Video security has two approaches. There is the good way and the bad way.
If you already own your cameras and you are not planning on changing anything, you actually can point an indoor surveillance camera outside. The problem is quality. You will be susceptible to bad lighting and blind spots.
If the goal is to catch and/or steer a potential criminal away you may be putting the horse before the cart. A quick search or phone call to us can lead you to some pretty simple answers that are surprisingly in the same price range. We have cameras in store that you can look at in person that may be mounted outside.
More Benefits to Outdoor Cameras
Another thing that people may not always take into consideration is that there are cameras that do more than just record video. A nicely placed camera outside your door can be a clear message to a potential burglar that they have chosen the wrong place. The most effective thing a camera can do is prevent a crime from ever happening.
The Problem with Pointing Indoor Cameras Outside
The issues you may face could prove to be a deterrent when making this decision. A company like Security Options can do your doing your wiring for you. If you don’t have that it may be easier than running professional wiring and finding the right weather resistant camera for your house. However, anything at sunrise, sunset or night time is going to be an issue. Your infrared sensor LEDs will cause the video to record blown out when they refract on the window.
If You Do Choose to Keep Your Indoor Camera Pointed Outside
What to do if you want to keep your indoor cameras and point them outside
Time needed: 1 hour.
- Place your camera lens as close to the window as possible.
This will help you avoid losing video quality because of the glass barrier.
If you can’t afford to go with an outdoor camera at the current moment, there are a couple of things you may want to do. You can first place the lens as close to the window as possible. This will help you avoid losing video quality because of the glass barrier. Second, keep your window as clean as possible. Any smudges can cause significant visual blockage. Third, you are going to want to disable any IR or status lights so you get the least amount of video wash out.
- Keep your window as clean as you can.
Any smudges can cause significant visual blockage.
- Disable any IR or status lights.
Turning any lights coming off of your camera can help prevent wash out and avoid any glare that may effect your video.
- Get an outdoor motion light
Having your outside lit up at night time will immensely help your video quality when it comes time to review.
I would recommend just getting a similarly prices outdoor camera. If you can’t at this time, follow all the tips and tricks to get your shots right so you don’t miss the action.