Why Do Surveillance Cameras Have Bad Quality Footage?

By Jonathan Ratcliffe

We live in a digital age in which every one of us can shoot high definition footage from the comfort of our smartphones. Yet when the police appeal for help with identifying a suspect for a crime, why is the CCTV footage always really poor? Why is this? With some of the footage coming from ... Read more


We live in a digital age in which every one of us can shoot high definition footage from the comfort of our smartphones. Yet when the police appeal for help with identifying a suspect for a crime, why is the CCTV footage always really poor? Why is this? With some of the footage coming from large multinational businesses, you would expect them to have state of the art CCTV. So is it just a case if them having poor quality analogue systems with poor quality cameras? Or is it down to something else?

Actually, in many cases the poor quality is down to storage. High definition footage takes an enormous amount of room to store which means many businesses monitor the live footage in full HD yet store it at a lower resolution to save costs. Unfortunately this comes with much lower picture quality. So whilst businesses may save money on storage costs, they make it much harder to identify possible suspects for break ins and other crimes. A false economy?

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BY Jonathan Ratcliffe

Jonathan manages Marketing at CCTV.co.uk - with over 15 years experience in CCTV Installation - he writes as an Expert in CCTV Systems, News, Crime Rate Analysis and other FAQs