How Have HD CCTV Systems Helped Analogue To End Itself?

Posted by Global Vue on 30/11/2015 06:53:00

For the last few years, most people involved in the video surveillance and security industries have hoped for the end of both NTSC and PAL analogue cameras. After what feels like a lifetime of waiting, the end has finally arrived! What might be surprising to you, however (and was somewhat of a surprise to us as well!) was that the end of these cameras didn’t arrive in the form of IP security camera systems.

IP Security Camera Systems

Particularly at the higher end of the market, IP security camera systems have certainly been the most dominant options for businesses and homeowners who are truly conscious about their properties safety. Although IP really has taken off as technology has improved, for smaller projects, and in less wealthy countries, analogue options have remained amongst the most popular choices.

IP systems, although they offer a range of advantages, are much more costly and can often be more difficult to set up in the right manner; both of these features have hindered its development as a video surveillance system for everyone’s requirements.

So, What Did Kill Analogue CCTV?

It might seem somewhat anti-climatic, but analogue was actually killed off by other analogue systems. In as little as 3 years, HD CCTV systems have improved drastically, resulting in cameras like HD-CVI, HD-TVI and AHD which have had a major impact on the general market for CCTV security and surveillance systems.

So far in 2015 alone, analogue sales have fallen by around 50% when compared to 2014. The decline of standard definition cameras hasn’t been gentle either, with more and more HD alternatives becoming available almost every day. Most suppliers, in fact, are swapping from the tired, old version of security cameras to the modern HD CCTV systems.

Why Has Analogue Started To Die Off Now?

Simply put, high definition analogue offers a higher quality image at around the same price point. It also utilises the same cabling as standard definition analogue. MP was certainly the driving force behind this, just like it drove the high end of the market to IP CCTV solutions.

Does Standard Definition Analogue Have A Future?

Just like there are still some CCTV VHS systems in operation today, SD analogue will continue to be in operation for many years to come, even if they are only operated in “maintenance mode”. Even at the lowest end of the spectrum, where individual kits are purchased, we expect to see SD analogue quickly vanish from the shelves.

Towards the mid-range, however, where systems are usually slowly built upon over the course of many years, some SD cameras will continue to be sold, even if only to replace broken CCTV of the same type or add a few extra surveillance spots to an existing system.

During the transitory period between HD CCTV systems and the pre-existing SD systems, we expect to see camera models which are able to offer both versions of output. This would certainly help to encourage the migration and make the entire process that much simpler, and even cheaper, for consumers and businesses of all kinds.

IP Surveillance Versus HD CCTV Systems

Now that SD analogue is finally on its way out, that has caused a completely new rivalry to develop which will, no doubt, divide industry opinions for many years to come. Up until now, there hasn’t been too much in the way of crossover between HD CCTV solutions and IP cameras.

HD seems to have been focused on taking the lion’s share of the previously SD market, but now that there are only two real contenders in the video surveillance market, it is likely that they will grow to have more of an impact on the other over the next few years.

How Much Competition Will Exist Between HD Analogue And IP?

Although HD analogue cameras certainly have the advantage over IP systems when it comes to price and system simplicity, they actually fall behind when it comes to other elements. For example, IP solutions have a much higher max resolution, VMSS integration, a wider range of vendor support options and greatly advanced capabilities and features overall.

This divide is what makes IP solutions that much more attractive to mid-high end customers. Of course, there is the potential for HD to catch up in terms of features, which would make it a much more even fight between the two.

Professional HD CCTV Systems And IP Surveillance, From Global Vue

Although, here at Global Vue, we are a team of video surveillance specialists, we can’t really predict which way the market will go. There is the potential for incredible improvement when it comes to HD cameras and complete systems, but these will need to be balanced with the need to keep HD costs as low as possible to appeal to both the low and high ends of the market.

For more information, or to enquire about your own HD CCTV systems today, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team today on 0844 544 3955. Alternatively, you can email us directly at, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!

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