Minidomes vs Full Size Dome Tradeoffs

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Oct 08, 2012

Not too long ago, dome cameras were huge, fitting a full-size box camera into a large protective bubble. The move to "minidomes" changed that, cutting their size in half or smaller. Now, the definition of "mini" has changed again, with even smaller domes available, and manufacturers seemingly in a race to see who can build the world's smallest dome. In this note, we look at the pros and cons of full size domes vs this new generation of minidomes, concluding with our recommendations on when to use each.

This image illustrates the difference in form factor between these two types of dome:

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