A User's Guide to Digital Video Surveillance

Analog VS. IP Cameras


The CCTV industry is all abuzz with talk of an IP ("Internet Protocol") camera takeover. Yet reports of the death of analog cameras are premature. While some IP or ‘network’ cameras can potentially deliver high definition megapixel images, analog CCTV cameras continue to offer greater efficiency, lower cost and higher overall reliability.

Before deciding on IP cameras versus analog, it is advisable to first understand how the technologies work. The differences in both camera technologies and method of video transmission are critical to developing a well planned CCTV solution. It should be noted as manufacturers of both IP and analog cameras, DVRs and NVRs, I have no bias. While the opinions may not be "popular" they are just a statement of facts. It is not a matter of either or, rather use each camera appropriately as needed. They both have their place.

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