Understanding IP Cameras

Understanding IP Cameras

If you are looking to improve your system of surveillance, whether personally or professionally, you may want to take a look at IP cameras. IP cameras are commonly used for surveillance purposes, and are a large step ahead technologically from analog cameras. This makes them beneficial to use for a variety of reasons.

In this article, we will take a look at IP cameras, how they can be used, and why they have become prevalent devices for security purposes and a number of other uses.

What Are IP Cameras

The “IP” in IP Camera means Internet Protocol. IP cameras are known for their capability to gather and disperse data from computers. This gives them something of an unlimited potential.

Additionally, analog cameras of the past would normally receive feeds from DVR systems, thereby having limitations which IP cameras capably bypass.

Advantages Of IP Cameras

IP cameras are known for having stellar picture quality. Even some of the leading analog cameras for surveillance could not compare to the worst in IP camera quality.

Analog cameras were often nowhere near a megapixel in quality. Usually they were around a half MP. CCTV cameras that were over 1 megapixel usually went above and beyond the picture quality met by many of their counterparts in the same domain.

Aside from the quality itself of pictures, IP cameras capture a larger scope of field. With these wider lens capabilities, not only are they rendering higher quality images, but images that contain more matter.

IP cameras are also useful for being able to adjust preferences in terms of video analytics. This means that they can be preset to capture certain events or information that the owner finds to be of use.

What this also means is that, for security purposes, if any unruly activity were to occur you could preset your camera to notify you of its existence. Rather than sift through days of footage, you can hone in on any unusual activity from the get-go.

A wide variety of activities can be monitored or looked for. Things such as motion detection lights unexpectedly going off during the night, or other activity can be recorded and promptly seen by the user.

IP cameras also provide users with a fair amount of flexibility that traditional cameras could never provide. Rather than having to connect your camera to DVR setups, this can be entirely bypassed as IP cameras only require the flick of a switch.

For example, a number of IP cameras can be connected to a single network which ultimately flows to your setups NVR. This convenience reduces how many wires are required to run your system, and cuts down on the labor significantly.

At the same time, rather than your DVR ports determining for you how many cameras can be connected, you have the ability to set up a larger number of cameras. Power over internet switches also give the user the opportunity to power any camera without the need of additional power supplies.

Types Of IP Cameras

IP Box cameras also open up a new realm of security possibilities. Due to the fact that they are capable of intense zooms and close-ups, they add a level of security to any system. Although these high-end, high zoom lenses usually need to be purchased separately.

Dome indoor/outdoor EDN cameras give the user further possibilities in terms of where the lens is aimed. They can be aimed in just about any direction, and are able to record at both night and day time.

During low life scenarios, they are equipped with infrared capabilities that allow them to detect motion and deliver high quality images. The p-iris lenses that they are usually equipped with, capture a depth of field that is not usually captured by analog cameras.

On top of that, these lenses capture every element of a wide shot in a focused manner. Whereas some wide-shot lenses are only capable of focusing on one specific element of a picture, these focus on the entire shot.

Those interested in IP cameras also have the opportunity of picking up bullet cameras. These cameras are similar to dome cameras in the sense that they can record footage from specific locations.

But what separates them is the fact that they have extraordinary zoom potential. The only drawback to bullet cameras is the fact that they are less discreet, especially when compared to dome cameras. They are undeniably noticeable, so depending on your situation, you may or may not want for this to be the case.

Bullet cameras also lack the housing that dome cameras have, which prevents people from being able to detect what exactly the camera is recording. Bullet cameras are, however, slightly more weatherproof. They tend to go beyond expected durability in the sense that they are capable of withstanding a variety of weather patterns.

You may also want to give PTZ cameras a look. PTZ means Point/Tilt/Zoom. Unlike the cameras mentioned previously, PTZ cameras do not remain in a singular position continually.

These cameras are unique in that they can also be controlled from a remote location, so that the user is able to manipulate what the camera covers. They also feature optical and digital zoom capabilities as well as tilting and panning for creative recording conditions.

Further Advantages Of IP Cameras

Here is a rundown of some more features that separate IP cameras from analog cameras. First off, they can be operated remotely.

This flexibility in terms of where one may access footage or operate their device from is a tremendous advantage. They feature digital zooms.

IP cameras can also transmit information so long as an internet connection is established. Their progressive scanning capabilities also ensure quality imaging, especially when it comes to objects in motion.

On top of that IP cameras can also be modified for intelligent video, they require less cabling, and the resolution can be modified for specific environments. Rather than having to sit there and go through a day’s worth of footage to find any suspicious activity, these cameras can be preset to alert the user of any suspicious activity within seconds.

A Few Disadvantages Of IP Cameras

Believe it or not, there are several drawbacks to IP camera surveillance systems. For example, if you have limited internet data at your disposal, these cameras can drain it significantly.

On top of that, the amount of bandwidth needed to run these devices is high. Other than that, these devices can be sufficient additions to your current security system.

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