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NVR Vs DVR: Which Is Better?


If you’re looking to implement a surveillance system into your business, odds are, you’ve come across NVR and DVR recorders. While they essentially perform the same function, they are a bit different, with each having its own advantages and disadvantages. Here are a few notes comparing the pros and cons of both DVR and NVR systems to help you determine if they are right for you.


DVR, which stands for Digital Video Recorder, records video. These tend to be lower in price and are less complex when it comes to transferring data and processing images. However, they are a bit restrictive in that they must be used with analog security cameras (CCTV) via coaxial cables. This results in less flexibility and limited camera models that are compatible for use with a DVR.

Furthermore, every camera unit you operate should connect directly to the recorder. There are no wireless options for this recorder, which means setup can get tedious. The resulting video footage also tends to have limited audio, as the input recording methods are restrictive, and the images and video produced are of rather low-quality.


NVR, which stands for Network Video Recorder, is similar to a DVR in the sense that recording is its primary function. Cameras on an NVR only connect to the network, not to the recorder itself. This means greater flexibility in mounting, as not every cord requires a power outlet. With an increased shift towards a more wireless solution, there are more camera units that will be compatible with an NVR, meaning individuals can select from a larger pool of available IP cameras on the market. These systems are easier to install and typically produce higher quality footage.

Of course, a major downside to this system is its cost, as there is usually a premium on high quality footage resolution and on the wireless functionality. Ironically, though, the wireless aspect itself is considered to be a major drawback of this system, as wireless cameras are noted to be rather simple to access by unauthorized hackers.

The alternative solution

Many businesses, school campuses, and enterprises are making the shift to a modern hybrid cloud-based surveillance system. These systems combine both hardware and software to deliver an all-in-one camera unit that requires no additional DVR or NVR connection. These cameras use a plug-and-play model which allows users to install the cameras and access a live feed on their phone and preferred devices within minutes. Furthermore, combining the best features found in other systems while accounting for the flaws of each, hybrid cloud surveillance stores footage both in a cloud and on the camera unit itself, to ensure it is properly stored and secured from hacking, tampering, or misplacing.

All in all, both NVR and DVR systems are used in recording footage. As a result, users receive the benefits of security camera systems with both devices, such as peace of mind, keeping their premises safe from potential crime, and having the ability to monitor employee performance to ensure optimal productivity.

Of course, these systems are not perfect. DVR systems tend to have fewer capabilities and usually produce lower quality footage because of the analog system security cameras. Not to mention, this footage is locally stored, which means users would have to manually search through hours of idle recording in order to find the snippets needed. NVRs tend to produce higher quality footage, but they also are usually higher in price. However, these systems are typically favored by hackers as they can be accessed quite easily.

Thanks to modern technological advances, hybrid cloud security solutions provide users with the best of both worlds. These cameras require no additional system implementations so users will not have to account for any compatibility issues. Additionally, these cameras are easy to install and their storage model ensures footage is safe, continuous, and can be remotely accessed anytime, anywhere.

For many people, implementing a new camera system comes down to cost. However, proper consideration should be made for functionality as well as security. Even when costs are to be reviewed, the costs of all devices needed as well as the expansion and available support options should be accounted for. In the end, by every factor, the hybrid cloud solution seems to cater to the needs and demands of business owners and security operators, and delivers the best surveillance option on the market today.