Security camera digital video recorders are a must have for residential and commercial security systems. Digital video recorders are called DVRs. DVRs are able to record your surveillance footage onto a storage format, usually a hard disk or flash media type. Back in the old days, analog cameras would record video onto hardwired video cassette called VHS format. The digital tape systems are far less reliable than modern DVR systems, so if you are using a VHS system, then you should consider upgrading your security system.


Hard disk media can be transferred easier without loss of integrity, plus the video quality nowadays is high definition (HD) so you can more easily identify intruders. Get the best in video quality recordings and storage by purchasing a DVR system for your security camera installation. If you need help with DIY security camera DVR system installation, call the experts at Protect America to get started. For a 2019 buyers guide for security camera DVR systems, please continue reading this post.

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Popular Brands for 2019 Security Camera DVR Systems

There are a wide variety of security camera and DVR system brands available from a variety of retailers both online on the Internet and offline in brick-and-mortar store locations and big box stores like Home Depot or Best Buy. It isn’t always wise to make specific purchases based on brand alone, but some of these brands offer a trusted reputation for providing high quality products while others are less expensive but lack the quality and features of premium brands. Also, many newcomers in the smart home, home security and home automation markets are releasing products for security systems that may be worth looking into as well.

Newcomers include Ring, Nest and Blink systems. More traditional companies that have a long history in home security include Honeywell (maker of the Lyric systems), FLIR and Lorex products. Other brands in the growing market for home security camera and DVR systems include Swann, Night Owl, Defender, Q-SEE, Crystal Vision, EZVIZ, LaView, Amcrest, Revo, SimpliSafe, Arlo, Canary, ZOSI, Zmodo, Smonet, Sequro, Best Vision, Samsung, ANNKE, OOSSXX, Safevant, ONWOTE, JOOAN, Firstrend and a few others. Be sure to check the reviews of these brands or products before making a purchase decision. If you want to know more about options for security, surveillance and media storage for footage from the video recordings, then call a DIY home security expert at Protect America to learn more.


Bundle or Buy Separate Gear for Security Camera DVR Systems?

After searching sites and stores like those mentioned above or through the inventory listed on Amazon, you may have noticed there are separate individual products like cameras and DVR units but there are also bundled deals on these security products too. Which is better? That just depends on what your budget and situation, as well as personal preferences/goals, are for your home security and surveillance setup. That being said, there are pros and cons of each, which we can discuss here.

Buying products separately can have its advantages of flexibility and choice of quality and features of the products in your setup. That also means you will need to setup these products separately and you need to make sure they can work together. Not all products are compatible with each other. Plus, if your system does not come with installation or if you don’t pay for it, you will need to setup in DIY fashion. Protect America can help in that regard. Buying a bundled system offers easier installation and setup plus you know that the products can be configured to work together without compatibility issues. Interested in monitored home security? Get a free quote from Protect America.