Security cameras provide surveillance, peace of mind, and protection for your home, business, and loved ones.
Two popular styles are bullet and dome, each with unique features and advantages for commercial and residential properties.
The following is a useful comparison between these two models, analyzing special characteristics, capabilities, and costs, along with several helpful best practices:
The bullet camera is named for its long, tube-like design, and appropriate for both indoor and outdoor installation. Many consumers choose this style because its shape serves as a deterrent to intruders.
A 2012 study by the University of North Carolina reported “a significant majority of offenders were influenced by the presence of security systems. About 83% of the offenders would try to determine if there was an alarm before pursuing a target, while roughly 60% said that such a system would cause them to choose another target.”
Bullet cameras are also known for a long range of view, ideal for consumers patrolling their property, or commercial property owners seeking to safeguard their buildings and parking lots. As noted in an article by telecommunications hub Cox Business, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) reports that “conspicuously placed cameras have been proven to reduce threats of violence and vandalism at businesses dramatically.”
The bullet camera’s suitability for indoor/outdoor usage and detecting night movement also make it an attractive solution for off-site business owners, or when residential consumers are sleeping or not at home. The camera's housing includes internal heaters and fans, facilitating its ability to protect in harsh environments and extreme temperatures.
Standard dome cameras function similar to the bullet model because they’re designed to allow for a range of views and analytics. With a sleek, circular shape, these cameras are frequently used in indoor, residential environments. They can also be utilized in commercial interiors, such as retail shops, hotel lobbies, restaurants or any type of general office setting.
"Vandal-proof dome cameras are typically affixed in a stationary spot, where costly theft and/or vandalism might occur..."
One such style, known as a vandal-proof dome camera, features an enclosure or tinted glass cover. This discreet, aesthetically and ergonomically pleasing design inconspicuously blends in with the general décor of its surroundings.
Vandal-proof dome cameras are typically affixed in a stationary spot, where costly theft and/or vandalism might occur—for example, in a commercial and/or outdoor setting. The aforementioned Cox Business article cites the SBA’s finding that “a single incident of vandalism costs on average $3,370.”
For added protection, a vandal-proof dome’s stationary mount and enclosed design also curtail potential thieves from moving the camera’s position and damage. This dome design also facilitates 360-degree rotation, producing a larger field of view.
On- & Off-Site Remote Surveillance
It’s important to work with a security company that provides 24/7 monitoring, from anywhere, via an app downloadable to a laptop, smartphone, or tablet.
Such a remote monitoring solution also offers recording and playback functions, so you can view archived footage of the day’s events—think of a DVR.
Adding video analytics software and accompanying visual notifications is helpful in reducing time-consuming surveillance review. It can be installed within your camera, or within your network video recorder. Both work to keep you abreast of any activity while cutting down false alerts.
There are various solutions, but they all work similarly to be an alert system detecting motion to match a specific visual search benchmark. This increases efficiency and also serves as a guideline in handling future issues.
Camera Installation Best Practices
The installation process can also factor into your decision, so it’s important to work with an experienced security provider. Even if you are DIYer, seek the advice of an industry professional you can count on for troubleshooting.
If there's something you don't understand or need additional information about, the proper guidance can go a long way in ensuring a flawless installation.
An experienced security provider can answer such questions as:
- Where are the best places to affix a security camera?
- How much maintenance will my camera(s) need?
- Should I test my camera in a specific area before permanent install?
The price difference between a bullet versus dome security camera is minimal. Generally, both are cost-effective, so security needs take precedence.
Why Invest in Video Security Now?
If you’re still grappling between a bullet or dome security camera, consider these statistics:
- Physical security, which includes security cameras, “is expected to reach $292.40 billion (USD) by 2025 growing at a [compound annual growth rate] CAGR of 9.4%,” according to a recent study by market research and consulting firm Grand View Research.
- “Increased spending on security products, equipment, and services is one of the key factors driving the market, not to mention rapid infrastructure development across major regions, which is expected to heighten the demands for on-premises security,” it continues.
- Even more dramatic, the same analysis projects video surveillance “to be the largest segment by 2025.”
In weighing the above comparison, remember that installation assistance, subsequent monitoring, and associated services, are also available. As aforementioned, it’s also beneficial to work with a trusted provider to ensure you select the best security solution for your unique needs.