The Differences Between IP Camera Quality and Other Technologies, from Grand Slam A/V & Security

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There are many options when it comes to surveillance security technologies.
There are many options when it comes to surveillance security technologies.
HOUSTON - Sept. 24, 2018 - PRLog -- Here at Grand Slam A/V and Security, we work with many clients on security solutions for both residential and commercial properties. More often than not, clients have some familiarity with various security camera technologies ask us about the differences between them.

IP Cameras

IP cameras are increasingly popular because of their ability to capture high-resolution megapixel images and video. IP-based video surveillance solutions are becoming more cost-effective with increasing compatibility and the evolution of IP-based technology.

IP cameras use an embedded video server that converts images to a digital format right inside the camera itself. Because of this capability, IP cameras can record in far higher resolution than conventional analog cameras. They are sometimes called network or megapixel cameras.

IP cameras connect to a local network using a single Ethernet cable. This single cable transmits power to the camera and video and data from the camera. Because IP cameras have a unique IP address, they can be accessed remotely.

IP cameras offer superior resolution and image quality. They can capture forensic-level detail and users can digitally zoom in on any image without losing clarity. When used in security solutions, IP camera technology can result in stronger video evidence and more effective identification.


Analog cameras in CCTV settings require less bandwidth overall than IP-based, HD-DVI, or CVI systems. When cost, network, or bandwidth is a constraint, traditional analog CCTV can still provide an excellent monitoring solution for visual access and peace of mind. The downside is that lower-resolution images pixilate upon zoom. This can make facial recognition or license plate identification much more challenging for video evidence.


High Definition Digital Video Interface (HD-TVI) technology provides high-definition surveillance at a lower cost with less complexity. With HD-DVI technology, you can transmit megapixel video over standard coaxial cabling. HD-TVI offers crucial digital zoom capabilities, ideal for facial or license plate recognition. HD-TVI technology is compatible with traditional analog cameras and so can be an add-on to beef up an existing CCTV system.


High Definition Composite Video Interface (HD-CVI) technology uses a licensed video transmitter and receiver to transmit 1080p video resolution over standard CCTV coaxial cables. This format is uncompressed and can be transmitted over long distances without some of the bandwidth and delay issues that can constrain other solutions.

What's best for me?

We're here to discuss your security needs and objectives and help you determine the ideal solution for your surveillance needs, from security camera technologies and equipment to overall budget.


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