Video Trends & Technologies: Megapixel Drives the Market

Once considered niche products, HD cameras are changing the way integrators deploy surveillance solutions

With all of these features and form factors now available, system designers can specify different cameras to fulfill different defined surveillance objectives. Gone are the days where users had limited choices how and where they could deploy high resolution megapixel imaging solutions.

Megapixel Cameras Drive System Performance

Given their performance, there is little doubt that megapixel cameras are presently one of the technology drivers for new video surveillance systems. Their HD resolution and wide area coverage capabilities are strong influencers for users to migrate to networked systems. The ability to capture and read license plates, currency and chip denominations, and individuals’ faces can now be easily achieved within the context of larger imaging areas. Add video analytics, and these capabilities can be triggered automatically with high-resolution recording and alert notification to further increase overall situational awareness and security.

In addition to improving performance, megapixel cameras also provide lower total cost of ownership (TCO) and superior return on investment (ROI). Rather than deploy multiple standard-resolution cameras to cover a single area such as an open area parking lot, a single megapixel camera can typically get the job done without compromise. The reduction in the number of cameras means lower equipment purchase and installation costs. The lack of moving parts in most megapixel cameras also reduces the possibility of mechanical failure, which means lower maintenance costs. And fewer cameras require fewer eyeballs to monitor them, which can also lead to reduced overhead.

I anticipate that the market will be seeing many new megapixel cameras coming to market in even more configurations with increased larger pixel counts, enhanced bandwidth optimization and more advanced and comprehensive feature sets. And that they will continue to drive the migration to networked systems with improved video system performance through 2014.

Frank De Fina is Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Samsung Techwin America. Request more info about the company at