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Camera Housings, What’s the Difference?

Camera Housings, What’s the Difference?

Camera Housings are the physical body of the camera that protects and contains all its inner workings. There are a few different types, and you might be wondering about their various purposes and usage scenarios! SCK, is the Security Camera King, which means we know all about this stuff and can help break down exactly why you’d want these different options and what they’d be used for! check out the Video Below, and/or read along with the article!

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CCTV is an important part of any location’s security, and that could be a home or residence like a house or apartment, or it could be a business of any size- small store, office, entire office building, we have the tech to help you get it done! As you may already know,  closed-circuit television is a system composed of security cameras connected to a central recording station. This recording device could be either a DVR- Digital Video Recorder, or an NVR- Network Video Recorder

CCTV cameras connected by either network or COAX cable can then transmit their video data to the recorder for writing to a hard drive. The purpose behind such a system is twofold. The first- is to ensure you have evidence on hand to report to authorities, lawyers, or even insurance companies should you need to provide proof of some kind of incident. This could be theft, or a robbery, an injury on-site, an accident or natural disaster, anything that results in loss or injury of some kind. The second is a deterrent against deliberate criminal acts. Its shown by statistics that potential criminals are far less likely to follow through with a crime at a location they can see is protected by surveillance.

The various housing types we are going to talk about aren’t unique to one type of camera tech either, they can be found on a variety of cameras. Each design type of course has its own pros and cons. Far beyond ‘looks’ each housing type has a specified usage scenario or set of pros and cons that make it a good choice in some situations and possibly less so in othjers.

Ok so now we know a bit more about the purpose of CCTV, which will help us understand the intended function for each of the camera housings, and their pros and cons for CCTV.  Let’s take a look at each one and how they fit into the picture!

Bullet Style housing

Many Think of Bullet type cameras right away when someone says “CCTV” camera. Bullet-style cameras are elongated rectangular casings that usually feature a shield extending a little extra over the top of the housing to protect the lens from extra glare and sunlight and to protect the camera from inclement weather. Bullet cameras are often used outdoors for this, and for another important reason.

That reason is both the biggest pro and the biggest con of the bullet simultaneously. Bullet cameras stand out so well that they are far and away from the least discreet, and most visible. It’s important to understand that CCTV is not a ‘trap’ for criminals. Nobody should want a criminal to do something bad just so they can catch them, it’s far better if no incident occurs at all. When a CCTV camera is obviously visible, it acts as a deterrent. Simply seeing that a CCTV system is on-site often deters criminals from following through with a crime. However, their knuckle-style mounts and extreme visibility also make them the most obvious target for vandalism. More than any other housing style, bullet cameras are deliberately damaged or removed entirely by external, deliberate, and malicious intent.

Bullet cameras that do not have PTZ usually feature manual adjustments that allow for more versatility when mounting/positioning than for example domes without PTZ function.

Vandal Dome housing

Dome cameras are built to be more discreet than bullet-style cameras. Because of their round shape they can be hidden a bit more than bullets. They also feature tinted dome shieldings that prevent passersby from knowing exactly where the lens within is pointing. These dome housings are also far more durable and protect the camera’s lens itself from harm. However, proper installation procedures must be taken with these types of cameras. Especially when installed outdoors, domes must be sealed or moisture could enter the dome causing foggy images or damage.  Additionally, proper positioning in relation to the lighting of the scene must be taken into account as the housing can cause glares or reflections.

Turret Dome styles

Lastly, the turret dome-style offers a middle ground between the bullet and the dome. These units feature a ball and socket type of setup making them both manually adjustable like bullets, but round and more discreet than them – closer to vandal domes. However, unlike vandals does they do feature exterior shielding, making them a bit more prone to vandalism or damage. They are still more discreet, and usually because of their round shape harder to reach or access than bullets making them less likely to be damaged or vandalized than a bullet camera.

Turret domes do not have vandal shielding, and because of this don’t suffer from moisture or glare issues in the sam may, again making them a good medium between bullets and vandal domes.

Thanks for reading our article today about Camera housings for security at your home or business. if you have any questions about the products we carry, what services we offer, or compatibility with the hardware you might have, don’t hesitate to give one of our highly trained sales pros a call! That number is 561-288-5258! Until next time, Stay Safe!

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