Do you recall the old box set televisions? The picture was in black and white and always seemed very distorted and scratchy. Those days are behind us and we’ve gone from analog signals to completely digital high resolution video with millions of pixels of color.
In the world of surveillance the same kind of transfer is being made between lines of resolution into megapixels. Imagine being able to read a name tag of an employee taking money from the drawer or a license plate from a hundred feet away. Megapixel security cameras are becoming well respected in the security community. However, in certain applications megapixel resolution could be over kill. For example, infrared cameras do not megapixel resolution for standard black and white coverage at night.
A large misconception is that the picture resolution from the camera is going to show its immediate effect on your screen. The problem most people are running into is that they are not matching up their high dollar cameras with the correct monitor. It would be like taking the eyes away from a hawk. Yes, it can still fly, but it won’t be able to hunt accurately. It is always smart to pick a monitor designed with the highest resolution available to match your cameras in order to see the productivity of your megapixel cameras.
Nevertheless it is still the responsibility of the integrator to know the market and technology. When integrators and salesmen ask the right questions, they are able to pair the customer with the right equipment. As discussed, megapixel cameras aren’t beneficial to every situation, but in many cases the sharp detail and high resolution these cameras provide makes megapixel technology perfect for protecting your investments.