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Difference between CIF, D1 and 960H Resolutions in DVR

While searching for standalone DVR, we usually find CIF, D1, 960H parameters in resolution column of every single standalone DVR specification / technical table. CIF, D1 & 960H are the recording and playback resolution for DVR. These resolutions are the most important parameters that defines DVR performance and resolution Resolution Table: Item CIF 2 CIF VGA D1 960H 720p 1080p Width (Vertical Pixels) 360 720 640 720 960 1280 1920 Height (Horizontal Pixels) 240 240 480 480 582 720 1080 Total (Pixels) 86,400 172,800 307,200 345,600 552,960 921,600 2,073,600

What is CIF Resolution?

CIF is acronym of Common Intermediate Format. It has 360*240 pixels video resolution.

Features of CIF are: CIF Resolution is suitable for Video Home System Adopts non-interlaced scan technique CIF is Economical In PAL System CIF Resolution reaches up to 288 TV Lines In NTSC the maximum video frame rate is 29.97fps. CIF is an old resolution standard for video surveillance.

What is D1 Resolution?

In Video Surveillance industry there is a misconception that D1 is the resolution that is used for recording, playback and real-time viewing but the fact is that D1 is a Digital TV System standard format; D1 resolution is similar to that of 4CIF Features of D1 are: D1 resolution is suitable for HD Video Home System Adopts interlaced scanning techniques. D1 is very economical In PAL System CIF Resolution reaches up to 576 TV Lines In NTSC the maximum video frame rate is 30fps

What is 960H resolution?

960H is a new standard for security cameras and security DVR's that provides high resolution images using advanced image sensors. Security cameras that are capable of 960H resolution produce an image that is 960 horizontal and 480 vertical pixels large (960x480). Features of 960H Resolution: Higher Resolution Recording: Security cameras and DVR's that supports 960H resolution are capable of producing superior images that are 34% sharper than D1 and more than 500% sharper than CIF. Better Image Quality: Recording in 960 H resolution provides a greater amount of image details. Images are sharper and it is easier to distinguish objects that are close together. True to Life: 960H creates a wide-screen picture Easy to Upgrade: Upgrading to 960H will save your time and money compared with IP camera systems that require rewiring.

Standard Resolutions

HD Resolutions

CIF
(360 x 240)

960H
(960 x 582)

2 CIF
(720 x 240)

720p VGA
(640x480) (1280 x 720)

D1
(720 x 480)

1080p
(1920 x 1080)