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Discussion in 'Security Alarms' started by Periproct, Jan 9, 2006.

  1. Periproct

    Periproct Guest

    Hope this is vaguely the right place to ask........

    Does anybody know where I can get decent CCTV cameras in the UK at a
    reasonable price.
    Buying one and seeing if it works OK in low light levels is an expensive
    trail and error method.

    I have a supposedly low lux radio camera from Ebay watching the rear of
    house from the garage which is next to useless in low light levels
    (completely black picture from around 16:00 to 10:00 this time of year).
    A second more expensive camera from Maplin watching the carport is OK for a
    longer period of the day but still not a lot of use at night. Both cameras
    have IR leds.

    IR illuminators seem very expensive and I'd like to avoid having the house
    bristling with large security devices or the neighbours are going to think
    I'm some kind of weirdo.
     
  2. Bob La Londe

    Bob La Londe Guest

    Its as good as any althouth this is an alternative
    http://www.cctvforum.com/
    Somebody might, but not me. Personally I have experienced a you get what
    you pay for syndrome in CCTV cameras.

    That's no surprise. Most cheap cameras with IR LEDs rate the viewing
    distance misleadingly. When they say 30 foot range for instance they mean
    against a highly IR reflective surface such as a sheet of glossy white sign
    board. Means nothing in the real world. They seem to work better in
    general indoors in rooms with dimensions smaller than their rated range.
    Outdoors not so much. Heck, most better quality cameras with IR
    illuminators don't produce a usable image at more than half their rated
    distance.
    IR illuminators are expensive. Well good ones that are rated for outdoor
    use anyway. How about motion activated flood lights instead? There are
    some starlight vision cameras around, but I have not seen any available
    through DIY sources. They are expensive and in the UK their use may be
    limited as they do require some light to work. They would be usless during
    an overcast night.
     
  3. shady

    shady Guest

    isn't there something about the color green absorbing ir instead of
    reflecting it too?

    not very useful when looking at grass and trees
     
  4. a

    a Guest

    My advice is stay clear of Maplins and CMOS cheap nasty "bargin" cameras
    from Ebay

    Its the old story of "You get what you pay for"

    I've been in the business for 16 years and have watched CCTV market progress
    so much, the only advice i'll give you is do your homework before you
    buy,buy CCD only with at least a min of 480TVL and if its day/night useage
    go for HAD/Super HAD

    I deal with a few different companies but can recommend - Andy @ APC
    Concepts in Warrington
    http://www.apcconcepts.co.uk/
    Give him a call or e-mail as i think hes updating his website
     
  5. Alex

    Alex Guest

    Well I can recommend AXIS network cameras. I have a 206, and the
    low-light performance is great. You cannot however connect this model to
    a standard video system; it uses a network connection to stream the
    video image.

    Alex.
     
  6. stúfús

    stúfús Guest

    try ' LJD '

    stúfús
     
  7. Periproct

    Periproct Guest

    try ' LJD '
    Thanks for that.
     
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