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Security Camera Resolution Comparison: 4CIF, 720p, 1080p, 5MP, 4K, and 180 & 360 Panoramic 12MP

Matt Golueke October 30, 2017 23:41 PM

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The details captured by security cameras varies widely from standard definition 4CIF through ultra-high resolution 4K cameras.

Many factors can impact the video that is viewed and recorded, however when all things are equal, what a security professional expects to capture for review following an incident varies across camera resolutions. Selection of the perfect resolution for your application depends on several factors:

  • Available bandwidth
  • Storage space available
  • Network capablity
  • Budget
  • Low light capability
  • Desired resolution

Our team set up series of cameras: 4CIF, 720p, 1080p, 5 megapixel, 4K, and two panoramic 12 megapixel cameras, to see what differences can be expected by owners and end users of video surveillance systems. 

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Security Solutions Guide





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Deploying Bosch Panoramic 12MP Cameras Outdoors




Several additional resources are critical to setting reasonable expectations for video surveillance system performance:

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DORI: Detection Observation, Recoginition, Identification




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Site Survey: Video Surveillance










Try Before You Buy and Demonstration Options




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Panoramic Imaging Considerations






Frame Rate + Resolution + Storage/Bandwidth




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