Is There Ever Enough Resolution?

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Feb 20, 2014

The megapixel 'race' is over. Or it is not.

Not only is this an ongoing debate among manufacturers, it is a key decision among specifiers and users. 

Now, as the alarm industry finally turns towards modernity IP, they offer an amazing recommendation.

The 'Article'

In the security market, ESX has long catered to the alarm dealer crowd. Their annual tradeshow is a flagstone event where 'old guard' alarm dealers crash together with the newest technology. Indeed, the old literally meets the new at this event, and so marketing takes an easy-to-understand tone for inexperienced installers. 

The mail below is a prime example of this, which positions resolution against the assumption readers are clueless by claiming 'Enough is Never Enough' when it comes to megapixels:

At best, this premise is inaccurate, and at worst it all but guarantees that alarm dealers who take it to heart will cause major problems. In the sections that follow, we examine the major claims of the piece and follow up with why they are just plain wrong.

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