Is your business growing? When you choose the right security camera provider and installer, you’ll always have the opportunity to expand your system. But if you try to install a system yourself, when you go to expand you’ll be guessing which security cameras are compatible with your NVR, not to mention with each other. When you choose a quality provider, adding and integrating additional security cameras onto your already established network is cost-effective and simple.
On the other hand, if your company chooses to research, purchase, and install a system without the advice of a trained professional, you could end up with a system that is either expensive to upgrade or unable to upscale. Without proper security training and knowledge of the latest products, you’re at risk of initial oversight that could end up making future expansion more costly and more difficult.
The world of IP surveillance systems has a new benchmark: 4K security cameras. Also known as 8-megapixel (8MP), 2020’s benchmark resolution for high-quality security cameras deliver crystal clear quality and the ability to capture even the smallest details like faces and license plates from a great distance away. Exhibiting 3840 x 2160 resolution, 4K surveillance cameras deliver about four times the video clarity as 1920 x 1080 or 1080p systems.
But the novelty of a 4K system goes beyond resolution; the true value comes from the features that your 4K camera supports, the configuration of your NVR, proper installation, and appropriate surveillance monitoring.
All 4K security cameras are not built alike. Although true 4K security cameras will have at least 8-megapixel image sensors to deliver a 3840 x 2160 video, the best 4K cameras offer additional features.
The first thing you’ll notice when demoing a real 4K security system is the exceptional video clarity. These cameras were built to offer clearer details than any other camera on the market; you should notice a huge difference when comparing a 4K system to a 1080p one.
With four times the pixels, another fantastic feature particular to 4K cameras is superior digital zoom compared to systems with lower resolution. Unlike 1080p or 720p security systems, 4K systems allow you to zoom in 4x further while maintaining crisp details — without experiencing pixelation or loss of resolution.
Another feature you’ll notice with quality 4K systems is wide-angle viewing. Most 4K cameras come with a 2.8mm fixed lens, which allows the camera to see a larger, wider area than the next leading camera. Fewer cameras covering a larger area means you can cut costs while still having the capability of monitoring everything you need to see.
Next, you’ll want to make sure the 4K camera you’re looking at has powerful infrared night vision. What good is a camera if it can’t see in the dark? The best 4K security cameras come with powerful infrared (often referred to as IR) light sensors for clear viewing in total or partial darkness. On top of that, the best 4K cameras will also have wide dynamic range (sometimes referred to as WDR). WDR allows your cameras to capture images in areas with differing lighting conditions, like shadows in a parking garage.
If you are concerned that having a lower resolution camera system installed may prevent you from ever upgrading to 4K, don’t worry. All IP-based systems are connected using network cables, and while we recommend installing CAT6 cabling for security systems, CAT5E is sufficient for a 4K camera system. This means that if you want to upgrade to 4K in the future, when the price has come down and quality has gone up, you will be able to remove your old camera and install the new 4K camera using the same cabling.