Drawbacks of High Definition
When it comes to security camera systems, everything is a compromise. All the great things highlighted on our benefits page have to be balanced with some drawbacks.
The main drawback of high definition security camera systems is that the amount of data being produced is much greater than standard definition – in fact, 4.5 times as much for 960H and 6 times as much for D1. This unfortunately translates to a direct increase in the amount of hard drive space required to store this footage. Fortunately the cost of storage is at a price point where it makes sense to have the increased hard drive space to accommodate Full HD 1080p.
There are even higher definition cameras on the market, however we don’t feel the increased resolution, and therefore storage space and associated cost is justified by the improved images. Remember that each time you double the size of the image, you only increase the identification distance by approximately 40%.
The second drawback is that you will find the quality of nighttime images are not quite as good as with standard definition. This is because there are many more pixels crammed onto a small sensor resulting in them receiving less light per pixel. Due to the higher definition this is generally counterbalanced anyway.
Whilst there are a couple of drawbacks to high definition security cameras, we feel the results of the technology really are so great that you shouldn’t consider anything less than Full HD 1080p system.