SECURITY APPLICATIONS 

I-Spy cameras are ideally suited for security application. A key aspect is for the final pictures being sufficiently clear to stand up in a court of law. See samples pictures in gallery for I-Spy70. Both the I-Spy47 and the I-Spy70 cameras will produce the desired results. This is because the I-Spy cameras do NOT interpolate the pictures. The image sensor is full size for the 5 mega pixel pictures.

Some other manufactures use a very small image sensor and then interpolate the pictures by adding in pixels by a software process. They add pixels electronically to the original. This takes away the crispness, density and sharpness of the picture producing a large picture but with soft lines. Often not clear when enlarged. We do not recommend use the video clips. The resolution (640 x 480) is too low for police prosecution.

SECURITY CAMERA LOCATION

Best pictures are produced as close to the target as possible. The larger the subject in the picture, the less you need zooming, the clearer the picture will be. However balance needed. The closer the camera is to the subject the more possibility of the camera being discovered and thus damaged by an unwanted intruder. There are a number of possibilities to reduce detection of the camera.

Below are a few to consider:

  • Use the correct model of I-Spy camera that has Low Glow Infrared flash.The Low glow flash cannot be seen at night even if you are looking at the camera.
  • Camera is mounted above eye level About 2.4 meters off the ground.
    Camera mounted inside a disused oil drum or similar container. Then extra rubbish is added around the container. The appearance is as a discarded rubbish pile, not attracting attention.
  • Mount the camera inside a building with a cut-out for the sensor and camera lens. Note: The sensor will not work with glass in front of it. It should be clear of any glass. Infrared does not pass a glass surface.
  • Mounted on the branches of a tree looking down. Make sure there are no branches in the view. If there are branches you will get a white flash back and this is all you will see in night pictures.
  • Mounting the camera behind motion activated security lights. In this method, the security lights will supplement the image capture by extending the flash range. Also an intruder will be light blinded if he tried to see behind the security lights.
  • Mount the camera inside a fence post.

NUMBER PLATES

I-Spy cameras can successfully record number plates. In the day time all camera will do this job. However only the I-Spy70 will do a good job at night time.

Setting up for number plates:

  • I-Spy camera have a wake up time of about 0.9 seconds. This is the time between the camera detecting a moving car and taking the first picture.
  • Best to target the rear number plate. If you try capturing pictures from the front you will get white out pictures from the car headlights.
  • Position the camera pointing at 45 degrees across the road in the direction of travel of the car.
  • Position selection: Where the vehicle needs to slow down is best. This could be at a sharp bend, a speed bump, a cattle stop grate, a gate. The ideal situation would be where the driver needs to exit the vehicle to open the gate.
  • Set the camera at or above 1.5M looking down at the vehicle from behind.
  • Face the camera at 45 Degrees across the road with the one side of the picture still viewing the road edge. In this manner the camera is awaked from sleep and while the vehicle is still in view will take pictures from behind.
  • A square on flash on number plates will produce a white out. Angle pictures will give better results. See picture samples below of number plate angle flash.
  • The movement detector has the highest sensitivity what something moves across the face of the camera. Minimum sensitivity is when something moves directly towards or directly away from the camera. Poor set up example is the camera facing directly down the full length of a driveway. The camera does not see the car travelling towards it. Only when the car reaches the end of the driveway and turns left or right does the camera wake up. Now it takes a picture of the empty driveway. – Useless!
  • Do a “Drive by” in your own vehicle to test your setup and adjust if necessary.

TRAIL CAMERA PLACEMENT

Camera placement:

  • Always try to place your trail cam looking north or south. If faced into the rising and setting sun the light will wash out any pictures that are taken during that time.
  • When placed in a small cleared out area where there is tall foliage across from the camera, the sun in the morning warming the leaves will sometimes set off the camera giving false activations.
  • Try to clean the area in front of the camera of any vegetation that can be moved by the wind. Usually 10 to 15 meters is enough unless it is a large weed or brush then a greater distance would be necessary.
  • Be aware of the sensing capability of your camera. Place your camera well with in that range. Too close or too far will result in missed pictures. In most cases 7 to 10 meters to the target area in the summer is about right. During the colder weather some of our cameras will sense out to 50 meters.  This can be a problem when cold and darkness allows the camera to trigger outside the range of the flash. You may need to turn the sensitivity / distance down during this time.
  • When placing your trail camera to watch a rub or wallow / scrape you should elevate the camera well above the eyelevel of the animal and have it looking down on the desired area. An IR Glow coming from above will not bother the animals as much as if was at eye level. This is important in that if you plan to hunt this same area you would not want to have this animal disturbed and possibly moving out of the area due to becoming uneasy by the camera. In most cases Animals are not bothered by IR glow, it is only in high hunting pressure areas that this could occur.
  • The average trigger time (movement to picture taken) with most cameras is 1 to 2 seconds. Aiming the camera directly across a trail can result in missed pictures or a lot of animal tail ends. We have found that aiming the camera so it is looking at an approaching or exiting animal is most effective for watching a game trail. When possible have it looking up or down the trail To increase your odds of photos, set the camera up over a well-used wallow / rub or trail. You can also get animals to stay in-front of the  camera for longer by cutting a few branches of broad leaf or leaving some other source of food in-front of the camera.