Compare IP Camera Video Codecs: H.264 vs H.265 H.265+ H.265s

Watch these videos to see a comparison of the following video codecs supported by Viewtron IP cameras.

The reason why I created these videos was to see if video codecs that maximize video compression sacrifice video quality. The team at CCTV Camera Pros want to be sure that we recommend the best video compression to our customers without giving up quality.

H.264 vs H.265

H.264 vs H.265

Watch this video to compare video recorded with H.264 vs H.265 video compression.

H.265 vs H.265+

H.265 vs H.265+ IP Camera Comparison
Watch this video to see a comparison of H.265 vs H.265+ video.

H.265+ vs H.265s

H.265+ vs H.265s IP Camera Codecs
Watch this video to compare H.265+ vs H.265s video codecs.

Viewtron AI Camera / IP Camera

This is the 4mp dome IP camera that was used in all of the above video testing. It is a Viewtron AI security camera.

Viewtron IP Camera NVR

IP Camera NVR
The camera was connected and recording to one of our Viewtron IP camera NVRs.

Video Storage Calculator

video storage calculator

CCTV Camera Pros recently developed this online video storage calculator to help customers estimate how much hard drive space they will need for their security camera system. The hard drive calculator supports all of the video codecs discusses in this blog post.

Video Transcript

Hi, everyone. Mike from CCTV Camera Pros here. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit our blog. You can watch the below videos to see a comparison of H.264, H.265, H.265+, and H.265s video codex.

I made all the recordings using that four-megapixel dome IP camera that you see behind me on the right. So why did I do this comparison?

Basically, those codex provide different levels of compression. So they use a different amount of disk space and a different amount of bandwidth because some of them compress video more than others. So H.264 is the oldest compression and it compresses video the least amount. And then it goes H.265, which compresses video about 50% more than 264. Then H.265+ was invented, which compresses video, roughly 50% more than H.265. And then last, and most recently, H.265s supposedly improves things by another, almost 50% more compression over H.265+.

But my opinion is all that compression can’t come without some sacrifice. So I wanted to see for myself if the video quality degrades when going up the chain of those video compressions.

So I tested all of them and I’ll give you the spoiler alert in the end. The H.265s compression is a little bit choppy. For some people where disk space is most important. It’s probably a good compression to use. But if you want the highest quality video and the most compression, probably the H.265+ is the best choice right now. Or H.265 might be the safest bet because it’s been out for so long.

Anyways, thanks again for visiting. Take a look at the videos down below. If you have any questions about any of this, you can email me anytime at

If you want to learn more about our Viewtron IP camera systems, we actually also have B and C camera systems from Viewtron and we love them. You can visit

Thanks again for visiting. Check out the videos down below. Bye.