Minidome Corner Mount: Why?

This camera is one of four or five new units hung on a local establishment:

Why this camera, hung with this mount, outside?

This quite literally looks like $500+ worth of apparatus hung for $150 worth of camera. Maybe less.

No integrated IR on this minidome. It isn't even one of those inexpensive PT cameras, it is a fixed mindome.

Why hang an institutional-grade corner mount that can support a camera weighing 20X more for such a puny camera?

Fisheye 360 degrees may be


But this camera is easily hung 20' above the ground and the traffic areas could be captured in a FoV of 120° or less, rather than so much capturing the walls of a building.

Three guesses in no particular order.

  1. MP replacement for a PTZ
  2. Cameras and mount sizes can be deceiving on Amazon.
  3. Government work.

re: #1 - These are new cameras/mounts. I know an employee of this facility who showed me the local feeds on a PVM. If these cameras are mini-PT cams, they are not being re positioned during use.

Chick fil a is installing these in the area. They are Samsung fisheye cameras with Samsung corner bracket and pendent mount. They are mounting 2 of these on the corners of the buildings for total coverage of 3 sides of the buildings so they can monitor the complete drive through lane. If they only are looking for situational awareness coverage to see how many cars are in the drive through lane this is a cost effective way to do it IMO.

With a 360, how much of the picture is brick?

Well the cameras have 360 coverage so 90 is brick and 270 is coverage

That's interesting. For a drive-thru that makes sense.

The particular facility above is a tire dealer, but the camera/mount looks the same.

We have a client that has a Dahua 12MP fisheye on a very similar mount on the corner of a building. Yes, you lose 90 degrees of view, but he keeps 270 degrees. The Dahua also has IR, but surprisingly, it rarely needs it, due to ample ambient light in the area. This client is a restaurant and they previously had two varifocal cameras in this spot, one for a door and one for the alley. They asked us to swap the varifocal alley cam for the fisheye, leaving the door camera in place. We had to go back to mount the fisheye higher in order for the owner to see street traffic in the distance. He wants to know how busy the surrounding area is.

Now, the Dahua fisheye isn't a very expensive camera, but it is quite a bit more costly than a 2MP fixed lens camera, if that is really what is pictured above.