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Do you prefer to use an SD card to store security camera recordings, or do you feel more convenient if your footage is uploaded to the cloud? Many security cameras support both options, which makes it a bit difficult to choose one over the other. In this post, we will give you some facts for your reference.

 

What are these two security camera recording methods?

 

Cloud storage is the storage option in which we use remote drives to store the data at the cloud location used by the client. It also uses the network to store the data on an off-site server which is owned by the service provider. 
In contrast to cloud storage, SD card storage is the storage option in which we use local physical drives to store the data at the primary location of the client. The user generally uses disk-based hardware to store data.

 Cloud storage VS SD card Which one is better for security camera recordings - ieGeek

 

5 factors we should consider for security camera recording

 

1. Security 

On the one hand, cloud storage can serve as a backup for your security camera recordings when it happens to theft, fire, or even a natural disaster. On the other hand, local storage means no one can assess your security camera recordings without an SD card, provided that you don’t give your card to others, your footage is exactly secure.

 

2. Costs

As it applies to security cameras, cloud service is a paid service. The details depend on the brands you choose, the service plan, and the camera settings. The alternative to cloud storage is SD card storage. SD card tends to be more affordable, A large-capacity SD card is as little as $15 to $30.

 

3. Convenience

The basis of cloud storage is the Internet, you can assess the files remotely no matter when and where you have WiFi, arguably enjoying much more flexibility. With an SD card, you have to take it out of the camera, insert the SD card into the laptop, and finally review the security camera recordings. 

 

4. Video quality

From time to time, the security camera recordings in the cloud look fuzzier and low-quality than they actually are. If you set up SD card recording, the locally stored footage will be much crisper. Certainly, this might vary between different brands, it depends on how the manufacturers operate video compression on their cloud service.

 

5. Video space

The cloud storage has unlimited space for all your security camera recordings, that’s a great benefit for those who prefer 24/7 continuous recording. However, the SD card storage is not infinite, if your SD card runs out of space, your camera will overwrite an important event.

 

For ieGeek security cameras, we not only provide the cloud storage service but also support SD card recording. 

 

If you feel like using an SD card to store recordings, click here to know how to set SD card recording on ieGeek Security Camera:

 

 

You can also try these easy steps to start cloud storage for security camera recording.

 

Step 1: Launch the CloudEdge app

Step 2: Press the corresponding device in the device list, enter the camera setup page

Step 3: Click the “Cloud” button, subsequently, you can press the “Activate” button.

Bonus: You are able to get free storage in the cloud for 7 days on first use.

 

The above is an introduction to the two storage methods. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at service@iegeek.com