What is a bullet security camera and where should you use them?

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Bullet security cameras are a common sight in many surveillance systems. Known for their distinct cylindrical shape, these cameras are versatile and can be used in a variety of settings.

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What is a Bullet Security Camera?

A bullet security camera is characterized by its long, cylindrical shape that resembles a bullet. This design is not just aesthetic; it facilitates easy installation and offers a high degree of flexibility with regards to the direction and angle of the camera. Bullet cameras are often equipped with infrared night vision capabilities and can be used both indoors and outdoors.

Bullet Security Camera Advantages

There are several benefits to using bullet cameras:

  • Easy to install: Their design allows for straightforward mounting on walls or ceilings.
  • Visible deterrence: Their noticeable shape can act as a deterrent to potential intruders.
  • Flexible field of view: Many models allow for manual adjustment to optimize the surveillance area.
  • Weather-resistant: Typically, bullet security cameras are designed to withstand outdoor environmental conditions (or those found in a restaurant walk-in).
  • High-quality imaging: Many models offer high resolution and night vision capabilities.

Here’s a helpful comparison between bullet and turret security cameras.

Bullet Security Camera Disadvantages

However, bullet cameras also have some limitations:

  • Limited coverage: They generally have a fixed field of view, which might require multiple units to cover large areas.
  • Vulnerability to vandalism: Their protruding design can make them a target for tampering or damage.
  • Aesthetic impact: Their size and shape might not blend seamlessly with all architectural styles.
  • Fixed focus: Some models may lack the pan and tilt features found in dome or PTZ cameras.

Here’s a helpful comparison between bullet and dome security cameras.

Where Should You Place Bullet Security Cameras in a Business

The strategic placement of bullet cameras enhances their effectiveness:

  • Entrances and exits: Monitor those entering and leaving the premises so you can calculate your store’s conversion rate.
  • Long, narrow spaces: Ideal for hallways and corridors due to their focused field of view.
  • Perimeter walls: Oversee the boundaries of a property.
  • Parking lots: Monitor vehicles and activity in parking areas.
  • Reception areas: Observe visitor interactions to enhance customer experience and secure sensitive entry points.

Bullet Security Camera Examples

There are many bullet security cameras on the market today. Several models stand out for their performance and reliability. Make sure that any cameras you purchase are technology-agnostic.

Otherwise, you may not be able to use your purchased cameras with the cloud-based video surveillance system of your choice.

The Axis M2036-LE is a 4 MP affordable camera with deep learning capabilities. It offers Quad HD 1440p resolution, a compact and lightweight design, and is outdoor-ready with IR illumination.

The AXIS Q1798-LE combines superior 4K resolution with ultra-high light sensitivity. It features a 4/3″ sensor, 12–48 mm Canon lens, Lightfinder 2.0, and Zipstream support for H.264/H.265.

The AXIS Q1805-LE and Q1806-LE offer 2 MP and 4 MP resolutions, respectively, with OptimizedIR for clear footage in darkness, Lightfinder 2.0, and Forensic WDR. They are built on ARTPEC 8 and include deep learning processing units for improved analytics.

The Hanwha ANO-L7012R is a 4MP IR bullet camera suitable for outdoor use. It provides high-quality imaging and reliable monitoring in different environments.

Ubiquiti UVC-G5-Bullet

The Ubiquiti UVC-G5-Bullet is a next-gen indoor/outdoor 2K HD PoE Camera. It offers a 2K (4MP) video resolution, flexible 3-axis adjustable mount, 9 m (30 ft) IR night vision, and AI event detections.

Linking bullet security cameras to Solink’s cloud-based platform enhances their functionality. This integration offers advanced video analytics, cloud storage, and efficient video data management, turning standard surveillance into a powerful security and business intelligence tool.

To see how Solink brings new value to your bullet security cameras, sign up for a demo today.