Camera Cleaning Tool - Domewizard and DIY

By: Brian Rhodes, Published on Dec 11, 2012

Keeping cameras clean can be a major pain. Outdoor camera image quality can be significantly reduced by domes or housings covered with dirt, cobwebs, and insects. Often, cleaning housings involved renting worklifts, climbing maintenance manways, or maneuvering tall ladders. However, Dotworkz has released a tool that permits cleaning these high cameras from the ground. In this note, we examine the DomeWizard and compare it against alternatives.

The Problem

Understanding why dirty cameras are an issue is not difficult. However, some surprising image quality issues can occur as a result of nothing more than dirty lenses. Take the example image from the PTZ below:

Notice how the 'autofocus' function of the PTZ is especially prone to errant focusing on the surface dirt and cobwebs, which causes the picture to be unusable. Keeping the housing domes and lenses clean help keep practical operational issues from disabling cameras.

The DomeWizard

dome cleaning

Dortworkz offers a simple solution for the problem. Domewizard is a flexible cleaning wand attached to a telescoping pole. The head of the pole can be installed on standard extension poles used for painting, and the cleaning pads are designed to expand to fit a range of dome sizes up to 5" in diameter.

Check the manufacturer's product promotional video below:

Get Notified of Video Surveillance Breaking News
Get Notified of Video Surveillance Breaking News

The design of the pads allow for the outside edge to be used to clean static box-style enclosures as well as domes. Kit components and list prices include:

  • The expanding wand head is designed to specifically use the system's cleaning pads. The arms of the head expand to to fit the size of the dome being cleaned. The head is molded with 3/4" X 5 threads for installation on standard extension poles, including the type used for commercial painting. The head (minus pole) costs: $60.00
  • Microfiber pads are scratch resistant on plastic dome materials like lexan and polycarbonate. The pads are machine-washable and can be laundered for multiple uses. Packs of three cost: $42.00
  • A 5 section expanding pole, for a max length of 30 feet, cost: $227.00
  • A kit composed of the above parts and including a lexan-safe cleaning solution, cost: $340.00

Other Options

Compared with the cost of renting a lift, which can cost between $75 - $300 for a single day's use and may require an extra designated 'spotter' on the ground, the Dotworkz DomeWizard may pay for itself in one or two uses.

A true 'do-it-yourself' option may not be as effective as the DomeWizard, but can be approximated from the following parts:

  • Automotive Microfiber Cleaning Mitt: $3 - $8 online
  • Ammonia based Cleaning Solution: $2 - $6 online
  • Telescoping 5 segment, 30' Extension Pole: $100 - $135 online

Using these commercial available alternatives, a device similar to the DomeWizard can be assembled from between $100 - $150. While the effectiveness of a DIY-option cannot be compared to the Dotworkz product without testing, it features the same basic components as the $340 factory kit. The DIY option is significantly less expensive, but lacks the flexible cleaning head the Dotworkz kit provides.

The Benefit

Aside from being useful for installers/integrators who regularly clean cameras as part of maintenance contracts, the DomeWizard, or similar DIY option, may also prove to be an ideal solution for many end-users - who may need to quickly wipe a camera down before a service technician can be dispatched.

1 report cite this report:

Security Camera Cleaning Frequency Statistics on Apr 18, 2018
150+ integrators told IPVM how often they clean cameras on customer's sites and why.  Inside we examine their answers and break down feedback...
Comments : Members only. Login. or Join.

Related Reports

Installation Course January 2020 - Last Chance on Jan 16, 2020
Thursday, January 16th is your last chance to register for the Winter 2020 Video Surveillance Installation Course. This is a unique installation...
IP Camera Installability Shootout 2019 - Avigilon, Axis, Bosch, Dahua, Hanwha, Hikvision, Uniview, Vivotek on Dec 09, 2019
What are the best and worst cameras to install? Which manufacturers make it the hardest or easiest to install their cameras? We tested 35 total...
Access Startup Multi-Mount Aims To Streamline Reader Installs on Dec 03, 2019
Startup Multi-Mount claims it makes installing access readers 'Fast', 'Secure,' and fit 'any size frame.' The company states its bracket 'fits most...
IP Camera Mount Shootout - Axis, Bosch, Dahua, Hanwha, Hikvision, Vivotek on Nov 04, 2019
Which manufacturers offer the best or worst mounts? We bought and tested ~50 IP camera mounts and related components from Axis, Bosch, Dahua,...
Camera Cable Whip Guide on Oct 02, 2019
Cable whips are one of integrator's least favorite camera features but seem to be unavoidable, now commonplace on dome, turret, and bullet cameras...
Lasers Impact on Surveillance Cameras Tested on Sep 25, 2019
Hong Kong protests have brought global attention to video surveillance and the ongoing attempts of protesters to disable or undermine those cameras...
How To See If Your Camera Uses Huawei Hisilicon Chips on Aug 30, 2019
Rarely do manufacturers disclose what SoCs (System on a Chip) they use, even though it is the core of IoT devices. Interest in this has increased...
Riser vs Plenum Cabling Explained on Apr 18, 2019
You could be spending twice as much for cable as you need. The difference between 'plenum' rated cable and 'riser' rated cable is subtle, but the...
Pole Mount Camera Installation Guide on Apr 11, 2019
Poles are a popular but challenging choice for deploying surveillance cameras outdoors. Poles are indispensable for putting cameras at the right...
Outdoor Camera Installation Guide on Mar 25, 2019
Outdoor camera installation can be fraught with problems. Creating a sturdy and weather tight mount is key for camera performance and longevity,...

Most Recent Industry Reports

LIVE Now "Fever Camera" Show Day 2 on Jun 03, 2020
IPVM is excited for the world's first "Fever Camera" show. Day 2 is today from 11am to 4pm EDT. Recordings from Day 1 are posted at the end of this...
Cobalt Robotics Presents Indoor Security and Access Robots on Jun 03, 2020
Cobalt Robotics presented indoor security robots at the May 2020 IPVM Startups show. Inside this report: A 30-minute video from Cobalt...
Dahua Sues Ex-North American President, Says Legal Typo on Jun 03, 2020
Dahua's former North American President Frank Zhang claims he is owed almost $11 million but Dahua counter claims it is just a "scrivener's error",...
Smart Entry Systems Presents Cloud Multi-Tenant Access Control on Jun 02, 2020
Smart Entry Systems presented Cloud Multi-Tenant Access Control at the May 2020 IPVM Startups show. Inside this report: A 30-minute video...
Genetec Drops Support for Dahua and Hikvision on Jun 01, 2020
Genetec has dropped support for Dahua and Hikvision, citing US blacklisting and ONVIF conformance blockage, the company informed partners in an...
Dotty "Hot Or Not" Elevated Body Temperature App Tested on Jun 01, 2020
What if you could take an existing phone or tablet and transform it into "fever camera"? That is what DottyAR is doing with their strangely named...
Optris "Fever Screening Systems" Examined on Jun 01, 2020
German manufacturer Optris has been building temperature measuring instruments for industrial manufacturing for over 15 years, and thermal cameras...
Fever Camera Sales From Integrators Surveyed on Jun 01, 2020
Fever cameras are the hottest trend in video surveillance currently but how much are integrators selling them? 220 integrators answered the...
Proxy Presents Mobile Credentials For BLE Devices and Access on May 29, 2020
Proxy presented Mobile Credentials For BLE Devices and Access at the May 2020 IPVM Startups show. Inside this report: A 30-minute video...
ISC West 2020 Moves To The Basement on May 29, 2020
The twice cancelled/postponed show will now not only be held in a different month (October) but on a different floor, moving down to the...