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IP vs. HD Security Cameras

You build a life inside your home and a livelihood inside your business — but, in order to protect them, you need to secure them. Maintaining the safety of your property is incredibly important and must include reliable and effective tools.  Security cameras offer valuable protection while giving you the comfort of knowing that your space is safe, but how do you know which one is right for your home, business, or budget? Before you pick one up for your property, take a look at the differences between IP and HD security cameras. 

Defining Each Camera

There are two main types of security cameras to consider when protecting your property: IP and HD. IP cameras, also known as network cameras, transmit audio and video feed over an online network. They allow users to watch videos remotely at any time as long as they are connected to Wi-Fi.  

IP cameras also have improved and adjustable resolutions and frame rates, which give users more flexibility and higher quality images. Features also include digital zoom and progressive scanning.

HD over analog cameras produce HD-quality video and images using analog technologies. Essentially, this camera is one-step up from analog cameras, which have been in the market for some time. HD over analog cameras are a mix of IP and analog, offering a high-definition composite video interface.

Comparing the Two 

These cameras have respective features that can be tailored to each user. However, there are key differences between them worth noting. For example, the resolution of an HD camera is between 720 and 1080 pixels, while an IP camera has over 1080 pixels. 

In terms of pricing, HD cameras are historically less expensive than IP ones. However, prices are steadily increasing with HD cameras, with some price tags far surpassing their IP counterparts. 

Analytics are also critical to camera quality. IP cameras have more advanced analytics such as people counting, dwell time, and queue length measurement. On the other hand, HD cameras have more basic analytics that include motion detection and camera tampering.

Weighing the Pros and Cons

Just like you would with any other property purchase, consider the pros and cons of IP and HD security cameras in advance. IP cameras offer better resolution and image quality, allow the user to go wireless by connecting to Ethernet and Wi-Fi, and have fewer cables. However, these cameras typically cost more, consume more bandwidth, and require a more complex configuration. 

HD cameras also have their pros and cons. They are usually cheaper than IP cameras, compatible with analog systems, and less dependent on bandwidth. However, they have limited customization accompanied by lower frame rates and poorer image quality. They are also not reliable in areas with a lot of activity.

Installing Yours Today 

Choosing the right security camera for your home or business is important when considering the costs, benefits, and features. At Audio Visual Integration, we want our customers to feel safe with their newly installed security camera system and understand how to use it. That’s why we spend time with our customers making sure they know every function of their security system before our job is complete. Call us today to talk more about your future installation at 321-228-5053