10MP vs 5MP vs HD Shootout

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Nov 20, 2013

HD cameras are commonplace. Everyone offers 1080p. The big question now is how much better is 5MP or 10MP? Is a 10MP camera 5 times better than 1080p as pixel count proponents claim?

In this report, we share test results of a head to head shootout between 1080p, 5MP and 10MP cameras. For this test, we bought 3 compact box cameras from Arecont (3MP AV3116, 5MP AV5115, and 10MP AV10115), known for both their unrealistic claims and high resolution offerings. This allowed us to eliminate any variances across manufacturers and focus simply on the advantages and disadvantages of varying resolution

Key Questions Answered

Our tests answered the following key questions:

  • How much more details did the higher resolution cameras deliver at 20', 50', 100' wide FoVs?
  • Which camera was the best in low light and by how much?
  • Which camera was the best in strong backlight scenes - the WDR HD camera or the higher resolution 5MP or 10MP ones?

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