Analogue Cameras vs IP Camera for CCTV Security

IP Camera and CCTV Security Cameras

If you are thinking about installing a new CCTV (Closed Circuit Television), then you have to decide between an Analogue and IP camera. Understanding how the technologies work and the differences between an Analogue and IP camera will help you make the right choice. 

What is an Analogue Camera Security System? 

An analogue security system begins with a CCD image sensor and then converts the images into a digital form for processing. But before it can transmit the videos, it needs to convert back in an analogue form, so analogue devices such as video recorder and monitor, can receive the videos.

What is an IP Camera Security System?

An IP security system broadcasts their video as a digital stream over an IP network such as a WAN, LAN, Internet or Intranet. IP cameras combine the capabilities of cameras and some PC functionalities so that they don’t require a direct connection to a PC to operate. This means that an IP Camera can be placed anywhere within a network. 

IP cctv cameras vs. Analogue cctv cameras


What are the Major Differences in Security Cameras?

  • Video Quality
An IP camera excels in capturing high definition, megapixel images. The maximum amount of pixels that can be created by analogue cameras is 0.4 megapixels, and 10 megapixel by IP cameras. Just like pictures taken with digital cameras, the more pixel the better image quality. 
  • Installation of Security Cameras
Analogue cameras are easier to install because they require no configuration and network knowledge, while IP cameras require some networking skills for small installations and more technical skills for enterprise size installations.
IP cameras are more expensive than analogue cameras. One of the main reasons is that IP cameras have higher megapixel. But it is important to note that high megapixel means that they can cover a larger area and can take the place of several analogue cameras. So in this case, IP cameras can be more cost-effective.  

Which is Better IP Camera or Analogue Camera?

To sum up, both types of cameras work well in either commercial or residential security. The IP camera’s advantages are high definition and enterprise wireless application, while analogue camera’s advantages are more practical, easy to operate, install and cost-effective. Whether an analogue or IP is best for you it all depends on the security needs of your business.
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