With IPcam security technology moving at such a fast rate, one question we get a lot is – How much better is the new Hikvision 4MP+ variants and does IP Camera Resolution matter?
Here we’ll aim to provide the basic Megapixel concept and resolution increases and what you can expect from moving from an analogue or 1MP digital system.
All digital security IP camera resolution is measured in Megapixels (MP). Generally 1MP is roughly 1 million pixels- just like your point and shoot camera or mobile phone, they are measured the same way. As the technology improves, so does the image sensor in these cameras and the MP race goes on. A higher resolution camera has the following benefits-
- Greatly increased image detail
- Widescreen monitor support (image is not stretched)
- Generally better night time performance
- Similar pricing to older Analogue cameras
- Power over Ethernet installation or POE (1 cable per camera)
When shopping for a new IP Camera security solution you should always go for the highest megapixel cameras you can afford, though this comes with a few caveats detailed below.
- Higher network bandwidth requirements
- Increased storage requirements DVR/NVR hard disk space (HDD)
- Marginally higher price
Any good, modern IPcam system will normally start around 3MP resolution, with manufacturers like Hikvision starting to release their 5MP range and specialty cameras at 8MP+. The image below details the increased resolution.
As you can see, the 4MP image delivers over 4 times the detail from an older analogue sytem and over double that of a 1MP IPcam. The result is more detail, increased resolution and if set up correctly, a better security outcome when you need it most.