Should You Use Cameras With SD Storage?

Nearly 5 years ago, I wrote an article "Should You Use Cameras With SD Storage?" Not surprisingly, at that time, I argued it was a niche due to high storage costs for limited amounts of storage (32GB cards were ~$100 then) and very limited VMS support.

Both certainly have changed since then.

  • 64GB cards are available for half the price of a 32GB card then - a 400% increase in price / storage ratio.
  • A number of mainstream 'open' VMSes support on board storage.
  • A number of camera manufacturers are offering it for 'free' with their own cameras.

Background posts - Edge Storage / Recording Tutorial, SD Card For Surveillance Tutorial

So what do you think? Should you use cameras with SD storage? When? Where?

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