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IP Camera Bitrate and Compression: Not All 1080P Cameras are Created Equal

We often get asked why our cameras look so much better than other brands - even with similar specs.


H265

There's three ways that professional cameras record video.

1. MJPEG which is a slow series of individual pictures.

2. H.264, which saves hard drive space and increases the quality of an image by splitting the screen into a grid and only updating the sections that changed from the previous frame. This focuses nearly all of the processing power of the camera on the areas of the screen with activity.

3. H.265, which is the successor to H.264. In comparison to H.264, H.265 offers about double the data compression ratio at the same level of video quality, which means both substantially improved video quality at the same bitrate and lower storage requirements. H.265 saves hard drive space and increases the quality of an image by splitting the screen into a grid and only updating the sections that changed from the previous frame. This focuses nearly all of the processing power of the camera on the areas of the screen with activity. The image quality differences of H.265 is most noticeable in situations such as attempting to watch your camera remotely if your internet upload speed is slow.

Both H.264 and H.265 were the result of collaboration by many parties including Apple, Microsoft, CIsco, Dolby, and the Moving Picture Experts Group.

The difference is that you can trust our components to perform according to their specs without having to deeply compress the video.

This example is extreme, but there are some really irresponsible sellers with cameras with these specs:

(click to enlarge the images)

This image is 1080P, but made by a video processor that can only handle 256kb of video data per second and can't record in the latest file types.



This image is also 1080P, but made by our cameras. The image was created by utilizing 4Mbps (4096kbps) of video data per second at H.264 (but the same image could be made with 2.5 Mbps at H.265).



The difference between the two images is the processor in the camera and the version of the H.26X. They are both 1080P and they both have the same number of pixels.

The difference is that the processor on the first camera was really, really slow and the version of H.26X was not the latest.

All video is compressed. Compression can be a good thing. Compression is the technological innovation that allowed you to fit every song you own on your iPod when only 10 uncompressed songs fit on a CD. Compression helps video files not take up too much space. Compression is ok when you don't notice it, the problem is when things get out of range.

Now that we Understand what Compression is, Let's compare our 4Mbps cameras to a 2Mbps camera

This image is 1080P, but made by a video processor that can only handle H.264 encoding and only has 2Mbps (2048kbps) of video data per second.



This image is also 1080P, but made by our cameras. It was set to handle 4Mbps (4096kbps) of video data per second.



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  1. The Wasp Pro 2.0 43220 - 1080P 2MP Fixed Lens Mini Bullet Camera



    The Wasp Pro 2.0 43220 - 1080P 2MP Fixed Lens Mini Bullet Camera

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $150.00


    Resolution

    1080p HD

    1080P (2MP) @ 30 FPS
    1920 × 1080
    Compression: Not All 1080P Cameras are Created Equal


    Weather

    weatherproof

    Rated IP66 - full protection from dust, rain, and sprinklers. You can even wash them off with a hose.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Temperature rated from -22°F to 140 °F at below 90% humidity.


    Lens

    fixed lens

    Fixed: 4mm
    75° of coverage


    IR

    infrared

    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT


    Special

    special features

    Vandal Proof Housing

    Digital Zoom Only

    Learn about the 4 types of Zoom



  2. The Guardian Pro 2.0 41220 - 1080P 2MP 3 Axis Fixed Lens Dome Camera



    The Guardian Pro 2.0 41220 - 1080P 2MP 3 Axis Fixed Lens Dome Camera

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $150.00


    Resolution

    1080p HD

    1080P (2MP) @ 30 FPS
    1920 × 1080
    Compression: Not All 1080P Cameras are Created Equal


    Weather

    weatherproof

    Rated IP66 - full protection from dust, rain, and sprinklers. You can even wash them off with a hose.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Temperature rated from -22°F to 140 °F at below 90% humidity.


    Lens

    fixed lens

    Fixed: 4mm
    75° of coverage


    IR

    infrared

    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT


    Special

    special features

    Vandal Proof Housing

    Digital Zoom Only

    Learn about the 4 types of Zoom



  3. The Guardian Pro 4.0 41240 - 4MP (2x1080P) 3 Axis Fixed Lens Dome Camera



    The Guardian Pro 4.0 41240 - 4MP (2x1080P) 3 Axis Fixed Lens Dome Camera

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $199.00


    Resolution

    4MP UHD Quality

    4MP @ 20 FPS
    2560 x 1440
    Compression: Not All 1080P Cameras are Created Equal


    Weather

    weatherproof

    Rated IP66 - full protection from dust, rain, and sprinklers. You can even wash them off with a hose.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Temperature rated from -22°F to 140 °F at below 90% humidity.


    Lens

    fixed lens

    Fixed: 4mm
    75° of coverage


    IR

    infrared

    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT
    Good for Low Light: 0.01 Lux Rating


    Special

    special features

    Wide Dynamic Range

    Vandal Proof Housing

    Digital Zoom Only

    Learn about the 4 types of Zoom



  4. The Wasp Pro 4.0 43240 - 4MP (2x1080P) Fixed Lens Mini Bullet Camera



    The Wasp Pro 4.0 43240 - 4MP (2x1080P) Fixed Lens Mini Bullet Camera

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $199.00


    Resolution

    4MP UHD Quality

    4MP @ 20 FPS
    2560 x 1440
    Compression: Not All 1080P Cameras are Created Equal


    Weather

    weatherproof

    Rated IP66 - full protection from dust, rain, and sprinklers. You can even wash them off with a hose.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Temperature rated from -22°F to 140 °F at below 90% humidity.


    Lens

    fixed lens

    Fixed: 4mm
    75° of coverage


    IR

    infrared

    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT
    Good for Low Light: 0.01 Lux Rating


    Special

    special features

    Wide Dynamic Range

    Vandal Proof Housing

    Digital Zoom Only

    Learn about the 4 types of Zoom



  5. The Hornet Pro 4.0 44240 - 4MP (2x1080P) Multi-Purpose Adjustable Lens Bullet Camera



    The Hornet Pro 4.0 Motorized 44240 - 4MP (2x1080P) Multi-Purpose Lens Bullet Camera with Motorized Zoom and Focus

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $399.00


    Resolution

    4MP UHD Quality

    4MP @ 20 FPS
    2560 x 1440
    Compression: Not All 1080P Cameras are Created Equal


    Weather

    weatherproof

    Rated IP66 - full protection from dust, rain, and sprinklers. You can even wash them off with a hose.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Temperature rated from -22°F to 140 °F at below 95% humidity.


    Lens

    fixed lens

    Motorized Varifocal: 2.8 - 12mm
    98° - 30.5° of coverage


    IR

    infrared

    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT
    Good for Low Light: 0.01 Lux Rating and Wide Dynamic Range


    Special

    special features

    Motorized Zoom and Focus

    Vandal Proof Housing, Micro-SD Card Slot

    Digital Zoom and Optical Zoom

    Learn about the 4 types of Zoom



  6. The Warden Pro 4.0 42240 - 4MP (2x1080P) Multi-Purpose Adjustable Zoom Lens Dome Camera



    The Warden Pro Motorized 4.0 42240 - 4MP (2x1080P) Multi-Purpose Adjustable Zoom Lens Dome Camera with Motorized Zoom and Focus

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $399.00


    Resolution

    4MP UHD Quality

    4MP @ 20 FPS
    2560 x 1440
    Compression: Not All 1080P Cameras are Created Equal


    Weather

    weatherproof

    Rated IP66 - full protection from dust, rain, and sprinklers. You can even wash them off with a hose.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Temperature rated from -22°F to 140 °F at below 95% humidity.


    Lens

    fixed lens

    Motorized Varifocal: 2.8 - 12mm
    98° - 30.5° of coverage


    IR

    infrared

    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT
    Good for Low Light: 0.01 Lux Rating and Wide Dynamic Range


    Special

    special features

    Motorized Zoom and Focus, IK10 Vandal Proof Housing, Micro-SD Card Slot

    Digital Zoom and Optical Zoom

    Learn about the 4 types of Zoom



  7. The Marshall Pro 2.0 41420 - 1080P 2MP Fixed Wide Angle Turret Camera



    The Marshall Pro 2.0 41420 - 1080P 2MP Fixed Wide Angle Turret Camera

    Backordered
    More on the way in 3-7 business days.

    $165.00


    Resolution

    1080p HD

    1080P (2MP) @ 30 FPS
    1920 × 1080


    Compression: Not All 1080P Cameras are Created Equal


    Weather

    weatherproof

    Rated IP66 - full protection from dust, rain, and sprinklers. You can even wash them off with a hose.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Temperature rated from -22°F to 140 °F at below 90% humidity.


    Lens

    fixed lens

    Fixed: 2.8mm

    98° of coverage


    IR

    infrared

    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT


    Special

    special features

    Vandal Proof Housing

    Digital Zoom Only

    Learn about the 4 types of Zoom



  8. The Marshall Pro 2.0 41420 - 1080P 2MP Fixed Wide Angle Turret Camera



    The Marshall Pro 4.0 41440 - 4MP Fixed Wide Angle Lens Dome Camera

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $225.00


    Resolution

    4MP UHD Quality

    4MP @ 20 FPS
    2560 x 1440
    Compression: Not All 1080P Cameras are Created Equal


    Weather

    weatherproof

    Rated IP66 - full protection from dust, rain, and sprinklers. You can even wash them off with a hose.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Temperature rated from -22°F to 140 °F at below 90% humidity.


    Lens

    fixed lens

    Fixed: 2.8mm
    98° of coverage


    IR

    infrared

    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT

    Made for Low Light: 0.01 Lux Rating


    Special

    special features

    Vandal Proof Housing
    Digital Zoom Only

    Learn about the 4 types of Zoom


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