Which One to Choose: IP Cameras or Analog Cameras?

When it comes to surveillance cameras, two types of cameras are always thrown around into the discussion. These are the Analog (CCTV) cameras and the IP cameras.

Both are used in surveillance but there seems to be a longstanding debate on which one you should really use.

Since IP cameras are newer, they are probably better, right? In most cases, yes, but in this case, we should not discount the use of Analog cameras.

In this article, I will talk about some points to help you decide which camera you should choose: analog or IP cameras?

First, we’ll talk about the price. CCTV cameras are much more inexpensive compared to IP cameras. That is because IP cameras are much newer and if we are going to look at the trend, the newest technologies will always have a higher price tag.

Second, the features. The Analog or CCTV cameras have simple but effective features. It can have a better tilt or swivel than IP cameras. The IP Cameras, on the other hand, might not have a good tilt or swivel but they make up for it in other features.

Some of the common IP camera features include a microphone and speaker for a two-way communication, easier to access the camera via a computer browser, much more secure data transmission compared to CCTV cameras, and a better encryption protocol.

Third. we’re going to look at are the storage options. The CCTV cameras can only store data through a NAS or a dedicated computer where all the data will be stored. This is good and all but the risk is here that the data can be readily erased or stolen.

CCTV cameras do not have built-in storage mechanisms and they only rely on the NAS to store all of the video footage.

IP cameras, on the other hand, have different storage capabilities. For one, some modern IP cameras can use microSD cards to store data. On top of that, they can also utilize an NVR or Network Video Recorder.

This is much like the ones used in CCTV cameras only that they are more flexible and offers better encryption. Some NVRs are also password-protected and it is good to keep your data safe.

Another important factor to consider is the clarity of the video. CCTV cameras, oftentimes, can only support VGA resolution. On the plus side, this only requires a little bit of storage space. On the downside, the quality and clarity of the video is not good which sometimes defeats the purpose of recording the footage.

All IP cameras, including the most inexpensive options, have better resolution videos. The standard of IP cameras today has 1080p resolution video support. This is definitely much better in terms of video clarity; the downside being that it requires much more space than the ones made by CCTV cameras.

All of the things considered, it is now up to you to decide which one you should buy. If you just want a simple surveillance camera that does not break the bank, then get an analog camera. If you want more features and you don’t mind the additional cost, then get the IP camera.