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Camera Resolution: It's About More Than Just Pixel Count

Matt Golueke November 26, 2018 21:52 PM

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Nick and Tom explain why cameras of equal pixel counts don't create identical images. For example, why do two 1080p camera images look completely different in quality and resolution? Plus, they discuss other camera features that may need to be considered for your system design. Watch here...

The details captured by cameras varies widely from 720p through ultra-high resolution 4K security 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 capability
  • Budget
  • Low light capability
  • Desired resolution

Our team set up series of cameras: 4CIF, 720p, 1080p, 5 megapixel, 4K (8MP equivalent), and two panoramic 12 megapixel cameras, to see what differences can be expected by owners and end users of video surveillance systems. Nick, Tom, and Matt give us an inside look at security camera resolution comparisons in this video.


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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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