First Alert FAC-300 Wired Waterproof Outdoor B/W Camera with Night Vision
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Product Description

The First Alert FAC300 Wired Waterproof Outdoor B/W Camera with Night Vision is a reliable and durable solution for a variety of applications, but especially remote-monitoring under extremely inclement weather conditions. This unit is constructed with an aluminum waterproof housing that is submergible up to 30 feet, and uses an extremely low power consumption. With the First Alert FAC300's IR (infrared) emitters allowing it to receive a picture under no-light conditions, this camera is perfect for security surveillance or any other situation requiring 24-hour monitoring of an area such as a room, hallway, or production or retail space.

This camera utilizes a 0.33-inch black-and-white Sony CCD (charge-coupled device) image sensor, with up to 512 by 582 effective pixels. The FAC300 has a decent resolution of 380 horizontal TVL (TV lines), and has a S/N (signal-to-noise) ratio of more than 45 dB. This outdoor camera is extremely light sensitive with a minimum illumination of 0.05 Lux without IR, and can receive a picture under no-light (0 Lux) conditions up to 15-feet away thanks to six IR LEDs (light emitting diodes). The First Alert FAC300 is compatible with both the EIA (Electronics Industries Association) and CCIR TV system, and includes a standard RCA composite video output connection. The FAC300 features a built-in electronic auto-iris for automatic light compensation, and allows alternative lens configurations. This unit runs on 12-volt DC power, and has an operating temperature of -10 to 55-degrees Celsius.

Technical Features:

  • Sensitivity: 0.05 Lux without IR, or 0.0 Lux up to 15-feet
  • Effective pixels: up to 512 x 582
  • S/N ratio: better than 45 dB
  • Horizontal resolution: 380 TVL
  • Operating temperatures: 10 to 55-degrees Celsius
  • Dimensions: approximately 1.5-inch diameter x 2-inch depth
Designed for surveillance under extreme conditions, the First Alert FAC300 camera deserves serious consideration. User's should note that the CCD sensor may become permanently damaged if exposed to long hours of direct sunlight or halogen light, so the camera should not be mounted or pointed directly at the sun or other bright-light sources.

About Surveillance Camera Technical Features
Lux rating is the measurement used to indicate how sensitive a camera is to light, and stands for the level of light reflected off a piece of paper by a candle from one meter away. Thus a sensitivity of three Lux would mean a camera could generate an acceptable picture of a piece-of-paper-sized object that was illuminated by the equivalent of three candles from one meter away. The lower the Lux level, the better the camera's ability to work in low-light conditions. The camera's resolution should be greater than or equal to the resolution supported by the system's recorder or monitor. The S/N, or signal to noise ratio, is an important measure of a camera's quality. A poor camera, low-light conditions or poor wiring causes "noise" which consumes processing power and disk space. A camera with a wide dynamic range is ideal, especially for recording areas in which both indoor and outdoor light are present. CCD (charge-coupled device) sensors provide high-quality images that are less susceptible to noise. CMOS (complimentary metal-oxide semiconductor) sensors offer less image quality, but are usually more cost-effective and energy efficient.

About Surveillance Camera Housings
Most video surveillance systems can be deployed for outside use when a proper camera housing is used. Key features for housings are a blower/fan to keep the camera cool in the summer, and a heater for the cold-weather months and to keep the glass from fogging up. Most housings can accept many types of security cameras. An outdoor dome housing is used for external mounting when tamper resistance or pan/tilt functionality is desired.

What's in the Box
FAC-300, mounting bracket, cable (60 feet), power adapter, and manual.

  • 0.33-inch black-and-white Sony CCD image sensor
  • Good resolution of 380 horizontal TVL
  • Minimum illumination of 0.05 lux IR with off; zero lux up to 15-feet with IR on
  • Auto-iris for automatic light compensation and S/N ratio of more than 45dB
  • Aluminum waterproof housing submergible up to 30 feet