Sony IP Cameras – Box and Bullet Camera Review and Buyers Guide
Sony provides a range of high-performance IP megapixel box and bullet cameras. They use a large sensor (over 1/3 inch) to provide better low light performance, and improved wide dynamic range (WDR). Wide dynamic range provides better video quality in challenging lighting situations. If you have a very bright area with some areas in dark shade, WDR allows you to see everything in the picture.
Overview of Sony IP Box Cameras:
The box camera is the most flexible choice since you can select the lens, enclosure and mounting system for each type of application. Since these are all day/night cameras they can be used indoors or outdoors with an optional enclosure.
The outdoor bullet camera is in an IP66 enclosure so it is outdoor-ready and includes an IR illuminator. It’s perfect for applications when there’s no lighting available.
There is an economical (E Series) and Value added (V series) version of the box and outdoor bullet cameras. Both series cameras are day/night and include auto-iris lenses and wide dynamic range. The V series adds extra functionality such as two-way audio, IO connections. and edge storage (using an SD card). There is also an indoor, economical X series bullet camera.
Comparison Table and Guide – Sony IP Cameras
Select the box cameras when you need flexibility. Whether you need an extreme long-range lens or operating in harsh environments, this is the camera of choice. The cameras can be used indoors with various wall and ceiling mounts or can be used outdoors with optional environmental enclosures.
Select the 1.3-megapixel camera when you would like to identify a person’s face or license plate in a field of view that’s less than 25 ft wide.
Select the 2.0 Megapixel Camera when you need to identify a person’s face in a field of view that’s less than 38 ft. wide.
Select the new high-performance E-series and V-Series for challenging lighting conditions that require wide dynamic range (WDR). These new cameras don’t cost more so this is the best family of cameras to select.
You can select from a wide variety of lenses.
To use these cameras outdoors we have bundled the camera with a choice of outdoor enclosure. Enclosures are available with and without heaters and blowers, with PoE power, stainless steel for harsh environments and even for explosion-proof environments. You can also select a wide variety of mounting systems based on where you want to place the cameras.
Bullet Cameras for Outdoor use Include IR Illuminator
Bullet cameras are designed for outdoor applications where you need IR illumination.
These bullet cameras are a good choice when you need to operate in total darkness, but be careful not to exceed the maximum distance of about 15 meters (49 feet) when using the illuminator.
Bullet cameras include a variable lens (3.1 to 8.9 mm) which makes it easy to adjust the camera for specific distance and field of view requirements. If you need more lens variation you should use one of the outdoor box cameras (that include the environmental enclosure). These cameras provide more flexible lens choices.
Select the megapixel IP bullet camera when you need to identify a person’s face or license plate in a viewing area that’s less than 25 ft. wide.
Select the 3.0 Megapixel bullet camera when you need to identify a person’s face or license plate in a viewing area that’s less than 38 ft. wide.
Indoor Bullet Camera
The X-Series bullet cameras are economical cameras with fixed lenses. They can be used for small areas where you don’t require an adjustable lens.
The 1.3-megapixel bullet camera allows you to identify a person’s face in a field of view that’s about 25 ft. wide at a distance of 15 ft. from the camera.
Select the 3.0-megapixel camera when you need to view a person’s face in a field of view that’s less than 38 ft wide from a distance of 19 ft. from the camera.
If you need to view areas that are further away, select the box type IP camera.
Other Box and Bullet IP Cameras
There are some 1.3 and 3.0 Megapixel box and bullet Sony that provide additional features for applications where increased resolution is required.
The box cameras have standard type lens mounts which allow you to select from many different lenses. For example, you can select a 50 mm lens that allows you to identify a person’s face over 300 ft. away (with a 2 megapixel camera). To learn more about selecting the right camera and lens for long distance surveillance, take a look at our article How Far We Can See With the PTZ IP Camera.
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