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What are Ultra High Resolution Security Cameras?

How the surveillance industry created a phrase that sounds a lot like the TV industry term "Ultra High Definition," which refers to 4K (4096 x 2160) "higher than HD" TVs, to confuse you into buying cameras with a video quality closer to 1990's television.


What these terms mean in Television Quality

Standard Definition TV

Available at a maximum of 720TVL (with many versions from come in 420 TVL to 720 TVL), all with 4:3 (square-ish) aspect ratios.

Resolutions:

420 TVL is 360 x 240 pixels.

720TVL is 976 x 582 pixels

High Definition (HD) TV

Available in 720p and 1080p Versions, both with 16:9 (widescreen) aspect ratios. Most retailers don't sell a TV with a lower resolution than 1080P these days.

Resolutions:

720p is 1280 x 720.

1080p is 1920x1080.

Ultra High Definition TV

Available in Ultra HD and 4k versions. 4K is what you see in the movie theater. Both have widescreen aspect ratios, but the movie theater version is a bit wider.

Resolutions:

4K (what you see in a movie theater) is 4096 x 2160 pixels.

Ultra HD (the consumer version) is 3840 X 2160.

How unethical surveillance industry execs use the terms:

Standard definition cameras

identifying faces with 720TVL at 25ft

Just like TV, Standard Definition cameras come in 420 TVL to 700 TVL versions.

700TVL is 976 x 582 pixels

Most Big Box stores sell 420 TVL cameras.

High Definition cameras

identifying faces with 1080P at 25ft

Just like TV, surveillance cameras come in 720p and 1080p versions.

720p is 1280 x 720 pixels.

1080p is 1920x1080 pixels.

"Ultra High Resolution" cameras

identifying faces with 700TVL at 25ft

Unlike TV, some surveillance camera companies use the term "Ultra High Definition" or "Ultra High Resolution" to mean 600 TVL cameras rather than "cameras that are better than HD."

600TVL is 976 x 582 pixels

All three of these examples (example 1, example 2, example 3) are selling 600TVL cameras as "ultra high definition" or "ultra high resolution." 600 TVL is 728 x 492 pixels, so these examples are actually worse than your standard definition TV.

What we do differently here at SCW:

Every bit of surveillance video footage is taken with an actual security camera - not a professional video camera.

We show you what faces will look like in your surveillance video at different distances, and we won't ever mislead you by taking those photos with professional DSL cameras.

We refuse to use the phrase "Ultra High Resolution" to mean something inferior to standard television, and we do carry cameras with resolutions greater than 1080P.

A face at 25 FT, recorded with a 700 TVL camera with a wide angle lens

Traditional Analog Cameras (including those called "Ultra High Resolution")

A face at 25 FT, recorded with a 1080P IP camera with a wide angle lens

SCW's 1080P Wide Angle Lens

A face at 25 FT, recorded with a 4MP camera with a wide angle lens

SCW's 4MP (about 200% 1080P) Wide Angle Lens

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  1. The 1080P Admiral Series - 4 Channel HD Customizable Security Camera System




    Cameras


    2MP @ 30 FPS: 1920 x 1080

    85° or 110° options
    IP67 Weatherproof
    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT
    -31°F to 140 °F temp rated


    Processing Power and Compression: Not All 4MP Cameras are Created Equal


    Software


    VCA: Motion Detection, Line Crossing, Face Detection, Intrusion Detection, People Counting, Vandalism Detection
    Video Content Analytics (VCA) Search
    VCA Event based Email Alerts
    Remote Footage Download
    1 Click Firmware Update

    Learn when you would use VCA


    Remote Viewing


    Smartphone Apps
    Tablet Apps
    Windows Apps
    Mac Viewing Apps
    Safari and Internet Explorer Viewing

    How Patent Wars have changed Browser Support


    Hardware


    Cat5e (RJ45) Ethernet to Network
    Standard 3-Prong Wall Plug
    SCWEasyConnect 2.0 ports on back for Plug and play 2018 SCW camera auto-configuration up to 750 ft away
    VGA Monitor Out
    4K HDMI Out for TVs/Monitors
    Footage Download via USB

    Learn about automatic backup footage options



  2. The 4MP Admiral Series (4MP is 2 x 1080P) - 4 Channel HD Customizable Security Camera System




    Cameras


    4MP @ 25 FPS: 2560 x 1440

    80.8° or 101° options
    IP67 Weatherproof
    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT
    -31°F to 140 °F temp rated
    True Wide Dynamic Range (120dB)


    Processing Power and Compression: Not All 4MP Cameras are Created Equal


    Software


    VCA: Motion Detection, Line Crossing, Face Detection, Intrusion Detection, People Counting, Vandalism Detection
    Video Content Analytics (VCA) Search
    VCA Event based Email Alerts
    Remote Footage Download
    1 Click Firmware Update

    Learn when you would use VCA


    Remote Viewing


    Smartphone Apps
    Tablet Apps
    Windows Apps
    Mac Viewing Apps
    Safari and Internet Explorer Viewing

    How Patent Wars have changed Browser Support


    Hardware


    Cat5e (RJ45) Ethernet to Network
    Standard 3-Prong Wall Plug
    SCWEasyConnect 2.0 ports on back for Plug and play 2018 SCW camera auto-configuration up to 750 ft away
    VGA Monitor Out
    4K HDMI Out for TVs/Monitors
    Footage Download via USB

    Learn about automatic backup footage options



  3. The 4MP Motorized Admiral Series - 4 Channel HD Customizable Security Camera System




    Cameras


    4MP @ 25 FPS: 2560 x 1440

    Motorized Varifocal: 2.8 - 12mm
    91° - 27° of coverage
    IP67 Weatherproof
    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT
    -31°F to 140 °F temp rated
    True Wide Dynamic Range (120dB)


    Processing Power and Compression: Not All 4MP Cameras are Created Equal


    Software


    VCA: Motion Detection, Line Crossing, Face Detection, Intrusion Detection, People Counting, Vandalism Detection
    Video Content Analytics (VCA) Search
    VCA Event based Email Alerts
    Remote Footage Download
    1 Click Firmware Update

    Learn when you would use VCA


    Remote Viewing


    Smartphone Apps
    Tablet Apps
    Windows Apps
    Mac Viewing Apps
    Safari and Internet Explorer Viewing

    How Patent Wars have changed Browser Support


    Hardware


    Cat5e (RJ45) Ethernet to Network
    Standard 3-Prong Wall Plug
    SCWEasyConnect 2.0 ports on back for Plug and play 2018 SCW camera auto-configuration up to 750 ft away
    VGA Monitor Out
    4K HDMI Out for TVs/Monitors
    Footage Download via USB

    Learn about automatic backup footage options



  4. The 4K Motorized Admiral Series - 4 Channel HD Customizable Security Camera System




    Cameras


    4K (8MP) UHD @ 30 FPS: 3840 x 2160

    Motorized Varifocal: 2.8 - 12mm
    91° - 27° of coverage
    IP67 Weatherproof
    Infrared night vision up to 325 or 100 FT
    P-Iris Lens or IK10 impact rating
    Extreme Cold Temperature rated from -40°F to 140 °F
    True Wide Dynamic Range (120dB)


    Processing Power and Compression: Not All 4MP Cameras are Created Equal


    Software


    VCA: Motion Detection, Line Crossing, Face Detection, Intrusion Detection, People Counting, Vandalism Detection
    Video Content Analytics (VCA) Search
    VCA Event based Email Alerts
    Remote Footage Download
    1 Click Firmware Update

    Learn when you would use VCA


    Remote Viewing


    Smartphone Apps
    Tablet Apps
    Windows Apps
    Mac Viewing Apps
    Safari and Internet Explorer Viewing

    How Patent Wars have changed Browser Support


    Hardware


    Cat5e (RJ45) Ethernet to Network
    Standard 3-Prong Wall Plug
    SCWEasyConnect 2.0 ports on back for Plug and play 2018 SCW camera auto-configuration up to 750 ft away
    VGA Monitor Out
    4K HDMI Out for TVs/Monitors
    Footage Download via USB

    Learn about automatic backup footage options


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