Why is My CCTV Footage Low Quality?
The primary reason CCTV cameras get a reputation for having poor footage is due to outdated equipment. Older 1MP cameras simply do not have the resolution to provide the quality footage modern users demand. Modern 2, 4 and 8MP cameras offer improved image quality, however, with the increase in resolution there comes and increase in storage.
CCTV cameras are often recording 24/7 and store footage for days, this requires a massive amount of storage space. This only multiplies as you add more cameras, recording more information to the system. The higher quality the footage being recorded, the more storage space it will require. That being said, there are many modern options for those wishing to record high quality footage external hard drive and improved DVRs are available to boost your recording capabilities.
Improper lighting also leads to disappointing image quality, as cameras need light to capture proper footage. The amount of light is dependent on your camera and can be supported by enhanced IR capabilities. The best way to ensure proper lighting is to install floodlights or other forms of LED lighting to illuminate the area being recorded.
You may also be experiencing low image quality because of wiring issues. The cables and wiring you use run all of the data your cameras capture to the storage and playback site. If corners were cut during installation and cheap wiring was used, or wires have become damaged over time, the quality of your footage may suffer.
Weak or spotty internet connection may also cause footage to lose quality and can either be constant or intermittent. IP cameras operating over WiFi are particularly susceptible to this issue because as you lose bandwidth adding devices, your speed and connection decreases dramatically