When selecting surveillance cameras, users may choose from a number of different form factors, each with its own unique strengths and weaknesses, varying in physical size, aesthetics, vandal resistance, and advanced features provided.
In this report, we review these form factors and their advantages and disadvantages, including:
- Form factor popularity
- Price differences
- Other form factors - fisheye, multi-imager, remote / head, wall mount, door stations
- PTZ options
Inside, we review these topics and give our recommendations on when and when not to use each.
Domes Most Popular
Dome cameras are by far the most popular form factor in surveillance, with integrators preferring them to non-dome form factors nearly 2-to-1. Bullets and turrets are have become more popular with box cameras as integrated IR preference has increased, with cube and PTZ cameras both smaller segments than others.