Infrared Dome Camera
Infrared dome cameras are a different style of security camera that enables CCTV systems to see in the low light conditions or total darkness. They all share similar technology that our bullet cameras have, but they look totally different. The main purpose for having dome cameras is to offer a different look than bullet cameras and c-mount cameras. The only big difference is the dome that fits around the lens. They are very popular in small business offices, retail stores, corporate offices, restaurants, and in residential communities.
Learn More About How Infrared Light Works
Infrared lights are not new to the CCTV industry, in fact, they have been around now since 2000. Infrared has become more and more the standard for most security cameras since 2003. We have seen engineers get more creative over the years with different models of infrared cameras, but dome cameras were the hardest. This was due to the difficulty of the dome that causes infrared LED lights to washout the video due to the glare caused by the dome. They eventually figured it out, by placing the lens closer to the dome, and adding a spongy ring around the lens it keeps the infrared lights from bouncing and washing the video out. Infrared lights are a very different kind of light. In fact, compared to natural light, infrared light's wavelength is very long and therefore the light tends to be more powerful than natural light. It is this difference that makes infrared light better suited for night-time viewing. Due to natural light coming from the Sun, there is no natural light in night and of-course this where infrared light excels. The infrared light is so powerful that it washout any potential natural light photons that maybe in the camera's field-of-view. Dome infrared cameras offer an excellent and professional look to any building and the infrared capabilities makes it a very versatile and smart choice for any CCTV setup.
Infrared Lights Render Black & White Video
If you are new to CCTV terminology, infrared lights create the ability for a security camera to see in total darkness. The chip-set has a built in sensor on these cameras that sense the levels of light. From there the sensor activates the infrared lights and the color picture that was there is not black and white. Infrared lights are very powerful lights and therefore produce a hi-resolution black and white image. These type of cameras are popular because they provide video in the event there is just no light available. It is a great backup security camera system in the event things just go wrong.
Infrared Dome Camera Technology
Infrared technology in CCTV has been in use since 2000, so it's still relatively new, but Infrared Dome Cameras are even newer. Infrared Dome Cameras were first created in 2005 when "sponge style" ring against the shell of the dome.
Infrared Video Surveillance
It is important to remember that infrared video surveillance is black and white and if you require color CCTV video, that you will need to install lights. Infrared Dome Cameras, like all Infrared Cameras, do provide very high resolution video surveillance.