What is the difference between IP Camera and CCTV?

Both IP and CCTV cameras are used in security networks; however, CCTV cameras are analog, while IP is digital. Both these cameras transmit video signals to the receiving device in the network. Here are some differences.

  • While both IP and CCTV cameras are widely used in surveillance systems, IP cameras also find applications in occupancy sensing, and are technologically more advanced in terms of features and functionalities.
  • IP or internet protocol cameras convert the signals into packets and transmit them over the internet, data storage server, cloud, or a private business network.
  • CCTV may use a power cable or coaxial cable, while an IP camera requires Cat56, Cat6 or further advanced versions of Ethernet cables. IP camera can also use a fiber optic cable for transferring video signals transfer. Also, most IP cameras can be connected to a PoE switch, which reduces the wire meshwork.
  • As such CCTV cameras are definitely cheaper than IP cameras; however, with their advanced features, compatibility with other devices and PoE, the latter becomes cost effective in the long run.
  • IP cameras offer a high resolution and better picture quality than CCTV cameras. Also, they have a wider angle spectrum or field of view than CCTV cameras, which helps reduce the number of cameras in a given location.
  • Despite all the advantages of IP, CCTV cameras are still being used. This is because they offer a consistent frame rate. Also, they require lesser bandwidth than IP. CCTV night vision cameras offer better picture quality in the dark compared to IP cameras. IP cameras must have the infrared feature for clarity during the nights.
  • Whether you choose IP or CCTV cameras, VERSITRON offers fiber optic video transmission systems that help data transmission over a large distance, a huge bandwidth, and a lot of other benefits.

Know more about IP Vs CCTV Camera System here.