Can Outdoor Security Cameras Be Used Indoors (and Vice Versa)?

July 3, 2020 11:26 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

What’s the difference between outdoor and indoor security cameras? You might think “a camera is a camera,” but outdoor and indoor security cameras aren’t always interchangeable. If you have a CCTV system in Phoenix, AZ or are thinking of installing one, it’s important that you get the right kind of cameras for the job.

Here’s a closer look at the key differences between indoor and outdoor security cameras:

  • Appearance: One of the most obvious differences between indoor and outdoor security cameras is their appearance. Since indoor cameras don’t have to be weatherproof, they can be much smaller and unobtrusive. This is great for when you need to hide them in your décor or simply don’t want to call attention to the fact that people are being watched. On the other hand, outdoor cameras often make it clear that the premises are being regularly monitored, which can be a good deterrent.
  • Durability: Outdoor cameras will be exposed to the elements, including rain, sun, hail, snow and wind, so they need to be significantly sturdier than what you’d need for an indoor camera. The more durable and weatherproof a camera is, the longer it will last. Plus, in the event that vandals target your building, it’s best to have a camera that can hold up if directly attacked.
  • Size: Because outdoor cameras need to be weatherproof, they’re almost always a lot larger than indoor cameras—but not always. However, since owners are typically not trying to blend the cameras in with the décor outdoors, they can be bigger and sturdier without detracting from the environment or their performance.
  • Light levels: Historically, outdoor security cameras have been better in constantly-changing lighting situations, although indoor cameras are quickly catching up. Outdoor cameras need to be able to process images in a variety of different scenarios, including daytime, nighttime, during inclement weather and during blackouts. The more sensitive the camera is, the better results you’ll get. (This can also be a reflection of its larger size.) However, technology today has made it possible to get similar results from indoor cameras, making them attractive options to monitor for thieves and vandals.
  • Installation: If you’re running a business, it’s often best to work with a professional security company to install your cameras, especially outdoor versions. Depending on the models you choose, you’ll need to wire them into your CCTV system in Phoenix, AZ, as well as a power source. While some indoor cameras are battery-operated, more sophisticated models will require a professional to install. They may also have different mounting requirements.
  • Location: Finally, the location of your cameras depends on whether they’re being placed indoors or outdoors. Outdoor cameras should point at the exterior of your property, while indoor cameras need to be placed in a location where you can see as much of a room as possible. This often necessitates multiple cameras.

In short, you can use outdoor cameras inside, but not vice versa—and if you want a complete CCTV security system solution in Phoenix, it’s smart to turn to Southwest System Monitoring, Inc. Reach out to us today to schedule a consultation.

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