An outdoor camera should be used when it will be exposed to the elements. Outdoor rated network cameras are sealed in a dust tight enclosure with gaskets that protect the cameras internal components to the elements. IP cameras rated IP66 or higher are considered outdoor cameras which can withstand even the harshest of environments. Outdoor IP cameras come with gaskets and seals around the cameras lens, cable connections, and mounts. This protects them from wind, dust, water, and sometimes vandalism. Some outdoor network cameras are enclosed in steel cases which protect them against vandalism and even blunt impacts to the bubble or lens area. These cameras have a rating of IK7 or IK10. There is a wide range of outdoor cameras for almost any time of application. Infrared illuminators are optional on some cameras while wide and long distance lenses are optional on others. The type of camera can vary from one location to another. For example, Bullet cameras are recommended for hard to reach locations where long distance infrared illumination is needed. Vandal proof dome style cameras should be used in easy to reach areas which might be open to vandalism. Outdoor IP cameras are very similar to their indoor counterparts in that they sometimes share the same sensors. However, this is not always the case. Outdoor cameras can include specialized sensors for areas which might be pointed directly in the sun. Bullet style cameras have sun shrouds which serve to stop the sun from blinding the sensor. Some outdoor cameras have software which can block out the sun! There is a rating level in-between indoor and outdoor which states a camera can be used in an open area which is covered but exposed to humidity or dust. The number of cameras in this category is limited. Some outdoor cameras are cheaper and offer the same protection without sacrificing image quality. For further clarification, contact our specialists.