Are you looking for new security camera technology or to enhance your current solution? Overwhelmed by the plethora of options and not sure where to start? In this article we compare the three basic types of video surveillance cameras; Standard Analog, High Definition (HD) Analog, and IP security cameras. Review the relative pros and cons of each to help you choose the camera technology that best matches your current needs now and in the future.
Analog Security Cameras
Analog cameras are the original in security camera technology and remain the most established and popular camera choice. It’s estimated that up to 70% of existing security camera systems currently in use are analog. These basic cameras deliver standard definition video (640×480) over coaxial cabling with a direct connection to a DVR box. Installation for analog security camera systems does not require complex network infrastructures, giving these systems a lower entry price than IP solutions.
Pros: Low entry price Straight-forward installation
Cons: Low-resolution video
HD Analog Security Cameras
HD Analog security camera systems make it possible to upgrade surveillance video quality at a lower cost because you can reuse cables and housing from an existing analog system. HD Analog systems capture video footage with twice the resolution of traditional analog systems. Surveillance video is delivered over coaxial cabling with a direct connection to a DVR box. For those that have existing analog cabling, the cost for HD analog video surveillance hardware can be up to 60% less than IP Cameras while yielding comparable video quality.
Pros: Reuse existing cabling Affordable installation
Cons: Higher resolution quality, but not the highest
IP Security Cameras
IP security cameras yield the highest resolution video and support advanced video analytics functionality. In addition to capturing the highest quality surveillance footage, IP security cameras provide network flexibility; transmitting power, video, and data over a single ethernet cable. These systems have the ability to integrate into existing high-bandwidth network infrastructure and capture the highest quality images.
Pros: Highest quality video resolution Supports video analytics
Cons: Most expensive hardware
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