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Analog Security Camera vs. An IP Camera?

What are the Differences between an Analog Security Camera and an IP Camera?

What are the Differences between an Analog Security Camera and an IP Camera?

If you’re in the market for a new security camera system, you may be overwhelmed by all of the options available. Back in the day, an analog security camera was cutting-edge, the coolest technology available. However, in recent years, security camera technology has seen a few makeovers. This blog will help to explain the differences between a traditional analog security camera and an IP camera.
Analog Security Camera
An analog security camera or closed circuit television system (CCTV) uses coaxial cable to carry a video signal to a VHS video recorder. Video recorded by an analog security camera is not always the highest quality. Analog video becomes very pixelated when enlarged. In order to zoom in close enough to recognize faces or record license plate numbers, you must use a special lens.
However, it’s tough to find a truly analog security camera on the market today. Most modern systems immediately convert video into to a digital format, usually on a DVR, for easy computer-based viewing.
IP Camera
An IP camera, also known as a digital megapixel camera, provides superior image quality over an analog security camera. With this type of camera, analog video is recorded and immediately converted to digital within the camera and transmitted over an Ethernet cable. With this process, you don’t lose quality in the digital conversion process like with an analog camera. Because of the higher quality video, you can zoom in close without distorting images. One of the biggest perks of an IP camera is that it gives business owners the ability to remotely view the video footage in real-time over the Internet. Wireless IP cameras are also available, which allows you to place the camera up to 1.5 miles from the network switch.
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Interested in getting a camera system installed in your home or business? Contact Allstar Alarm today! We offer a wide variety of camera systems to help keep you and your property safe from intruders. Get a free quote by calling 800-845-9705 or sending an email to
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