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Bullets, Domes, Turrets – What’s the Difference?

There are a plethora of camera designs out there to choose from. As a home or business owner looking to start a DIY surveillance system project, the three basic designs you will likely be looking at are bullets, domes, and turrets. So what are they exactly, and what differentiates them?
At Anpviz, whether a camera is a bullet, dome, or turret makes no difference when it comes to aspects such as image resolution, viewing range, and most other capabilities. Their distinctions rest in their appearance and their installation.



In actuality, bullet cameras resemble handguns more than they do bullets. Because the camera part points out like a gun barrel, they are generally more noticeable in a space than a dome or turret. Some people like to have conspicuous security cameras in order to discourage intruders and criminals from trying anything, so the more aggressive design of a bullet camera can be useful for that purpose. From an installer’s perspective, the bullet is a favorite simply because it is the easiest one to install. There is no need to take anything apart – one simply mounts the base on the wall or ceiling and screws it in place. The actual camera can then be swiveled up and down depending on the area of view you want to cover. Due to ease of installation and adjustment, bullet cameras are popular for outdoor use – just make sure you buy one that’s vandal-proof and weather-proof (check its IP rating) since security cameras placed outdoors are more prone to getting damaged.



Dome cameras are a popular choice because their design is both aesthetically appealing and discreet. A dome camera simply looks like a smooth opaque half-bubble, with the actual camera ensconced inside. They blend in well with ceiling lights and are complementary with most home decor styles. Oftentimes people don’t want their security cameras to be overtly present in their space and would prefer a non-intrusive accessory that secretly captures everything that is going on. If comfort and discretion are important to you, dome cameras may be your best choice. However, make sure you have your camera pointed in exactly the direction you want it when you mount it the first time – compared to other cameras, domes are the most difficult to install. While the bullet camera does not need to be taken apart at all, with the dome camera you will need to detach the base to install that first and then position the top half as desired. If you then decide you want the camera to point in a different direction, you will need to detach it from the base once more in order to reposition it.



A turret has a ball-and-socket type of design, so the camera piece itself is like a sliced sphere that can be easily swiveled around in its “socket” once the base has been planted. Despite ease of adjustment however, the initial installation process is similar to the dome camera in that there are pieces that need to be taken apart and put back together. The turret will be more noticeable in a room than a dome simply because the camera is not hidden. However it does not have an extension that juts outwards, so it is arguably less aesthetically intrusive than a bullet.