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Outdoor PTZ: Winter without a cover?

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Has anyone had any outdoor winter problems with PTZ cameras without a cover over the moving camera head?


I'm in northern Wisconsin where we sometimes get freezing rain and temperatures down to -40 C/F. Do these exposed PTZ moving heads tolerate this or do they literally freeze up and quit moving until the ice melts or temps rise?


Random examples of these from Amazon (*I've not tried these):


USG IP PTZ Sony+TI 2MP 1080P 30x Optical Zoom 4" Speed Dome Security Camera: 3.5-105mm Motorized Zoom Lens, Auto-Focus, 6 Array + 2 Laser IR LEDs For 165' Feet Night Vision, ONVIF, IP66 Outdoor Rated



GW Security 1/2.7" Sony H.264 HD 1080P (1920×1080) IP High Speed Onvif Network Dome PTZ Camera 20X Optical Zoom Waterproof Outdoor 350FT IR Night Vision



IPCC-9610 - 10x Optical Zoom, AutoFocus, Hd 1.3 Mega Pixel, Metal, Wired Outdoor, High Speed Dome Camera with Ir Nightvision, Onvif, Synology, QNAP, Blueiris Compatible, White, Wall Mount


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If it is rated IP66 that will keep it dry. If you are concerned with the gears becoming frozen I strongly recommend doing two things.


1. Make sure the camera has a battery backup

2. Set a guard tour so that the gears are working regularly


If you have even half decent equipment this should not be an issue, but the reason for the battery backup is to make sure that the camera can continue the guard tour. If it sits for a long time and then tries to move that is when you risk physical damage.

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