To dome, or not to dome cameras — that is the question.
You might have spotted domed security cameras in restaurants, stores, or places you frequent, but they’re also popular for homes and businesses. Their name comes from their dome-shaped appearance. They sort of resemble a snow-globe you would purchase on holiday.
Dome cameras are liked for their ability to blend into surroundings, and it’s hard to tell which direction their cameras are pointing, so would-be perpetrators are thrown off.
But are they better than other camera options?
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Due to their shape, dome cameras need to be placed in fixed locations, usually ceilings, but walls and other fixtures can be used with proper tools.
Being stuck to certain locations limits your flexibility in placing the cameras, and they can’t be freely moved or re-arranged.
Most dome cameras use CCTV technology, an older tech that doesn’t integrate with modern home automation apps (you may be able to find a non-CCTV dome camera, but they aren’t common). In one of our recent blog posts we covered the difference between CCTV cameras and the IP (digital) ones that are used for app monitored setups.
Dome cameras are sold as unobtrusive options, which is valuable for your house—you probably don’t want cameras hurting the interior aesthetic—but outside of the home, clearly visible cameras are useful to deter burglars. If burglars know a camera is present, they’ll be less likely to attempt anything.
The luxury of non-fixed camera is being able to place them anywhere, indoor or outdoor. It’s useful to have the freedom to move them at will if you recognize a better location, or move to a new home. You’ll avoid the hassle of taking down a fixture, and re-installing a camera and its wires. Plus, for the interior of the home, modern cameras are sleeker, and can be hidden within plants, pots, and in between spaces on bookshelves to save you from obtrusive cameras.
It’s important to be efficient and avoid stressful setups with something as important as home security. You’ll be more likely to install a system, and have it placed properly.
When it comes to home security, we suggest choosing options that can be easily rearranged without complicated mounting, and have the ability to be concealed for aesthetic appeal.
In our next blog post, we’ll cover what exactly a CCTV camera is, and let you know why it isn’t the best option for home security.