted outside. In addition, there are outside cameras that come with blowers and heaters to provide extra protection against the elements.

outdoor security camera with house and trees behind

If you are looking for a hidden camera that is concealed in something like a smoke detector, exit sign or clock, it is important to know that most are not weatherproof and therefore not recommended for outdoor use. Hidden cameras are better for covert indoor surveillance whereas outdoor cameras are usually noticeable, their very presence being an extra deterrent for bad behavior.

In order to make sure you choose the best camera for your needs, SafeWise recommends consulting a specialist to ensure that you get the type of security you need for a price that won’t break the bank. To talk with a SafeWise security specialist, call 1-855-374-4999 today.


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