IP Cameras vs Analog Cameras, What Are the Differences?


In the security camera market, we often hear two categories: IP camera and analog camera. These two kinds of security cameras are also common security products in our life. Many people may not have a special understanding of them and can't distinguish them well. In fact, simply put, a webcam is a camera that can be networked. It can be transmitted through the network, both wired and wireless, as long as there is a network; The analog camera must be transmitted through the line. So what are the differences between webcam and analog camera? You will see the following!

IP Cameras vs Analog Cameras
  • Resolution

Seeing more clearly is the goal pursued by every user and the ultimate mission of the security industry.  IP cameras capture better quality images at higher resolution and have a much wider field of view than analog cameras.

The IP camera can already reach one million, 2 million, 5 million or even 10 million pixel image output.Analog cameras can only have CIF, D1 image output.

IP Cameras vs Analog Cameras about resolution
  • Working method

 The IP camera adopts digital processing technology, which captures the picture through the sensor, and then converts it into a digital signal for processing.

The analog camera uses the CCD sensor to collect the image. A working mode in which analog-to-digital conversion, image processing, and digital-to-analog conversion are performed through a CCD camera to output analog signals. 

  • Monitoring method

Because of its network function, the network camera can be viewed, stored and managed on any networked device. It is easy to search, store, and not easily damaged; because the analog camera is a relatively closed system, it can only be viewed on the monitor, cannot be remotely monitored, and the recorded data can only be stored locally and cannot be viewed remotely.

  • Camera installation

 The IP camera only needs to have a network environment and assign an IP address. It can use the existing network as a transmission platform, without the need for wiring. The analog cameras need to connect coaxial cables to each camera, and connect to the control platform, recording equipment, and display equipment. Rewiring is required for each additional channel, and there is no existing network to take advantage of.