With the Defender SP301-C, the night vision is acceptable, but very basic. The camera has 12 Infrared LED lights, which allow you to see fairly clear images even in the dark. The downside is that these images are only viewable within about 15 feet. There are many, many other security cameras with a much further range. On the other hand, how far do you really need to see? How would you determine someone is a threat until they get close to the home or business anyway? Is a burglar going to come strolling up with a crowbar or gun already brandished? This is not likely. Therefore, I personally take claims of a long range or field of vision with a grain of salt. So, 15 feet would probably be acceptable. Continue reading “Defender SP301-C – Night Vision Acceptable But Basic”
I actually installed one of these bad boys (I guess it could be a bad girl also, depending on your perspective) near my front door. I initially just wanted to get an overall impression of how it worked. My experience was generally pretty positive. The security camera shows good detail to a range of about 25 feet or so. It can see beyond that, although it loses so clarity. You would not really be able to see the details of a face beyond this range. However, how far out do you really need to see, if the main goal is just to pick up who is at the front door, or who is coming up to the house? Personally, I was very satisfied at this level of performance.
Also consider your level of technical expertise and mechanical ability. If you are someone who likes working with their hands and enjoys putting something together, then you may have more options than someone like me. Personally, I am not mechanically inclined so I never really intended to build or put together my makeshift system at all. On the other hand, you may be surprised to find out just how simple and easy to install some of these modern security cameras really are. I have put in at least 20 different types of security cameras all on my own. Some were a bit difficult, but most were surprisingly easy and simple. Usually the instructions were very clear. The times when it became difficult, I was able to jump online and check out some plans, instructions or even videos to guide me through the difficult parts. My point here is that you may actually surprise yourself with what you can do when you put your mind to it.