An analog camera captures an analog signal that’s sent along a coaxial cable to a DVR (digital video recorder). In the recorder, the signal is converted into a digital format. This is then compressed and stored on a hard drive.
In contrast to an analog camera, an IP (Internet Protocol) digital camera doesn’t require a DVR to function. Signals from the IP camera are converted into a digital format inside the camera. The digital format is then sent for viewing via a LAN (local area network).
PROS: Higher Quality Images Added Extras (Regular Software Upgrades) Signals Straight to the Cloud Uninterruptible power supply (UPS) Easy Installation
PROS: Inexpensive Easily sourced Can easily replace existing analog cameras
The superior image quality that an IP camera provides makes it far better at the job a security camera is meant to perform (capturing the images of unauthorized personnel attempting to gain entry or remove goods). If you’re a company that wants visual evidence that’s of sufficient quality to stand up in court, the IP camera is the way to go.