Dome cameras are security cameras in the shape of a sphere, in which a distinction is made between vandal-proof dome surveillance cameras with a plastic sphere over the lens or Turret dome cameras which do not have that. Due to the compact size, the dome surveillance cameras are the most popular security camera model of the moment. If you are considering purchasing a separate IP camera or complete security camera system, choosing a dome security camera is often a safe choice. Below we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of dome cameras and the various applications in more detail.
Why choose a dome security camera?
A dome security camera is the most versatile of all security camera models and therefore the best choice on average. Of course, your situation may differ slightly, which makes it better to choose a Bullet or PTZ security camera, for example. The advantages of a dome camera are that they are very compact in size and can be placed against a wall or ceiling. The sphere can be turned in the rind and can be turned in any direction for the best film angle. The disadvantage of a dome camera may be that the night vision is sometimes less than with a Bullet camera and a dome camera has a somewhat less robust appearance.
Dome security camera models for indoor and outdoor use
Dome security cameras are widely used both indoors and outdoors. In addition to the degree of rain resistance, certain options such as the transmission of sound and the ability to rotate the camera are also different for indoor dome cameras than for outdoor ones. The IP rating of a dome security camera is often indicated and, on average, a dome camera with an IP rating from IP54 is also suitable for outdoor use.
Image quality of dome security cameras
The image quality of a dome camera depends on the lens used in the security camera. Some dome security cameras also use a protective cover. Although this cap offers the doom camera itself protection against vandalism, for example, dirt quickly gets stuck on this cap, which adversely affects the image of the dome camera, especially at night.
Night vision of a dome camera
Most dome cameras use IR LEDs around the lens which shine in low or no light so that a clear image can still be displayed. With most dome security cameras, the image switches to black and white at night, but there are also certain Full Color dome security cameras that continue to film in color at night. The number of meters of night vision of a dome camera is primarily determined by the number of IR LEDs, but the size of the lens also plays a role in the distance to which a dome camera can provide a clear image at night.
Different types of dome surveillance cameras
- Stand alone
Most dome security cameras are IP cameras that work stand-alone. You approach the dome security camera via a smartphone App and view the images directly from a location with internet. Sometimes with an IP dome camera it is also possible to place an SD card where the recorded images are stored or a Cloud service can be used.
Besides dome security cameras that work on their own, dome cameras are also a commonly used model in security camera sets. These sets work with a recorder as a central point for recording the images from the dome security cameras. The advantages of dome surveillance cameras that are part of a camera set are mainly the stable operation and having a larger storage capacity.
Dome cameras where the connection to the recorder or router is wireless fall under the wireless dome camera models. In many cases, installing a wireless camera has an advantage because it is easier to install, but a wired dome camera system is always more stable and safer.
Buy a dome camera online or in the store
A dome camera can be ordered directly online from us. Although we only have dome security cameras in our range that we have tested and we stand behind the quality, it is often more convenient to visit our store.