Can I use an internal CCTV camera through double glazing. (1 Viewer)

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Feb 23, 2021
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With the long delayed winter sun holiday getting close, I'm looking for a simple one camera temporary surveillance of the front of the house whilst away. We've got an alarm system and we live in a relatively low crime small village with good neighbours but the scumbags are never far away.
Thinking of buying an internal camera mounted in the window next to the front door and adjacent to my Sky hub.
Question is - will the camera work properly through double glazing?
If so, any recommendations for camera without subscription? I've already got a Kasa remote light control system to which I could add a camera.
 

Lenny HB

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Yes it will work quite well but depending on lighting during the day you may get reflections particularly if it faces the sun.
 
Oct 9, 2019
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Just make sure you place the lens against the glass with no gaps or you could get reflections and possibly condensation on glass or lens.
To camouflage it place a plant pot behind it.

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Jun 16, 2014
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I purchased a Swann smart camera complete with solar panel to place outside the bungalow to keep a view on the motorhome drivers door. We too have CCTV with 8 cameras and Yale smart alarm. We live in a relatively crime free area but you never know.
All are able to be monitored and controlled remotely.
 
Apr 3, 2019
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We have Yi camers in two of our rooms, they arent brilliant at night.
 
Jan 3, 2008
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Just get yourself a 'Ring stick up cam' simple to install, waterproof for outside use, battery or solar powered, battery is ok for a month at least before recharge needed, very clear day and night vision and very customisable including alerts straight to your phone. Here's the front for view.

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Just get yourself a 'Ring stick up cam' simple to install, waterproof for outside use, battery or solar powered, battery is ok for a month at least before recharge needed, very clear day and night vision and very customisable including alerts straight to your phone. Here's the front for view.
I think he said 'without subscription', Ring is subscription. I use Eufy cameras and doorbell camera. The remotely accessible sd card for storage is located indoors in the hub.
 

Terry

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It all depends on where it’s placed in relation to your property. Car lights,sun, etc can all reflect and cause the picture to end up being next to useless.
You can buy half decent ptz wireless cameras from about £50 or solar powered around £65/70 which may be a better investment 👍 Solar don’t need wires and others simply need a plug socket close by(usually come with around 2.5 Mtrs of wire) and you could feed that through a window etc All come with apps and controls from your phone
 
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A subscription is not required it's optional and without it you still get alerts. However to save recordings a protect plan is required which is free for the first 30 days, sinc the camera is only need for a short time the free 30 day period would be fine and if continued after that at £2.50 a month for the plan its hardly gong to break the bank.

"Ring Protect Plans are optional offerings that let you get the most out of your Ring devices. There are two tiers of Ring Protect Plans: Basic and Plus.

The Ring Protect Basic activates video recording and sharing for individual Ring doorbells and cameras. It saves all your videos to your Ring account for up to 30 days, so you can review and share your videos at any time. Ring Protect Basic starts at only £2.50 a month per device."
 

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Yes it will work quite well but depending on lighting during the day you may get reflections particularly if it faces the sun.

Just make sure you place the lens against the glass with no gaps or you could get reflections and possibly condensation on glass or lens.
To camouflage it place a plant pot behind it.
For photography applications, to cut reflections out we’d use a polarising filter add-on to fitted to a lens’ threaded end.

Is that an option for the camera in a surveillance application? Possibly no thread fitting.

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Oct 9, 2019
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For photography applications, to cut reflections out we’d use a polarising filter add-on to fitted to a lens’ threaded end.

Is that an option for the camera in a surveillance application? Possibly no thread fitting.
Possibly not as polarisers work best with the light behind the lens and obviously the sun moves during the day , in addition you lose at least 1 stop so as it gets darker it may reduce the light entering the camera.
 
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I use one of these in house and motorhome.


Plug in and connect to Internet and then use app to view live on your phone. Can move camera angle using app and it saves any activations to sd card or cloud. Sends alarm notification to phone. Microphone so you can hear any noises and also allows you to speak to somebody.

We have one in our motorhome which we plug in when we go out for the day so we get any alarm activations to phone and we would be able to see if anybody actually entered the vehicle.
 
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If it’s one with night vision capability you may well find that the IR illumination will reflect badly on the glass causing a white out.
Exactly what I found when I tried it.
And mount outside and the camera gets covered in cobwebs so the IR lights reflect off that :mad:
 
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A subscription is not required it's optional and without it you still get alerts. However to save recordings a protect plan is required which is free for the first 30 days, sinc the camera is only need for a short time the free 30 day period would be fine and if continued after that at £2.50 a month for the plan its hardly gong to break the bank.

"Ring Protect Plans are optional offerings that let you get the most out of your Ring devices. There are two tiers of Ring Protect Plans: Basic and Plus.

The Ring Protect Basic activates video recording and sharing for individual Ring doorbells and cameras. It saves all your videos to your Ring account for up to 30 days, so you can review and share your videos at any time. Ring Protect Basic starts at only £2.50 a month per device."
Thanks but we're making the best of our 90 day EU window so it'll be 66 days away and 40 days in September.
 

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Just make sure you place the lens against the glass with no gaps or you could get reflections and possibly condensation on glass or lens.
To camouflage it place a plant pot behind it.
Deffo wouldn’t try and hide the camera, they are one of the best deterrents, so have it loud and proud on display for the scum bags to see and hopefully move on to somebody else where they either have no camera or have hidden behind a plant so they didn’t realise that they did, so burgled the house…..

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I use one of these in house and motorhome.


Plug in and connect to Internet and then use app to view live on your phone. Can move camera angle using app and it saves any activations to sd card or cloud. Sends alarm notification to phone. Microphone so you can hear any noises and also allows you to speak to somebody.

We have one in our motorhome which we plug in when we go out for the day so we get any alarm activations to phone and we would be able to see if anybody actually entered the vehicle.
Thanks this looks a good bet. I've got a Van Bitz alarm system on the Adria, better than a rotweiller at detering lowlife and no mess on the floor!
 

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I use one of these in house and motorhome.


Plug in and connect to Internet and then use app to view live on your phone. Can move camera angle using app and it saves any activations to sd card or cloud. Sends alarm notification to phone. Microphone so you can hear any noises and also allows you to speak to somebody.

We have one in our motorhome which we plug in when we go out for the day so we get any alarm activations to phone and we would be able to see if anybody actually entered the vehicle.
I assume this also records to the cloud etc? Otherwise I’ve always wondered what the point of having it is, other than it’s original function as a baby monitor.
 

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I have several of the YI cameras and used a couple through the windows for years.
There is an option for cloud storage but i use an SD card, playback works fine.

Just backing up above comments, Reflections at times can be an issue, IR needs to be turned off, Condensation is an issue at certain times of the day in winter and opposite in summer with the sun.
 
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I think he said 'without subscription', Ring is subscription. I use Eufy cameras and doorbell camera. The remotely accessible sd card for storage is located indoors in the hub.
I have Eufy , but not impressed with them. Range is only about 6-7m and activation hit and miss. I drove the campervan off the drive yesterday and it didnt capture it. I have cameras set to capture any motions and sensitivity is high. It will pick up the local cat walking across the drive but not the motorhome. Recording times also too short.

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I have Eufy , but not impressed with them. Range is only about 6-7m and activation hit and miss. I drove the campervan off the drive yesterday and it didnt capture it. I have cameras set to capture any motions and sensitivity is high. It will pick up the local cat walking across the drive but not the motorhome. Recording times also too short.
They are quite customisable in the app as far as recording time is concerned.
I have a Deco wifi mesh system at home and never have a problem with coverage.
 
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I have four Amazon blink cameras mounted outside, battery powered, no subscription. We only activate them when house is empty and 18 months later the batteries are still OK. Recording quality is very good too day or night. Recordings are stored on your phone, cloud, or sim card on the module you have to plug in inside the house to pick up your router.
 
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I have five Eufy cameras with excellent battery life. I charge them up every 4-5 months.

They have AI technology and link perfectly to my phone. You can set the sensitivity on the cameras and recording zone. There is no subscription.

I also have a Ring doorbell but the battery life is rubbish and I will replace with a Eufy doorbell in due course.

Great cameras for when you are on your travels and useful to watch your MH when you are home.
 
Jul 26, 2018
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I assume this also records to the cloud etc? Otherwise I’ve always wondered what the point of having it is, other than it’s original function as a baby monitor.
Yes. As in my post, all activations are stored on sd card or to cloud. App on phone lets you see still photos or videos etc.

You can move camera around so if viewing thru glass you can move it to get a better view etc.

It’s a camera though and not an alarm system!

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