Security Camera Form Factors: Bullet, Dome, Turret, PTZ

Security Camera Form Factors: Bullet, Dome, Turret, PTZ


Bullet Cameras

Bullet cameras, named for their iconic shape, have a distinctive appearance that is highly recognisable to intruders. These cameras are renowned for acting as an effective visual deterrent.

Strengths Weaknesses
  • Highly visible, provides surveillance which is obvious to intruders (acting as a visual deterrent) 
  • Generally, have longer range than domes 
  • Outer casing protects against harsh weather and factors such as glare and rain
  • Easier to knock out of position than a dome camera

Ideal for:

  • Monitoring the exterior of your business 
  • Protecting the perimeter of your property, especially if you have a large driveway or backyard 
  • Installation on hard to reach places (so it can’t be knocked out of place)
  • Installing on walls or eaves 
  • Focusing on entry and exit points

Dome Cameras

Dome cameras are cameras encased in an ‘outer dome’, protecting the camera from tampering and vandalism. The main benefit of this camera form is that it is difficult to determine where the camera is pointing.

Strengths Weaknesses
  • Discreet, not immediately apparent to intruders 
  • Dome casing makes it difficult to see which direction the camera is pointing 
  • Able to monitor wide angles
  • Allows you to view multiple directions with one camera
  • Can be mounted vertically or horizontally 
  • Suitable for outdoor and indoor use 
  • Commonly IK10 vandal rated, dome cameras are more resilient to tampering and vandalism than bullet cameras due to the camera lens being protected
  • Dome cameras can offer up to 360-degree rotation of the camera lens
  • Limited in longer lens options compared to bullet cameras 
  • Dome must be regularly cleaned to prevent image quality issues 
  • More prone to IR interference due to ‘outer dome’

Ideal for:

  • outdoor and indoor use within a business
  • preventing tampering and vandalism (more resilient than bullet cameras due to camera lens being protected by vandal resistant dome), can be installed in areas which are reachable  
  • providing discreet surveillance

Turret Camera

Turret Cameras have the same shape as dome cameras, the only difference is that they don’t have an outer cover. These cameras are also known as ‘eyeballs’ because they have a ball and socket design which allows the camera to rotate around freely after the base has been mounted.

Strengths Weaknesses
  • No IR interference, as there is no outer casing 
  • Stronger night vision than dome cameras 
  • Allows you to view multiple directions with one camera
  • Wide view 
  • Can be mounted vertically or horizontally 
  • Suitable for outdoor and indoor use 
  • Less susceptible to dirt stains than dome
  • Can see what direction the camera is looking at 
  • More obvious than the dome camera (but less obvious than the bullet)

Ideal for:

  • outdoor and indoor use at a home or business 
  • capturing footage at night time

PTZ Camera

A PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) camera is capable of both remote directional (pan and tilt) and zoom control. These cameras can be used in both domestic and business applications, with products able to track and follow movement of vehicles and people.

Strengths Weaknesses
  • allows you to view several directions with only one camera (lens is varifocal i.e. can zoom, and camera itself moves to change direction - pans and tilts)
  • control camera view remotely, through an app or controller 
  • often are equipped with alarm systems, these can be connected to devices such as motion detectors. When there’s movement in target area, the camera will automatically stop and focus there, and alarm will sound
  • cameras can be set to motion activated, only recording footage when triggered by motion
  • able to track movement
  • expensive
  • less durable than other CCTV camera forms (motors will fail eventually)

Ideal for:

  • high-security situations
  • large venues → e.g. footy stadiums 
  • businesses that have a security team actively viewing footage, team will decide who or what to zoom in on e.g. at casinos

Here at Jim’s Security we have a wide range of CCTV packages starting at $1495 and offer professional installation of customer supplied CCTV systems from just $150 per camera. To find out more, visit our CCTV & Camera Systems page. Or to learn more about the different features and components of CCTV systems and  security cameras take a look at our CCTV and Security Camera Buyers Guide.

We are also readily available to help answer any questions or queries you may have about finding a security system tailored to the specific requirements of your home or business and lifestyle. Contact us on 131 546 or book a free onsite quote online.

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