Information About DVR Resolution

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Our DVR’s for surveillance systems have the ability to record in different resolution. CIF resolution stands for Common Intermediate Format. It is low resolution standard video format for DVR systems.

These are the standard Video Resolutions of the industry:

  • CIF has resolution of 352x288 or 360x240
  • 2CIF has resolution of 720 x 240
  • VGA is               640x480
  • 4CIF aka D1       720x480
  • 1MP Cameras
  • 1.3MP Cameras 1280x1024
  • 2 MP Cameras  1600x 1200
  • 3 MP Cameras  2048x 1536
  • 4 MP
  • 5 MP Cameras  2560x 1920
  • 6 MP



1280x1024---1280 are the horizontal pixels and 1024 are the vertical pixels.

Once your DVR arrives:

After your DVR is initially installed, you can configure it for optimal recording based upon your needs. Keep in mind that most DVR’s display video in D1 or 4CIF(720x480) but they often are recording in a lower resolution. The higher the recording resolution of your DVR the more expensive it will be. All DVR’s have the ability to set what resolution you want to record at. If you are recording your driveway and want to see a car pull up you only need CIF  recording (360x240). If you want to clearly see a persons face that is getting out of the car you will want your DVR or NVR to record at a higher resolution. If its an analog camera that you want to see a persons face you will mostly likely need a 10mm, 12mm or a 22mm camera, depending on the distance of the car from the camera.

Make Your DVR Last Longer:

  • Plug your dvr and camera system into a surge protector with enough joules.
  • If its a PC Based NVR or DVR open it up every 6 months and blow out the dust. ( Call a service professional if need assistance, may void warranty)
  • Update the firmware