Can HD cameras work with analog CCTV DVR?

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    Mike Haldas

    Can HD security cameras work with an analog CCTV DVR?

    A customer contacted me at CCTV Camera Pros this morning with the following question.

    I was reading an article on getting HD CCTV cameras to work with an older analog CCTV system. In the article you said if I had any questions to contact you. I have an analog system that is 16 channels that works great. I really don’t want to get a new DVR. I have a friend give me a couple HD CCTV cameras but they won’t work with my DVR. Is there any way or anything I can do to get them to work with my system?

    This was the information that I provided to this customer.

    The answer depends on the capability of the security cameras that were given to you. If they are “hybrid BNC / coax security cameras” that support multiple video formats and resolutions then you can check to see if they have an analog CCTV mode. This will allow you to use your existing analog CCTV DVR for now. If you later upgrade to a HD security camera DVR, you can switch the camera into a compatible HD resolution mode.

    Hybrid Analog CCTV / HD Security Camera

    HD CCTV Security Camera

    Almost all hybrid CCTV cameras will have a small joystick attached to the video cable like the one you see in the above image. Users can select the video format that they want to use by holding the joystick in one of the four directions for 3 seconds.

    If your CCTV cameras do not have one of these small joysticks, chances are they are not hybrid and you will not be able to use them with your existing analog DVR.

    If you decide to upgrade now or later to an HD DVR, here is a 15% off coupon that you apply to one of our iDVR-PRO hybrid DVRs.

    Those hybrid iDVR-PRO DVRs will work with your existing analog CCTV cameras, as well as the latest 4K security cameras (HD-over-Coax). They also work with 720p, 1080p, 3mp, 4mp, and 5mp coax security cameras.

    The coupon code is: 15hybrid

    The coupon code will give you a 15% discount plus free shipping inside the USA.

    Please let me know if I can help further.

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