<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=159683641205248&amp;ev=PageView&amp;noscript=1">

What's the difference between 4CIF, 720p, 1080p, & 5MP resolution?

Matt Golueke November 16, 2017 14:17 PM

Resolution comparison thumbnail 4-1.png

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. 

Watch on YouTube here


Cover- Winter 2017 paperback.png


Security Solutions Guide





BDH 7500 HB  Bosch Panoramic Camera Outdoor Housing.png


Deploying Bosch Panoramic 12MP Cameras Outdoors




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

DORI video thumbnail.png


DORI: Detection Observation, Recoginition, Identification




Site Survey Cover with portal overlay image.png



Site Survey: Video Surveillance










Try Before You Buy and Demonstration Options




Panoramic 180 vs 360 Decision.png


Panoramic Imaging Considerations






Frame Rate + Resolution + Storage/Bandwidth




comment quote bubbles.png



Contact our team for assistance








 Resolution comparison thumbnail 6.png

Topics: Technical - Simplified

View More Blog Topics

Trends, interviews, and practical advice on all things Security - Return to Main Blog Page

Search Our Blog

Subscribe for Blog Updates