Dome vs. Bullet Security Cameras


It’s much less painful to prevent crime in the first place than deal with its aftermath so an effective CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) system can be a great deterrent to criminals targeting your home or business. CCTV is a term for a variety of video surveillance technologies which operate by connecting a number of video cameras on a loop (also referred to as a circuit) which is then recorded or displayed on a central TV monitor.

Depending on whether you’re simply looking to deter burglars from your home or deal with more complex situations like employee theft there’s some subtle differences between security cameras that should know before you invest.

There are two major types of cameras; bullet and dome. The latter is a more subtle, encased in a transparent protective dome as the name suggests. The bullet camera protrudes outwards and while both have essentially the same functions the small differences could make a world of difference to your security needs. The general perception is that if you want overt security, to send a message to would-be intruders that you have security, then bullet cameras are the way to go.

Some of the advantages to bullet cameras include:

  • Typically weatherproof and have a longer range, which makes them ideal for viewing large areas like backyards and parking lots.
  • Bullet cameras are easier to install because they come with a mounting handle which is simply attached to a wall
  • The shape of the bullet camera enables bigger lenses to be fitted in its body

Dome cameras on the other hand:

  • One of the main benefits of a dome camera is that the darkened dome encasing makes it difficult for those being monitored to determine where the camera is actually pointing.
  • Dome cameras are generally more durable, especially the vandal proof ones. Vandal proof domes are encased with durable covers that are resistant to general acts of vandalism

One area critical to both cameras that you should also consider is wireless versus wired as well as infra-red. While the advantage to a wireless camera is the extended range of areas you can deploy them they do need to be powered at the site which can sometimes prove difficult.

To make sure you get the right product for the right security scenario we also recommend contacting an expert who can guide you through the process from picking the camera to installation. For more information on security cameras that are right for you see the entire Swann range here.