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Colour night vision cameras: what you need to know

If you’re shopping for a new security system or need to upgrade your current setup, here’s what you should know about colour night vision cameras.

Colour night vision cameras are a relatively recent innovation in home security technology. Grainy, black-and-white night images are now a thing of the past, as today, high-resolution colour cameras can capture detailed images in even ultra-low light. If you’re shopping for a new security system or need to upgrade your current setup, here’s what you should know about colour night vision cameras.

 

How colour night vision cameras work

Most modern security cameras offer crystal clear colour images in daylight conditions. However, when the sun sets and light decreases, conventional cameras with infrared lighting switch from colour to black and white, which is the only way the camera can capture images in low light.

Unfortunately, these images can be grainy and lack detail, making it difficult to read things such as license plate numbers or see people’s faces. Conventional cameras often require the use of additional lighting sources to capture clear images at night.

However, colour night vision cameras have larger apertures, which allow up to four times more light into the camera, thereby giving it the ability to capture rich, high-definition, full-colour images in low-light situations.

Conventional cameras with larger apertures lose the ability to focus in low-light settings. However, advances in technology have allowed larger aperture cameras to focus within 4 pixels, capturing incredible detail.

 

Who needs colour night vision camera

Colour night vision cameras offer advantages to commercial and industrial properties requiring high-resolution colour night images. Some applications include:

  • Stadiums
  • Harbours
  • Parking lots
  • Airports

Colour night vision cameras are a relatively recent innovation in home security technology. Grainy, black-and-white night images are now a thing of the past, as today, high-resolution colour cameras can capture detailed images in even ultra-low light. If you’re shopping for a new security system or need to upgrade your current setup, here’s what you should know about colour night vision cameras.

 

Choosing a colour night vision camera

Manufacturers are regularly releasing new colour night vision cameras. When selecting a model, it’s a good idea to look for these features: 

  • Image targeting. Choose a camera system that can distinguish people and vehicles from moving trees and rain. This way, alarms are only triggered by genuine security threats. Video clips are then categorized, making searches more efficient.
  • Supplemental light. Some manufacturers have soft and warm supplemental lighting to aid in capturing images in zero-light situations.
  • Design specifications. When purchasing a colour night vision camera, check to ensure the system is designed for indoor and outdoor use.

In addition, you should ask about the digital space required to store the images and videos, as high-definition colour image files are larger than black and white ones and require more room for storage.

 

Commercial and home security cameras in Calgary and Lethbridge

At Guardian Security Solutions, we design, install and service residential, commercial and industrial CCTV security systems in Calgary and Lethbridge. Plus, we’re an authorized partner of Hikvision, a leader in advanced surveillance technology. We offer a complete line of Hikvision’s exceptional products, including its 4K ColorVu camera series.

Contact us today to learn more about colour night vision cameras.

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