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So would you like to play "Spot the CCTV Camera?". Eagle eyed visitors may recognise the profusion of street furniture, surrounding a single heritage dome camera keeping watch over part  of Londons' prestigious Oxford Street shopping area.

Miniature Dome Cameras - continued
Remote Control Domes


In addition to the indoor versions, their are also an increasing number of fully weatherproofed outdoor versions, although again, these are generally optimised for limited distance work, perhaps up to 5 - 8 metres from the camera.
Unfortunately, whilst you can’t beat a well set up conventional camera, the customer ALWAYS knows best, and trying to convince that a minidome is not going to match the performance of an appropriately configured alternative, is a bit like asking the rain not to fall!


Although miniature fixed domes are growing in popularity, their much larger remote control cousins have been sweeping the land like something out of ‘War of the Worlds’.

As with miniature domes, Architects and Town Planners absolutely adore them, because they consider that they “blend in harmoniously with their immediate surroundings”; guess what guys ..... we don’t want them to blend in!!

If you can’t see the flippin’ camera, or it looks like a modern type of street lighting, then it’s not much use as a visible deterrent.
Another obvious problem is that if the camera cannot be seen to be pointing at an individual, then their isn’t an automatic assumption that the camera is actually working.

As a quick and convenient method for commissioning a fully functional, indeed in some cases, hugely impressive fully functional camera, they take some beating; but as the key component in a deterrent system, they really do not fulfil this function adequately, in most situations.

That said, the CCTV industry will continue to develop dome cameras, irrespective of whether they are the most appropriate solution in every given situation. For inside a large retail department store, they are absolutely ideal; stick them at a crossroads on any average high street, and you can be sure that someone, somewhere, hasn’t really done their homework properly.

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