Understanding IP Cameras
There are a large range of security cameras for business needs, learn why IP cameras are the best.
Internet protocol (IP) cameras, also known as network cameras, are the best surveillance cameras on the market today. Whether you’re replacing an old analog camera or setting up a whole new security system for your business, you can probably find an affordable IP surveillance camera that is purpose built for what you have in mind.
Analog vs IP Cameras
Traditional analog security cameras record low-quality video directly onto a VHS tape, PC hard drive or DVR. These cameras are usually controlled from a closed-circuit television (CCTV) monitoring station on the premises.
In contrast, IP cameras send high-resolution video through a local area network (LAN) to an in-house computer and/or a remote cloud storage location. Since you can control an IP camera and review digital surveillance video online from virtually anywhere with an internet-connected PC, smartphone or tablet, it’s easier to keep tabs on your business.
Network surveillance cameras also provide a low total cost of ownership (TCO). Thanks to superior image quality, fewer IP cameras are needed to monitor each zone, resulting in lower installation and maintenance costs, and fewer screens in the security office.
IP Camera Technology
Network cameras come in a number of shapes and sizes, each design offering a specific set of surveillance capabilities:
- Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) cameras can swivel around to cover a larger area, track a moving person, or focus on specific details.
- Multi-sensor cameras use several image sensors and lens to minimize blind spots and achieve a wide angle of view.
- Fixed dome cameras are discrete, tamper-proof units that make it difficult to determine where the movable lens is pointing. Dome cameras are often used for in-vehicle surveillance.
- Bullet and box cameras are highly visible, fixed units with a longer range but narrower angle of view.
- Panoramic or 360-degree cameras use a fisheye lens to record in all directions from a ceiling-mounted position.
IP cameras are available in indoor, outdoor and special weatherproof models, with a variety of hardware options, digital imaging tools, camera intelligence enhancements and video analytics software applications that can help you take security management to the next level. Two of the most important features to consider when buying a network surveillance camera are image quality and video compression.
IP cameras produce exceptionally detailed video images that allow you to read license plates and discern facial features. Conventional analog cameras record grainy VGA-quality video with a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels, or 0.3 megapixels. IP cameras, however, are capable of shooting high definition (HD) video at 1280 x 720, Full HD video at 1920 x 1080, and Ultra HD 4K video at 3840 x 2160, or 8 megapixels. This means 4K surveillance cameras offer 27 times the resolution of analog cameras, nine times the resolution of HD cameras, and four times the resolution of Full HD 1080p cameras.
Compression technology is used to reduce network bandwidth and minimize the file size of digital surveillance videos, yielding lower storage costs and faster downloads. H.264, also known as Advanced Video Coding (AVC), was the de facto industry standard for video compression until recently, when the H.265 format, or High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), arrived on the scene with 25-50% better compression.
Panasonic offers a full range of network security cameras for indoor and outdoor surveillance, including PTZ, fixed dome, multi-sensor, panoramic, bullet and box cameras capable of recording HD, Full HD 1080p and Ultra HD 4K video. At the cutting edge of surveillance technology, Panasonic 4K network cameras reliably capture video evidence with extreme image quality, even in the most demanding low-light conditions.
Backed by a rock-solid, five-year warranty, Panasonic IP cameras come loaded with outstanding features like colour night vision, Intelligent Video Motion Detection (i-VMD), built-in IR LED, dehumidification, IK10/50J vandal resistant casings, salt damage resistance, end-to-end system encryption, and Panasonic’s remarkable H.265 Smart Coding technology that improves video compression up to 95% compared to H.264.
Through our extensive partner network of security experts, Panasonic can provide a flexible, scalable surveillance solution tailored to meet your needs. As your business evolves, you can easily expand your surveillance system with new cameras and functionality, such as audio monitoring. Even better, you don’t have to worry about getting locked into proprietary technology because every Panasonic security camera solution is based on open-standard IP systems.