Extra low-light camera features and future developments users want
We also asked the survey respondents what future developments or trends they want/see for low-light security cameras, and a number of interesting things came up.
1. AI as the main trend for low-light security cameras (21% of total comments)
In this segment, respondents listed down AI advanced options and AI functionality as the top trend they would like to see for low-light security cameras in the near future.
Specific features that many of the respondents focused on can be grouped as follows:
AI analytics (39%)
This involves enabling accurate detection/identification of objects at night to minimize false alarms, event analytics and alerting operators to ongoing situations.
- "Human/animal/transport recognition."
- "The quality of the capture must be improved along with that it's great to utilize the AI to enable auto detect unwanted events and objects, etc."
- "False trigger and Smart motion algorithm."
Of special note, a handful of respondents noted on-board ed ge AI analytics as a possible trend going forward.
- "Varifocal low-light security cameras (currently market mainly focused in fixed lens), with embedded analytics."
- "Edge AI, more options for VF"
AI for low light image processing/enhancement (15.7%)
To enable clearer images captured in environments with poor illumination.
- "AI image processing"
- "AI technology to be used for processing captured image for clearer output in dark areas as well."
AI for perimeter security/alarms (9.8%)
Users want to better use low-light cameras as part of perimeter security systems to detect and deter intrusion along the property lines.
- "Better detection of movement whether to include PIR sensor or other means to reduce false movements."
- "Perimeter intrusion external alarm for deterrence."
2. Higher image quality and resolution for low-light video security (16% of total comments)
Respondents cited better pixel figures, WDR and low lux performance.
- "Taking the camera industry as an example, future development directions include pixel improvement, larger photosensitive area per pixel, array camera, etc."
- "We expect that the image is improved so that to be as similar as possible to day light image."
Of note, 17.5% in this group cited improvements in sensor design.
- "Better dual sensor cameras."
- "Larger CMOS can be used."
While 12.5% are looking for features that can reduce glare and noise.
- "Less noise with clear image view and recording."
- "Prevents glare from motor vehicles."
3. Low light color night vision technology (9% of total comments)
Respondents are after 24/7 color images and video footage in daytime and night.
- "Advanced developments and technologies to enhance surveillance capabilities and better protect people and assets. Low-light cameras need to be equipped with advanced low-light functionality in dark conditions and provide clear color images even when light levels are low depending on the selected camera sensor."
- "Better color images with as less as possible of white supplementary lighting, as this light pollutes & this is why they cannot be used in some places."
4. Longer range/distance (7% of total comments)
- "Improving detection distance in all weather and light conditions (not only low light)."
- "Higher coverage range."
5. Affordable price/cost reduction (6.6% of total comments)
6. Lighting (4% of total comments)
Respondents cited better minimum illumination, no visible light to user options to switch from IR to white LED and back.