It's Over! The race for more megapixels and higher resolution is no more, according to IP camera gorilla Axis - whose top resolution for most cameras is 720p/1.3MP and who has no cameras supporting more than 5MP. Is this true? Has the race really ended? Should someone inform Axis' rivals making 8MP, 10MP, 16MP, 20MP, 29MP and higher resolution (e.g., gigapixel) cameras?
In this note, we dig into the claim, Axis's rationale and how the race for camera supremacy will evolve.
"The current limitations of professional-grade lenses"
"Image quality has reached a point where few users require more resolution than what’s available today"
Instead, Axis says a shift has occurred:
"The race for business and operational intelligence begins. With the ability to download and run applications directly at the edge, the IP camera is now the iPhone of the surveillance world"
Needless to say, Axis has visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads. IP cameras today, even Axis's, are far from being anything like an iPhone. However, this does highlight a key Axis development priority over the next few years.
The future has never been brighter for IP cameras and, contrary to Axis's assertion, we see three parallel races that will drive their adoption:
The race for (super) megapixel cameras will continue
Hikvision's price cuts are clearly a trend setter. After numerous and increasingly large cuts, the destructive cycle is accelerating.
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