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Camera Shell Styles at SCK

Camera Shell Styles at SCK
Hey everyone, Joe from Security Camera King here with another article and video, today’s topic: Camera Shell Styles and their usage! Here at Security Camera king, we know CCTV- closed circuit Television that is! We carry many different kinds of CCTV cameras and equipment that can help you achieve a higher standard of security surveillance at your location. 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! There are so many questions out there about what kinds of CCTV equipment are best for any particular usage scenario. We have written many articles and videos covering some of these topics, but today we’re looking at the shell styles that our various cameras come in.

Before we jump in, know that these various shell styles aren’t unique to one type of camera technology. That means that both Digital over COAX cameras, as well as IP/Network Cameras, come in these various designs. Each design type of course has its own pros and cons. To better understand these pros and cons a bit better, let’s explain what a CCTV system is in the first place. A CCTV, or closed-circuit television, system is a collection of security cameras connected to a central recording station. This recording station could be either a DVR- Digital Video Recorder, or an NVR- Network Video Recorder. Working together these cameras feed 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.

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 shell styles, and their pros and cons for CCTV.  Let’s take a look at each one and how they fit into the picture!

Bullet Shell Styles

Many Think of Bullet Shell-style 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 shell 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 Shell Styles

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 shells 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 shell can cause glares or reflections.

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

Thanks for reading our article today about Camera shell Styles 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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