CCTV equipment specifications

AMCO’s CCTV systems are based around x3 grades of CCTV equipment as standard.  The following provides the specifications behind the equipment, so you know exactly what you’re buying:

> Standard (AHD): based around SuperVu 2MP cameras, with SuperVu DVR (Xmeye Camera Management Software for remote viewing)

> Premium (HD-TVI): based around HikVision 5MP cameras, with HikVision DVR (iVMS Camera Management Software for remove viewing) 

> IP: based around HikVision 2MP to 8MP IP cameras, with HikVision NVR

CCTV equipment comparison 

As with all technology, CCTV technology options can get confusing.  The following is a simple overview comparison of the different options, and some guidance on what to choose:

Option Detail
Analogue HD vs Digital IP
The main practical differences between the two are: 1) the cables used are different, Coax / Shotgun / Cat5 is generally used for AHD where as networking / ethernet cable (e.g. Cat5) is used for Digital IP - meaning that the camera can be wired back to the nearest network socket rather than all the way back to the NVR 2) AHD cameras are limited to 2MP quality and HD-TVI limited to 5MP whereas IP can go to 8MP+ 3)Analogue HD picture quality can suffer from ‘interference’ whereas Digital IP pictures quality is always crystal clear (or not working at all) 4) AHD uses a DVR (Digital Video Recorder) whereas IP uses an NVR (Network Video Recorder).  From a technical perspective, the main difference between the two is that with Digital IP cameras the image is converted from Analogue to Digital inside the camera (and therefore transmits a digital signal) and AHD cameras capture and transfer an analogue signal, which is then converted into a digital picture in the DVR.
AHD vs HD-TVI
AHD (analogue High Definition) and HD-TVI (High Definition) are essentially different technologies doing the same thing.  This means that when it comes to ‘quality’ there is no difference, but its rather a case of some manufacturers choosing different underlying camera sensor technologies (AHD or HD-TVI).  SuperVu uses AHD and HikVision uses HD-TVI)
2MP vs 5MP
MP is short for ‘Mega Pixel’ and refers to the size of the picture recorded (i.e. the number of pixels recorded at once).  The main use case for needing ‘more’ pixels is if you want to see more detail when you zoom in, for example seeing the face of a person at a distance. 2MP is in general high-enough quality for most scenarios, however if you’re viewing a big space, then 5MP is a better option.
SuperVu vs HikVision
HikVision is very much the leading brand in the CCTV space, with a wide range of equipment.  SuperVu are specialists in ‘Vandal Dome’ CCTV equipment, focusing on a smaller range of camera products (including Wifi Cameras and Smart Doorbells).  Visit HikVision website here >> Visit SuperVu website here >>

Standard analogue HD CCTV system

The following are the detailed specifications of AMCO’s ‘standard’ CCTV equipment range: camera, DVR and CMS (camera management software)

SuperVu 2MP 'Vandal Dome’ cameras

SuperVu AHD CCTV camera

Feature Detail
Brand & format
 SuperVu & AHD (analogue High Definition)
Lens
2.8 - 12mm vari-focus lens (Zoom functionality)
IR range
20m 45 degree (for night vision)
Resolution (pixels)
1920(H) x 1080(V)
Dimensions
120mm x 80mm
Waterproof rating
IP66
Operation temperature
-10 to +50 degrees C
Power
12V DC
Material
metal

SuperVu DVR (4, 8 or 16 channel)

SuperVu DVR

Feature Detail
Brand
SuperVu
Camera inputs
Video input x4 / x8 / x16 
Networking ports
Network cable interface (ethernet) / PS485 interface
Audio ports
Audio input / Audio output
Video screen ports
HDMI output / VGA output / BNC video output
USB
USB interface
Stream type
video / video & audio
Hard disk driver
SATA interface (1TB, 2TB or 4TB)
App
Remote viewing app via Xmeye (desktop and mobile, Android and iOS Apple): Xmeye.net


Camera management software (CMS)

Camera Management Software

Premium HD-TVI CCTV system

The following are the detailed specifications of AMCO’s ‘premium’ HD-TVI CCTV equipment range: camera, DVR and CMS (camera management software)

HikVision 5MP 'Dome’ cameras

Hikvision 5MP HD-TVI camera

Feature Detail
Brand & format
HikVision & HD-TVI
Lens
2.8mm to 12mm motorized variable lens at 92 degrees
IR ranges
40m Smart ExIR beam (for night vision)
Resolution (pixels)
2560(H) x 1944(V)
Dimensions
110 x 94.5mm
Waterproof rating
IP67
Operation temperature
-40 to +60 degrees C
Material
Metal
Compatibility
compatible with Hikvision Turbo HD DVR


HikVision DVR (4, 8 or 16 channel)

HikVision DVR 5MP

Brand Feature
Camera inputs
Video input x4/ x8 / x16 
Networking ports
Network cable interface (ethernet)
Audio ports
Audio input / Audio output
Video screen ports
HDMI output / VGA output / BNC video output
USB
USB interface
Hard disk driver

1 x SATA interface (up to 8TB capacity)

Stream type
video / video & audio
Power
DC 12V input
App
Remote viewing app via iVMS (Hikvision, Mobile and Android)


Camera management software (CMS)

Hikvision Camera Management Software

Need further advice?

If you need more help in deciding the right CCTV equipment for your scenario, give the AMCO team a call and we'll advise you on the best options.  Call 0800 13 03 999 or email sales@amco999.com