Is It Time For 4K Security?

September 12th, 2019



Security technology is always evolving, with new gadgets, new technologies, and improvements on existing standards. This shouldn’t come as a real surprise to anyone that’s a fan of either cameras or televisions as surveillance security systems rely on both, and most people expect innovations in both of these areas on a yearly basis.

However, what most people don’t do is frequently upgrade their security system in the way they might buy a new phone every year, or every few years. That means you may be missing out on one of the recent innovations in security systems, the arrival of the 4K image standard.

What Is 4K?

4K, also known as “Ultra High Definition” or UHD, is a step up in image quality from High Definition, which in itself was an upgrade from the Standard Definition image quality that was in use in televisions throughout the 20th century. The HD resolution on TVs and monitors today displays images at 3840 x 2160 pixels, which provides sharp, clear details. 4K improves on this, even more, bumping up the resolution to 4096 x 2160 resolutions, hence the term “4K” for the approximately 4000 pixels of detail that are on display.

As you may have guessed, this means that the 4K resolutions standard is even sharper and crisper than the HD standard that has been more common over the last 20 years.

Why Is It Important?

For TVs, 4K has been a bit of a mixed bag. While it undoubtedly presents better clarity, and much higher, sharper, detailed image quality, some general consumers argued that it wasn’t necessary. Most people sat far away from their TVs anyway, so the increased detail was being lost.

Of course, for security purposes, this is not the case at all. 4K imagery on a camera that is normally mounted, and a distance away from the action, great benefits. This means that for investigation purposes far more details about a suspect on a camera can be made out. What was indecipherable on an SD camera of the 20th century, and blurry on an HD camera of today, may be crisp, clear and easy to see on a 4K security camera.

Making An Investment

Of course, if you want to benefit from a 4K camera, that means you’ll have to spend some money upgrading an existing security system. Or, if you don’t have a security system at all yet, think about “future-proofing” yourself by coming out of the gate with a 4K security system instead.

As you might expect, better technology means more money, so 4K systems do cost more than standard HD camera systems. Because of the higher quality of the images, this also means that 4K security footage takes up more storage space in a hard drive than an HD image, so you need to plan accordingly for these higher performance demands.

If you’d like to know more about 4K security systems and whether now is the time for you to upgrade, Blue Ridge Surveillance is here to help. Contact and let us know what your current security system is like, and we can see whether you’re a good candidate for a 4K upgrade.