Camera IR Range Tool Released

By John Honovich, Published Nov 04, 2015, 12:00am EST (Info+)

Cameras featuring integrated IR are now extremely commonplace, ranging from the lowest cost options to premium high-end cameras. However, the IR range for those cameras can easily vary from 10m to 100m (or more). Figuring out how far they will cover in real projects has been cumbersome.

Now, the new Camera IR Range tool, integrated into IPVM's industry leading Calculator solves that.

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Can you add in IR Element arrays that would tie into the particular camera?

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Hi Jason,

Do you mean external IR illuminators, like Raytec or Illuminar?

If so, it is something that we can do. It's straightforward though not a trival amount of effort. If others would use that, let us know.

Jason, if you have more feedback, please share.

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John - that is what i was thinking. It would help show clients what kind of improvement could be achieved.

BTW - i love the calculator as whole. You guys have done a great job and that you are willing to keep at it makes me feel my membership dollars are working for me!

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Jason, thanks!

We'll definitely consider it. And we work on the calculator every week. The big thing is juggling what order to do things, so I don't want to commit to it because we still need to do the calculator mobile app, which is a big undertaking in and of itself first.

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I understand IR range and minimum lux ratings are just lies estimations. What's tough is that many cameras with any IR illuminators at all often list *zero* for that rating. It makes it difficult when searching for true low light cameras.

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Kevin,

Good comment / question.

With our Camera Finder, there are 2 ways to directly handle that, either (1) filter only for cameras without IR or (2) require at least .000001 lux min illumination, shown below:

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John, this is a very nice addition to your already excellent Camera Calculator. Really appreciate the fact that you and your team are continuously improving your offerings!

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I am very disappointed I do not get to make use of this tool at my current employer. This is developing quite nicely and this is a great feature I never thought to ask for.

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John - can we take this a step further with a "check box" to turn this feature on/off?

I showed this to a client and he asked why my little guy is at 40 feet but the IR line is way out 90 feet. His rationale was that the camera should be able to see clearly that far. Sometimes more information is a bad thing for showing a client.

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Lol, ok :)

I see a general value for a display toggle. We'll queue that up.

That said, was there enough ambient light in that scene that IR did not matter anyway? Just curious.

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We have added in a toggle to hide the IR range display. Again, we do not recommend turning it off unless you know you do not need the IR.

It works pretty simply, just edit the camera, check / uncheck IR display.

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