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HD CCTV Camera (720p AHD) vs SD CCTV Camera (960H) Video Surveillance

This is a comparison of the video surveillance resolution of AHD HD CCTV cameras vs analog CCTV cameras. The resolution of the AHD security cameras is 720p which is 1280 by 720 pixels. The resolution of the analog CCTV cameras is 960H which is 960 x 480.

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This video compares 720p HD video surveillance footage captured by an AHD CCTV camera to a 960H resolution video captured by a standard definition analog CCTV camera. This video was produced in 720p resolution, so I recommend that you adjust the YouTube player to 720p and make this video full screen. You can do this using the controls at the bottom of the player.

960H is the wide screen format used in modern analog CCTV cameras. 960H resolution is 960 pixels wide by 480 pixels tall. 720p resolution is supported by the new AHD CCTV cameras. AHD stands for analog high definition and 720p resolution is 1280 by 720 pixels.

The new iDVR hybrid surveillance DVR support both AHD and SD CCTV cameras. I connected two AHD cameras and two analog CCTV cameras to an iDVR-E4 model to make the following video. Here's a four camera view of all the cameras. The top two are the standard definition CCTV cameras and the bottom are the high definition CCTV cameras, the AHD. We're connected to a 720p monitor and here's what an analog CCTV camera looks like stretched out to a 720p resolution and this is the HD camera that is actually 720p resolution, so it's not stretch out. You can see the difference in clarity. Again, there's the 960H and here is the AHD.

Here's the other 960H CCTV camera, again, stretched out to 720p and the AHD, high definition, which doesn't require any stretching because it's natively 720p resolution.

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Surveillance Equipment

Below are the products used in the making of this video.

DPRO-AS700 Vandalproof Dome Camera

The iDVR-E4 is the surveillance DVR that was demonstrated in this video.

The DPRO-AS700 is one of the standard definition cameras used in this video.

AHD-AD12 Outdoor AHD Vandal Dome
The DPRO-9620VFW is the other standard definition camera used in this video.

The AHD-AD12 is one of the AHD 720P cameras used in this video.

AHD-D4W HD Dome Security Camera

The AHD-D4W is the other AHD 720P camera used in the making of this video.

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Mike Haldas

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