You might be in the market for a new home security camera and have come to realize just how many options there are. You might have narrowed down your selection to one of two types. You’ve read that both are great options, but you don’t know why nor which one you should get. So, let’s discuss a few key differences so that you can make the best possible decision for yourself when you decide to finally buy that home security camera.
What are your two best options? One is a dome style camera while the other is a turret style camera. Both work on a spinning access and can be remotely moved and aimed manually. A dome style camera mounts on wall or ceiling and is covered by a plastic, sometimes frosted, dome. A turret-style camera works much the same way but instead has an open camera. Some style cameras have a ring of IR lights while turret style cameras have an IR light situated next to the camera lens.
As I mentioned, dome style security cameras are covered by a plastic dome. This dome creates a sort of security through obscurity. A dome style camera makes it difficult for people to see where the security camera is pointed. It’s been proven that dome style security cameras as such to create a more secure environment. Turret style security cameras let surrounding people know exactly what the security camera is recording. There are no two ways about it. You can see where the camera is pointed because there’s nothing to hide it.
That isn’t to say that dome style security cameras don’t have drawbacks. These security cameras are more susceptible to the environment meaning that things like rain, wind, condensation, and spider webs can obscure the camera feed. Turret style cameras don’t have these same issues. While dome style cameras have to be mounted in walls with a fair amount of consideration, turret style cameras can be mounted on just about any surface. Because of this, turret cameras have less maintenance over the life of the camera.
There’s another consideration you need to make. Dome style cameras can have issues with recording in the dark. Dome style cameras have a ring of IR lights surrounding the lens of the camera. These IR lights can cause hot spots on the camera lens. The IR light can reflect off of the dome and create subpar conditions while the camera is trying to capture footage at night. Turret style cameras, on the other hand, have a smart IR system where the light sits next to the lens. This keeps the IR light off of the camera lens and also lets the IR light flood the recording area with a much cleaner, more diffused light.