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Bullet Cameras vs. Dome Cameras

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on November 20, 2013 by thejakenolan

When it comes to camera functionality, bullet cameras and dome cameras are very similar. So basically you are just looking for which one will fit your specific needs and what your preferences are. Bullet cameras stick outward, kind of like the way the barrel of a gun would, and dome cameras have that circular, inconspicuous dome shape. It is probable that you have seen both of these many times, as they are both very popular.

Throughout this article, I will go over some of the pros and cons of both bullet cameras and dome cameras, and though there are not that many set in stone rules, hopefully this will help assist you in making the correct purchase for your needs. Some security integrators will disagree on certain pros and cons with each type of camera style, as they should, as there is no type of camera that is perfect for every single situation. If you decide not to read the full article, then you should know this right off the bat: 9 out of 10 CCTV installers will tell you that bullet cameras are better for outdoor applications and dome cameras are better for indoor applications.

Range:
If you have thought about it and decided that you need a long range camera, you’ll probably want to end up going with a bullet camera. The housing of the dome camera tends to limit the size of the lens. Typically, if a camera has a longer lens then that means that it has a longer range. Basically, bullet cameras can just see further. Period. Some dome cameras try to incorporate a lens with an extensive range, like the vandal proof dome from Veilux.

Environment:
If you are looking for a camera for indoor use, dome cameras are much more common. They are way less intrusive, and most people would agree that they are far more elegant and sleek. They seem to flow more seamlessly with the style of the household or building they are in.

Bullet cameras are way better for outdoor use because they are normally weatherproof, but before you assume that, make sure you check the IP ratings of the camera so that you can be sure of the environmental protection. And as mentioned above, they have much longer range. This is more necessary when viewing a parking lot or another type of large area.

Overt vs. Covert:
Another good thing about the bullet camera is that if you are trying to discourage vandalism or theft, these cameras are a bit more obvious and intimidating. Dome cameras are a little bit harder to spot, so if you are in need of something more “hidden”, then you should go with a dome camera. Not only do they not stick out as much as a bullet camera, but the dome housing does not reveal where the camera is pointing. That can also be a turn off to potential wrong-doers.

Cost:
As far as the cost goes, both bullet and dome cameras are very similar. With that being said, the bullet cameras and be a little bit more cost efficient because they only require the camera and the mount. Dome cameras come with the housing and all of the extra parts. This is pretty much just a generality though, there are some more expensive domes and some less expensive bullets.

Mounting/Installation:
Bullet cameras are generally much easier to install and mount than domes, as they are very simple point and shoot cameras. Attach them to the wall and they are ready to rock. Dome cameras aren’t always more difficult to mount, but they are more likely to require dismounting in the future to adjust the direction. This is something you should keep in mind.

Durability:
Dome cameras for sure win the durability test by a landslide, at least the vandal proof ones. Vandal proof dome cameras are housed in a durable enclosure made to withstand just about anything from shaking them, to being vandalized. This is something to consider if your application is one where the camera is easily accessible and prone to these type of things happening.

As far as bullet cameras go, they can be easily moved or even knocked out of place with something as simple as a rock being thrown.

Cosmetics:
As I stated before, dome cameras are more likely to fit in with the inside of your house or business. The dome shape makes them more elegant and less intrusive. The overall aesthetics make domes a popular camera option.

Dome cameras also have a more clean and seamless look due to their ability to hide and protect the wiring, where as bullet cameras will often have their wiring exposed slightly. Again, it is very important to keep in mind that these things are not necessarily facts for all cameras. Some bullets will not have exposed wiring and some domes will.

Hopefully this made your decision a little bit easier! Have anything to add? Leave a comment!