CCTV vs IP Security Cameras

When it comes to securing your home or business, you need to have the very best measures in place. One of these measures is the use of security cameras which keep an eye on the premise even when you are away. You will have an eye on what matters to you regardless of where you are. The premise will be secure and the people in it will be more responsible. There are different kinds of security cameras the most common of which are CCTV cameras and IP cameras. What is the difference and which one should you use to secure your home or office?

Internet Protocol (IP) cameras are the latest innovation in the world of security cameras. They are also known as network cameras because they convert and transmit their data (video and images) over data network or internet. Rather than using a physical DVR to store the data captured IP cameras store data digitally using Network Video Recorder (NVR). This information is stored in NAS, servers or onboard camera. On the other hand Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) capture videos of what is going on in their vicinity and convert the videos to formats that can be used by VCR, DVR and televisions.

CCTV cameras are cheaper than IP security cameras but the capabilities of the latter are much better. The IP cameras cost is coming down and now it is affordable for most people. One thing reducing the cost is the cable that the cameras use which is the standard network cabling whereas CCTV cameras use power and coax cabling. By just using a single cable, IP cameras are able to transmit videos using an injector or PoE switch.

The resolution of IP cameras is far better than that of analog cameras. This means that network cameras have a large field of view and captures clear visions. The large size of view reduces the number of cameras needed and this reduces the cost of IP cameras even more. Thanks to the high resolution, live and recorded videos from IP cameras can be zoomed so images can be seen clearly.

As for expanding, it is cheaper to expand an IP camera surveillance system than it is to expand a CCTV camera. The latter will require you to buy cameras, cables and DVR whereas the prior only needs cameras and cables. DVRs can only support a limited number of cameras but for NVRs used with IP cameras the number of cameras that can be installed is unlimited.

What about hidden cameras? If you want to have the cameras tucked away from the eye then you will be better off using IP cameras which can be easily disguised. This way you can watch out for bad behavior by employees and even any burglar attacks.

IP cameras give the owners more control over the footages recorded by the cameras. One is able to carry analytics, detect motion and react as well as monitor from remote locations. You can even communicate with people on the other end of the camera.

So, should you choose IP or CCTV cameras in your business or home? This will depend on what your needs are and the budget you are working with. Either way, get a high quality system that will improve the security of the premise