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CIF vs D1 vs 960H vs HD


There are 7 main resolution options in video surveillance recording:


Standard Definition Cameras and DVRs: CIF, D1, and 960H

CIF DVRs: 360 x 240. (86,400 total pixels)

D1 DVRs: 720 x 480. (345,600 total pixels)

960H DVRs: 960 x 480. (460,800 total pixels)

HD IP cameras: 720p, 1080p, 3MP, or 5MP

720p is 1280 x 720. (921,600 total pixels)

1080p is 1920x1080. (2,073,600 total pixels)

3MP is 2048 x 1536. (3,145,728 total pixels)

5MP is 2560 x 1920. (4,915,200 total pixels)


Resolution is the most important decision you are going to make about your surveillance system.

Most people choose between CIF, D1/960H and 1080p, so let's focus on those.


Resolution is the difference between a conviction and a blurry image.


CIF About the Quality of a 1990's Flip-Phone

We don't carry any devices that record in CIF. This is what "Big Box Store," ebay, amazon, and security camera companies that haven't updated their stock in 10 years sell.

The section at the bottom of this page which details at what distances you can identify a person should will help to explain why CIF doesn't meet our minimum quality standards.


This CIF video is actual size.


D1 / 960H Standard-Definition TV Quality


This 960H/D1 video is actual size.

D1 is square and sized like (non-widescreen) Standard Definition TV. It is sometimes also called 4CIF since it has 4 times that resolution.

960H recording has the same height as D1 DVRs but are wider. They are properly formatted for wide-screen TVs and monitors

This video is 960H. D1 will be the same resolution, but will be shaped more like a square and you will lose the video on the sides. You can identify a face at about 10 feet with an analog 960H system.

Like CIF, D1 and 960H are quickly becoming legacy equipment.

Starting in 2010, the industry started making a transition to HD equipment. This year (2014) the prices on HD cameras have started to get much closer than they have every been to analog camera prices. The quality on HD is now much more affordable and it makes little sense to consider analog cameras for new installations, especially since analog will be phased out completely soon. Because analog cameras are being phased out, you may find a blowout sale for them as retailers look to liquidate stock. It is important to note that 2-3 years from now it may be difficult and expensive to find replacement or supplementary analog cameras.


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1080P Beautiful HD Video Footage


NOTE: We had to reduce the size of this video to fit in this area. It is being displayed at 1156x658 to fit in this space, but it is actually 1920x1080 (about 4x as big).

When playing this video, make sure that you select the fullscreen button to see it as large as your screen will let us display it.

If you have a small screen or a slow internet connection (which will cause the video player to downgrade the quality), you may want to download this selection of images instead.

Just like television has seen a major update in resolution over the last few years, so have surveillance systems.

If you are considering a system for commercial, government, or other business uses, you should absolutely go with a HD system. Most home users should consider HD as well, because the price for HD is rapidly decreasing.


IP HD camera systems use Cat5 (computer networking cable) and can communicate with other digital devices such as alarms, digital locks, access control units, POS equipment and other digital devices. Also, because they are digital, they can be fully managed by computers, tablets, and smartphones. You can identify a face at up to 50 - 100 feet with IP camera systems. About 90% of consumers choose to go with HD.

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Still Images

Our 1080P IP Camera Line

Like our 1080P video, these images had to become smaller to fit in this area. They are being displayed at 1156x658 to fit in this space, but it is actually 1920x1080 (about 4x as big). If you would like to download this selection of images, you will be able to see them full size.

With a subject 10 feet away

Fixed Wide Angle Lens 1080P Camera

12mm Adjustable Lens Zoom 1080P Camera (fully zoomed)

With a subject 20 feet away

Fixed Wide Angle Lens 1080P Camera

12mm Adjustable Lens Zoom 1080P Camera (fully zoomed)

With a subject 50 feet away

Fixed Wide Angle Lens 1080P Camera

12mm Adjustable Lens Zoom 1080P Camera (fully zoomed)

With a subject 100 feet away

Fixed Wide Angle Lens 1080P Camera

12mm Adjustable Lens Zoom 1080P Camera (fully zoomed)

With a subject 150 feet away

60mm PTZ Lens Zoom 1080P Camera (fully zoomed)

With a subject 200 feet away

94mm PTZ Lens Zoom 1080P Camera (fully zoomed)

94mm PTZ Lens Zoom 1080P Camera (fully zoomed) and the 20x Digital Zoom Applied

960H Resolution (D1 would be the same resolution, but square rather than widescreen - just image the images with the sides shortened)

These pictures are actual size.

With a subject 10 feet away

Fixed Wide Angle Lens 700 TVL Camera

12mm Adjustable Lens Zoom 700 TVL Camera (fully zoomed)

With a subject 20 feet away

Fixed Wide Angle Lens 700 TVL Camera

12mm Adjustable Lens Zoom 700 TVL Camera (fully zoomed)

With a subject 50 feet away

Fixed Wide Angle Lens 700 TVL Camera

12mm Adjustable Lens 700 TVL Zoom Camera (fully zoomed)

With a subject 100 feet away

Fixed Wide Angle Lens 700 TVL Camera

12mm Adjustable Lens 700 TVL Zoom Camera (fully zoomed)

CIF resolution

These pictures are actual size.

With a subject 10 feet away

Fixed Wide Angle Lens 480 TVL Camera

With a subject 20 feet away

Fixed Wide Angle Lens 480 TVL Camera

With a subject 50 feet away

Fixed Wide Angle Lens 480 TVL Camera

With a subject 100 feet away

Fixed Wide Angle Lens 480 TVL Camera

Why CIF and D1 aren't the only things that matter

A framerate below 30 will make your video seem to jump or strobe like this
Framerate

It is important to record at 30 FPS per camera

Video Quality is dependent upon two things: image resolution and frames per second. Resolution improves image quality (which is why the videos above show a color swatch that doesn't move) while frame-rate improves video quality by preventing motion blur and "jerkiness."

When purchasing a DVR it is always very important to also check the frame rate. Make sure it can record at 30 Frames Per Second (which is known as "realtime recording.")


Part of our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee is that All of our DVRs record at 30 FPS.



Both a Low Frame Rate (which causes motion blur) and the Low Resolution Make This Suspect Unidentifiable

Buyer Beware: Some companies sell inferior "D1 DVRs"

Each DVR has a recording resolution and a live video resolution. Many standalone DVRs are not able to record in D1 in realtime, which is 30 frames per second (FPS per camera). Because significant processing power is needed to record these high resolution images and it that much power wasn't available or economical then, D1 originally was not able to offer the same number of frames per second as CIF.


Nowadays with computing power being what it is, D1 DVRs can record at full 30 fps frame rates. However, some competitors obscure their frame rate by saying things like "FPS is 60" which makes their frame rate sound higher, however they often mean by that is "The Total FPS of all the cameras combined is 60." For example, if Total FPS is 60 than the frame rate is 15 per camera if there are 4 channels, or 7.5 FPS if there are 8 cameras.

Most people are unable to tell the difference between 30 FPS and above, so you don't have to go too much higher than 30 FPS, however, below 30 FPS can cause the video to be so "jerky" as to be unwatchable.





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    Intruder Alert Emails
    Motion Detection
    Footage Download
    Remote Backup
    Online Viewing
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    Waterproof
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    Difficult, but possible, to recognize someone at 10 feet away
    Image: Someone 10 feet from the camera

    Image: Someone 20 feet from the camera

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    Video: Footage Sample
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    Intruder Alert Emails
    Motion Detection
    Footage Download
    Remote Backup
    Online Viewing
    USB Backup
    VGA and HDMI Out
    Night Vision to 75ft
    Waterproof
    72 degree view

    Difficult, but possible, to recognize someone at 10 feet away
    Image: Someone 10 feet from the camera

    Image: Someone 20 feet from the camera

    Image: Someone 50 feet from the camera

    Video: Footage Sample
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    In addition to cameras and a recorder, this system includes a power distribution box, siamese power and video cable, and power pigtails.



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    Starting at: $1,821.88

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    Intruder Alert Emails
    Motion Detection
    Footage Download
    Remote Backup
    Online Viewing
    USB Backup
    VGA and HDMI Out
    Night Vision to 75ft
    Waterproof
    72 degree view

    Difficult, but possible, to recognize someone at 10 feet away
    Image: Someone 10 feet from the camera

    Image: Someone 20 feet from the camera

    Image: Someone 50 feet from the camera

    Video: Footage Sample
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    Everything's Included.


    In addition to cameras and a recorder, this system includes a power distribution box, siamese power and video cable, and power pigtails.



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    Intruder Alert Emails
    Motion Detection
    Footage Download
    Remote Backup
    Online Viewing
    USB Backup
    VGA and HDMI Out
    Night Vision to 75ft
    Waterproof
    72 degree view

    Difficult, but possible, to recognize someone at 10 feet away
    Image: Someone 10 feet from the camera

    Image: Someone 20 feet from the camera

    Image: Someone 50 feet from the camera

    Video: Footage Sample
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    Everything's Included.


    In addition to cameras and a recorder, this system includes a power distribution box, siamese power and video cable, and power pigtails.



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    TV Quality
    Intruder Alert Emails
    Motion Detection
    Footage Download
    Remote Backup
    Online Viewing
    USB Backup
    VGA and HDMI Out
    Night Vision to 75ft
    Waterproof
    72 degree view

    Difficult, but possible, to recognize someone at 10 feet away
    Image: Someone 10 feet from the camera

    Image: Someone 20 feet from the camera

    Image: Someone 50 feet from the camera

    Video: Footage Sample
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    Everything's Included.


    In addition to cameras and a recorder, this system includes a power distribution box, siamese power and video cable, and power pigtails.



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    Online Viewing
    USB Backup
    VGA and HDMI Out
    Night Vision to 75ft
    Waterproof
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    Difficult, but possible, to recognize someone at 10 feet away
    Image: Someone 10 feet from the camera

    Image: Someone 20 feet from the camera

    Image: Someone 50 feet from the camera

    Video: Footage Sample
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    USB Backup
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    Waterproof
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    Difficult, but possible, to recognize someone at 10 feet away
    Image: Someone 10 feet from the camera

    Image: Someone 20 feet from the camera

    Image: Someone 50 feet from the camera

    Video: Footage Sample
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    Everything's Included.


    In addition to cameras and a recorder, this system includes a power distribution box, siamese power and video cable, and power pigtails.



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    1080P HD Quality
    Intruder Alert Emails
    Motion Detection
    Footage Download
    Remote Backup
    Online Viewing
    USB Backup
    VGA and HDMI Out
    Night Vision to 100ft
    Waterproof
    75 degree view
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    Image: Someone 10 feet from the camera

    Image: Someone 20 feet from the camera

    Image: Someone 50 feet from the camera

    Image: Someone 100 feet from the camera

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    Please note: if the 1080P sample video does not look twice as large as the 720P video, that is because it had to be scaled down to fit in your computer's monitor.
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