Cheap Cameras... Now I Kind Of See The Differences... Samsung Vs. Hikvision

With the Hikvision 8MP (cheapo series, 3.0) great resolution, but I can't make a setting DEDICATED to say, my SD-Cards recording. Whereas, in the Samsung, I can make as many profiles as I want -- and I believe (though yes, SD Cards, as some of you mentioned in another thread are an 'after thought' of the feature list) can have specific resolutions/qualities/names created for specific roles.

And 'yes', I see how turning on certain features disables "smart features' in the series 3.0 hikvision.

Are there other examples of the differences between the best cameras (axis, avigilon, etc) that make their cameras with identical specs, lets say, or even lower -- justify their massively increased prices? How do I learn to 'care' about this without the ability to justify "affording one"...?

Is it their VMS? Reliability? Compatibility? Quality? Please help me understand the counterintuitive.

I'm aware of Hikvision's security problems...but given that they OEM for companies who's Firmware/Software still use their hardware yet do not suffer exile from the U.S. Army, etc., the issue isn't the hardware... it's the Chinese assumption that americans would never figure anything out about networking security. lol. And I'm probably not going to be high on their list of companies to violate. :)

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