Swann Security Camera PRO-670
The overall dimensions of the camera are 18x8x7.5cm. It is supplied with 18 metres of twin cable, one for video the other for power, an adapter to allow fitting direct to the back of a TV, screws and raw plugs for three holes in the back of the fitting, some warning notices and a four side connection guide complete the items.
The main purpose is to allow you to see what is going on outside without you needing to be there, you could set it up to work to a video recorder for use as security in a shop etc so it could be used as a deterrent to shop lifters.
However I suspect it will find most favour with home owners who can check on noises outside without leaving to investigate.
It works both in daylight and by infra red at night it has thirty IR LEDs around the lens and it gives a rather good image even in very poor light. I mentioned four sides of the connection guide. This really is two as the front is just an image of the camera and the back is contact details for USA, Australia, New Zealand and the UK.
Page two is placement and installation instructions while page three is the connection guide but I found you connected the cables and it worked. Advice was given about lighted and dark areas warning that people in shadows near brightly lit areas are hardest to see. It is better to have the camera in shade looking towards bright light.
The lens is a 6mm 50 degree offering so is better for distance rather than width with images seeming to be nearer than they actually are. This model is great for a long narrow space such as a driveway along side a building.
The example given shows a 9.3metre spread 10 metres away with the 50 degree widening to the full 9.3metres after 10metres.
The camera has a twist screw on top of the casing to prevent rain falling directly on the lens but it is even better if you can install it under an overhang. A single 50cm lead is hard wired into the camera emerging under the fitment and this splits after 40cm to give to plugs to attach to the main eighteen metres of the cabling.
This ends in two plugs where one has the supplied BNC to RCA fitted and goes to the yellow Composite plug on the back of your TV. The other lead fits to the supplied 1.5metre DC adapter to give the unit its power.
Just tune your TV to the Composite channel and watch whatever the camera is trained onto. However at night the infra red can reflect off glass so do not mount it indoors looking out and if say it’s the garage way if there is nothing there you will see nothing also certain things like a black cat will not give a great image, I found that foxes did show up well.
My only doubts are that people can unplug the leads at the camera so you see nothing they might even manage to steal the camera as its only secured by three screws but if its mounted in an inaccessible place it can provide warning of uninvited guests giving you time to raise the alarm that hopefully will scare them away.
The Swann PRO-670 is available from the link below for £97.39 with free delivery.
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