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    Default Sony VSDVF50MIR camera for home use

    Anyone got any thoughts on these cameras for a home surveillance system??



    I can buy some of these through work at a good price and have has some issues with people "snooping" around our house.

    They are a 1/3" sensor and look quite reasonable
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    Quote Originally Posted by fRuItCaKe View Post
    Anyone got any thoughts on these cameras for a home surveillance system??



    I can buy some of these through work at a good price and have has some issues with people "snooping" around our house.

    They are a 1/3" sensor and look quite reasonable
    Thanks
    Chriso
    First off, the only part in the camera that's made by Sony is the CCD. The rest will have been made by any one of a multitude of copy cat factories in China. The claim of 50M IR range at night is nothing short of ambitious. The useful range is likely to be closer to 20m with 25 at a stretch. Also, dependant on the area you're trying to cover with this camera, the lens may be a little long/narrow. For typical domestic applications, lenses of 3.5-8mm or 4-9mm are more common.

    Having said that, the camera should provide you with reasonable images day and night. Just don't expect to positively ID anyone that's at the end of your driveway at night unless the camera is focused purely on that point, the person is standing still staring at the camera, the wind is blowing from the south south east, the temperature is 20.10275C and the individuals name is Samuel Alowishus.

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    I guessed the specs are ambitious but I think I'll be ok.

    Max distance is around 10m, reasonable lighting at night for camera 1

    The others, one is above the front door looking out, the other watching the boat

    Thanks for the input.
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    Just be mindful that at 10m with those cameras your viewing angle is going to be quite narrow.

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    Ok, you've got me thinking now...

    By my calcs, at 6mm, at 1m the FOV will be 0.8m and at 10m will be 8m.

    This may not be enough for at least two of the cameras I need.

    I may have to look at an alternate maybe 4-9mm like you suggested.
    Last edited by fRuItCaKe; 11-02-11 at 08:19 AM.
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