What Can I use the MicroSD-Card or SD Card for?

Q: Can I record to it?

Yes! that's what is there for. But you don't want to normally.

Some of our cameras have the ability to record to a Micro SD card or regular SD Card with up to 32 or 64 GB of storage.

Q: How long will it store the footage?

A: Using H.264, 64 GB is about 24 hours of continuous footage for one camera that records at 1080P 30 FPS.

A: Using H.265, 32 GB is about 24 hours of continuous footage for one camera that records at 1080P 30 FPS.

Q: If I can store to the camera, do I still need a NVR?

A: Yes and No. In most of our setups, the NVR powers the camera and gives it an IP address. You can do the same with a POE switch connected to your router if you want to, but this is not recommended. When you plug the camera into the back of the NVR, it subnets the camera and makes it so that it is much, much harder to hack. A camera without a NVR's subnet (a security protocol which is part of our NVRs that creates a hidden, physically-separate network within your network) your likelihood of getting a camera hacked is quite high.Camera hacks have been a major problem in the industry in the last 24 months.

Q. Isn't a Camera and a SD cards so much cheaper than a NVR with a Hard Drive?

A. In the short run, yes, but not in the long run.

Q. Why are SD cards not cheaper in the long run? How reliable are Micro SD or regular SD cards?

A. Not that reliable, honestly. If you record to them daily, you should only expect that your SD card should last 9-12 months before it burns out. SD cards are just not designed to record this amount of data constantly.

Q. What's the Use Case for this then? If it isn't designed to replace the NVR, what is it designed for?

A. Micro SD cards are a used in very specific circumstances, but have very important purposes. Let's talk about 3 scenarios where Micro SD cards would be tremendously important in your surveillance system:

Scenario 1. Assume a business which is having problems with employee theft. They don't know which employee it is who is stealing from the company, but they know it is happening. They installed a camera system, but someone stole the recorder. SD cards provide an excellent backup system in this case. When you have a known threat, the $40 cost of a 64 GB SD Card is very minimal and running it with a SD card backup for a few days is very important.

Scenario 2. Imagine a highly security location with high value property, such as a famous art gallery. The cost of losing one of the painting is so great as to make the $40 replacement cost of a 64 GB SD Card worth it.

Scenario 3. Imagine a location where security is paramount and the threat of professional thieves is greater than your run-of-the-mill smash-and-grab thief (think a DOJ research facility working on a new aircraft). Normally, you would put your recording device and any POE switches on a battery backup in your server room or storage closet for ease of use and maintenance. But a professional thief might just cut your cables or hack into your network. If the threat of someone cutting your network is great, you may want to put battery backups near each camera location and have the camera record to a SD card in addition to the NVR. if the network is disrupted the cameras are still recording locally.


  1. The Viking 4.0 - 26BV4 - 4MP (2x1080P) Multi-Purpose Lens Bullet Camera with Motorized Zoom and Focus

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    Price: $399.00

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    Resolution

    4MP UHD Quality

    4MP @ 25 FPS: 2560 x 1440

    Detect: up to 175 ft
    Recognize: up to 125 ft
    Identify: up to 75 ft


    4MP vs 4K


    Weather

    weatherproof

    IP67
    Full protection from dust, rain, snow, dew, frost, and sprinklers.

    You can even submerge it for a few minutes.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Temperature rated from -31°F to 140 °F

    Humidity rated between 10 and 95%.


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    varifocal lens

    Motorized Varifocal: 2.8 - 12mm
    91° - 27° of coverage

    Digital Zoom and Optical Zoom

    Fixed vs Varifocal Lenses


    Day/Night

    night footage

    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT

    Color video possible until 0.02 lux

    How to get the best footage at night


    Special

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    Alarm Input and Output

    Audio Input and Output
    Audio Input/Output FAQ

    Micro-SD Card Slot

    True WDR (up to 120 dB)

    Seeing in shadows: Understanding WDR



  2. The Detective 4.0 - 26DV4 - 4MP (2x1080P) Multi-Purpose Lens Turret Dome Camera with Motorized Zoom and Focus and Audio Microphone

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $399.00


    Resolution

    4MP UHD Quality

    4MP @ 25 FPS: 2560 x 1440

    Detect: up to 175 ft
    Recognize: up to 125 ft
    Identify: up to 75 ft


    Fixed vs Varifocal Lenses


    Weather

    weatherproof

    IP67
    Full protection from dust, rain, snow, dew, frost, and sprinklers.

    You can even submerge it for a few minutes.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Temperature rated from -31°F to 140 °F

    Humidity rated between 10 and 95%.


    Lens

    varifocal lens

    Motorized Varifocal: 2.7 - 12mm
    91° - 27° of coverage

    Digital Zoom and Optical Zoom

    Learn about the 4 types of Zoom


    Day/Night

    night footage

    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT

    Color video possible until 0.02 lux

    How to get the best footage at night


    Special

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    Micro-SD Card Slot

    True WDR (up to 120 dB)

    Built in Microphone

    Seeing in shadows: Understanding WDR



  3. The Knight 2.0 - 26BV2-W - 2MP Camera with Security Light. Designed for Restricted Access Areas

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $549.00


    Resolution

    1080p HD

    1080P @ 30 FPS; 1920 × 1080

    Detect: up to 125 ft
    Recognize: up to 75 ft
    Identify: up to 50 ft


    Processing Power and Compression: Not All 1080P Cameras are Created Equal


    Weather

    weatherproof

    IP67
    Full protection from dust, rain, snow, dew, frost, and sprinklers.

    You can even submerge it for a few minutes.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Extreme Cold Temperature rated from -40°F to 140 °F

    Humidity rated between 10 and 95%.


    Lens

    varifocal lens

    Motorized Varifocal: 2.8 - 12mm
    91° - 27° of coverage

    Digital Zoom and Optical Zoom

    Learn about the 4 types of Zoom


    Day/Night

    night footage

    Infrared night vision up to 165 FT

    Integrated Full Spectrum Motion Light

    Larger image sensor for low light

    Color video possible until 0.001 lux

    How to get the best footage at night


    Special

    special features

    DC-Iris

    Alarm Input and Output

    Audio Input and Output
    Audio Input/Output FAQ

    Micro-SD Card Slot

    True WDR (up to 120 dB)

    Seeing in shadows: Understanding WDR



  4. The Archer 2.0 - 26BV2-L - 2MP Long Range, Low Light Bullet Camera with Motorized Zoom and Focus

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $799.00


    Resolution

    1080p HD

    1080P @ 30 FPS; 1920 × 1080

    Detect: up to 450 ft
    Recognize: up to 350 ft
    Identify: up to 300 ft


    Processing Power and Compression: Not All 1080P Cameras are Created Equal


    Weather

    weatherproof

    IP67
    Full protection from dust, rain, snow, dew, frost, and sprinklers.

    You can even submerge it for a few minutes.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Extreme Cold Temperature rated from -40°F to 140 °F

    Humidity rated between 10 and 95%.


    Lens

    varifocal lens

    Long Range Motorized Varifocal: 4.7 - 47mm
    65° - 9° of coverage

    Digital Zoom and Optical Zoom

    Fixed vs Varifocal Lenses


    Day/Night

    night footage

    Infrared night vision up to 300 FT

    Larger image sensor for low light

    Color video possible until 0.001 lux

    How to get the best footage at night


    Special

    special features

    P-Iris

    Alarm Input and Output

    Audio Input and Output
    Audio Input/Output FAQ

    Micro-SD Card Slot

    True WDR (up to 120 dB)

    Seeing in shadows: Understanding WDR



  5. The Sharpshooter 2.0 - 26BV2-XL - 2MP Super Long Range, Low Light Bullet Camera with Motorized Zoom and Focus

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $999.00


    Resolution

    1080p HD

    1080P @ 30 FPS; 1920 × 1080

    Detect: 950 ft
    Recognize: 850 ft
    Identify: 800 ft


    Processing Power and Compression: Not All 1080P Cameras are Created Equal


    Weather

    weatherproof

    IP67
    Full protection from dust, rain, snow, dew, frost, and sprinklers.

    You can even submerge it for a few minutes.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Extreme Cold Temperature rated from -40°F to 140 °F

    Humidity rated between 10 and 95%.


    Lens

    varifocal lens

    Super Long Range Motorized Varifocal: 6.5 - 143mm
    59° - 3° of coverage

    Digital Zoom and Optical Zoom

    Fixed vs Varifocal Lenses


    Day/Night

    night footage

    Infrared night vision up to 650 FT

    Extremely Large image sensor for low light

    Color video possible until 0.002 lux

    How to get the best footage at night


    Special

    special features

    DC-Iris

    Alarm Input and Output

    Audio Input and Output
    Audio Input/Output FAQ

    NOT POE

    Micro-SD Card Slot

    True WDR (up to 120 dB)

    Seeing in shadows: Understanding WDR



  6. The Gladiator 8.0 - 26BV8 - 4K (8MP = 4x1080P) Multi-Purpose Lens Bullet Camera with Motorized Zoom and P-Iris

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $799.00


    Resolution

    4K

    4K (8MP) UHD @ 30 FPS: 3840 x 2160

    Detect: up to 200 ft
    Recognize: up to 150 ft
    Identify: up to 100 ft


    4MP vs 4K


    Weather

    weatherproof

    IP67
    Full protection from dust, rain, snow, dew, frost, and sprinklers.

    You can even submerge it for a few minutes.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Extreme Cold Temperature rated from -40°F to 140 °F

    Humidity rated between 10 and 95%.


    Lens

    varifocal lens

    Motorized Varifocal: 2.8 - 12mm
    80° - 35° of coverage

    Digital Zoom and Optical Zoom

    Fixed vs Varifocal Lenses


    Day/Night

    night footage

    Infrared night vision up to 325 FT

    Color video possible until 0.02 lux

    How to get the best footage at night


    Special

    special features

    Micro-SD Card Slot

    P-Iris

    Alarm Inputs and Output

    Audio Input and Output
    Audio Input/Output FAQ

    True WDR (up to 120 dB)

    Seeing in shadows: Understanding WDR



  7. The Judge 8.0 - 26DV8 - 4K (8MP = 4x1080P) Multi-Purpose Lens Dome Camera with Motorized Zoom and IK10

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $799.00


    Resolution

    4K

    4K (8MP) UHD @ 30 FPS: 3840 x 2160

    Detect: up to 200 ft
    Recognize: up to 150 ft
    Identify: up to 100 ft


    4MP vs 4K


    Weather

    weatherproof

    IP67
    Full protection from dust, rain, snow, dew, frost, and sprinklers.

    You can even submerge it for a few minutes.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Extreme Cold Temperature rated from -40°F to 140 °F

    Humidity rated between 10 and 95%.


    Lens

    varifocal lens

    Motorized Varifocal: 2.8 - 12mm
    80° - 35° of coverage

    Digital Zoom and Optical Zoom

    Fixed vs Varifocal Lenses


    Day/Night

    night footage

    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT

    Color video possible until 0.02 lux

    How to get the best footage at night


    Special

    special features

    Micro-SD Card Slot

    Alarm Inputs and Output

    Audio Input and Output

    True WDR (up to 120 dB)

    Seeing in shadows: Understanding WDR



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