CCTV Cameras, Analog Security Camera (CVBS)
CCTV cameras are a type of security camera that uses an analog video signal (CVBS / Composite Video Baseband Signal) to capture video surveillance footage. Analog CCTV cameras are hard wired to surveillance DVRs and monitors using coax cable such as RG59. In addition to analog cameras, we also supply hybrid BNC security cameras which use the same coax cable. We have hybrid CCTV cameras available in 2mp / 1080p, 4mp, 5mp, and 8mp / 4K resolution. This allows you to use an analog DVR now, then upgrade later to an HD surveillance DVR later, without changing cameras or cable.
about CCTV cameras by reading our FAQ below on this page. You can also watch demo videos here.
Our Best Security Camera DVR
CCTV Camera Pros highly recommends our
Viewtron hybrid security camera DVR for use with all analog CCTV cameras and HD security cameras. Our Viewtron DVRs include the best mobile apps and DVR viewer software available. You can view your analog CCTV cameras remotely when you connect it to the Viewtron DVR.
View Your Security Cameras Remotely from iPhone, Android, Mac & Windows
You can view your BNC security cameras live and also playback recorded video surveillance footage from iPhone and Android mobile apps when you connect your camera(s) to a Viewtron DVR. Windows PC and Mac DVR viewer software (desktop software) is also included. CCTV Camera Pros provides FREE Lifetime Tech Support on all of the products that we supply. Remote access setup is included. Please click on the above links to see why these great apps make the Viewtron IP cameras, DVRs, and NVRs among the Best Surveillance systems available.
Custom Security Camera System Quotes
Do you need a custom security camera system? CCTV Camera Pros can provide a custom system quote that includes a mix of various camera styles, cables, connectors, power supplies, and monitors. We can include a 4 channel, 8 channel, 16 channel or 32 channel DVR / NVR. As you have probably already seen on our website, we have 2, 4, 8, 16, and 32 camera surveillance systems in pre-made packages. However, it is not possible for us to package up every combination and quantity of all the different camera models that we carry. Use this form to request a quote.
When you request a quote, we will also send you login information to our demo system so that you can try out the remote viewing apps.
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Here are some frequently asked questions that we receive about analog CCTV cameras.
What is a CCTV camera?
CCTV cameras are a type of security camera that uses an analog video signal (CVBS / Composite Video Baseband Signal)
. CCTV Cameras are hard wired to surveillance DVRs via coax cable to record video surveillance footage. Traditional CVBS video is standard definition, typically at 480i or 576i resolution. Analog CCTV video information is encoded on one channel and does not include audio. The term CCTV has evolved and now also refers to any security camera that uses coax video cable and BNC connectors, like these HD BNC security cameras. HD CCTV technology supports 720p, 1080p, 3mp, 4mp, 5mp, and 8mp 4K video resolution.
What type of cable is used to wire CCTV cameras?
75 ohm coax cable is used to wire CCTV cameras to DVRs and monitors. Typically a "Siamese type" cable is used which consists of the coaxial cable for video and a pair of stranded cable for power. This makes it convenient for installers to run both power and video using a single cable.
Pre-made Siamese coax cable and spools of RG59 coax cable are available for CCTV camera installations. These same cables can also be used for HD-over-Coax cameras such as AHD or HD-TVI cameras.
You can learn more about how to wire security cameras by accessing these guides.
What DVR does CCTV Camera Pros recommend?
CCTV Camera Pros offers hybrid DVRs that work with HD-TVI, HD-CVI, AHD, and standard definition analog CCTV cameras (CVBS). We highly recommend our Viewtron
hybrid HD CCTV DVRs for use with analog CCTV cameras. When you want to replace / upgrade your cameras, you can use HD CCTV cameras, including these 4K BNC security cameras.
What video resolution does CCTV support?
The highest resolution that traditional analog CCTV cameras (CVBS) and DVRs support is 960H video resolution, which is 960 x 480 pixels. This is low resolution. It is a wide format 16:9 aspect ratio. Prior to the advent of 960H resolution, D1 was the highest resolution. D1 resolution is 720 x 480 pixels. Now CCTV cameras can go up to 4K video resolution.
The above image is a 960H resolution image captured with this
dome CCTV camera. You can also watch this video demo to see 960H video captured by a CCTV camera.
4K CCTV Camera Video
Watch this video to see the latest 4K CCTV technology. This 4K video surveillance footage captured with a
4K-BL9 security camera recording to a Viewtron 4K CCTV DVR. Please note that our Viewtron DVRs can support legacy low-def CVBS cameras and HD CCTV cameras up to 4K resolution on the same DVR. This is a great option to use your existing analog CCTV cameras and upgrade over time to the latest 4K CCTV cameras.
How does analog camera resolution compare to HD-over-Coax?
The difference in video resolution between analog and 1080p resolution is significant. Please check out this article and video to
compare analog CCTV vs 1080p HD-over-Coax camera resolution. Or better yet, continue scrolling lower on this page to see additional 4K videos.
What size lens do I need?
There are a variety of lens sizes available for CCTV cameras. Generally, the smaller the size of the lens in millimeters(mm), the wider angle of view it provides. For example, a 2.8mm lens provides an angle of view slightly wider than 90 degrees. a 3.6mm lens is slightly less than 90 degrees. You can access a
more detailed article to compare security camera lens sizes here.
What difference does the shape of a CCTV camera make?
CCTV cameras are available in different body styles / housing types including bullet, dome, and hidden camera housings. These body styles do not impact the resolution of video that they are able to capture. They are just body style options that are available to fit into different types of installations. For example, a retail store may prefer a white dome to match their ceiling tiles. A night club with dark walls may prefer a black bullet style camera. If both camera types have the same image sensor and 3.6mm lens, they will capture the same resolution and angle of video.
I do not want to record video to a DVR. Can I connect a CCTV camera direct to a TV or monitor?
Yes, analog cameras are especially easy to connect directly to a TV because most TVs have an analog RCA video input. If your TV has an analog RCA input, you can use 75 ohm pre-made camera cable or 75 ohm RG59 coax cable and connect your camera directly to the RCA input of the TV. You can find a
more detailed article about connecting security cameras to TVs here. You may also be interested in reading this blog post: 5 Great BNC to HDMI Converter Solutions for Security Cameras.
Watch this video to see the 4K video surveillance footage captured with a
4K-BL9 security camera recording to a Viewtron 4K CCTV DVR.
Watch this video to see IR night vision capability of the
4K-D9 dome 4K camera. This testing was done in a zero light room. The only illumination being provided is the camera's built-in infrared LEDs. To record this video, the 4K-D9 dome was hard wired to a
Viewtron security camera DVR using RG59 Siamese coax cable.
Here is a comparison 4K vs 1080p security camera resolutions. The 4K image was recorded using the
4K-D9 dome camera. The 1080p camera was recorded using this BIPRO-9004 bullet camera. You can see that 4K image is 4 times the size of the 1080p / 2 megapixel resolution image. Please click on the image or on this link to download the full 4K UHD security camera image.
Here is a side-by-side comparison of a 4K camera vs a 1080p camera at 4x digital zoom. These snapshot images were captured when we made the below video that compares 4K to 1080p security cameras. You may click on the image to see a full 4K UHD image.
Watch this video to see 4K video surveillance footage recorded using an a 4K coax camera and
4K BNC DVR.
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