Caught a prowler on video and I'm looking to upgrade my cameras

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  1. JDJ

    JDJ n3wb

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    A couple of weeks ago I caught this guy on video in the middle of the night. The video is useless, but he did leave when he saw the camera, and he didn't steal the bike (forgotten outside on a fluke) that he was apparently after.

    He ignored my motion activated floodlight, which was interesting to me, and continued advancing 20 feet or so further onto my property. But when he saw the camera, he was out of there immediately. Truth is he could have gotten away with taking the bike, so it was lucky that he got spooked.

    I'm adding two floodlights next week. I'm going to replace my current cameras (1080p analog cams) and I'm leaning toward getting some 8MP IP cameras because the new floodlights should light up the area enough to take advantage of the additional pixels.

    I've been reading the Cliff Notes, (thanks Looney2ns), and learning a lot.

    Any thoughts on my plan are welcome. I have plenty of time to modify it and would welcome feedback on getting high-quality facial recognition.
     

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    actran Getting the hang of it

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    Welcome and good luck.

    To get best night footage, use Dahua Starlight 2Mp cameras like the turrets that have been discussed on this site.
     
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    Thanks actran, I like the Dahua 2MP Starlights a lot.

    I'm going to see how bright the new floodlights make that particular area when they get installed next week.

    Of course, I might be "forced" to buy a 2MP and an 8MP to compare them side by side. You can't have too many cameras, right?:)
     
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    bigredfish Known around here

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    Not trying to talk you out of IP cams, they have some advantages, but so you know, HDCVI cameras will likely run over your existing cable and rival their IP counterparts in most basic features... of course you would need a Dahua DVR or XVR

    Look at this video and others like it on my youtube channel (HDCVI 3231 Starlight 2MP - very similar to the 5231 IP version Starlight)

    Bad Guy appears about 0:45 seconds in

    (switch the Youtube player to 1080p)


    Dahua HDCVI camera selection
     
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    JDJ n3wb

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    That is amazingly clear, definitely face ID quality. I'm adding HDCVI to my research list. Thank you.
     
  6. bp2008

    bp2008 Staff Member

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    For good face ID you really need a lot of pixels on the subject which means a lot of zoom depending on the distance.

    Shoot for 100+ PPI if you can. You won't achieve that with a wide angle lens unless someone walks right up to the camera.
    IPVM Camera Calculator V3
     
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    Bubs Young grasshopper

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    One issue with using flood lights that motion activated unless you force then in color they will be blind for a few seconds went they switch BW to color when the lights come on
     
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    That is true. With the layout as it is on this part of my property, a few seconds of blindness should be okay. There's enough distance that has to be traversed that it will take them that long as they get closer to the camera. I'm going to test it once I get my new cameras though to see what's what. I will probably try out a few different cameras to dial it in. I appreciate your comment.
     
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    looney2ns Known around here

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    If you haven't ran across this "Best to test all camera locations with a portable test rig before final install for at least 24hrs. Portable test rig, 8'2x4, 5gal bucket, rocks or bricks."
     
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