Intrinsically Safe Cameras have been around for quite some time. If you work in a Hazardous or explosive environment you might want to consider using an Intrinsically safe Camera.

Intrinsically Safe Camera’s are specifically designed and engineered for Hazardous Area environments. Digital cameras in Explosion Proof areas will specifically be marked with certifications such as ATEX Zone 1, ATEX Zone 2, Class 1 Divison 1, Class 1 Division 2, IECEx and more.

A cameras main function is to capture images for photography, digital imaging or photo printing. It is also used to capture moving images for videography or cinematography.


A camera is considered Intrinsically safe if it passes the rigorous testing and certification standards. Potentially Explosive Atmospheres exist where there is a risk of explosion due to mixtures of gas/air, vapour/air, dust/air or other flammable combinations. In such areas there is a necessity to eliminate sources of ignition such as sparks, hot surfaces or static electricity which may ignite these mixtures.

Where electrical equipment has to be used in these areas it must be so designed and constructed as to not create sources of ignition capable of igniting these mixtures. Before electrical equipment can be used in a potentially explosive atmosphere a representative sample has to be fully tested and certified by an independent authority such as BASEEFA in the U.K. or UL in the U.S.A.


The Certification Process

All Electrical Equipment, intended for use in a Potentially Explosive Atmosphere, should be certified as suitable for such use. The methods of obtaining certification differ in detail, see below, between each certifying body or group of bodies. Basically this process consists of supplying a representative sample of the equipment along with a set of drawings to a recognized test/certification body who in turn test the equipment against a recognized Standard e.g. EN50018 and issue a Certificate. The user of the equipment can then refer to this Certificate to enable him to safely put the item into service in a zone appropriate to the Certification. European Practice – after 1st July 2003 after the above date the ATEX Directive comes into force throughout the EEC. This becomes a mandatory requirement for all equipment intended for use in a hazardous area. The fundamental difference between current practice and ATEX certification is that ATEX addresses the essential safety requirements for hazardous area equipment and uses Standards as part of the method of conforming to these. Amongst other documentation required by certifying authorities will be Technical Manuals in order that the user is informed of installation methods etc.

What should you look for in an IS Camera:

-Full 1080p HD Cameras (From single to Quad HD Camera lenses)

-Fast zoom and auto focus

-Large battery capacity

– Powerful LED light

– Waterproof, IP68

-Impact proof, drop proof, dust proof, corrosion proof and water proof and ability to withstand extreme temperatures.

– Sunlight readable display

– Wi-Fi & Bluetooth


-Large storage or secondary storage capable via SD Card



To learn more about Intrinsically Safe Cameras or any other Intrinsically Safe, Explosion Proof or Hazardous Area products, please contact our experts or call us on 832-699-6726


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