Megapixel Camera Cheatsheet

Author: John Honovich, Published on May 12, 2010

Determining how wide a field a view a megapixel camera can be tricky. Thankfully, IQinvision recently releaed a 'cheatsheet' to simplify solving this problem. 

[Update: the PDF has been removed. Use this Calculator as a substitute or review our megapixel tests.]

Both are good but I especially like the one page pdf. Print it out and keep it by your desk.

Even if you have never used a megapixel camera, this sheet is a good thing. You may not have used one but you certainly are going to do in the future. This sheet is a quick and easy to gauge how megapixel cameras will work in different applications.

Traditional

With analog cameras, the decision was a lot simpler:

  • 1 fixed camera
  • Multiple fixed cameras
  • PTZ

You would select a PTZ when the area became too big - parking lots, lobbies, courtyards, etc. Everything else, select fixed cameras to cover key chokepoints.

You never needed to be concerned about resolution. It was one resolution fits all so you made do with what you had.

The Megapixel Future

With megapixel cameras, you suddenly have a new selection problem. Do you choose a 1, 2, 3 or 5 megapixel? (Certain vendors already have 11 and 16 megapixel so expect even that to become more widespread).

Get Video Surveillance News In Your Inbox
Get Video Surveillance News In Your Inbox

For those of you who learned from Charlie Pierce, you will remember personal identification (object 1/10 the field of view) and action identification (object 1/20th the field of view). These identification levels map nicely to IQinvision's General Surveillance and Forensic Detail. (sidenote: Actually, I would prefer the use of Charlie's term - they are clearer and have the benefit of a generation of techs knowing them)

You can then use the IQinvision chart to determine which cameras and how many cameras you need to get either. You can also see what you would need to move from simply getting action identification to getting personal identification (something that was not practical historically).

Finally, if you factor in the price differentials in cameras you can start building an ROI case of moving from action to personal identification.

All in all, very handy.


Most Recent Industry Reports

Access Control Cabling Tutorial on Jan 15, 2019
Access Control is only as reliable as its cables. While this aspect lacks the sexiness of other components, it remains a vital part of every...
Gorilla Technology AI Provider, Raises $15 Million, Profiled on Jan 15, 2019
Gorilla Technology is a Taiwanese video analytics manufacturer that recently announced a $15 million investment from SBI Group, saying this...
2019 IP Networking Book Released on Jan 14, 2019
The new IP Networking Book 2019 is a 285 page in-depth guide that teaches you how IT and telecom technologies impact modern security...
Arecont Costar Layoffs on Jan 14, 2019
Arecont Vision, a Costar Company, has laid off more than 10% of their workforce in a move the company described to IPVM as a result of "important...
The False SCMP Story on Hikvision NYC AI on Jan 14, 2019
In the past week, one of Asia's largest publications, the South China Morning Post (SCMP), posted an article about "Chinese [facial recognition]...
WDR Tutorial on Jan 11, 2019
Understanding wide dynamic range (WDR) is critical to capturing high quality images in demanding conditions. However, with no real standards, any...
Pelco Favorability Results 2019 on Jan 11, 2019
Pelco had a significant favorability problem amongst integrators in our previous study (see 2016 Pelco results). Now, in the first edition of our...
Bad: Dahua Villa Video Doorbell Tested on Jan 11, 2019
Doorbells are one of the hottest segments in the residential market but Dahua's Villa Video Doorbell is the worst we have tested.   We bought and...
Last Chance - Winter 2019 IP Networking Course on Jan 10, 2019
Today is the last day to register for the Winter 2019 IP Networking course. This is the only networking course designed specifically for video...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact