Learn about Outdoor Cameras


      Outdoor cameras are becoming increasingly popular with homeowners, business owners, and outdoor enthusiasts using them for a variety of purposes. Whether you're looking to keep an eye on your property or monitoring outdoor trails, outdoor cameras can be a valuable tool. Keep reading to explore what outdoor cameras are, five situations where they can be useful, and our tips on how to get started.

      What are Outdoor Cameras? What do they do?

      Outdoor cameras are surveillance cameras designed to be used outside and are IP weather resistant or waterproof to weather through any outdoor conditions. They come in a variety of styles and designs, including fixed or adjustable PTZ (Pan, Tilt, Zoom) cameras, and trail cameras. They can be connected to a network, powered by batteries or solar panels, and accessed remotely using a smartphone, tablet, or computer.

      Outdoor cameras are used to monitor and record activity in outdoor areas. They can be used for security purposes, to monitor wildlife, to track the weather, or simply to capture stunning footage of nature. They are typically waterproof, weather-resistant, and designed to withstand harsh outdoor conditions.

      5 Relevant Situations for using an Outdoor Camera

      1. Home Security: Monitor your home's exterior, deter burglars, and capture footage of any suspicious activity.
      2. Business Security: Monitor the exterior of your business, keep an eye on employees, and deter theft or vandalism.
      3. Wildlife Monitoring: Trail Cams can monitor wildlife in your backyard or in remote wilderness areas. They can capture footage of animals that are otherwise difficult to observe, and provide valuable insights into their behavior.
      4. Weather Tracking: Check the weather and track storms, floods, or other natural disasters from the safety of your home.
      5. Construction Sites: Check in on construction sites and keep track of workers, equipment, and materials. Prevent theft, monitor progress, and ensure that safety protocols are being followed.

      How to Use Them

      When using outdoor cameras, it's important to choose the right camera for your needs, position the camera properly, and use the right settings to capture high-quality footage. First we’ll explain the main terms you need to know, then provide some tips on choosing and using your device!

      Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) cameras can move around to capture different angles and zoom in and out to see things far away. It's like a robot that can turn its head and zoom in like binoculars.

      Trail cameras are used to monitor wildlife or other activity in outdoor areas. They are often mounted on trees or posts and are triggered to take pictures or videos when they detect motion.

       Infrared or Night Vision features enable cameras to see in the dark, even when there is no light. They work by using special sensors that can detect heat and convert it into a visible image.

      Motion Detection is used to save battery and storage space by only recording when the camera detects movement in its field of view. It's like a security guard who only looks when they hear a noise.

      Solar powered cameras utilise an optional or included solar panel to connect to the camera, providing it with constant power from the sun through a connected battery. If the power goes out, the device keeps operating as normal without interruption.

      Here are our tips for using outdoor cameras effectively:

      1. Choose the right camera for your needs: Consider factors such as resolution, night vision, zoom capabilities, and weather resistance when choosing an outdoor camera.
      1. Position the camera properly: Place the camera in a location that provides a clear view of the area you want to monitor. Consider factors such as lighting, foliage, and the angle of the camera.
      1. Use motion detection: Motion detection can help conserve battery life and storage space by only recording when movement is detected. This can also help to alert you to any unexpected activity in the area being monitored.

      At The Spy Store, we offer a range of outdoor cameras, including PTZ cameras and trail cameras, designed to meet a variety of needs. Our 4G 1080P IP Security Camera with 20X Optical Zoom and 4K Black Flash Trail Camera are just a few examples of the high-quality outdoor cameras we offer. With the right outdoor camera and a little bit of know-how, you can capture high quality footage, monitor your property, and enjoy the great outdoors with enhanced peace of mind.

      Browse our curated range of outdoor cameras below, and if you’ve got any questions you can reach our friendly Australian customer experience team here.

      4G 1080p IP Security Camera With 5x Optical Zoom
      • Secure and monitor your property
      • Tilt, Pan and Zoom with 355ø horizontal and 120ø vertical control
      • x5 Optical Zoom, enhance the image without loosing quality
      • 50M of Night Vision
      • Setup with a LAN Connection and enable 4G to never miss a second
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      4G 1080p IP Security Camera With 20x Optical Zoom
      • Secure and monitor your property with the highest clarity
      • A portable 4G tracker with a powerful magnet and adhesives included
      • x20 Optical Zoom, see everything without losing any quality
      • 100M of Night Vision
      • Setup with a LAN Connection and enable 4G to never miss a second
      4K Black Flash Trail Camera For Wildlife Monitoring
      • The ideal offline, outdoor recording solution
      • Power by AC Adapter or 8 AA batteries for months of standby use
      • Detects motion and records for the set duration to your SD Card
      • Impressive 4K resolution and 120ø wide-angle lens
      • IP66 Waterproof
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      HD1080P Wireless Hidden Wall-mounted Security Camera with PIR Sensor
      • Crisp 1080p HD Video & Audio Recording
      • 2-Way Communication - Speak Through The Camera!
      • Customise Your Motion-Activated Recording
      • 1-Year Standby Time Battery
      (Full Color) 4K Night Vision Binoculars with Long Viewing Distance & Rechargeable Lithium Battery
      • 4K HD Video in Full Colour, Day & Night Recording
      • Large 3'' HD Display
      • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
      • 5X Digital Zoom
      1080P Body Camera with Motion Detection and Night Vision
      • Compact, Wearable, & Offline.
      • LCD Screen & Tactile Menu On-Device Buttons
      • No Smart Phone Required
      • Supports Up To 128GB SD Cards