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Dome & Bullet Camera Installation

Among the most common types of cameras used in homes and commercial properties across Melbourne are the dome and bullet cameras. Named roughly after their respective shapes, these designs typically complement the security and design features of any room and look like a natural fit in almost any situation. You’re sure to have seen both of these styles of cameras in action, whether at the supermarket or in a car park. The bullet camera will generally protrude outwards in much the same way as the barrel of a gun does, while the dome camera is best characterised by its rounded appearance.

But when it comes to factors like dome camera performance and bullet camera installation, does one option come out on top when compared to the other?

Installation of Bullet & Dome Cameras

Bullet camera installation is typically regarded as the easier of the two mountable home alarm systems. It comes with a mounting handle that only needs to be affixed to the wall and the camera mounted to it. From there, you can physically move the camera around to focus on any particular area in the room.
Not as easy as bullet camera installation but still quite simple is the installation of the dome camera. This camera lacks the range of movement of the bullet camera and so needs to be taken down and remounted elsewhere in order to deliver recorded footage from another point of view on the property.

Indoor Use

Generally both bullet and dome cameras enjoy popularity as indoor security cameras, however due largely to their lack of intrusiveness, the dome camera is more commonly used.

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Location of Camera

Both bullet and dome cameras can be used for indoor purposes but dome ones are more common and more suitable because of their low intrusiveness. If you are looking for something more sleek and elegant; something that will match the décor of the building or household without much adjustments, a dome camera would be a wiser choice.On the other hand, bullet cameras are usually weatherproof and have a longer range, making them more suitable for viewing large areas such as extensive backyards and parking lots. NOTE: To discover a camera’s environmental protection, check its IP Ratings.

Range

The range that a surveillance camera can cover depends on vital features such as type of sensor chip, type of lens, Wide Range Dynamic, lines of resolution, Back Light Compensation and Auto Gain Control. Though it’s hard to generalize it, dome cameras have smaller lenses compared to bullet ones – whose shapes can accommodate larger lenses – making them less suitable for long distance purposes.

You could however find some dome cameras whose lens sizes are equal, or even bigger than those of bullet ones. Choosing the right one, in this case, is mainly a matter of preference.

Light Level

Both bullet and dome cameras have infrared LEDs to ensure availability of light is not much a factor. With an infrared LED, a camera is guaranteed of proper lighting to function. During the day or when there is sufficient lighting, the common lenses are used, but once the camera senses poor lighting in the field of view, it uses the infrared LEDs to create its own light.

Open or Covert?

Bullet cameras which are more visible and obvious to passers-by are more suitable if you are looking to discourage vandalism or theft. Dome cameras are a little bit harder to spot, and that makes them a better choice if you are looking for something more covert.They do not stick out like bullets and the dome housing hides what you are capturing since it’s hard to tell where the lenses are pointing. Another clear-cut advantage of dome over bullet cameras is that dome cameras can rotate 360 degrees covering a larger circumference.

Cosmetics

As stated earlier, dome cameras fit better with your current décor. This is because the dome shape makes them less intrusive and more elegant than bullets. The shape also makes them look more seamless and cleaner, particularly due to their ability to hide wiring, unlike bullet cameras, whose wires will always be slightly exposed at the back.Again, it is hard to generalize on this, because some domes will have exposed wires while some bullets will not.

Durability

Dome cameras, especially ones known as “vandal proof”, win the durability test by a landslide. “Vandal proof” domes are enclosed in durable housings that can stand anything right from shaking to vandalism. They are particularly apt if mounted on easily accessible places such as low ceilings.

Specs and features on our 4.0 Megapixel 2K bullet IP outdoor camera:

with a fixed 3.6mm lens offering an 80° angle of view. It has a 1/3″ 4MP Progressive Scan CMOS image sensor that produces 4MP video at 15fps and can send real time footage (30fps) on lower settings such as 3MP or 2MP (1080P). This 4MP camera features the latest H.265 video encoding technology as well as H.264. It also has dual stream encoding allowing for a sub-stream that is lower quality to aid in remote monitoring so the feed doesn’t get bottle necked by slow internet upload speeds when viewing it from another location with your smart phone, tablet, PC, or Mac.

This IP security camera has several image enhancement features such as IR-Cut Filter, DWDR, and 3D digital noise reduction (3D DNR). It also allows for motion activated recording on the NVR. This IP Camera has 23 IR LEDs to provide infrared light (non-visible by the human eye) giving it 80 feet of night vision.

The bracket design on this bullet camera is vandal resistant with the pigtail running through the mounting bracket. This is a great outdoor camera as its weatherproof rated IP66, and is small enough to be used both indoors or outdoors in any IP security camera system. You can power this camera with a PoE switch, PoE IP Camera NVR, or a 12V DC adaptor.

Features

  1. Bullet Camera design with vandal resistant bracket.
  2. H.265 / H.264 / MJPEG Video Encoding.
  3. 1/3″ 4MP Progressive Scan CMOS Sensor.
  4. 4MP recording at 15fps.
  5. 3MP and 2MP recording at 30fps.
  6. 23 IR LEDs for 80ft infrared night vision.
  7. 3.6mm Fixed Lens, 80° viewing angle.
  8. DWDR Digital Wide Dynamic Range = 80dB.
  9. AWB, AGC, 3DNR.
  10. Day and Night switching to black and white mode when there is low light
  11. Web Interface for easy viewing over internet explorer.
  12. ONVIF 2.4 compatible to work with ONVIF NVRs or Software.
  13. Also easily viewable over smartphone or tablet.
  14. Capable of sending motion alerts to your smartphone or email.
  15. Records to NVR, or FTP.
  16. Weather Proof IP66 for Outdoor Use.
  17. Black colored camera body.
  18. 12V DC Power or PoE (802.3af).
  19. What’s Included?.

Tecnical Specifications

  1. Megapixels: 4MP.
  2. Image Sensor: 1/3″ 4MP Progressive Scan CMOS.
  3. Lens: 3.6mm Fixed.
  4. Minimum Illumination: 0.05 Lux / F1.2 (Color), 0.01 Lux / F1.2 (B/W); 0 Lux / F1.2 (IR on).
  5. IR Distance: 80ft.
  6. Microphone: n/a.
  7. Image Resolution: 4MP (2592×1520), 3MP (2048×1520), 2MP/1080p (1920 x 1080), 720p (1280 x 720), D1 (704 x 480).
  8. Encoding Codecs: H.265 / H.264 / MJPEG.
  9. Communication Protocol: ONVIF.
  10. Operating Temperature: -10°F to +131°F – RH 90% Max.
  11. Local Storage: n/a.
  12. Dimensions: 2.6″ (diameter) x 5.1″ (length).
  13. Power: 12VDC or PoE.

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