When it comes to making the decision between using security cameras designed specifically for use outdoors versus using indoor cameras with a dome enclosure instead, many will simply assume that the best choice would always be an outdoor camera. However, this isn’t necessarily the case, as each design has benefits and drawbacks. In essence, you don’t arbitrarily need one type of camera over the other; you need the camera that suits your needs the best.
Why You Need a Camera
First, you have to determine why you need a security video system. In many instances, individuals don’t think about installing a security camera system until after something has happened. This is more common in residential buildings in the wake of a break-in, though some businesses may install video cameras after a theft or burglary as well.
However, most businesses will take steps to protect their investments through security video systems – especially if they have large amounts of expensive inventory to keep secure. Other benefits for business security camera systems include providing protection for customers and employees – and also for ensuring that any negative behavior from those same individuals is documented.
For the most part, both indoor cameras and outdoor cameras often possess the same feature sets. Design, shape and size are often identical, as both indoor and outdoor cameras can be housed in dome enclosures. However, when it comes to specific features – most often in the form of being able to capture video in low light conditions – outdoor cameras are usually better equipped to handle such demands. In a situation where the area you want your camera to monitor will be brightly lit by a floodlight throughout the night, this is not much of an issue.However, if you need to keep a close eye on a dimly lit alley or a dark corner of the outside of your house, an outdoor camera with an integrated low-light setting or even an infrared setting would be a better choice.
Any camera left outside to face the elements will have to be rugged enough to keep working in all sorts of weather conditions. Indoor cameras protected by a dome enclosure can often manage just fine, as most cameras, whether they’re indoor or outdoor, have some degree of weather resistance. However, if you live in a location prone to deep temperature extremes – either hot or cold – sometimes even a sturdy dome might not be enough to protect an indoor camera from harm. Outdoor cameras in comparison are almost always highly weather resistant or weatherproof. This typically means that an outdoor camera with a high weather resistance rating or one that’s completely weatherproof will be moderately more expensive than an indoor camera, but the extra cost may be worth it if you do have to contend with frequent bouts of inclement weather or temperature extremes.