H.265 IP cameras entry in the CCTV camera arena

While H.265 is not a new standard and H.265 based IP cameras have existed for some time now, they are just about to get mainstream. So I wanted to make sure you are ahead of the game when this new standard rolls out. Besides IP cameras, this same compression is going to revolutionize online video streaming, video calling, action cameras, drones, and every other video related product.

You must be thinking what is H.265?

Usually said as H’dot’265, it is a video compression codec. Meaning when raw video footage is taken, it goes through a compression process (similar to a zip or rar file) but done on the fly and then processed as a stream to send through to the NVR. The more you can compress, the less storage space you need for the same amount of data and, the less bandwidth it will use on your network. It may seem like a small deal, but as this compression technology gets better you can imagine remotely viewing into your home in 4k quality on your mobile phone. H.265 is also referred to as HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding).


You may have heard of H.265 IP Cameras and wondered what the difference is with the H.264 IP cameras in the market now.

H.265 compressed video is upto half the size if H.264 video. So if your existing cameras do 15 days of recording on 1 Hard Disk, you would be able to now store 30 days on that same space.

For H.265 IP cameras however, the main advantage is the image quality. We can stream double the quality in the same bandwidth. Meaning your recordings will be so much clearer. CCTV cameras are used for safety and security so being able to see in high definition will make it easier to recognise people, number plates, etc. Its so common that a crime is committed and if the place was equipped with analog cameras, they were unable to identify the perpetrator.

Another advantage is that you can view your cameras remotely on your mobile phone and it now takes only half your 3G / 4G internet bandwidth to view the same quality stream.

Notice the bitrate and file size in the image below.

H.265 vs H.264 comparison

H.265 NVRs

These are currently considered high-end NVRs and the costs are prohibitive. The NVRs that currently do support H.265 IP cameras are based on HiSilicon Hi3536 SoC chipsets. They will be backward compatible with H.264 IP cameras as well.

What all this means for the security CCTV camera industry and you

You will start seeing 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0 Megapixel IP Cameras become the standard over the 1 and 2 megapixel cameras that have been around for a few years now. It is a chance for you to catch up with the big boys and level the playing field a little.

I have avoided getting too technical with this post, if you have any questions, we can discuss it over in the comments below.

Like all things, H.265 is more expensive than H.264, but, we are about to change that. Keep a look out for more information from us.

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