Frequently Asked Questions:
No, installing cameras which utilize BNC cabling is quite easy. Simply follow the steps below to connect your cameras.
1- Locate an included 60 ft. BNC cable.
2- Connect a camera to one end of the cable by matching the BNC connectors (yellow) and DC power connectors (red).
3- Audio enabled cameras will have an additional (white) RCA connection.
4- Plug BNC connector on the other end of the cable into a Video Input port on the back panel of the DVR.
5- Repeat for each camera, noting the channel number each camera is plugged into.
6- Locate the included power splitter.
7- Connect the power splitter to the remaining DC power connectors (red) of the BNC cables.
8- Plug the power splitter into the camera power adapter, then plug camera power adapter into an available wall outlet or UPS. (Night Owl recommends using a surge protector)
Night Owl’s NVR Series utilizes POE cabling as opposed to BNC cabling. POE stands for Power over Ethernet. To install a Night Owl camera using POE, simply follow the steps below.
1- Locate an included 60 ft. POE camera cable.
2- Connect one end of the cable to the connector attached to the camera.
3- Plug the other end into a Video Input port on the back panel of the NVR.
4- Repeat for each camera, noting the channel number each camera is plugged into.
Resolution refers to the fineness of detail that can be distinguished in an image.
Simply put, TV Lines (TVLs) are a measure of horizontal resolution. A higher number of TVL’s means that the camera renders images with more detail. This can be crucial when trying to capture the facial characteristics of potential criminals.
Most Night Owl cameras have a fixed lens, which means they cannot be zoomed in and out. However, when playing back video recordings or in live view mode one can digitally zoom in with their DVR, NVR or smart device. Additionally, Night Owl does offer some cameras with optical zoom capabilities.
Yes. The infrared LEDs act as an additional light source for the camera, giving you an image even when natural light sources are absent. The amount of light needed to see a picture is referred to as Lux. The lower the Lux the better the camera can see in low light. Infrared LED cameras are considered to be rated 0 Lux, meaning they can see with zero light.
The distance you can see will greatly depend on the quality of the camera lens, the lighting conditions, and the number of IR LEDs. Check the camera's Specifications Sheet for the Night Vision range.
All Night Owl cameras will provide full color images while they operate under daylight or interior lighting. The camera will automatically switch to black and white images as soon as the camera senses that there is not enough light to produce color images.
Simply put, the two technologies are not compatible yet. Current Night Owl wireless cameras can be viewed on an Apple or Android smart device via Night Owl’s Pro App.
The Field of View (FOV) of a security camera, also called the viewing angle, is the area that the camera can see. On our product’s specification sheet you will see FOV measured in degrees. It may help to think of the Field of View as the angle between the two horizontal edges of the camera image.
The IR Cut Filter blocks infrared light while allowing colors visible to the naked eye to pass through the lens. During low / no light conditions, the IR Cut Filter moves away from the lens to let in 100% of the infrared light for maximum Night Vision performance. This results in the camera image changing to black and white for better image quality.
No. Night Owl cameras are not capable of being submerged under water. However, our cameras are all weatherproof!
Most Night Owl cameras are weatherproof. Our cameras contain an IP (Ingress Protection) rating that determines the camera’s level of protection against moistness, dirt and impact.
The following factors should influence where you install your Night Owl camera:
1- The lighting conditions in the area where the camera will be placed
2- The distance from your DVR/NVR to the camera
3- Height where the camera cannot easily be vandalized
4- High Traffic Areas (Entrances, Exits, Hallways)
Yes! All Night Owl cameras can be remotely viewed on an Apple or Android smart device or on a PC / MAC. Simply download the appropriate FREE app for your smart device or the required software for your PC or MAC.
Nothing! Night Owl does not believe in charging our customers a monthly fee to remotely view their cameras.
The answer to this question depends on which of our systems you have. Please visit our webstore at www.nightowlsp.com and search the model number of your system. You should then be able to locate which app is compatible with your system.
Most cameras that utilize a BNC connection should work with Night Owl DVRs. However, Night Owl cannot guarantee that a third party camera will work, so make the attempt at your own risk.
Your system has anti-theft circuitry. In the event of Video Loss, the system can be set to alarm you with an audio buzzer. If set, it can also send you an Email notification. Please note these options must be selected in your DVR / NVR setup menu.
Night Owl cameras are made to be used both indoor and outdoor. Just make sure the installation location does not negate the cameras IP rating.
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