Confusion and Misunderstandings around High-Resolution Cameras
48MP of super high-resolution information can be made available to us, yet the value of such data is only relevant if it can be of use.
On an occasional basis, we still receive questions and comments regarding whether the demand for very high image cameras should be used as a general solution. While this may have significance in some cases, it is critical to have a better understanding of what the specifications are. By understanding your specifications, you can avoid confusion in matching a camera to a requirement. We start with a few practical considerations.
Available lighting in your surroundings
The resolution of a camera is representative of how fine details are captured. A higher resolution camera generally has more megapixels to capture more detail within a given scene and result in a far more accurate and realistic reproduction of what is captured. In this, lighting is, at times, a forgotten factor. This camera is naturally of very little value if it is incapable of working in low light environments, such as in the sample picture.
Should one of the primary questions then not be regarding the level of light that is found in the area?
A camera with a lower resolution, of possible 1MP, but with the ability to provide proper useable information would be a more realistic proposal. This is additionally a leap to the start of a more in-depth conversation to identifying what the customer truly needs.
Costs involved in purchasing a high-resolution camera
Cost does play a part in this story. As technology develops, we do find that the monetary value of a very high-resolution camera is often significantly higher than the cost of a lower resolution camera. Instead, evaluate what provides a successful solution and move your cost down a few rungs.
Storage and Networking of high-resolution cameras
Storage and network are two final points here. Once again, it is incredible to have such a high-resolution camera, but this has a direct data and traffic impact on your infrastructure. How far back does a person need to store and retrieve history, one day, two weeks or six months? The higher resolution camera could overwrite the previously stored data far earlier than it should, leading to losing information that my still be required. How relevant is the network? Many IT systems may be in existence for an extended period, and it is not uncommon to find some devices that still operate on 10Mbps per port, which is a far too low specification for this high-resolution camera, nevermind having multiple cameras you might want to connect. An incapable link between camera and storage device results in lost information.
The correct approach regarding video and a customer request begins with identifying why a system is needed and what the non-negotiable requirements are. Do not haphazardly throw devices that are available or at a good deal into what often is a situation with specific needs and requirements. The time and costs of trying to rectify an incorrect solution, is far higher than the time it will take to talk to us for advice.
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