Hollywood's Negative Impact on Using Video Surveillance

By John Honovich, Published Dec 29, 2009, 07:00pm EST

Hollywood's amazingly inaccurate use of video surveillance is a frequent source of both frustration and amusement for video surveillance professionals. The key risk is expectations are set for the public that the average surveillance camera can zoom across football fields and automagically correct for no light or washed out images. Not only can surveillance cameras not do this, their images tend to be significantly worse both in resolution and quality than consumer digital cameras.

A viral video on the web succinctly demonstrates Hollywood's false expectations with a collection of excerpts from dozens of movies and TV show. See below:

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