Anti glare film for security camera (does it work?)

Are you looking for a anti glare film for security camera?

If you are, chances are you have your camera installed close to a window or to lights that are causing some weird reflection on the camera lens, right?

Yup, you have a problem with glare, so let's discuss anti-glare films and the better way to deal with this situation.

The truth about anti glare film for security cameras 

Anti-glare films are not designed to work with security cameras but with smartphones, TVs, and other devices with a display.

Sure, you can use it to reduce a little bit the problem with glare, but at the end of the day, that's not the best solution, and depending on other factors (installation, camera angle, lights, sun rays, etc.), you will still have the glare on your camera.

Anti glare film

There's no official anti glare film for security cameras on sales, but you can use a product like the Screen Filter for Widescreen Monitor to reduce the glare.

As you can't totally prevent the glare on a surveillance camera, let's take a look at some alternatives to minimize this problem.

The correct way to prevent security camera glare

Security cameras are designed to redirect the light to an internal sensor.

The camera uses a lens to accomplish such a task, and no extra light is welcome.

Here are some things you need to check to avoid glare on your camera.

Check the camera's lens rubber

If you pay close attention to a camera, you can see a rubber around the lens that guarantees that no extra light is coming to the electronic camera circuit.

Make sure your camera has such protection and that it's not damaged.

Dome camera with rubber protection

As you can see in this picture, there's a piece of rubber around the lens.

IR reflection on dome camera

This rubber faces the camera acrylic dome to avoid the light coming from the sides or the camera's infrared rays at nighttime.

Install the camera facing the window

If you have your camera pointing to a window, you will have a glare and reflection problem, as shown in the picture below.

Security camera behind glass reflection

As you can see, there's a sun shield protection that prevents the camera from totally facing the window glass (there's a gap between the camera and the glass). 

Depending on the camera model you have, it's possible to remove such a sun shield, which is ideal for this application to reduce the reflection and glare.

The picture below shows an example of another camera that allows the sun shield removal. As you can see, there's no reflection on the glass.

Bullet camera without sunshield behind glass

Other types of cameras don't come with a sun shield protector and can easily be installed facing a glass, as shown in the following picture.

Wyze Cam Facing Glass

If you have your camera installed close to a window, there are extra things to consider, such as infrared lights; let's talk about that...

To learn more, read the article: Will a security camera work behind glass?

Adjust the lights and turn off the infrared

The security camera's infrared lights can reflect on glass and shiny surfaces.

security camera IR LEDs

If you really need to have your security camera facing a window glass, please turn off the infrared light to prevent the reflection and glare during the night.

You can also move the camera's position to avoid artificial light from poles to reflect on the lens. Sometimes, a slight change in the camera's angle is enough.

Conclusion

Sometimes, an anti glare film for a security camera is not enough to solve the problem.

I recommend you follow the tips in this article to prevent reflection and glare that could compromise the camera's quality.

I hope this article can help you; please share it with your friends.

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