Are you considering getting a security system and not sure if you should go for analog or IP? Or perhaps you’re debating whether you should upgrade from your analog system to an IP system? You aren’t the only one. In fact, according to one study, the global demand for IP/Network based security systems is expected to be greater than the demand for analog surveillance in 2014. Knowing the direction the market is trending towards, here’s a few keys to consider in deciding between IP vs analog camera systems.
- A typical analog camera has a resolution in the range of 0.4MP(megapixels). A typical IP camera will have a resolution of 2MP, with high end models reaching 10MP or more. With such a substantial increase in resolution quality, you will have more options when it comes to camera set up and amount of cameras needed.
- Most exisiting network cabling can be used for an I.P. System. On an analog system coax cable will need to be installed.
- An analog camera will be cheaper than an IP camera. Also depending on the size of the area that needs to be covered, the resolution of an analog system may be enough.
- Analog systems are simpler to install and use. Almost any analog security camera can be plugged into a DVR, regardless of brand. Set up generally consists of pointing the camera, plug in a cable and turn on the DVR.
In most cases, the benefits of an IP camera system outweigh the benefits of an analog system. There is just no analog equivalent to the flexibility, control and scalability of an IP system. However, if you are simply monitoring activity in a small space and you know the people that will be in there, an analog system may be enough.
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