MP vs SD Cameras

Author: John Honovich, Published on Jan 01, 2012

With the surveillance industry shifting to IP cameras, important decisions still remain. Perhaps the most important is whether to use Standard Definition IP cameras or Megapixel IP cameras (such as 720p, 1080p HD, 3MP, 5MP, etc.). In the consumer market for TVs and digital cameras, this is an easy decision because very few, if any, SD products are even being offered. However, the surveillance market historically moves slower and more conservatively than the consumer market.

Two fundamental questions exist:

  • How many SD IP vs MP IP camears are actually being deployed today?
  • Should you be using SD IP or MP IP cameras in your application?

In this report, we dig into and answer each of these questions.

Finding Answers

To do so, we have examined them from 3 different angles:

  • What do integrators use and why do they do so? As part of our Integrator Insight series we asked integrators around the world whether they are deploying more SD IP or MP IP.
  • What are manufacturers and distributors selling more of? SD IP or MP IP?
  • Based on our technology shootouts between SD IP and MP, what should you be using when?

Bottom Line

If you are deploying new IP cameras today, then statistically you are likely to be using MP IP cameras. Moreover, from a performance standpoint, this is overwhelmingly the right choice.

For many integrators who work with the technology daily, this is a 'no brainer.' However, because the shift has been so swift and so strong, many industry people will likely be surprised.

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Summary ** ********

**** *** *** *** ****** ** **** **** **** **** analysis:

  • ****** * *** ** * ********** ******** *** *** ********* more ** ** **** ** ** ******* ****** ** ***** declines, ******** ******* *** ******** ***** ******* *** **** ****** value *********** **** ** **.
  • *** ************ ******** ** ************* *** *** ********* ** ** sales ************* ******* **** ** ** ***** **** * ***** shift **** *** **** * ***** ** ** **. ** expect ** ** ** **% ** ***** ******* ******* ******* by ** ****, *** ****** **** ****** ******* ***********.
  • **** *** ***** ************ **** ********** ********* **** *****, **** small **** ** **** *********** *******, ********* ** ** ***** more ***** **** ** **. **** **** *&* **** ******* continue ** * ***** **** ** * ***** ********* ******, so *** **** ** ** *******.

Integrator ****** *******

***'* ***** ** ******* **** *** *********'* ******** ** *** survey ********:

*******, * ****** ********** ****** *** ***** ** ** ** SD ** *******. [** ** ********* ** **** **** **** means **% ****** * ******** ** ** ** ******* *** that **** *** ********* **% ** ** ** ******* ************. In *** ****** **** ****** ******, ** **** ** * follow ** ****** *** *** ******** ********** ** ******* ********.]

*****, ***'* ***** **** *** ******** *** *** ***** ********* more ** **** ** **.

* *** ********** **** ***** ************ / ******* ***** *** really * **** *** *** *********.

  • "*** **** ******* ** *********, ******* ** ******* ***************** ****** for ************ *** ** *** ******** ** ******* ****** ** data ******."
  • "** ******* ********* ** ******** *********"
  • "**** ** *** ************* ** *** ** ******* ** ********** to ******** **** *******. ** * ******, *** *** ******* and ******* **** ** ** **"

*******, *** ******** ** ***** ********* ****** ** ** ***** cost. **** *** *** ********:

  • "**** ** *** ********* *** ********* ** ** ****** *** therefore ***** *** ****** *********** ** ******** ****** ******* ** what **** ****."
  • "****** ***********"
  • "******* ***** *** ****** ******"
  • "********* ***** ****** **% *********, *** ******** *** ******** ** a ****."
  • "**** ** ********, *******, ** ******* *** ** ******* *******"
  • "** ******* *** ***** **** ****** **** **. *** ****** projects (** ** ********) ******* **** ** *******."

**** ******* *** *********** ********* ** ****, * ** ***** integrators **** ***** **** **** ********* ** ********.

***, ***'* **** ** *** ************ ******** *** *** ********* a ******** ** ** **. **** ** **** ********* *** the **** *** **** **** *** ** *** **** ***** to ** ** *******:

  • "*** **** ********** ******* ** *** ** ** *** **** great *** *** ******** *** ***** *** ****. ** *** always ****** *** ********** ** *** ** ** *** ********* is *** *****"
  • "****** ******* *******, **** ** **** ****** ****"
  • "****** ** ****** ***. *** **** *** ******* ** *** entry ********* *** ****** **** *******. ***** *** **** ****"
  • "*** **** ** ** ******* *** **** **** ** *** point ***** ** *** ** *********** **** **** *** ** know *** ******** **** ** ***** **** *** *****."
  • "* *** *** *****'* **** **** ** * ***** ********** between ** *** *.*** *******, ** *** ** ** **** it's *** **** ** * **** **********."
  • "**** *** **** ********** ******* * ********* *** ** ** camera **** ** ** ***** ****** *** **** *** ***** quality ***** ****** ******** ** * ********* ******, *** ****** has ****** **** *** *** ********* ******."
  • "***** ********** ***'* **** *** ** **** **** ****** *** better *******"

***** ***** **** *** **** ** ** **** ********, *** main ****** *********** ***** *** ******** ****** *** ******* ***** quality:

  • "******* ******* ** ***** *** ******* ****** ** ***** ***** for ********"
  • "*** ****** ***** *******"
  • "**** ********* **** **** ********, **** ***** *** *** *********."
  • "******** ************ *** *** ****** ** ********* *** ******** ***** on *** ***** *** **** ********"
  • "*** ******* ** *** ** ******* *** ****** ** ** superior **** ** *** ****** ***** *** ***** *********"
  • "** **** *** *** ****** ** *** *** **** * camera ** **** *** ****** *** ******* ********"
  • "**** ********** ******* **** *********."
  • "****** **** **** **/********* ******* **** *** ** ***** **** phones/TVs. ********** * **** ****** *** **** ******** **** *** been *********."
  • "**** **** *** **********. ****** *** ** *** ******* ** a ******* ******* **** *** **."
  • "*** ********* ****** ****** ***** *******"
  • "** ******* *** ******* *** *** **** **** *** ******. They ****** ****** ********** *********."
  • "*** **** ** **** ***** ** ********* ******* *******."
  • "********* **** ****** ***** ******* **** **** ********* **** **** their ****** ******."

******, *** **** ** ********* ********** ** *********** *** *** users, *********** **** ** ***** **** *** **** ***** **** Megapixel ** *** *** ****** *** ** ********:

  • "** ***'* ******* *** ** ** *******. * ***'* *** any ***** ** ***** **** ** **** *** *** ***."
  • "** ***** *** ***** ****** ** ****** ** ** ** I **** ******* ******** *******?"
  • "********* *** **** *** *** ************** **** ***********"
  • "*** **** *** ** ********** *** ** ******* *** *** worth *** ***** **** **** *** ****** *******."
  • "***** ** ** ***** ***** ** ** ******* ** *** are ***** ** **********"
  • "** **** *** ***** ** *** *** ********** **** *** IP **** ***** ** **** ** **** *****. *** **** of *** ** ******* ** ****** *** **** ** **** slightly **** **** ***** ** ********** ***********."
  • "** *'* ******* ** ******* *** ***** * **** **** SD ******* **** * *** **** **** ********* ******* *** almost *** **** *****. ** *'* ***** ** ***** **, I'd ****** ** ****** *******." [****** *** **** ******* *** from *** *********** ** *** ********* *********]
  • "********* ** *** ******* ** **** ** ** *******."
  • "********* ** * *** ********* ** ** ** *** ******* especially ***** ** ** ****** ***** ******* ***** *** *********** of ** ** *** ** ********* **** ********."

**** ******** **** *********** ** ************ ********* ******* ** ***** how **** *** ******* ** *** ****** *** ******* ** the **** * *****. ***** ** ******* **** ******* *** more **** * ******, **** ********, **** *** ***** ******* of *.*** ********* ** ******* *** ** ***** *** '****** app'.

**** ** ******** ** **-******** (*) ***** ********* *** (*) market ***********. ** *** **** *** *****, ** *** ************ MP ** ***** **** ******** ********** ************. ******, ** ******* this **** ********.

Manufacturer ***** *******

************ ***** ******* *** ** **** **** **** *********** *** telling **.

*** **** ****** ******* ********* ** ***********'* *** **************** ** ****. ****'* * ***** ************* *** ***** ******* Megapixel ** *****:

**** * ****** ***, ** ** *********** ****** */**** ** Vivotek's *****. ******* ***********, *** ***** ************ *** ************ ** MP ** ***** ******* ******** **** **** **** **** ** 2010 *****. ** **** ***** ****** ** ******* *** ***** towards ** ** ********* ** **** *** *******'* ***** *** likely **** **% ** ** ***.

*********, ** **** ***** *** **** ****** **** ******** *** manufacturers ********* **** ********** *** *********** *** ********* ********* (*.*.,**** ************* **** ** *** ** ** ****, **** ****** ** ****** *** ** ** *******, ***.). Combine **** **** *** ********* ******* ********* *** **** **** growing ******** (**** *******, ******** *** *******) *** **'* ** surprise **** ** ** ***** *** ******* **** **** **% and ************ ************* **** *******. *****'* ****** *** ********* ************ who *** *** ********* ****** ** - *** **** ******* we *** ***** ** ** ***** *** *** ****** **** positioning ** *** ****** **** ****** *** ** ******* ******** available **** ****, *********, ***** *** **** ****.

*** * ****** ****** ***** ** ** ****** *****, ****** ******** ** *** *** **** ** ****** ********** ***** we ******* ** ** ** ******* *****.

**** ***** ** ** ** ******* *** ****** **% ** total ******* ******* **** *** *** ** ****** ** **%. We ****** **** *** ********** ** **** **** ********, *********** 70% ** ***** ****. ** **********, **** **** ******** ************* ** ***** **** ** **** *** ** ** ** reach **%. **** ** *** *** ************ *** ********** ** many ** *** ******** *** **** ****** *** ***** ***** to ** ** ** *** **** * *****.

Comparative ******* / *********** ********

** ******* *** ****** ** ************** ****** *** ***** ****** in ****** ** ********* **. ***** ***** ** ********** ***** and ********* ************** ('*********' ****, **** ********** ** ***** ********* cameras, ***.), ** ***** *** ********* ******** ** ********* ** over ** ** *** ***** *** **********.

*** *** *** ********** ** **** ** ********* ** **** SD ** ***:

  • ***** *** ****** ***** ** *****: *** ***** **** ********** that **** * *** ** **** **** ** **** / 3 ******, ** ** ******** ******** ******** ******* ******** **** SD **. ******* *********, ********* ******* ********* *** '*** *******', often ** **** ******* **** ** ** ******* *** ********* facial ** ******* ***** ******* (*** ** ******* ** ****** FoV). ***** **** *** ************ ******** ** ******* **** ** cover **** **** ** *** *****, ** ** ******** ********* advantages **** ** **.
  • ****** ***: **** ****** ************ ******** ***** ******* ** ***** / ****** ********. ******* *********, * ****** ** *** ********* MP ******* ***** ********** *** ****** ******* **** ** ** alternatives.

******* ***** ********** **** * ***** ***** ** ********* ******* options **** ****** ***** ************ ** ****** ***** **** ****** and *****'* *** **** ** ***** ** ***********.

*** **** ******* *********** ***:

  • ******* *****: ** ****, ** ******* *** ~$*** **** **** than * ************'* ** ******* (************ ** **** / *.* MP ******* ****** ** **). ********* **'* *** **** ***** as *** ***** ** ****** ** ****** ****** ***** ** the ***** ** *******. ******* ***** ** *** * *********** barrier.
  • ******* *****: ***** *.*** ******* ********* ** ****** **********, * MP ****** **** ******* ******* **** *******. ***** **** ****** depending ** * ****** ** *******, ** ******** *** ********** cost ** ** ** *** $** - $*** *****. *********** have ***** **** **** ***** ****** ** ***** ***** ***** with ** ** **** ******/******** ******* *****. **** *****, *** additional ******* **** ** *** **** **** ****.
  • *** ***** ***********: * *** ** *** ***** *********** ******* leading ** ** ******* *** ** ** ******* ********* ****** but ** *** ******* (********* *** *** **** ***** ** which ** ** ********* ********** ******). *** **** ******* **** MP *** ***** *********** ** **** *** ***+ ******* ***** are ************ ***** ** *** ***** ***********.

*******, ** *** *** **** ****** / *********** ************ ********* adoption ** *** ***** ********* ************. *******, **** **** **** black *** ***** **** ******* (**** ** ******* *** ***** performance), ** *** **** ** *****.

*** *** ****** ******* **** ******** ** ****** ** ** IP, *****'* **** ****** ****** *** ** **** ** ** IP ****** *** *** *********** ***** *****. ******, ** *** extent **** ****** *** **** ********* ** *****, ** ** not *** **** ******** **** ** **, ** *** **** sticking **** ****** ** **** *** *** ******* **, ********** the ****** ******* ** ** ** ** ****.

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