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Now Viewing Analog (about TV Quality) Bullet Cameras
Most people who are looking at a bullet camera are trying to determine whether a bullet or a dome camera better suit their needs, so we made a flowchart to help you decide which would be better for you.
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Bullet cameras are the most effective weapon in CCTV setups, which due to their ability to adapt with your security needs and, thus, fill many different roles within a CCTV setup. A bullet security camera can sport many different types of lenses and many posses the ability to switch between color capture and an infrared mode not unlike infrared security cameras. The quality of a bullet camera is measured by two different metrics: Chip Set and Resolution.
The higher the resolution the sharper the video quality that it can capture. The highest resolution bullet cameras comes in is 700TVL with Sony Effio chips, which record in resolutions comparable to what you would see on standard definition television. Chip-sets in a bullet camera range from a quarter inch (1/4") to to a third inch (1/3"). Bigger chip-sets means the CCD image processor can take in more light, thus giving it better video quality. More about CCD Bullet Cameras here.
Many people think CCTV equipment is ugly, very obtrusive, and uneasy on the eyes. One of the main advantages a bullet cam has is their size. Most of the bullet security camera models we carry can fit into the palm of your hand. A Bullet security camera is light weight, very professional looking, easy to install, and flexible. A Bullet security camera's size also makes them less conspicuous.
Bullet Cams can take on many roles. First, they can be used indoor or outdoor. Secondly, outdoor bullet cameras can take abuse from the heat, cold, rain, and terrible lighting conditions and can generally withstand temperatures between 180 degrees Fahrenheit and -20 degrees Celsius. Some can even survive hurricane conditions (This is a generalization as each model has its own specifications, including their heat, cold, and windstorm ratings. Please consult our weatherproof bullet camera models for more information.). The infrared approach adds a sensor that can detect when to kick on the infrared lights. Infrared security cameras and infrared lenses on bullet security cameras allow security personnel to view at in a high resolution black and white video based upon infrared technology (Please consult our color bullet security cameras or infrared bullet cameras for more info on these subsets of bullets).
As most bullets can be purchased with a variety of different lens packages, you can always have a vari-focal approach to adjust the lens setting in response to real-time situations. This is why they can fill almost any role in a security camera system setup.
Although bullet cameras were designed to fill multiple roles, there are a few places to not use certain bullet security camera models.
The LED lights necessary for infrared recording can wash out your image when in a small space, or when reflective objects are near the camera. High powered LED lights have the ability to reflect light back at the camera, when shot onto reflective objects (such as windows, some "glossy" interior paints, fish tanks, doors, or other metal objects).
This is generally a good rule of thumb, however, the size of room, the presence of reflective objects, or other considerations must be taken into consideration when selecting your bullet security camera.
There are no restrictions that will affect the video when using bullet cameras outdoors.
A Bullet security camera has the ability to be purchased with either fixed or varifocal lenses. A vari-focal lens gives you the option to manually adjust the lens to see at different distances. When events arise in your security setup it is important that you have a camera that can be adjusted to have wider angle of views to capture certain events or see farther to identify key suspects. Most security cameras, especially c-mount security cameras, are not able to adapt as well as bullet cameras. Above all this information we give you the flexibility to choose adapt to changing CCTV needs. Some bullet security cameras have fixed lens with infrared lights and some are varifocal bullet cameras.
If even after considering this guide, you are unsure about what bullet camera is right for you, call us and one of our consultants can help you figure out what you need for your CCTV application. You may also want to consult our Bullet Security Camera FAQ .