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Old 04-16-2020, 04:20 PM
 
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looking for a surveilance system to replace my old one which is 480 TV quality.

i see 4k systems are available now. which 4k system is good? how big a harddrive should it have? im leaning towards a 8cam system.

would also like to be able to view via pc/mac, smartphones: android/apple, send photo alerts via email.
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Old 04-17-2020, 02:47 PM
 
Location: McAllen, TX
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What for?

Do you want to see the hairs on someone's face?

1080 should be good enough especially if you have 480 right now. 1080 is more or less the standard now especially with IP cameras. Even 720 is pretty damn good.
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Old 04-18-2020, 06:51 AM
 
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What for?

Do you want to see the hairs on someone's face?

1080 should be good enough especially if you have 480 right now. 1080 is more or less the standard now especially with IP cameras. Even 720 is pretty damn good.
But if it’s a minor price increase why not?

I wonder though if it’s an analog surveillance system if new cables would be required.
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Old 04-18-2020, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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But if it’s a minor price increase why not?
Because 4K video will take up 4 times the disk space to store.
Go HD.
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Old 04-18-2020, 10:07 AM
 
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But if it’s a minor price increase why not?

I wonder though if it’s an analog surveillance system if new cables would be required.
Pretty sure new wiring would be required.

Although 4k surveillance from a resolution standpoint is not really needed imo it may become the standard much like HD is now. So no big deal. As far as the storage, I am sure they compress whenever possible. I googled it. You can get a 4 camera system starting at $280.

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Old 04-18-2020, 11:31 AM
 
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Because 4K video will take up 4 times the disk space to store.
Go HD.
Understood, but that may or may not be a major issue to OP. The difference in cost between a 2TB and 8TB drive now isn’t huge.
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Old 04-18-2020, 11:34 AM
 
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Pretty sure new wiring would be required.

Although 4k surveillance from a resolution standpoint is not really needed imo it may become the standard much like HD is now. So no big deal. As far as the storage, I am sure they compress whenever possible. I googled it. You can get a 4 camera system starting at $280.
Thanks. I looked at the first Lorex and noted under comments that someone said that for 4K recording it was limited to 7fps - or 1/4 the frame rate for 4x the resolution. So either you get clear frames with jerky motion or at 1080p get fuzzier frames with smooth motion.
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Old 04-18-2020, 05:04 PM
 
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Thanks. I looked at the first Lorex and noted under comments that someone said that for 4K recording it was limited to 7fps - or 1/4 the frame rate for 4x the resolution. So either you get clear frames with jerky motion or at 1080p get fuzzier frames with smooth motion.
thats a good point about the lower framerates on 4k systems.

i might as well jsut go with 1080 but highr framerate than a stuttering 4k video
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Old 04-18-2020, 05:50 PM
 
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thats a good point about the lower framerates on 4k systems.

i might as well jsut go with 1080 but highr framerate than a stuttering 4k video
480 to 1080 is more than double the resolution. Unless you have a need for extreme detail a higher end 1080 system will be better than lower end 4K at the same or lower price.

Or, get a 4K capable system with 1080 cameras.
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