If you are looking to buy surveillance cameras, you have probably run into these terms: Analog, Digital, IP Megapixel. What does it all mean? Although, the first question you should ask yourself is: What do I need my surveillance cameras to do? Are you monitoring employees you already know, and could easily recognize on footage, or are you needing to monitor something more closely, like faces in a crowded bar or license plates in a parking lot? Please take a look at the two images above. As you can see, details in the top picture, such as the bus number and license plate, from our IP camera are much clearer than the image on the bottom from our analog camera. If you are considering making the switch to IP Megapixel cameras, here are some benefits to consider: Picture Quality/Resolution • Megapixel IP cameras have a resolution of up to 11 megapixels, compared to analog at 0.3-0.4 megapixels • Imperative for identifying clear details of faces, items being purchased, license plates, forensic detail, loss prevention, and general surveillance. • Ability to zoom and enlarge far better than analog. Cost Effective and Efficient • A single Megapixel IP camera can replace the surveillance capacity of up to 24 analog cameras. This is possible from the clarity, zoom ability, and wider angles of the cameras. • Fewer cameras require less maintenance, less installation, and lower system set-up costs. • Less hardware updates needed • Lower costs for cable (CAT5) • Can be added to an existing analog system, to help reduce overall initial replacement costs Technology Advancements • Data can be sent and received through a computer network • Two way data and audio, allowing communication while viewing the feed • Can view your surveillance system from anywhere over the Internet • Increased motion detection and sharper image quality, even in poor lighting. • Progressive scanning, the process of scanning images and playing the video back, produces smooth video and eliminates the “flicker effect”. This is especially crucial for observing fast movement, such as a criminal running or driving away.