4K security cameras have been said to be the next big thing in surveillance industry. They are ultra-high definition cameras with four times more pixels than the normal 1080 HD cameras. They have been gradually gaining popularity in the market with more security firms releasing their 4K cameras. Their crisp clear images and ability to zoom part of the image without losing details is their best selling point.
The idea of 4K technology is not entirely new; it has been in use in broadcasting industry for a while with great success. It is this success that has caught the eye of security firms to start making 4K security cameras. The recent success of application of full HD cameras in the surveillance industry is another key driver behind the invention of UHD cameras. The market is ready to accept new more powerful technologies and is willing to pay extra cost to get clearer images than the HD can give.
Originally the price of the whole UHD system was way too high for bigger markets. Only bigger corporations and security sensitive industries such as casinos were able to buy it. However, the price has been coming down rapidly and it is even possible to see some people using 4K security cameras in their own homes. The cost will continues to fall as more players get in the market.
The 4K camera will only work as a whole but not in parts. Installing the cameras alone without the monitor will have any effect. Think of it as watching a 3D movie without wearing 3D glasses. You still see the same quality of normal 2D. The monitor here is the 3D glasses of the camera system. It will enable you to zoom in on parts of an image without blurring other parts. The clarity of the images crammed 4 times in pixels in the 4K can only be clearly seen in the 4K display.
Everything has to be basically 4K to be able to use the 4K cameras. Including the displays you review the footage on and the graphics card. The high resolution images will require more bandwidth. This means the network cables used should be able to support that bandwidth; they should be 4K specified. This has been one of the factors for slow early adoption of 4K systems in surveillance. It requires upgrading of the whole system in order to really be effective which is something most people are a bit reluctant to do.