So, you’ve finally decided that you want to install security camera(s) into your home, business, warehouse or otherwise. This decision is simple on the surface, but once you begin to look into cameras and their differences, it can become quite difficult. The good news is our team here at Smart Vision Plus wants to help with this process and provide information on the difference between IP and analog security cameras.  

The Quick Rundown 

In today’s world, most security cameras will operate on either IP or analog. The main difference between the two will be how the footage moves from the camera to the video recorder. When it comes to analog, these camera types will capture the video then transfer the footage through a coaxial cable to the DVR. The DVR will then convert the video to digital, compress it and finally, store it. When we are talking about traditional CCTV security, these cameras will use analog. 

On the flipside, IP cameras transfer the video information differently. Instead of using a cable, it will move the footage via a network connection, then connect to a recorder that uses an ethernet cable. Since each camera has its own IP address (hence the name), they can be found and streamed over the net. While CCTV security solutions have been around for longer, IP cameras are considered a more modern solution. 

The Benefits of IP Security Cameras 

Since IP security cameras are the new gem of the security market, they come equipped with a lot of really great advantages. Some of these features include: 

  • Better Video Resolution: Do you want video that goes up to 30MP (7K) so you can better identify people/cars/items? If so, the IP camera will likely be the product for you. On top of the amazing resolutions they offer, they will often come with super-zoom capabilities so you can get more precise footage. 
  • Easy Add-On Capabilities: When you want a camera that’s versatile with more options in terms of expansion, an IP camera will be the choice for you. 
  • Easier To Install/Less Wiring: When it comes to simple setup, IP cameras win over analog any day. This is due to the complete absence of wiring that comes with IP security. No need to worry about having a power outlet nearby or placing your camera too high— these cameras are easy to place wherever you see fit. 

The Benefits of Analog Security Cameras 

When you own a space with pre-existing coaxial cables, this security option might be best. Just like IP security cameras, analog cameras come with their own pros. These features include: 

  • A Lot More Affordable: While IP cameras come with a lot of convenience, the costs can pile up really quickly. If you’re looking for a cost friendly option, analog cameras are the way to go. 
  • Easy Setup: As long as you have the right wiring for this security option, these cameras are very easy to set up overall. While it might be a bit more tricky to install/place than IP security, the technology in and of itself is simple and easy to understand.  
  • Less Bandwidth: When you own a business and have a network connection you want to be sure it operates at its best. When you use IP security cameras they tend to take up a lot of bandwidth, especially in comparison to analog cameras. This can cause other devices such as your payment terminals, guest Wi-Fi, etc. to not work as efficiently if your network isn’t speedy enough. With analog cameras, you save all that bandwidth use so your network works at its best. 

How We Can Help 

If you are still struggling to decide whether analog or IP cameras are best for your situation, our team here at Smart Vision Plus wants to help. With our years of experience in both selling and installing security products, we can listen to your needs firsthand and work to find the perfect solution for your situation. To learn more and talk to our team about our security systems in Toronto, be sure to phone us at 1-833-880-4591 today!