Now that you’ve made the decision to install a new video surveillance system in your home or business, or to upgrade your current system, should you go for a digital system, an analog system, or a combination of the two technologies? Here’s a look at the advantages and drawbacks of each:


  • Analog and hybrid systems both use closed circuit television (CCTV) as their base.
  • Both systems use analog cameras, which produce low-quality images and don’t offer the ability to search or track images.
  • Hybrid systems add a digital video recorder (DVR) to a CCTV system. The analog images are saved to the DVR.
  • Hybrid systems are typically used by people who want to extend the life of their analog CCTV systems.


  • Internet protocol- (IP) based systems use digital cameras and are the most up-to-date surveillance systems.
  • These systems enable you to broadcast images live via the internet and store them to a hard drive.
  • Images can be encrypted for security and viewed remotely over the internet.
  • The picture quality of digital cameras is superior to analog cameras.
  • IP-based systems may be more expensive up front, but they offer the best flexibility and overall quality for the money.

Beyond-the-Studs will work with you to tailor a video surveillance system that meets your individual needs and budget.