Surveillance Camera Statistics - Megapixel

Author: John Honovich, Published on Sep 25, 2010

In this report, we analyze trends, features and pricing for megapixel cameras. We achieved this by using our Camera Finder to query 40 different criteria for approximately 200 megapixel models. We encourage you to use the Camera Finder so you can run your own reports and better understand product tradeoffs and trends.

Table of Contents

The list below items each chart/statistic we have analyzed:

  1. Cameras per CODEC (Percentage)
  2. Form Factor Type (Percentage)
  3. Average Price (MSRP vs. Online)
  4. Cameras per PSU Type (Percentage)
  5. Cameras per Resolution (Percentage)
  6. Cameras per FPS Support (Percentage)
  7. Average Warranty Period per Manufacture
  8. Sensor Type (Imager Size)
  9. Sensor Type (CMOS vs CCD)
  10. Cameras (Auto vs. Manual Iris) (Percentage)
  11. Multi-stream Support
  12. SNMP Support
  13. Audio Support (Percentage)
  14. On-board Storage (Percentage)
  15. Digital Cropping
  16. Average Operating Temperature (Max vs. Min)
  17. Average Illumination (D/N vs. Non-D/N)
  18. Average MSRP per Resolution (MJPEG)
  19. Average MSRP per Resolution (H.264)
  20. Average Price per Manufacturer (MSRP vs. Online)
  21. Average MSRP per Form Factor

The first 3 statistics are shared below in the public section. The remainder are available inside the Pro section.

1. Cameras Per CODEC (Percentage)

In the chart below, we compare camera support for the three 'mainstream' surveillance CODECS - H.264, MJPEG and MPEG-4. Not surprisingly, the most broadly supported CODEC is MJPEG. However, just a few years ago, most megapixel cameras only supported MJPEG. H.264 support has grown rapidly with nearly 2/3rds of cameras now supporting H.264. This statistic actually underscores how far H.264 support has expanded as a few suppliers offer overlapping MJPEG only and H.264/MJPEG lines.

2. Form Factor Type (Percentage)

In the chart below, we examine form factor options for megapixel cameras. What most stands out is that there are more dome camera models today that box. This shows both the maturation of the megapixel market (a few years ago, box significantly exceeded dome) and end user's desire for dome cameras.

Average Price (MSRP vs Online)

In this chart, we compare MSRP vs online pricing for all megapixel models. While the average MSRP is about $1250, the average online price is a little under $1,000. Inside the Pro section, we examine pricing in-depth looking at trends by resolution, form factor, manufacturer and more to show some of the more powerful and interesting breakdowns.

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