I do wish there was a varifocal version of this camera, but there isn't yet. I am a bit reluctant to spend a decent amount on a camera that I'd rather replace with a better quality cam though. I certainly plan on doing some testing with different focal length cams though.Here are a few quick thoughts:
- Test camera locations and focal lengths before you commit. A varifocal camera, 2x4 and bucket of rocks is a good place to start.
- Take it slow, buy a couple cameras of different focal lengths and a couple different models and test thoroughly. They don't all need to be the same. Often 2MP cams outperform higher res cameras at night.
Yeah - I definitely will need to make sure the camera is low enough to avoid that. I ran into that issue with the Arlo cams and re-positioned to avoid issues. Do you know if there is a good IR-absorbing paint that folks have used in situations like this?
- If you mount your cameras higher, zoom in and aim it farther away (no bald spot cams) so you are still able to get a useful level of detail. This does mean creating a blind spot close to the structure and that you won't see everything. Add a wide angle overview camera if desired.
- Test your soffit / rafter tail mounting location at night (I'd mount it to the rafter tails or a block of wood attached to them temporarily). There's potential for some major IR reflection issues
I am considering what I can do to get the cameras lower, but may just experiment after trying initial placements. I will be running more ethernet than I need, so I will have flexibility, but especially if I do conduit on the outside of the house, that'd be easy to do after things don't work out.
- Consider mounting cameras to junction boxes and running a short 1-3' piece of conduit painted to match the house up the wall to the roof line.
- Especially at key approaches / choke points like the driveway and front porch, try to put the cameras a bit lower. It's easier to patch to drywall in the garage to an acceptable standard.
Internal cameras are a whole different thing and will be done later on, but this project is focused on the external for now.
- Put a camera inside the garage.