It is likely that 1.3 megapixel cameras will become a new de facto standard for general purpose video surveillance applications because they strike an effective balance between performance, cost and network efficiency. The higher resolution provided by a 1.3 megapixel camera comes with little extra burden to network infrastructure, especially if available with H.264 video compression algorithms. Cameras providing 1280x1024 pixel (1.3 megapixel) resolution are already making inroads for general use. There are specialty applications that can benefit from using even higher resolution megapixel cameras, but these applications will be few-and-far between and are not likely to stimulate widespread use. The bulk of megapixel camera sales over the next several years will probably be in the "sweet spot" of 1.3 megapixel devices.
Looking to future trends in megapixel cameras involves projecting not only technology trends but also changing business and security trends. The "best" technology does not always win in the market; sometimes it loses out because of factors such as customer inertia, pricing or because it lost the marketing war.
Megapixel imaging will continue to play an important role in video surveillance and integrators and users alike will reap the benefits from the high resolution images provided.
Frank DeFina is senior vice president of sales and marketing for Samsung Techwin America.