Cloud vs IP Cameras

Ip Vs Cloud Cameras

Cloud vs IP Cameras

Ip Vs Cloud Cameras

Cctv and Ip cameras are the two most used surveillance devices. Cctv based solutions are the most reliable and widely used. Cloud cameras are the next generation of Ip based surveillance devices. When it comes to a choice between Ip cameras and Cloud cameras, that things become bit hazy. Let us look at what these Ip Vs Cloud Cameras are before comparing them.

Ip Camera

An Internet protocol camera, or IP camera, is a type of digital video camera commonly employed for surveillance. Unlike analogue closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, an IP Camera can send and receive data via a computer network and the Internet. These cameras connect to the internet, and you can generally reach them at a fixed IP and port. An add-on sd-card can be used to store the video and other surveillance data locally. You need to do port forwarding to be able to view them from outside the network once connected to your home wifi. Most of them come with mobile apps to make viewing convenient. These are most suited for home-usage. You can configure an external FTP site, an amazon S3 account or Dropbox if you want to store surveillance data online.


Cloud Camera

The Cloud cameras are next stage in the evolution of IP based cameras.  Cloud Cameras stream video via cloud servers.  Your online account will let you view and control your Cloud Cameras. They, in general, do not require a static IP or port forwarding. The secure server will store your surveillance data.

Most of the Cloud cameras will provide intelligence on stored data as well as smart alerting mechanisms. These also come with sophisticated applications both on the cloud and on mobile devices. On the cloud, they can provide object recognition, alerting, activity predictions etc. The output of these cameras is consolidated in the cloud. If you view them as a grid, then more interesting applications can be built into them, for example, tracking the movement of objects or goods,  and counting people inside a location secured by such a grid and many more.



In general Ip Cameras are simpler with modest CPU. All they do is send the feed to a local network. Cloud Cameras are sophisticated devices capable of pre-processing data and uploading it to a central server. Since cloud cameras are more powerful edge devices compared to simpler IP cameras, they are expensive than later.

 Price: Ip Vs Cloud Cameras: Given similar megapixels, Ip cameras are cheaper. 



Ip Cameras are simpler devices and can save history mostly on local storage. Ip Cameras can, of course, be configured to use network storage but setting up and configuring the storage is left to the user. The external storage and network, on the other hand, is kind of inbuilt into the Cloud Cameras. Cloud cameras also make use of the computing power available on the cloud to recognise objects, link video feeds from multiple cameras and makes smart deductions. Alerting and raising alarms come naturally to the Cloud Cameras.

 Functionality: Ip Vs Cloud Cameras: Cloud cameras wins here 



IP Cameras and Cloud Cameras both provide similar viewing experience over the network. With improved video compression technologies, both types can provide you with HD quality viewing. Due to network constraints, though you may be able to get reciprocal quality when using Cloud Cameras, the upside for them is that probably IP Cameras may not even work in similar conditions.


 Verdict Ip Vs Cloud Camera: If your intention is a simple cheaper home security solution go for an Ip Camera. If you are looking to secure a larger location with multiple cameras, then Cloud Cameras are a better solution due to ease of management and convenience of the cloud. 


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