Thanks to advancements in technology, security and surveillance is more advanced than ever. Complex security systems can monitor a property inside and out to ensure peace of mind and deter potential thieves.
If you’re considering a security system for your home or business, you may be wondering what the difference is between indoor and outdoor security cameras. What’s the best outdoor camera security system, and can you use indoor cameras outside?
A home outdoor security camera is generally larger than an indoor camera. The larger size is typically due to the weatherproof housing that protects the camera from the elements. In addition, the larger size and waterproof build make outdoor cameras more durable overall.
Indoor cameras tend to be smaller in size and stealthier in design so that they don’t stick out like a sore thumb. However, despite their smaller size, indoor cameras can still monitor large spaces. For example, an indoor 20x PTZ camera can zoom in close on a subject or use its wide-angle lens to surveil a large space.
There are solutions for both indoor and outdoor cameras that work for spaces of all sizes.
Another difference between an indoor and outdoor security camera is the software. An outdoor wired security camera may be designed for use in low-light situations, which allows you to see the picture even at night or in shaded areas.
Many newer indoor security cameras also have this capability, but their outdoor counterparts have become more advanced and able to handle complex lighting situations.
Both indoor and outdoor security cameras can be controlled via software programs and remote controls. These advancements make it easier for surveillance because you can control the cameras from virtually anywhere.
In the future, the software and technology differences between indoor and outdoor cameras may be non-existent.
Lighting situations are another important thing to consider here. Outdoor cameras are generally able to handle low-light situations better than indoor cameras. Software may be able to correct low-light issues with indoor cameras, but the picture may not be as clear. Not all cameras support this function either.
Durability & Waterproofness
Indoor and outdoor cameras also differ in durability and waterproofness. These are some of the biggest differences between the two and need to be considered carefully if you are purchasing security cameras.
Both types of cameras can be highly durable and reliable. However, outdoor cameras tend to be more durable because they are designed for outdoor use and can stand up to wind, rain and snow. Indoor cameras are still durable, but they are likely more fragile than their outdoor counterparts. In addition, indoor cameras typically don’t have the same rugged housing found with outdoor cameras.
Outdoor cameras usually have heavy-duty metal or resin housing that protects its fragile internal components and its lens. Of course, durability and construction will depend on the model and camera type.
As for waterproofness, the biggest difference between indoor and outdoor cameras is that indoor cameras aren’t weatherproof. They aren’t designed to be exposed to the elements like an outdoor camera.
That being said, you can buy a special housing for indoor cameras that will protect them from the elements. Still, in this situation, an indoor camera will need to be placed underneath an eave or protected area because it’s still not 100% waterproof.
Outdoor security cameras, on the other hand, are waterproof and designed to withstand the elements.
Can You Use an Indoor Camera Outside & Vice Versa?
Many people purchase cameras not realizing that they’re made for either indoor or outdoor use. Others buy kits and wonder if they can use the cameras both indoors and outdoors to get the most use of their investment.
- Generally, indoor cameras can’t be used outdoors without special weatherproofing measures. Even then, you risk damaging the camera or voiding the warranty for not using the camera as directed.
- Outdoor cameras can be used indoors, but they may not be a practical solution. Many outdoor cameras are large and heavy, making them a poor fit for indoor use.
For best results, use the camera as directed. If it’s an indoor camera, only use it indoors. If it’s an outdoor camera, only use it outdoors. If you need cameras for both types of spaces, purchase models that are designed for each application.