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mountainman13 06-18-2012 03:29 PM

security camera opinions.
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What would you consider to be a better setup? A good wide angle view where you can see the entire area in question (stair well) or a tight angle that provides an optimal picture for identification (close up photo)?
My motion sensitive camera automatically takes a picture and forwards it to a special email and immediately alerts me as well as sounding a warning alarm in the house.
If I have a wide angle view I get a picture like the first one.
If its in tight I get something like the second but clearly don't have as good a view of the entire stair well.
Obviously the purpose of the picture is to id the person for Leo if necessary. The dvr is constantly recording regardless.

vincent 06-18-2012 03:38 PM

Can you pick up a feed on your TV? A buddy of mine does home security, his home system is set up to automatically switch the TV channel to the camera on the front door when the doorbell is rung.

If it were me, I'd go with the wide angle. You could easily see if the guy on the left has a weapon, or if it's multiple people, not so much on the right.

If it comes down to a matter of LEO IDing a suspect, they have all kinds of video enhancement software, my first concern would be knowing who and what I'd be up against.

Just my .02...:cool:

mountainman13 06-18-2012 03:44 PM

Yes I can pull up a direct feed even from my phone if I choose. With the tight angle I can tell if someone is there and I get a great shot of their face but obviously don't have a great view. Wide angle I can see everything but if I'm not home identifying the person in court would likely be impossible unless they happen to look up at the camera.

gollygee 06-18-2012 04:19 PM

I'd vote for the wide angle setting, if using it as a warning device.

We have a camera monitoring our front door. Not so much for a warning, but as a means of identifying someone before opening the door to them. For that purpose the tight angle it supplies is what we need, but as a security warning, it leaves something to be desired because when the warning sounds on our monitor inside the home, it does not always show what set it off. It is possible for someone to set it off, then move out of view.

I would think the same would apply to your situation if you use a tight angle.

Sniper03 06-18-2012 04:32 PM


Unless I am mistaken it seems like you could move the camera in example two down lower much more and get most of the stairwell and the close up at the same time! There is a whole lot of wall above the subjects head that is not necessary?


mountainman13 06-18-2012 04:49 PM

I could but then if they stand on the top stair I won't see them at all. It's a tough choice.

levelcross 06-18-2012 05:08 PM


Originally Posted by mountainman13 (Post 840403)
I could but then if they stand on the top stair I won't see them at all. It's a tough choice.

With this being the limiting factor I would go with the wide angle shot. If at all possible another camera would give you the best of both worlds. I was looking at an 18 camera system at Costco the other day, the picture was too grainy to make out the faces very well so I didn't look too hard.

I like the idea of the early warning system, mine poops like crazy and barks and bites a lot...well barks anyway.:p

mountainman13 06-18-2012 05:12 PM

Lol. Yeah I'm leaning towards leaving it at the tight angle and getting another camera for a wide view eventually.

mountainman13 06-18-2012 07:32 PM

I thought about it a little more and came up with the best option. I drilled a hole through the door and mounted the camera to a plate screwed to the inside of the door. Put the camera in sideways. Now it covers the entire stairwell and catches a tight facial shot. Impossible to access the wires in any way from outside now too.

levelcross 06-19-2012 03:06 PM

Nice solution Mountain.

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