I need recommendations. I'm about to pull my hair out, trying to figure out all the different specs, and which is good quality and which is a rip off.
I need to place this camera in a drywall ceiling. I need the hole to be absolutely tiny and I need it to be wired. No wireless. What are your thoughts on this one?
It's B&W and I would prefer color, but if this is a good resolution cam, I guess I could live with B&W. Here are the specs on it.
The price is hard to beat, but I could handle paying a little more for something better. Thanks for any help!CCD VIDEO CAMERA
Pick-up Device: 1/3" B/W CCD
Horizontal definition: 420 TV lines
Picture element(pixeles) E: 290k C:320k
Minimum illumination: 0.1 LUX at F 1.4
Synchronizing system: lnternal
Scanning system: 2:1 lnterlaced
Video output: 1Vp-p 75 ohm composite
S/N Ratio(AGC off): More than 50 dB
Electronic iris(Auto): 1/50,1/60-1/100.000sec.
Gamma correction: r 0.45
Gain control Auto: 4dB-30dB
MTBF 80,000 hours
Power source DC12V(Tolerence:9v-15v)
Operating current: 90mA w/regulated power in
Lens mount Standard: f=3.6(92°),f=3.7(90°)
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Anyone out there with any advice?
You can get arrested in this country for putting cameras in the ceiling without consent . . . . .
You really have to try them out to see what they can actually do. All the very small cameras I have seen tend to produce low quality, noisy footage on par with a cheap webcam (which is basically all that they are). I have never bothered to look at the more expensive models to see if they are significantly better.Read my blog here.
I think you'll find all those b/w, pinhole, composite video cameras in that price range will deliver about the same quality. The biggest issue is the pinhole allows very little light through. Small lens = little light = noisy video, unless the scene is very well lit. The second limitation is the composite video signal. You'll get roughly 640x480 resolution.
Originally Posted by jagabo