CCTV systems most often use low-end “Analog” surveillance cameras to capture a video image.
Some “Analog” cameras are sold as high-definition (HD), but their maximum resolution is usually between 960 x 480 or 704 x 576. These low resolutions will capture images up close, clearly depicting a face if the camera is mounted nearby. However much of the identifying detail will be lost across distances of a few hundred feet or more. “Analog” surveillance systems also have trouble capturing detail in moving objects like an automobile for example.
Most Video Surveillance Cameras installed today are IP-based. IP Cameras provide a substantially higher resolution than Analog cameras. IP Cameras can even provide full frame video at 30 frames per second (fps).
Common IP Camera resolution rates are:
1 Megapixel (MP) (1280 x 720)
2 Megapixel (MP) (1920 x 1080)
3 Megapixel (MP) (2048 x 1536)
5 Megapixel (MP) (2592 x 1944)
Most industry experts agree that it would take up to six “analog” CCTV cameras to equal the performance of one 2 Megapixel (MP) IP-based camera.
In addition to the cost-savings associated with newer IP-based equipment, there is also a dramatic improvement in quality which has led to a widespread transition from “analog” CCTV to IP-based systems.
The growing reliance on web-based integration with IP-based Video Surveillance systems is likely to continue to develop with each new generations of surveillance equipment.
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