Box vs Dome Camerasby John Honovich, IPVM posted on Oct 26, 2011 About John Contact John
Perhaps the most fundamental decision in selecting a camera is its form factor. For fixed cameras, the two most common choices, by far, are box and dome cameras. In this post, we share some key considerations in selection and seek to foster a discussion on why and when you choose one form factor vs the other.
Here are what the two options basically look like:
Pros and Cons
Most integrators use a mix of box and dome form factors. The key benefits of each, in a word, can be described as 'flexibility' for box cameras and 'aesthetics' for domes cameras. There is definitely a tradeoff between achieving each of those valuable objectives.
In our training report, "Choosing the Right IP Camera", we dig into a broad array of camera selection criteria. One of the most important we cover is the box vs dome tradeoff. Here is a comparison table from that report:
|Interchangeable Lens||Very Common||Uncommon|
|Aiming Flexibility||Easy||Can be Limited|
|Price||Slightly Cheaper||Slightly Costlier|
|Install Time||Easier Indoors||Easier Outdoors|
|Cutting Edge Features||Sometimes More|
|Aesthetics / Concealment||Weaker||Stronger|
|Outdoor Ready||Needs Enclosure||Often Built-in|
What Do You Think
Why and when do you choose one over the other?
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