We may want to put our cameras near the window facing outside. Sometimes we expect the camera outside to see through a tinted window. In all these situations our security concerns always lead people to expect nothing but perfection. Then after installing or even before installing you may think, will it work? Like what if burglars are in a tinted car, will I see them? Better yet what kind of problem will you face when you place your camera near the window? To be exact will your infrared camera see through a glass window? Will motion detection work? In addition, most species will the camera record what is going on behind tinted windows? While reading this article, most of these questions are going to be answered.
First off, can your cameras see through a tinted window?
Well, most standard cameras may not see through windows. It goes without saying, like can you see through tinted windows? Then your camera may not see through the window as well. Only special cameras with certain features can see through tinted windows. The Dome cameras are known to have the capability of seeing through the tinted windows. These cameras can very well see through tinted sunglasses as well as the tinted car windows whether it is during the day or night.
A standard CCTV camera, on the other hand, may not be able to see through a tint especially when the tint is too dark. The camera would not work whether it is night vision or during the daytime. However, sometimes people place cameras behind windows and expect them to monitor the area outside of the window. If it is not a tinted window then the camera can as well see through it. During the day, the camera may record good footages but there may be challenges.
Potential challenges with seeing through the window
The most common challenge with using CCTV cameras behind a window is the window glare. The ambient lights, status lights, and even infrared LEDs can cause the window glare. This is specifically a problem at night meaning that the footage may not be useful in night mode. The window glare is a glass reflection whereby the exposure of lights causes the glass window to reflect light onto the camera causing images to whiteout and sometimes the videos would be washed away. The overexposure of lights would also make it hard to make out the details of footages. The window glare is however not a problem during the day. Another problem with security cameras being behind windows is m0otion detection. In cameras with motion triggered recording the feature will not work when it behind glass or if there is glass barrier in between the camera and the object being monitored. Motion detection rarely works through glass. The camera will, therefore, more or less be useless in recording the activities outside the window and this would make it useless in beefing up security. Another problem is that the additional layer of glass added between the camera and the object will alter the image that the camera detects. Even though you might see, a normal image the identification distance will reduce compared to when there is no glass in between.
During the night, another way that the images will be distorted will entail the working of the cameras. Most of the cameras that we have in stock or other companies have to use Infrared illumination on night vision mode. The infrared illumination mode of work entails that the camera first sends off the Infrared light. The Light would then travel to the object and bounce back. The light would reflect into the lens and the camera sensor detects it. The camera would then convert the image into a black and white image. When a glass is put in between the mechanism of working would be different. The infrared light, which is supposed to reach the object will only, stop at the window, and bounce back into the lens. The rules would be a distorted image that would be impossible to use.
Another challenge with using cameras through a window is that the camera would first detect the objects on the window. That means if there are any small particles or dust on the window then the image captured by the camera will be distorted by the image. To fix such an issue ensure to keep the windows extremely clean and the camera extremely close to the windows.
Can you make the camera see through the window?
With a few tricks, the camera can see through the glass just fine. First considered disabling the infrared light during night vision. You might also need to place the camera as close to the window as possible. You may also need to consider ensuring that the light in the room does not get in between the camera and the window, as it would cause a whiteout. These tricks will help when there is normal lighting or some amount of lighting during the night. To boost the working of the camera an additional flood light might need to place outside the window since the infrared light has been switched off.
Should I have my camera seeing through a window?
Unless under a specific situation, then the most appropriate answer is NO. As it has been explained above the window, will only act as a barrier and introduce many challenges that would affect the working of the camera. If you must have a camera near a window then you have to make sure you take all the cautionary steps to get the best footage from the camera.
The bottom line is Cameras can work pretty well when there is a clear window. In tinted windows, it is more challenging to the regular security cameras. Dome cameras may work well but it all depends on the features of the Camera. Qsee Company has some of the best cameras with the best quality features that may work well through glass windows. If it is really, a necessity to use a camera behind windows consider getting the best cameras.