what are IP ratings for CCTV cameras?

IP (Ingress Protection) ratings are a standardized system used to indicate the level of protection that CCTV cameras (and other electronic devices) have against the ingress of solid objects and liquids.

The IP rating consists of two digits:

The first digit indicates the level of protection against solid objects, such as dust and debris. This ranges from 0 (no protection) to 6 (dust-tight).

The second digit indicates the level of protection against liquids, such as water. This ranges from 0 (no protection) to 8 or 9 (protected against submersion).

Here are some common IP ratings for CCTV cameras:

  •  IP66: Dust-tight and protected against powerful water jets from any direction.
  • IP67: Dust-tight and protected against the effects of temporary immersion in water up to 1 meter deep.
  • IP68: Dust-tight and protected against the effects of continuous immersion in water, typically up to 3 meters deep.
  • IP69K: Dust-tight and protected against high-pressure, high-temperature water jets.
The higher the IP rating, the more robust and weatherproof the CCTV camera is. Cameras with higher IP ratings are typically used in outdoor environments, harsh weather conditions, or areas prone to dust, moisture, or water exposure.

Knowing the IP rating is important when selecting the appropriate CCTV camera for a specific installation location and environmental conditions.
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