Factoring Megapixels Into Your Security Decisions

October 22nd, 2018

If you’re looking to purchase cameras for a new security system, there are multiple factors that you’ll need to consider. One of the decisions you’ll have to make is how many megapixels you want your cameras to have. A megapixel is a unit of measurement that refers to one million pixels.

Megapixel technology has come a long way over the past few years, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that more is always better. Below, you’ll find some criteria that you’ll want to consider when choosing the megapixel capabilities for your security system in Austin, TX.


Now more than ever, it’s easy to purchase cameras that contain megapixel lenses. We recommend choosing lenses that have megapixel capabilities, even if you don’t plan on using them initially. If you do not purchase cameras with megapixel capabilities, you’ll need to buy an entirely new security camera system were you ever to decide that you wanted to take advantage of this technology.

Lighting Requirements

For you to utilize megapixel capabilities, you must provide additional lighting for your cameras. This could prove to be problematic during night hours. Some home and business owners choose to install lights with motion sensors. If an intruder were to walk in a camera’s range of vision, the light would turn on, brightening the location enough that megapixel technology would work. Other options you have at your disposal include:

Low-Light Capable IP

CCD Camera

Only recording in a high-megapixel capacity during the day

Memory And Network Capacity

Shooting with a higher-megapixel camera will require significantly more memory capacity. The amount of hard drive capacity that you wish to maintain will depend on factors such as how long you want to store your footage and when you plan on recording. Additionally, hard drive storage options have increased tremendously over the past few years. It’s now cheaper than ever to purchase a quality hard drive.

So, the memory capacity issue may not be as big of a deal as it once was. But ultimately, you should understand that the more you wish to shoot with a high-megapixel camera, the more memory capacity you’re going to need.

Furthermore, if you wish to stream your footage, you should know that enhanced megapixel technology requires considerably more bandwidth than standard cameras. If you want to take advantage of features such as remote automation, you should be prepared to pay more to expand your bandwidth capabilities so that you can see the crystal-clear footage. 

Trusted Security Officials Can Help You Choose The Perfect Camera

If you’re a home or business owner in Austin, be sure to contact Dyezz Surveillance. Dyezz has years of experience helping residents of TX with all of their security needs. After getting a chance to know you, we will gain a better understanding of your security needs, at which point we’ll be able to recommend the idea megapixel setting for your cameras. Be sure to reach out today to learn more about how we can help solve your security concerns!