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  • Writer's pictureMaddie Cohen

Bullet vs. Dome Security Cameras

Are you thinking of securing your home or business with a camera system?

This is a fantastic idea. The right camera system will deter criminals, protect your assets, and help you catch perpetrators quickly in the event of a crime.

The first step in installing a camera system is selecting the type of camera that best suits your needs. This article will compare and contrast two common camera types: bullet and dome security cameras.

What Is a Bullet Camera?

A bullet camera is shaped like a cylinder—similar to a bullet. The most common type of security camera, this camera is ideal for both indoor and outdoor use.

Here are the benefits of bullet cameras:

  • Simple installation

  • Weatherproof

  • Night vision

  • Long range

Bullet cameras feature a lens at one end and the main camera body at the other end. They generally include a small lip that prevents glare. This camera type is well-suited for large, expansive areas like parking lots.

What Is a Dome Camera?

A dome camera boasts a circular shape not unlike a dome. The camera lens is recessed inside the dome of the device, making these cameras quite discreet. Restaurants and retail stores tend to use dome cameras because they blend seamlessly into their surroundings. However, these cameras are ideal for both indoor and outdoor use.

Here are the benefits of dome cameras:

  • Unobtrusive

  • Weatherproof

  • Night vision

  • Vandal-resistant (due to the lens placement)

  • Rotating camera

Both bullet and dome cameras offer a broad range. That said, the shape of a dome camera makes it challenging to determine what direction the camera is facing. This can help monitor a wider angle—an important feature when there is a higher likelihood of suspicious activity.

Features to Consider When Selecting a Security Camera

We’ve gone over some of the differences between bullet and dome cameras.

But what factors should you consider before making your decision?

There are many variables at play, so aim to consider the following:

  • Camera appearance

  • Camera resolution

  • Camera range

  • Ease of installation

  • Light conditions

Note that bullet cameras come with a mounting handle that promotes easy adjustment. These cameras are great for residents or business owners who want visible security that can deter people from committing a crime. Dome cameras, meanwhile, offer a protective cover and a rotating lens.

Some systems allow you to combine bullet and dome cameras. This is a sound option for people who value both discreet and not-so-subtle security solutions. Yet all users’ circumstances are unique. This means you’ll want to consider the pros and cons of both bullet and dome cameras, and make your final selection based on your needs and goals. We’re confident you’ll find the right solution.

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