The CCTV industry is all abuzz with talk of an IP (“Internet Protocol”) camera takeover. Yet reports of the death of analog cameras are premature. While some IP or ‘network’ cameras can potentially deliver high definition megapixel images, analog CCTV cameras continue to offer greater efficiency, lower cost and higher overall reliability.
Before deciding on IP cameras versus analog, it is advisable to first understand how the technologies work. The differences in both camera technologies and method of video transmission are critical to developing a well-planned CCTV solution. It should be noted as manufacturers of both IP and analog cameras, DVRs and NVRs, I have no bias. While the opinions may not be “popular” they are just a statement of facts. It is not a matter of either or, rather use each camera appropriately as needed. They both have their place.
Have you ever seen a crime drama movie or TV show where a bunch of police are gathered around surveillance footage and suddenly one of them says: “Wait! Zoom in on that guy! Enhance the image!” and then suddenly, miraculously, the grainy and blurry footage of what might be vaguely a human becomes a precise, crystal clear vision of the culprit? They identify the perp, bring him in, and case closed.
Well, that’s total fiction. In reality, that grainy footage from that analog security camera is only going to get blurrier and grainier when you zoom in for a closer look. But all is not lost! We are indeed living in the future, and IP cameras are the wave of it. No longer does security camera footage have to consist of the poor quality, narrowly focused images we’re used to seeing on analog CCTV.
However, it comes at a cost. Not some metaphorical cost, like “your soul” or something, but an actual monetary cost. So you have to ask yourself…Should you hop on the IP train? Well, that’s why we’re here: to give you the run down so you can decide for yourself if the upgrade is worth it.