The Pros and Cons of Different Security Video Storage Types

Posted January 18, 2022 by Koorsen Fire & Security

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When you’re choosing a security monitoring system, you’ll need to decide which video recording setup is right for your situation. While there’s no such thing as the perfect surveillance system, you can find the perfect one for your needs. With this in mind, here is a quick overview of some of the options for security video storage, along with the pros and cons of each. 

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Digital Video Recorders 

Digital video records (DVRs) are the traditional recording devices used for surveillance camera systems. They connect to analog cameras and convert the signal to a video format that can be recorded.  


  • Reliability 
  • Simple to use and set up 
  • Image resolution has improved dramatically in recent years 


  • Image quality is not as good as NVR systems 
  • Requires wired cameras, which can add complexity to installations 
  • Doesn’t record audio 

Hybrid Video Recorders (HVR) 

If you want to use a mix of analog and digital cameras, HVRs can take video signals from either type. This flexibility has caused HVRs to jump in popularity.  


  • Potentially double the advertised channels 
  • Allows for more upgrade options for cameras (analog to digital, etc.) 


  • Not every HVR can handle every IP camera 
  • Can be more expensive than a traditional DVR 
  • Still can’t record audio 

If the system advertises that it can record feeds from eight channels, this means it can record video from eight analog cameras as well as eight IP digital cameras. 

Network Video Recorders (NVR) 

For the crispest, clearest video and audio recording, NVRs are what you want. The clarity of an NVR is what you need to be able to capture fine details at a distance, such as car license plates. 


  • Best visual detail 
  • Audio recording
  • Wired or wireless setup
  • One cable takes care of power, video, and audio signals 


  • More complex to configure and install 
  • More costly than DVRs or HVRs 

Video Management Software System (VMS) 

The VMS is the software part of your security system. Think of VMS as the control center for your surveillance camera system. It’s what you will use to collect all the video from your various cameras, set up the recording system with your chosen resolution and frame rate, and view your videos.  

Many VMS systems come with specific features that are intended to increase security, such as automatic license plate detection, video analytics, and face detection. 

Whatever surveillance system you choose, don’t overlook the VMS. This is what you and your employees will use to collect and view video, so it needs to be reliable, stable, and easy to use. 

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If the options for security recording systems seem overwhelming, talk to the security experts at Koorsen Fire & Security. We’ll use your budget as a guiding line and tailor a system that satisfies your need for security without busting the bank.  

Before you buy a system and try to install it yourself, reach out to the experts! Koorsen Fire & Security is here to keep you safe with superior installation and service. 

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Topics: Monitoring, Commercial Security, Small Business Security, Video Surveillance

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