For example, if you have a security camera outside a restaurant mounted about 15 feet high and you are parked about 40 feet away would a camera be able to see in to car at night, also lighting where car is parked is very low . Would it be able to capture people inside?. Hypothetically camera is a Sony ipela.
Yep, the common sense dictates it can, but you just need to identify the model and see if it's IR etc. Chances are you just might get lucky.
I was rolling a J in my Missus' car and realised there was a CCTV camera next to us (4ft away, 10ft up or so) covering the area. Still, nothing came of it.
I used to work as a cab driver. Another driver who worked night shift got a ticket through the automated system so it was sent to the cab stand. My boss showed it to me and at first I didn't think much about it. But then I noticed that it said 4 am instead of 4 pm. It was like broad daylight and you could see the driver's face and shirt clearly.
It was creepy how much detail you could see. I know this intersection, and it isn't very brightly lit under normal circumstances at night. But that flash on the camera must really light the place up.