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NVR vs DVR vs Cloud - IP Camera Storage Options

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Are you researching video storage options for your IP camera and unsure about the best option? You're not alone -- we get a lot of questions on when customers should opt for an NVR or DVR solution vs. cloud storage. There is also a lot of confusion on the difference between DVRs and NVRs. We'll try to answer those questions in this post. 

IP camera storage options really come down to three choices. b2ap3_thumbnail_nvr-dvr-cloud-storage.png

1 - Digital Video Recorder (DVR). Standalone hardware device that connects directly to analog cameras via coax cables.

2 - Network Video Recorder (NVR). Network attached storage device that connects to IP cameras over a (typically) local IP network. 

3 - Cloud Storage. Remote storage for IP cameras that can access cameras over the internet.

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Tagged in: cloud storage dvr nvr

Review: Sony CX600 Network Camera

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b2ap3_thumbnail_sony-cx600.pngThis is part of our continuing series of IP camera reviews. The reviews focus on cameras that work with Camcloud's IP camera cloud services. Hopefully this will help customers pick the camera that's right for them.

For this post I will review the Sony CX600 Network Camera. Sony makes a large number of cameras, many of them targeted at high-end commercial, banking and other applications. They are not considered a consumer camera, but some of their entry level cameras can be found at and other retailers. These are definitely worth considering if you need an IP camera with extra monitoring features for your home or business.

Warning though - if you're price shopping cameras, they aren't cheap. The Sony CX600 is priced at $350+ dollars on Amazon at the time of this writing.

I'll review the camera's Hardware & Video Quality, Motion Detection Features, and Video Storage Options.

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Camcloud Introduces New Motion Detection Area Feature for Foscam Cameras

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Camcloud has introduced even more features for Foscam cameras that allow you to better access and control your IP cameras from Camcloud.

Motion Detection Area

The major new enhancement being introduced today is the ability to draw a motion detection area on your camera's view from Camcloud's Live View page. This feature will ensure recordings are only triggered when motion happens within the motion detection area. Watch the video below for a short demo.

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Website Streaming Video from Hundreds of Unsecured IP Cameras

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Recently news reports broke of a website posting video streams from a large number of unsecured IP cameras. Seriously creepy stuff. 


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Camcloud Introduces Mobile App Notifications for iOS and Android!

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Today Camcloud is pleased to introduce mobile app notifications for iOS and Android! Now, in addition to receiving email alerts when there is motion detected by your camera, customers can have motion detection alerts sent right to their iPhone, iPad or Android device!

Camcloud Mobile App Notification

Here’s a quick explanation on how to configure Camcloud’s motion detection notifications so they work for you.

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Camcloud Introduces Video Recording for Foscams FI89XX Cameras!

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Today we are introducing a new video recording feature for Foscam FI89xx series cameras. These cameras are based on an older video standard known as MJPEG and only have the ability to upload images to the cloud. 

Now, using Camcloud you can capture video recordings as well as images! To enable this feature follow these steps.

  • Add your FI89xx camera to Camcloud from the cameras page as you normally would.
  • By default the "Capture Mode" will be set to Image.
  • Once the camera appears in your Camcloud camera list, select the Edit button and change the capture mode to "Video" or "Both". See screenshot below.
  • Camcloud will save 10 second video clips when there's motion detected by the camera.
  • We recommend selecting "Both", at least as an initial configuration to ensure you're capturing the recordings you want.
  • Note that this is a paid feature only -- existing users can upgrade from their My Account page or view our Plans and Pricing page for more info.

 We hope you like the new functionality! Let us know any feedback in the comments below.

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