Dome vs Turret vs Bullet – What are the pros and cons? – wysLink CCTV Aware

Dome IP Cameras

Dome IP camera, as the name suggests, is a type of CCTV camera with a dome cover.

The biggest advantage of this CCTV camera type is that dome cameras are rather deceptive on where they are looking at. You can never tell by looking at it in distance.

However, the dome security camera type does have a fixed viewing angle like 100° just as the bullet cameras, instead of offering you a panoramic and distorted view.

And vandalism may be a prominent worry for this CCTV camera type, with a seemly fragile plastic cover.

What if this CCTV camera type for home catches the burglars’ eye and gets destroyed?

No worries! Get an IK10 rated dome security camera if this really bothers you. They can remain intact against a 10Kg object dropped from 40cm!

Turret Security Cameras

A turret camera, also known as a mini dome, eyeball or flat-faced dome camera, has a ball-and-socket type of design. It is like a sliced sphere, which can be easily swiveled around in its “socket” once the base has been mounted.

Most outdoor and indoor turret surveillance cameras in the market now are PoE type, since it’s quite challenging to add external antennas to make this type of security cameras wireless due to its unique structure.
The night vision used in turret security cameras usually includes 2 types: infrared (IR) and EXIR night vision.
EXIR vs. IR in turret security cameras: EXIR technology makes the illumination pattern rectangular and more evenly dispersed. EXIR turret security cameras can offer higher illuminant efficiency and longer night vision distance than infrared cameras. The price of this type of security cameras typically is much higher.

Infrared technology is the most popular night vision technology used in security cameras for its affordability and high quality. You can still get clear night vision images with infrared security cameraseven in utter darkness.

Turret security cameras are becoming more popular than dome and bullet security cameras when used outdoors, including your doorway, backyard, front driveway, soffit, eave, etc. They don’t have the spider web attracting qualities of a bullet style, not the reflection issues of a dome type.

The easy angle adjustment also makes turret security cameras overshadow bullet and dome cameras. Unlike dome security cameras with the glass housing, the lack of dome shell makes turret cameras free from glare effects. The price of turret security cameras is much more favorable than dome and PTZ security camera types.

When compared with bullet security cameras, turret cameras are less aggressive and intrusive.

Bullet CCTV Cameras

Bullet security cameras are the most common CCTV camera type that you can normally see on the street, the supermarket, and the neighborhood.

They get the name for their rifle bullet shape, and are also known as lipstick cameras.

The CCTV camera bullet type usually has a strong point for certain spaces, with a viewing angle of about 80° horizontally and 40° vertically. And they are not able to pan or tilt unless you adjust it yourself.

Generally, the bullet CCTV camera type is small, which could be 2.5 to 3 inches long decided by the CCTV camera lens types. So they are easier to hide and are less noticeable if you place it properly.

For example, the bullet cameras with fixed lens are usually smaller than those with zoom lens.

The bullet type of security camera is ideal to be used both outdoors and indoors, and mounted on the walls or ceilings. Additionally, the camera usually has strong water-proof aluminum housing, and all the components are well protected inside for the bullet shape. So there’s no afraid of harsh weather.

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