Should your DVR store on a flash card or hard drive?

by | Mar 19, 2013 | Security Systems and Services

The last few years has witnessed huge strides in cam recorders. Current technology has brought HD smart phones, pocket size cameras and DSLRs with video capture capabilities to the market. Consumer camcorders either had to change or go by the way side. The digital video recorder industry chose not to lie down and die, it took up the challenge and today’s models are lighter, smaller and cheaper than ever before. They have become very small and handy but despite this the colors that they capture are more vibrant, the video is sharper and the motion is a smooth as silk. The footage that you record can be saved to miniature flash cards or built in hard drives either one allowing for easy video uploading to social media web sites. Many swear by flash card storage There are a number of ways to accomplish the capture of digital video recorder images and sounds, DV tape, mini DVDs, hard drives and the choice for most users, flash memory. The makers of camcorders have all added large capacity flash memory to their cameras to store footage. During the same period of time capacities for SDHC and SDXC removable cards has grown exponentially. Many cameras are marketed with a combination of one or more SD card slots and an internal flash memory for storage. Although each storage method has its own pros and cons, the hands down choice at the moment is card based storage in one format or another. Here are a few of the major advantages and disadvantages of one system over another. Hard drive based storage: An on board hard drive has considerably more storage than flash memory, but the trade off is space. The drive is fixed and cannot be swapped back and forth with other hard drives which make the task of transferring your video images from the camera to your PC or Mac more complicated and time consuming. Even though a hard drive may have up to 100Gb storage, the camera battery will be exhausted long before the drive is full. Hard drives have very small moving parts and they are subject to fatigue and failure, they also are less tolerant of demanding environments. Outdoor, high speed shooting such as high altitude sky diving can really tax the hard drive. Flash drive storage: The smallest, lightest and cheapest camcorders offer flash as the only storage option. The smallest digital video recorder will usually have a 4Gb or 8Gb flash card. This is enough space for a couple of hours of shots. A flash drive by virtue of having no moving parts is far more durable than a hard drive but the cheapest cameras that have a fixed card are also difficult to transfer images from the camera to the computer. For a digital video recorder that can be used with a security monitor, contact the pros at SecurityCamExpert in Pomona CA. Call them on 888-203-6294.

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