Bullet Vs. Dome

October 08, 2013

It has been many years since we've been introduced to the image of a security camera. That image, or shape in this case, consists of either the bullet or the dome. In the past, I'd walk under a large dome camera or walk by a bullet camera and wonder about the reason why one would choose one or the other. I'm here today to clarify that for you: Bullet Vs. Dome.


The Bullet camera (ie. SEB-1005, SEB-1006, SDC-5340, etc.)

It records objects moving at the speed of a bullet. I'm sorry, that was a poor excuse at a possible joke.

In all seriousness, the bullet camera has a sleek design as well as a lesser demand for material making it the more cost efficient camera when compared to an equal specification dome camera. With a versatile design, the bullet cameras are usually compatible for both indoor and outdoor use, in many cases the casing are even made of metal.

The clarity in field of view when it comes to bullet cameras is definitely more free due to the less amount of restriction caused by the dome of a dome camera. The camera lens does not have to be restricted in size to match the size of the dome; rather, the casing of the bullet camera is based on the lens itself. This also allows for many bullet cameras to have the capability of having longer range viewing in comparison to the dome.

The only downside is that because they are up on a stand as well as being clearly visible by the public, they can be subject to vandalism, theft or damage by burglars or criminals. 

The Dome (ie: SED-1001, STO-7002, STO-7001, etc)

On the other hand, dome cameras can be optimized to be vandal-proof in order to prevent those kinds of problems. The dome camera is a dome camera because of the dome shape of the shell. Many times the lens size is smaller than that of a bullet because of the restrictive dome covering.

The benefit to the dome camera comes in its sleek and discreet design as well as its cryptic camera angle that cannot be seen from the outside. Although it isn't included in every camera, the dome in general has a bit of shading or "smoke" in the lenses that hides the camera's recording direction. It makes it so that you can discreetly monitor a location without broadcasting it to those who may see the camera. The above mentioned STO series dome cameras are our metal cased dome cameras specifically designed to be vandal-proof. Because of the metal casing as well as the lack of a physical stem, these cameras are designed to be tough as well as capable of withstanding a great deal of force such as the swing of a bat. 

In many cases, the dome camera is known as more of an indoor camera but with the robust versions of the dome cameras, they can now also be placed outdoors. 

Common Misconceptions

Many people assume that a dome camera is the same type of camera that is capable of being controlled from a remote location. Those are called PTZ cameras. Granted many PTZ cameras are shaped like a dome, but not all dome cameras are PTZ cameras. 

Also, I did mention that some of the dome cameras are vandal-proof. Vandal-proof only goes so far when there are repeated attacks to the camera with a hard weapon. Even if the casing isn't broken, I can assure you that repeated attacks on the camera casing can damage the camera lens inside. 


The ultimate decision as to whether you want one or the other really depends on your preference and need. Customers looking to place the camera up on the ceiling or a flat surface above their heads tend to go with the dome camera. In the case that a customer is looking to install a camera on the side wall they will go with a bullet camera. Now that both types of cameras can be placed both indoors and outdoors, the choice gets even easier. 



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