Common Pixel Specifications of Security Cameras

September 12, 2023
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For video images, usually the higher the pixels, the more details can be displayed, and the clearer the image will be.

However, for surveillance video, it does not mean that the higher the pixel, the better, because the higher the pixel, the greater the storage space required, the higher the network bandwidth occupation, and the corresponding cost will also increase.

At present, the pixels of mainstream surveillance cameras on the market are generally around 2MP-4MP, which is enough to see human faces and movements clearly indoors, and can meet the requirements of basic human detection and even facial recognition.
The outdoor environment should be considered according to the monitoring distance, recognition range, and night vision requirements. At present, there are many cameras with 5MP-8MP pixels on the market.

Here are some common pixel specifications for surveillance cameras:


CCTV Resolution Standards

Term Pixels (W x H) Total Pixels Per Image Notes
QCIF 176 x 120 21,120 Quarter CIF (this is half the height and width of CIF)
CIF 352 x 240 84,480 Common Intermediate Format (CIF) is a standardised format for picture resolution. This is a Low-end analogue DVR
2CIF 704 x 240 168,960 2 times CIF width – Mid-range analogue DVR
4CIF 704 x 480 337,920 2 times CIF width and 2 times CIF height –
Higher End Analogue DVR
D1 720 x 480 345,600 Full D1 (Analogue CCTV Resolution Standard). Higher End Analogue DVR
960 960 x 480 460,800 Analogue CCTV Resolution Standard
720p HD 1280 x 720 921,600 720p High Definition – high-definition serial digital interface (HD-SDI)
720p Analogue High Definition (AHD) 1280 x 720 921,600 Analogue CCTV Resolution Standard
960p HD 1280 x 960 1,228,800 960p HD (a Sony-specific HD standard)
1080p AHD 1920 x 1080 2,073,600 Analogue CCTV Resolution Standard
1.3 MP 1280 x 1024 1,310,720 A 1-megapixel camera captures 1,310,720 pixels per frame
2 MP 1600 x 1200 1,920,000 A 2-megapixel camera captures 1,920,000 pixels per frame
1080p HD 1920 x 1080 2,073,600 1080p High Definition
3 MP 2048 x 1536 3,145,728 A 3-megapixel camera captures 3,145,728 pixels per frame
4 MP 2688 x 1520 3,686,400 A 4-megapixel camera captures 3,686,400 pixels per frame
5 MP 2592 x 1944 5,017,600 A 5-megapixel camera captures 5,017,600 pixels per frame
6 MP 3072 x 2048 6,291,456 A 6-megapixel camera captures 6,291,456 pixels per frame
8 MP / 4K (Coax) 3840 x 2160 8,294,400 An 8-megapixel camera captures 8,294,400 pixels per frame
12 MP / 4K (IP) 4000 x 3000 12,000,000 A 12-megapixel camera captures 12,000,000 pixels per frame

You can choose the appropriate pixel according to your application needs, or you can consult us, we will provide you with professional technical services at any time.