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Security Systems: The difference between Analog and IP Cameras

Security Systems: The difference between Analog and IP Cameras

Choosing a security system for your home or business can be confusing, especially if you are not tech savvy.  We here at Cyber Technologies have been providing our customers with the very best in home/business security for well over a decade.  One of the questions that we are routinely asked is “Which are better, Analog or IP Cameras?” The answer isn’t so black and white.  It’s not really a matter of what’s better but more of what your needs for your business or home are.

Both types of cameras work extremely well in personal or business scenarios.  Depending on your specific needs you might be inclined to lean one way over the other.  One of the major differences between an analog and IP camera is the way your video is recorded.  An analog camera feeds your security footage directly to a VCR, DVD or television where as an IP camera feeds your security images directly to a web server.

What’s Cheaper?

Just like any other purchasing decision, money comes into play when deciding on which type of security camera you are looking for.  For the most part analog cameras are cheaper than IP cameras, after all they have been around for quite some time.  It is for this reason that analog cameras cost less than the newer and more technologically advanced IP cameras. However purchasing an IP camera can save you money in the long run.  With an IP camera the feed is directed to a web server, so any wiring you would need is likely present for your computers, meaning you will save money in installation.  At the end these two systems may come out to about the same.


Cameras need light, plain and simple.  You might consider one type of camera over another depending on where you will be placing them.  An IP camera works beautifully in a well lit environment such as a hallway or stair cases.  If you are looking for a camera to place in a dark alley way an analog camera might be the way to go.  Analog cameras work very well at recording images in many different hues of light.  Just remember, be it an IP or analog camera the most important thing to keep in mind is to have a good light source.  IP’s and analogs can be used just about anywhere just as long as you have the proper light source.


One of the most important things to look for in a security system is clarity.  There is no reason in having a security system if you cannot properly detect what you are filming.  This is where technology comes into play and where IP cameras take an edge.  The maximum amount of megapixels that most analog cameras have is .4 megapixels, where as IP cameras are far more advanced with a norm of 10 megapixels.

At the end of the day it all comes down to your personal needs as a home/business owner.  For a more detailed look at the products we offer and how they can be applied to your business or home contact Cyber technologies today.  Our reps are here to walk you through our product line and help you make the perfect choice for your security needs.

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