Long Range Security Camera

A Long range security camera refers to any security camera that can focus at least 75 feet away from their mounting point and still recognize a person.

Long range security cameras will most often be a varifocal security camera set to have a narrow angle of view, rather than a fixed lens camera.

This means that you will only be able to see a target area but not the surrounding area. These cameras are often use viewing gates, entry and exit doors, license plates, people's faces at a distance, driveways, loading docks, or any other restricted area.

Long Range Bullet Cameras

Most Long range Security Cameras are bullet cameras. Most long range bullet cameras have motorized varifocal zoom lens. They are durable and often waterproof. The waterproof element is extremely important, as long range cameras are almost always used outdoors.

When to use each of our Long Range Bullet Cameras

Range: 50 to 75 Feet

Recommendation: Use The Warrior 8MP - 4K Fixed Lens Bullet Camera

At 75FT, you can still use a budget wide angle fixed lens cameras, albeit a 4K model. At 4K the face is still in the identification zone and the license plate is still legible, although 75 feet is about the max limit in good conditions. The wide angle (92 degrees) on the Warrior 4K allows you to still get a great view of what all around the camera and the 4K resolution allows you to get very good distance without sacrificing viewing angle.

Range: 75-100 Feet

Recommendation: Use The Gladiator 8.0 - 26BV8 - 4K (8MP = 4x1080P) Multi-Purpose Lens Bullet Camera with Motorized Zoom and P-Iris

At 75 to 100 Feet the Gladiator is your best option as it's varifocal lens allows you to optically zoom in on the target. At max optical zoom, your viewing angle is 35 degrees.

Range: 100-300 Feet

Recommendation: Use The Archer 2.0 - 26BV2-L - 2MP Long Range, Low Light Bullet Camera with Motorized Zoom and Focus

The Archer is your best bet from 100 to 300 foot distance. The Archer is part of our long range, low light, extreme cold series. At max optical zoom, the Archer has a 9 degree viewing angle.

It may sound strange, but at distances greater than 100 feet, you're going to switch back to a 2MP (1080P) sensor. Why is this? Because at longer range, light absorption becomes more important than resolution. Given an image sensor that is the same size, a 4K image sensor has 8x as many pixels trying to absorb the same light source as a 2MP sensor. Because the total amount of light absorbed is the same, but divided among 8 times as many receptors, long range 4k cameras appear darker than than 2MP cameras. Additionally, 2MP sensors have matured to the point of being able to absorb more light than their newer, higher resolution counterparts.

Range: 300-800 Feet

Recommendation: Use The Sharpshooter 2.0 - 26BV2-XL - 2MP Super Long Range, Low Light Bullet Camera with Motorized Zoom and Focus or a Long Range PTZ (covered next)

The Sharpshooter is best used in situations where you need to read a license plate or identify a face at 300 to 800 foot distances. Like the Archer, the Sharpshooter is part of our long range, low light, extreme cold series. At max optical zoom, the Sharpshooter has a 3 degree viewing angle.

The Sharpshooter is not POE and needs to be powered via a standard wall plug. It has higher than average power requirements because of its 650 foot infrared night vision. Additionally, without street lights on other external light sources, the long range limit on this camera is closer to 650 feet than 800, because of the IR distance strength.

PTZ Security Cameras Are The Best At Really Long Distances

Being able to detect people at distance often requires both long range bullet cameras and a PTZ (Pan Tilt Zoom) Camera. The bullet cameras can alert you to someone's presence at ranges greater than your ability to identify them, and then you can use a PTZ to zoom in on that area to capture the subject's identity.

For many situations, including large parking lots, like the kind found in auto dealerships, we recommend mounting multiple wider-angle, high resolution bullet cameras outside of your main building. These will give you an overview of the area. Then, in addition to these two cameras, you can mount a PTZ Camera that “patrols” the large parking lot. You can use the preset function to patrol and zoom in on known vulnerable or high traffic areas on a set schedule. This can effectively double or triple your range without having to upgrade every camera or reduce your viewing angles / coverage zones.

Range: 1000 Feet

Recommendation: Use The Scope 8.0 - 26ZV8 - 4K (8MP = 4x1080P) IP PTZ Camera with 22x Optical Zoom

The Scope is our 4K PTZ. It can spin left and right (pan), up and down (tilt), or optically zoom in. You can control it with any of our mobile apps or software applications. At max zoom it has a 4 degree viewing angle.

Like the Sharpshooter it has to be powered via a standard wall plug because it has higher than average power requirements because of its 650 foot infrared night vision.

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