Security Cameras – Bullet Cameras vs. Dome Cameras

15/09/2015 0 Comment(s) Surveillance Equipment,

Security camera systems have been in use since the 1990s. In the United Kingdom today, nearly 1.85 million businesses and residents own CCTV cameras.



The reason why CCTV cameras are so useful is because it assists people in knowing what’s currently happening or the previous events at a certain location, even when they’re not in the area itself. Thanks to these CCTV cameras and other types of security home systems, properties like homes or offices are completely protected.


What is a Security Camera?



Security cameras are cameras that are used to inspect an area, solely for the purpose of keeping that area safe. The recorded video found in CCTVs can be played and repeated anytime the user wishes to look for some possible security breaches, so authorities will be able to find a targeted criminal, or what occurred during a crime scene. Since CCTV cameras were developed, security camera systems have grown in popularity across different parts of the world.


Security devices are rapidly gaining more popularity as preventive and crime investigation tools. Because people are concerned of protecting their valuables, their loved ones and their businesses, a lot have turned over to home security camera systems, instead of installing other objects like burglar alarms, fire alarms or smoke detectors at homes or in offices.


Types of Security Cameras


  1. A bullet camera – This is the least expensive type of CCTV camera in the market. Bullet cameras come in a rectangular or cylindrical shape, so they can be easily fastened to the corners of walls through the use of a mounting arm. These cameras are not meant to be hidden from plain view.


  1. Dome cameras – These cameras get their name because of its shape, which is due to its dome cover. Dome cameras may be mirrored, smoked, clear or black. There are several advantages to owning a dome camera – First of all, they’re very durable and have been proven as a more effective defense for potential crooks than other camera types.


  1. Pan tilt zoom cameras – These cameras were made to secure a huge warehouse or store. These are heavier than other types of CCTV cameras. They offer bigger and better coverage, and just one camera normally provides sufficient security monitoring functions. Pan tilt zoom cameras have the ability to zoom in and tilt so users can get a better glimpse at whatever’s happening at the moment. These types of cameras also come with excellent resolution lenses, which means the quality of the videos won’t be affected when zoomed in.


  1. Spy Cameras – If used correctly, spy cameras, also known as discreet cameras, can be very useful. Because of their small size, the picture quality isn’t that great – But the main advantage is that nobody will be able to see it after it’s been installed. The smallest ones are no bigger than a nickel, so these can be very handy when users don’t want others to know that they’re watching them.


The salient aspects of security cameras depend on the manufacturer. These are usually the typical features that are regularly found in some security devices:


Features of an Outdoor Bullet Type Camera



  • 1080 pixels 2 Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor;
  • Megapixel 4mm lens for excellent quality details, and broad angle viewing;
  • Automatic Infrared Filter, which guarantees total and accurate highlighting, in all types of lighting conditions;
  • ClearNight imaging ensures powerful night vision, and improves sound recording with the camera’s Digital Noise Reduction technology;
  • Its glass design is divided in half, which lessens IR reflection;
  • The camera’s anti-glare feature provides sharp images even under poor or strong lighting;
  • Powerful night vision of up to more than 100 feet away in the average nightly ambient lighting;
  • Its design is vandal-resistant. The camera has a cable pass-through bracket, which can be affixed to walls. This serves as a protection for the cables themselves;
  • The camera also comes with an IP66 weatherproof-rated housing, making it perfect for installing both indoors and outdoors; and
  • 100 FT RG59 high-powered coaxial cable, which is made for durable and flexible installations.


Features of an Outdoor Dome Camera



  • Most outdoor cameras come with an advanced image sensor;
  • Video image processors can bring up to 700TV lines of high resolution;
  • A 960x480 image sensor, which can bring up to 34% more resolution (compared to a D1, and 5 times more than a CIF); and
  • Comes with a true-to-life non-stretched aspect ratio, which brings in detailed pictures and videos, in super-high resolution.


Bullet Cameras vs. Dome Cameras


Bullet Cameras – These are the cheapest traditional type of security cameras. They look similar to regular cameras that can be mounted on ceilings or walls. It’s easy to tell where these cameras are pointing at, and what videos they are recording.


Dome Cameras – These are great for securing wide areas, like large offices, retail stores and big homes. Since the internal mechanisms of these cameras are hidden from view, it would be difficult to determine which direction the camera is pointing at.




Many have difficulties in picking the right kind of camera for their businesses or residences, especially if it’s your first time to set up and install a surveillance system. The first step is to make a list of the areas in your home or office that you want to monitor.


The next step is to plan the specific sections in each area where you would want to install the cameras. This will allow you to determine the size and other features of the cameras that you need. The final step is to make a list of the purpose of each camera that will be situated in an area, which will enable you to pinpoint the cameras with the exact features for the purpose that it needs to serve.


With this guide, you will now be able to decide on what type of security cameras would best suit your needs. Just keep in mind to learn about the features of the cameras, and also try to find real user reviews for each camera in your shortlist.

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