4MP vs 4K - What's the Difference? Are 4MP and 4K the Same?

4MP is 2x1080P. 4K is 4x1080P.


Although they both have 4 in the name, 4K is double the quality of 4MP.

PS. If you are viewing this on a tablet or mobile phone, you may need to click the images to see the full sized, as your phone may be downsizing them.

A face at 10 FT, recorded with a 4mp IP camera with a 101 degree lens

4MP at 2.8mm

101 degrees view

2.8mm lens setting

Most cost effective camera: Deputy 4.0

A face at 10 FT, recorded with a 4K IP camera with a 92 degree lens

4K at 2.8mm

80 degrees view

2.8mm lens setting

Most cost effective cameras: Warrior 8.0 4Kor Deputy 8.0 4K

What is 4MP, technically?

1080P TV is 1920 by 1080 pixels or about 2 Million Pixels. 4MP stands for 4 Million Pixels.

4MP is 2560 x 1440 or 3,686,400 total pixels, which is close to 2x the size of 1080P*.

*editors note: despite having a 4 million pixel sensor, 4MP cameras record approximately 3.7 million pixel so that it can fit correctly on a monitor. This is a strange quirk on how images are displayed on screens, but it is industry standard.

What is 4K?

4K is 3840 x 2160 or 8,294,400 total pixels, which is a little more than 4x the size of 1080P*.

4K is twice as wide as 1080P and twice as tall. This means that the area is 4 times as large. In other words, if all the pixels were exactly the same size, you can fit 4 1080P TV's in the space of a single 4K TV.

How many megapixels is 1080P?

1080P is 1920 x 1080 or 2,073,600 total pixels.

A face at 10 FT, recorded with a 1080P IP camera with a 110 degree lens

1080P at 2.8mm

110 degrees view

2.8mm lens setting

Most cost effective camera: Deputy 2.0

So, What Camera is Right for You?

Comparison of SCW Bullet Cameras: 2MP, 4MP, and 4K

Comparison of SCW Bullet Cameras

Comparison of SCW Dome Cameras: 2MP, 4MP, and 4K

Comparison of SCW Dome Cameras

  1. The Warrior 2.0 - 26BF4



    The Warrior 2.0 - 26BF2 - 1080P 2MP Fixed Lens Mini Bullet Camera

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $150.00


    Resolution

    1080p HD

    1080P @ 30 FPS; 1920 × 1080

    Detect: 100 ft
    Recognize: 50 ft
    Identify: 25 ft


    Processing Power and Compression: Not All 1080P Cameras are Created Equal


    Weather

    weatherproof

    IP67
    Full protection from dust, rain, snow, dew, frost, and sprinklers.

    You can even submerge it for a few minutes.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Temperature rated from -31°F to 140 °F

    Humidity rated between 10 and 95%.


    Lens

    fixed lens

    Fixed: 4mm
    85° of coverage

    Digital Zoom Only

    Learn about the 4 types of Zoom


    Day/Night

    night footage

    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT

    Larger image sensor for low light

    Color video possible until 0.02 lux

    How to get the best footage at night


    Special

    special features

    Digital Wide Dynamic Range

    Seeing in shadows: Understanding WDR



  2. The Warrior 4.0 - 26BF4



    The Warrior 4.0 - 26BF4 - 4MP (2x1080P) Fixed Lens Mini Bullet Camera

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $200.00


    Resolution

    4MP UHD Quality

    4MP @ 25 FPS: 2560 x 1440

    Detect: 150 ft
    Recognize: 75 ft
    Identify: 50 ft


    4MP vs 4K


    Indoor/Outdoor

    weatherproof

    IP67
    Full protection from dust, rain, snow, dew, frost, and sprinklers.

    You can even submerge it for a few minutes.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Temperature rated from -31°F to 140 °F

    Humidity rated between 10 and 95%.


    Lens

    fixed lens

    Fixed: 3.6mm
    80.8° of coverage (horizontal)

    Digital Zoom Only

    Learn about the 4 types of Zoom


    Day/Night

    night footage

    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT

    Color video possible until 0.02 lux

    How to get the best footage at night


    Special

    special features

    True Wide Dynamic Range (120dB)

    Seeing in shadows: Understanding WDR



  3. The Deputy 2.0 - 26DF2



    The Deputy 2.0 - 26DF2 - 2MP (1080P) Fixed Wide Angle Lens Turret Dome Camera

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $150.00


    Resolution

    1080p HD

    1080P @ 30 FPS; 1920 × 1080

    Detect: 75 ft
    Recognize: 40 ft
    Identify: 20 ft


    Processing Power and Compression: Not All 1080P Cameras are Created Equal


    Indoor/Outdoor

    weatherproof

    IP67
    Full protection from dust, rain, snow, dew, frost, and sprinklers.

    You can even submerge it for a few minutes.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Temperature rated from -31°F to 140 °F

    Humidity rated between 10 and 95%.


    Lens

    fixed lens

    Fixed: 2.8mm
    110° of coverage

    Digital Zoom Only

    Learn about the 4 types of Zoom


    Day/Night

    night footage

    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT

    Color video possible until 0.02 lux

    How to get the best footage at night


    Special

    special features

    Digital Wide Dynamic Range

    Seeing in shadows: Understanding WDR



  4. The Deputy 4.0 - 26DF4



    The Deputy 4.0 - 26DF4 - 4MP (2x1080P) Fixed Wide Angle Lens Turret Dome Camera

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $200.00


    Resolution

    4MP UHD Quality

    4MP @ 25 FPS: 2560 x 1440

    Detect: 115 ft
    Recognize: 50 ft
    Identify: 35 ft


    4MP vs 4K


    Indoor/Outdoor

    weatherproof

    IP67
    Full protection from dust, rain, snow, dew, frost, and sprinklers.

    You can even submerge it for a few minutes.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Temperature rated from -31°F to 140 °F

    Humidity rated between 10 and 95%.


    Lens

    fixed lens

    Fixed: 2.8mm
    101° of coverage

    Digital Zoom Only

    Learn about the 4 types of Zoom


    Day/Night

    night footage

    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT

    Color video possible until 0.02 lux

    How to get the best footage at night


    Special

    special features

    True Wide Dynamic Range (120dB)

    Seeing in shadows: Understanding WDR



  5. The Viking 4.0 - 26BV4



    The Viking 4.0 - 26BV4 - 4MP (2x1080P) Multi-Purpose Lens Bullet Camera with Motorized Zoom and Focus

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    Price: $399.00

    Limited Time DIY Special: $249.00


    Resolution

    4MP UHD Quality

    4MP @ 25 FPS: 2560 x 1440

    Detect: up to 175 ft
    Recognize: up to 125 ft
    Identify: up to 75 ft


    4MP vs 4K


    Weather

    weatherproof

    IP67
    Full protection from dust, rain, snow, dew, frost, and sprinklers.

    You can even submerge it for a few minutes.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Temperature rated from -31°F to 140 °F

    Humidity rated between 10 and 95%.


    Lens

    varifocal lens

    Motorized Varifocal: 2.8 - 12mm
    91° - 27° of coverage

    Digital Zoom and Optical Zoom

    Learn about the 4 types of Zoom


    Day/Night

    night footage

    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT

    Color video possible until 0.02 lux

    How to get the best footage at night


    Special

    special features

    Alarm Input and Output

    Audio Input and Output
    Audio Input/Output FAQ

    Micro-SD Card Slot

    True WDR (up to 120 dB)

    Seeing in shadows: Understanding WDR



  6. The Detective 4.0 - 26DV4



    The Detective 4.0 - 26DV4 - 4MP (2x1080P) Multi-Purpose Lens Turret Dome Camera with Motorized Zoom and Focus and Audio Microphone

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $399.00


    Resolution

    4MP UHD Quality

    4MP @ 25 FPS: 2560 x 1440

    Detect: up to 175 ft
    Recognize: up to 125 ft
    Identify: up to 75 ft


    4MP vs 4K


    Weather

    weatherproof

    IP67
    Full protection from dust, rain, snow, dew, frost, and sprinklers.

    You can even submerge it for a few minutes.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Temperature rated from -31°F to 140 °F

    Humidity rated between 10 and 95%.


    Lens

    varifocal lens

    Motorized Varifocal: 2.7 - 12mm
    91° - 27° of coverage

    Digital Zoom and Optical Zoom

    Learn about the 4 types of Zoom


    Day/Night

    night footage

    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT

    Color video possible until 0.02 lux

    How to get the best footage at night


    Special

    special features

    Micro-SD Card Slot

    True WDR (up to 120 dB)

    Built in Microphone

    Seeing in shadows: Understanding WDR



  7. The Informant 4.0 - 26DF4-A



    The Informant 4.0 - 26DF4-A - 4MP (2x1080P) Fixed Wide Angle Lens Mini Dome Camera with Audio Microphone

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $350.00


    Resolution

    4MP UHD Quality

    4MP @ 25 FPS: 2560 x 1440

    Detect: 115 ft
    Recognize: 50 ft
    Identify: 35 ft


    4MP vs 4K


    Weather

    weatherproof

    IP66
    Full protection from dust, rain, snow, dew, frost, and sprinklers.

    You can even wash them off with a hose.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Temperature rated from -31°F to 140 °F

    Humidity rated between 10 and 95%.


    Lens

    fixed lens

    Fixed: 2.8mm
    101° of coverage

    Digital Zoom Only

    Learn about the 4 types of Zoom


    Day/Night

    night footage

    Infrared night vision up to 50 FT

    Color video possible until 0.02 lux

    How to get the best footage at night


    Special

    special features

    Integrated Microphone

    True Wide Dynamic Range (120dB)

    Seeing in shadows: Understanding WDR



  8. The Warrior 8.0 - 26BF8 - 4K Fixed Lens



    The Warrior 8.0 - 26BF8 - 4K (8MP = 4x1080P) Fixed Lens Mini Bullet Camera

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $250.00


    Resolution

    4K UHD

    4K @ 15 FPS; 3840 × 2160

    Detect: 175 ft
    Recognize: 125 ft
    Identify: 75 ft


    4MP vs 4K


    Weather

    weatherproof

    IP67
    Full protection from dust, rain, snow, dew, frost, and sprinklers.

    You can even submerge it for a few minutes.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Temperature rated from -22°F to 140 °F

    Humidity rated between 10 and 95%.


    Lens

    fixed lens

    Fixed: 4mm
    92° of coverage

    Digital Zoom Only

    Learn about the 4 types of Zoom


    Day/Night

    night footage

    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT

    Larger image sensor for low light

    Color video possible until 0.001 lux

    How to get the best footage at night


    Special

    special features

    Digital Wide Dynamic Range

    Seeing in shadows: Understanding WDR



  9. The Gladiator 8.0 - 26BV8 - 4K (8MP = 4x1080P) Multi-Purpose Lens Bullet Camera with Motorized Zoom and P-Iris



    The Gladiator 8.0 - 26BV8 - 4K (8MP = 4x1080P) Multi-Purpose Lens Bullet Camera with Motorized Zoom and P-Iris

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    Price: $799.00

    Limited Time DIY Special: $699.00


    Resolution

    4K

    4K (8MP) UHD @ 30 FPS: 3840 x 2160

    Detect: up to 200 ft
    Recognize: up to 150 ft
    Identify: up to 100 ft


    4MP vs 4K


    Weather

    weatherproof

    IP67
    Full protection from dust, rain, snow, dew, frost, and sprinklers.

    You can even submerge it for a few minutes.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Extreme Cold Temperature rated from -40°F to 140 °F

    Humidity rated between 10 and 95%.


    Lens

    varifocal lens

    Motorized Varifocal: 2.8 - 12mm
    80° - 35° of coverage

    Digital Zoom and Optical Zoom

    Learn about the 4 types of Zoom


    Day/Night

    night footage

    Infrared night vision up to 325 FT

    Color video possible until 0.02 lux

    How to get the best footage at night


    Special

    special features

    Micro-SD Card Slot

    P-Iris

    Alarm Inputs and Output

    Audio Input and Output
    Audio Input/Output FAQ

    True WDR (up to 120 dB)

    Seeing in shadows: Understanding WDR



  10. The Deputy 8.0 - 26DF8



    The Deputy 8.0 - 26DF8 - 4K (8MP = 4x1080P) Fixed Lens Turret Camera

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $250.00


    Resolution

    4K UHD

    4K @ 15 FPS; 3840 × 2160

    Detect: 150 ft
    Recognize: 85 ft
    Identify: 45 ft


    4MP vs 4K


    Weather

    weatherproof

    IP67
    Full protection from dust, rain, snow, dew, frost, and sprinklers.

    You can even submerge it for a few minutes.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Temperature rated from -22°F to 140 °F

    Humidity rated between 10 and 95%.


    Lens

    fixed lens

    Fixed: 2.8mm
    118° of coverage

    Digital Zoom Only

    Learn about the 4 types of Zoom


    Day/Night

    night footage

    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT

    Larger image sensor for low light

    Color video possible until 0.001 lux

    How to get the best footage at night


    Special

    special features

    Digital Wide Dynamic Range

    Seeing in shadows: Understanding WDR



  11. The Archer 2.0 - 26BV2-L at a 3/4 view



    The Archer 2.0 - 26BV2-L - 2MP Long Range, Low Light Bullet Camera with Motorized Zoom and Focus

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $799.00


    Resolution

    1080p HD

    1080P @ 30 FPS; 1920 × 1080

    Detect: up to 450 ft
    Recognize: up to 350 ft
    Identify: up to 300 ft


    Processing Power and Compression: Not All 1080P Cameras are Created Equal


    Weather

    weatherproof

    IP67
    Full protection from dust, rain, snow, dew, frost, and sprinklers.

    You can even submerge it for a few minutes.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Extreme Cold Temperature rated from -40°F to 140 °F

    Humidity rated between 10 and 95%.


    Lens

    varifocal lens

    Long Range Motorized Varifocal: 4.7 - 47mm
    65° - 9° of coverage

    Digital Zoom and Optical Zoom

    Learn about the 4 types of Zoom


    Day/Night

    night footage

    Infrared night vision up to 300 FT

    Larger image sensor for low light

    Color video possible until 0.001 lux

    How to get the best footage at night


    Special

    special features

    P-Iris

    Alarm Input and Output

    Audio Input and Output
    Audio Input/Output FAQ

    Micro-SD Card Slot

    True WDR (up to 120 dB)

    Seeing in shadows: Understanding WDR



  12. The Judge 8.0 - 26DV8



    The Judge 8.0 - 26DV8 - 4K (8MP = 4x1080P) Multi-Purpose Lens Dome Camera with Motorized Zoom and IK10

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $799.00


    Resolution

    4K

    4K (8MP) UHD @ 30 FPS: 3840 x 2160

    Detect: up to 200 ft
    Recognize: up to 150 ft
    Identify: up to 100 ft


    4MP vs 4K


    Weather

    weatherproof

    IP67
    Full protection from dust, rain, snow, dew, frost, and sprinklers.

    You can even submerge it for a few minutes.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Extreme Cold Temperature rated from -40°F to 140 °F

    Humidity rated between 10 and 95%.


    Lens

    varifocal lens

    Motorized Varifocal: 2.8 - 12mm
    80° - 35° of coverage

    Digital Zoom and Optical Zoom

    Learn about the 4 types of Zoom


    Day/Night

    night footage

    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT

    Color video possible until 0.02 lux

    How to get the best footage at night


    Special

    special features

    Micro-SD Card Slot

    Alarm Inputs and Output

    Audio Input and Output

    True WDR (up to 120 dB)

    Seeing in shadows: Understanding WDR