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Are You Trying To Decide Between Bullet Cameras And Dome Cameras For Outdoor Use?

Posted in Bullet Camera Review, Covert, Low Light, What is a Bullet Cam with tags , , , , , , , on May 8, 2014 by thatoneguy7

There are so many things to think about when you are deciding on a surveillance system and any possible accessories. One of the biggest things to consider when choosing everything for your surveillance system is the what types of cameras to use. You need to find outĀ if the system itself is for indoor use or outdoor use. It may not seem like that big of a deal, but then again, that might be a much bigger deciding factor than you realize. Certain cameras are better suited for different environments, naturally.


So, you’ve done a little bit of research, but you still can’t decide which would be better for your outdoor surveillance system. You know you like the dome cameras, and you know that you’re a fan of the bullet camera as well. The next question you may have is which would be better.

Both of these cameras have their pros and cons, just like anything else in the world.

The bullet camera is designed to be a bit smaller and easier to use all around. They are pretty easy to install and readjust. Should you need to move your camera too a better position, there’s nothing getting in your way from moving it. Additionally, almost every bullet camera every comes with infrared (IR) LEDs built into them. IR is going to be a big deal for you, especially for night time monitoring. Since you are placing the camera outside, you’re going to want to have this camera work well in low light situations. Research the camera and see how far and how wide it’s FOV (Field Of View) while the IR function is operating. As long as it’s a pretty far view, this may be a big deciding factor. The casing around these cameras is almost always weatherproof as well. Since the outdoors can get a bit brutal depending on your area, weatherproof casing is basically a must. The downside to these is that they may be easily susceptible to vandalism and people can see which direction the camera is facing.

The dome camera uses its casing as its selling point. They use this casing to consider themselves “vandal proof,” basically the casing around the camera will be able to protect the camera itself. The casing of the dome camera can also be tinted, thus making it more difficult for potential criminals to view exactly where the camera is facing. Another fact to consider is that the wiring isn’t exposed for this camera, furthering it’s “vandal proof” claims. The downside to these cameras is that the tinting can affect the overall viewing capabilities at night. You would almost surely need to add lighting sources around the camera, but this would make people more aware of the camera itself. That, and dome cameras are frequently more expensive than bullet cameras.

All things considered, this is a pretty even match. You can read reviews all day long, but at the end of the day, you know what you are installing your surveillance system. You know what you are going to be looking for and looking to deter with these cameras. It would be best to research the cameras as much as possible, figure out what you need them for, and then decide for yourself!

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Why Get A Bullet Camera?

Posted in Covert, Low Cost, Low Light, What is a Bullet Cam with tags , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2014 by thatoneguy7

Vista VBC600When showing interest in home or business surveillance, it’s very easy to get to get side tracked or confused by the plethora camera types on the market. It it always best to do your research and then make your purchase. However, you can never really go wrong with bullet cameras, as long as you know how to mount and operate them. If you aren’t exactly sure why they would be a good choice, just think about all of applications that you could use them for. Once you have figured out what you need them for, then you can make the choice. Just remember when deciding, the bullet camera is very versatile.

Remember the reason for the name of bullet cameras. They are small. Roughly around 2 to 2.5 inches in length. This also helps attribute to their other name; lipstick cameras. The versatility of these cameras is definitely a huge help when setting them up. While most cameras such as box or dome cameras require separate housing for the camera when placing it outdoors, the bullet camera doesn’t. They are quite easy to install and can be placed virtually anywhere due to their small size. Theirr mounts usually always come with an extension arm. This arm helps in putting the camera in the exact position that you want it to be in. It doesn’t even matter if you wish to mount them on the wall or the ceiling. Like most cameras, it can be purchased with IR capabilities as well. Since the bullet camera has the shape it does, it is also very well suited to host quite a lot of LED InfraRed lights. Some can even hold up to 78 LED IR lights with a range of about 300 ft in the dark.

Bosch WZ Series bullet camera

With all of the positives, the bullet camera is not without its own flaws. Due to the extension arm, it can become quite susceptible to vandalism since they can be repositioned so easily. They are usually very limited to a pretty fixed focal length from the lens. The small shape and design can also interfere with the overall imaging of the camera due to the cut-off corners. Because of this, the camera’s field of vision can become negatively affected. This can cause a cut-off view of what you are trying to capture on your surveillance feed. The only way to try and avoid this is by proper positioning, different types of cameras to accompany your bullet camera, or seeing if there may be a different lens that can be fitted for your bullet camera.

When looking at it on paper, this camera could be perfect. Well, as long as it’s in a safe position away from vandals that is. Since most are IR equipped, they are perfect for night time surveillance. Their small size means that they can be very easy to tuck away into tight spots. They also produce the same type of digital video quality as most box and dome cameras. It has no need for the additional housing as a box camera would and has a longer range for InfraRed viewing than most dome cameras because of its shape. All perfect reasons to start out your security camera system with this versatile camera.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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!