Choosing the Right Night Vision for Your Security: Colour Night vs Infrared

Navigating the world of security camera technology can be daunting, especially when deciding between Colour Night and Infrared (IR) cameras. Both technologies offer unique benefits for nighttime surveillance, but choosing the right one depends on your specific needs.

Many camera manufacturers have been making significant strides in night vision technology in recent years by having white light LEDs built inside of cameras such as SPRO Colour Night, Hikvision ColorVu, Dahua Night Color and Uniview ColorHunter.

But what are the differences between Colour Night and IR (Infrared)?


Understanding Infrared (IR) Technology:

IR cameras are a staple in security systems known for their efficiency in low-light conditions. They capture images in black and white, making them ideal for general surveillance, especially in environments where colour detail isn't a priority. Their cost-effectiveness makes them a popular choice for home and small business security. 

Exploring Colour Night Technology:

Stepping up from IR, Colour Night cameras use white light LEDs to maintain colour imagery even in dark conditions. This technology not only enhances night vision but also serves as a visual deterrent to potential intruders. The presence of white light can signal an active security system, adding a preventative measure against potential crimes.


Diving into Colour Night 2.0 Technology 

Colour Night 2.0 is the advanced version that smartly blends IR illumination with warm light. Normally, it operates in IR mode, but upon detecting motion, it switches to warm light for full-colour recording. This feature is particularly useful for capturing detailed colour-specific information when needed, without causing constant light disturbance in sensitive areas like residential neighbourhoods.

Making the Right Choice for Your Needs 

When choosing between Colour Night and IR cameras, the following needs to be considered:

  1. Lighting Conditions: If your surveillance area is already well-lit or if colour detail at night is not critical, IR technology will be enough. 
  2. Colour Detail Necessity: For environments where colour detail is crucial for identification or other purposes, Colour Night technology is the best option. 
  3. Area Sensitivity: For residential areas or places where constant bright light is undesirable, Colour Night 2.0 offers a balanced solution, minimising light pollution while providing colour detail when needed.

By assessing these factors, you can make an informed decision that enhances the safety and security of your property.


Cameras featuring Colour Night and Colour Night 2.0:

DHIPPD40/36L-DUO - Colour Night 

DHQ50/36LW/40M-4 - Colour Night 

DHIPQ50/28LW/40-M-I-D - Colour Night 

DHD80/28LRG-4-M - Colour Night 2.0 

DHD80/28LRW-4-M - Colour Night 2.0 

DHIPD40/28LRG-M - Colour Night 2.0 

DHIPD40/28LRW-M - Colour Night 2.0 

DHIPD80/28LRW-M – Colour Night 2.0 

DHD50/28LRG-4-M - Colour Night 2.0 

DHD50/28LRW-4-M - Colour Night 2.0 

DHIPD80/28LRW/30-D-V2 - Colour Night 2.0 

DHIPD80/28LRG/30-D-V3 - Colour Night 2.0 

DHIPD50/28LRG/30-D-V2 - Colour Night 2.0 

DHIPD50/28LRW/30-D-V2 - Colour Night 2.0 

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