There are several factors to consider when choosing a video surveillance system, one of which is deciding between an analog or an IP camera. Both styles have advantages and disadvantages to consider. The key difference between an analog and IP camera is the way in which the video feed is processed and delivered. Analog cameras are the typical system that individuals visualize when they think of security at a convenience store. These cameras turn the video feed into a format that can be received by a television, VCR, or monitor. An IP camera is more advanced and digitizes the video feed allowing users to access, record, and manage the video stream remotely.

This does not mean that analog cameras cannot operate digitally. IP video encoders and hybrid DVRs allow owners to use their current analog cameras to transition over to an IP system. IP systems of course do still have several benefits over analog systems due to the fact that the video is captured digitally as it is recorded. Be aware of certain features that analog cameras provide, such as low light shutter technology & physical housing options that current IP. Cameras are not equipped for.

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