Best Cameras to Monitor Outside at Night Time

The security of your commercial or personal property is of the utmost importance, and you need to be able to monitor your premises in both the day and night to ensure its safety. The choice of your security camera is an integral part of this and so we have some tips to help with your decision.

What to look for in a night time security camera:

One of the things you need to consider when choosing your security camera is making sure it is high resolution, at least 1080p or above. Another important quality for a night time security camera is long range night vision that reaches at least 10m away. It should also be weatherproof, as this is essential for an outdoor camera. A simple way to determine if it will be protected is to check it has a rating of IP65 or more.

Something you need to decide when choosing between cameras is if you need a black and white or colour camera. Usually a black and white camera will be able to take a more detailed video in lower light, so colour cameras are normally the choice for lighter areas. However, colour cameras are especially useful for identifying a subject’s hair, clothes or car if you want to catch a thief.

The best night time security cameras:

1.) Dahua Bullet with night colour technology:

  • 2 MegaPixels
  • 1080p
  • Provides full colour in very low light, and does not require infrared or white light illumination
  • IP67: ensures continuous operation in harsh weather
  • Ideal for casino floors, parking lots or urban streets
  • Transmits power and data over long distances via Ethernet

2.) Reolink Argus 2:

  • Night vision reaches 10m
  • 1080p
  • Two-way audio
  • Mid-range colour night vision
  • Flexible power source: you can use a rechargeable battery, power adapter, or a compatible solar panel
  • Operates both indoors and outdoors
  • Unfortunately won’t work on a frequency higher than 2.4 GHz

Argus 2

3.) Hikvision Bullet full time colour camera:

  • 2 MegPixels
  • 1080p
  • Full-time colour night vision
  • Uses Hikvision ColorVu, which creates colourful views from a camera with a large iris, and a high performance sensor
  • 24/7 video even in zero light
  • Night vision reaches up to 20m
  • Operates between -40 degree to 60 degree weather and up to 90% humidity

 Hikvision Bullet full time colour camera

4.) Lorex 4KIP Bullet camera:

  • Colour night vision up to 45m and black and white up to 76m
  • 4k resolution
  • Privacy-masking feature which lets you choose what areas you don’t want recorded
  • Getting the most out of this camera’s features can get expensive because you have to buy other parts

Lorex 4KIP Bullet camera

5.) SMONET wireless security camera

  • 4 MegaPixels
  • Range of 20m
  • 16pcs high intensity infrared light means the camera captures sharp details
  • Supports 128GB of micro SD card
  • Video can be viewed through your phone or computer with wifi
  • IP66 with a waterproof aluminium case
  • Operates in low or zero light


If you want to have a security camera installed, are interested in purchasing one that we stock, or just want to learn more about your CCTV options, we can help. Here at Caught on Camera we are a leading supplier and installer of high quality CCTV security systems. We deliver reliable, bespoke services right across Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, London, Essex and further afield. Don’t hesitate to contact our qualified team today.