Whether you use security cameras to monitor the interior of your workplace or the exterior of your property, you need to have sturdy enclosures and covers to make sure your cameras operate properly. Knowing the basic terminology of camera enclosures will help you choose the right covers for your situation. For example, if you own interior cameras, you’ll need light-duty enclosures to protect them from dust and vandalism, while exterior cameras in harsh conditions may need to be weather resistant or even explosion proof. Once you know the key terms, you can easily select camera enclosures for your business.
Designed for interior use, light-duty enclosures are the least expensive camera enclosures. These enclosures protect the camera from everyday dirt and dust buildup, and they also usually come with tamper-resistant features to dissuade would-be vandals.
A dome enclosure is a popular style for locations where a security camera would seem intrusive. These enclosures protect and hide the camera behind a glass dome, which often use smoked glass to better obscure the direction of the camera. Though these enclosures don't hide the fact that you have cameras, they can make visitors feel more welcome than exposed cameras.
A recessed enclosure fits into a ceiling, allowing the camera to stay relatively unobtrusive. The most common styles of recessed enclosures are wedge and dome.
Weather resistant and weather rating
You need to house all exterior cameras in weather resistant enclosures to function well in all seasons, but some camera enclosures use a weather rating. This helps you know just how weatherproof the enclosure is. A rating of IP66 is among the highest for camera enclosures, and these models feature a heater and a blower to regulate temperature.
To keep an exterior camera especially secure from environmental and weather effects, you can use a pressurized enclosure. Another benefit of pressurized enclosures is the reduction in maintenance cost, since there is no way for contaminants to affect the camera.
An explosion proof enclosure is the most rugged camera enclosure you can purchase. These enclosures can withstand hazardous conditions and will keep operating even in the vicinity of explosions. Most explosion proof enclosures are also waterproof.