When it comes to choosing the right smart camera for your home, there are a lot of factors to take note of such as video and audio quality, software, smart home integration, and local storage capabilities.
While a lot of smart cameras include attractive subscription plans, especially when it comes to cloud storage, it’s also useful to have the option of sufficient local storage as an option, if you prefer not to opt for any additional plans.
All these cameras feature local storage via a USB or an SD card. Please note that having local storage doesn’t necessarily mean that the cameras will record 24/7 to local storage. Most of the cameras will only record motion-triggered activities. If you’re looking for a continuous video recording to local storage make sure to check out our take on Top 5 Smart Continuous Video Recording Cameras where we break down cameras with local & cloud CVR support.
So let’s get right into it, and see which smart camera suits you better!
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The two cameras look almost identical, however, the Arlo Q Plus offers a little extra, like alternative power and internet connection options, plus support for local storage. Is it worth the extra cost? — It sure is.
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When comparing the Arlo Pro vs. Arlo Q Plus, it’s clear that there are things to like about both models. However, we feel that the Arlo Q Plus is the superior choice for indoors.
The Arlo Pro is missing some useful features — a lot of which have been added in with the improved Arlo Pro 2. With that said, it does have weatherproofing which makes it a better option than the Q Plus if you’re looking for outdoor monitoring.
Some cameras have the ability to record all of the activity they see 24/7, which allows you to rewind the footage to any point during the day and make sure you’re not missing anything important. This feature is known as continuous video recording (CVR) and is offered either using cloud or local storage depending on the type of camera.
When it comes to smart cameras, CVR is offered as a separate subscription due to the large amount of resources it uses to store than amount of data. Motion-triggered recording is far less expensive than CVR, but having the option for 24/7 recording is great for those who need non-stop footage of everything that is happening within their home. CVR bypasses the flaw of a “cool-off” time that many motion-triggered recordings have that can potentially lead to the exclusion of important information.
Not every smart camera is a continuous video recording camera, but we’ve compiled the best of the ones that are to help you choose a model that will work for you.