What is a Dome Camera?
The term Dome Camera is a generic term used to reference a type of security camera housings. The original version was just an indoor smoke dome housing for indoor applications. They were quite popular several years ago, but because of the domes poor performance with night vision and their vulnerability to vandalism and tampering, they have become rare in the industry. New dome versions (vandal & turret) which provide better night vision performance and protection against tampering have taken their place. PTZ cameras (pan, tilt, zoom) are often referred to as dome cameras but reality is they are a completely different type of camera and used for very different applications.
What is a Vandal Dome Camera?
Again, another some what generic term which can reference two types of camera housings, vandal dome and turret dome cameras. A vandal dome is a dome camera with a impact resistant dome bubble protecting the camera. They can be wall or ceiling mounted and are normally weather rated for outdoor use. Turret cameras are also commonly called vandal domes because they are equipped with a metal housing protecting them from attack and vandalism. This is why many consumers refer to them as vandal domes.
What is a Turret Camera?
We are big fans of turret style vandal dome cameras. They are durable, vandal resistant, weather rated cameras suitable for indoor and outdoor use. They provide excellent night vision performance and are easily mounted to a wall or ceiling, and pointed in any direction. They are highly recommended when the public could potentially have access to the camera. Because of their ability to resist tampering and intentional damage, they are also a great choice for home security. They look nice on the soffit of a home and you only notice them if you are looking for cameras, so they still offer excellent deterrence value without detracting from the architecture of the home.
When should you use a dome camera?
Vandal dome or turret cameras are popular for covering a lot of ground up close with a wide angle lens. Some versions have a motorized zoom lens for longer target distances, but they are rarely designed for long range surveillance simply because larger night vision systems do not fit in small dome housings. As with dome cameras, turret cameras can be wall or ceiling mounted and pointed in any direction. They are weather rated (IP67) and offered in white and black versions. Most are designed for outdoor use but because of their small foot print they are usually the cameras used for indoor applications. They are great performers for both indoor surveillance and outdoor security applications.
What features do dome cameras offer?
Vandal dome and turret cameras are very versatile. As mentioned, they can be wall or ceiling mounted, used indoors or outdoors and offer many features such as: 3K & 4K resolution, PoE, video over coax, audio, color night vision, motorized zoom lens, on-board memory, water tight IP67 rating and IK10 impact resistant ratings. Some versions are even equipped with a speaker providing two communications for Active Deterrence Use.