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

June 3, 2024

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Security Camera Resolution Comparison: 720p, 1080p, 5MP, 4K, and 180 & 360 Panoramic 12MP
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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 capability
  • Budget
  • Low light capability
  • Desired resolution

Our team set up series of cameras: 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








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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