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.

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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 4K or 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 pixels 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 four 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?

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