Rain Camera Shootout

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Nov 26, 2014

Rain can ruin surveillance video, and your housing choice might be making it worse.

In this test, we shot out the five most common form factors of outdoor housing: box, full size dome, minidome, full size bullet, and compact bullet. We placed them at about 12' against the side of a building to simulate real mounting locations and observed them over the course of a 3+ hour rain storm.

We look at these key questions:

  • Which housing performed worst in these conditions?
  • Which shed water the best?
  • What can I do to improve existing housing performance?

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  • ***** ******* ********* ***** ** ***** **********?
  • ***** **** ***** *** ****?
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Key ********

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  • ************************* *** ****** ***** ******** (*** *** ****** **** *******) shed ***** **** *** ****** ******* ******** ******* **** *** camera, ******** ***** ******** **** *** ****** ** ***** *******.

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** ******** ******* *** **** *******, *** ******* ****** ** possible ** ****** ******** ******* ** *** **** *** ******** past *** ****. ** ******* **** ** ******* **** ** the ****, ****** **** ***** ** ******** ** ********.

Test **********

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Poor ******** ***********

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******* ** **** **** ***********, ********* ******* *** ******* ****** not ** ******* ** **** *********** ** ** *** ********. If **** **** ** ****, *** **** ** ********* ********, consider *** *********:

  • *** * ******* *****:****** *** ********, *** **** ***** **** ** *** ****, which *** ******* *******, *********** **** ****** ******** ** *** dome, **** ** *** *******.
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Sunshields **** *****

** ******** ***** ******** ****, ************************ ** **** **** **** *** *******. ******** ******* **** the ****, **** ********************** **** ******* *** ********* ****** *** ***** ******* ******** farther **** *** ****, ******** ***** **** ******** ** *** FOV.

* ******* ******* *** ** **** **** (** **** *** frame ** *****) ******* **** ************** *** ****** *** ****** *******. 

Relative ***********

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* ********** ** *** ******* ** **** ****. ****** **** **** roughly ************ ***** ********, **** *** ********* ** ***** **** models (******* ****** *** ********).

Comments (9)

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Snow

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