Welcome to the CCTV Surveillance DVR Solutions Comparison Market Study 2015

Presented by PerfectReputations®

This Is A Quick Guide To A Range Of Available CCTV DVR Solutions From Enterprise DVRs to Consumer Grade DVRs to Multi-site Maintenance Free Cloud Solutions.   It lists the most important criteria when considering which type of solution to buy from various manufacturers, and how these devices compare against each other.  While we have not listed a weighted score for each, a careful study yields a surprising result. We hope that you find this CCTV Digital Video Recorder Comparison of use, and we would appreciate your comments!

CCTV Digital Video Recording Comparison Table

CCTV Surveillance DVR Solutions Comparison Market Study 2015

  DVR Solution / Device

Criteria 

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CLOUD DVR

Physical Local Digital Video Recorders *

EyeCast Samsung Zmodo Dahua DH Q-See Bosch S3 Econ Cantek KT&C
EYECAST
Cloud Service
Always On DVR & T410 Encoders
Samsung SRD 1673D-1TB 16-Channel 4CIF Real-Time H.264 Digital Video
Recorder
Zmodo ZMD-DT-SFN6 16CH H.264 Smart Security 960H DVR Dahua DH Vision DVR1604 HF-L-E 16 Channel Realtime 960H Digital Video
Recorder
Q-SEE QT5516-20 16 Channel Full D1 DVR 2TB Hard Drive Bosch Digital Video Recorder 5000 16A000 DIVAR 5000 960H 16ch Digital
Video Recorder
S3 Digital Video Recorder 960H-32 32ch 960H Digital Video Recorder Econ EC1016 HD 16 Channel HD-TVI DVR Cantek CT-aQ0214H-2TB 2CH (HD), 14CH (Analog) Enterprise DVR KT&C KVR-1601S 2TB 16 x BNC 2TB HD-SDI DVR

CCTV Digital Video Recorder Solution Type

Physical DVR NO – Cloud Based YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Local DVR NO – Cloud Based YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Made In USA YES NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO

DVR Management

Local Management UNNECESSARY YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Management Platform Anywhere Local & Remote Local & Remote Local & Remote Local & Remote Local & Remote Local & Remote Local & Remote Local & Remote Local & Remote
Management Service Included YES – 24/7 NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Automatic Upgrades / Updates YES NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Remote DVR Support Service YES – 24/7 NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Technical Support YES – 24/7 Warranty Support Only Warranty Support Only Warranty Support Only Warranty Support Only Warranty Support Only Warranty Support Only Warranty Support Only Warranty Support Only Warranty Support Only

CCTV Camera Video In

Video Channels In Unlimited Channels (NTSC / PAL) 16 Channels Analog Video BNC (NTSC / PAL) 16 Channels Analog Video BNC (NTSC / PAL) 16 Channels Analog Video BNC (NTSC / PAL) 16 Channels Analog Video BNC (NTSC / PAL) 16 Channels Analog Video BNC (NTSC / PAL) 32 Channels Analog Video BNC (NTSC / PAL) 16 Channels Analog Video BNC (NTSC / PAL) 2 Channels (HD), 14 Channels (Analog) 16 Channels Analog Video BNC (NTSC / PAL)
Resolution 1000TV Lines 650TV Lines 700TV Lines 700TV Lines 700TV Lines 700TV Lines 700TV Lines 700TV Lines 700TV Lines 700TV Lines
MAX Frame / Record Rate Per Channel 30 FPS 30 FPS 30 FPS 30 FPS 30 FPS 30 FPS 30 FPS 30 FPS 60 FPS 30 FPS
Compression JPEG2000 H.264 H.264 H.264 H.264 H.264 H.264 H.264 H.264 H.264

DVR Recording & Storage

Recording Modes  Manual, Schedule (Continuous/Event), Event (Pre/Post), Time lapse (1 up
to 30 fps)
 Manual, Schedule (Continuous/Event), Event (Pre/Post), Time lapse (1 up
to 30 fps)
Manual, Time Scheduled,  Alarm Triggered, Motion Detect Manual, Schedule, Regular (Continuous), MD, Alarm, Stop Time, Motion Detection, Alarm Trigger, Manual Manual, motion detection, scheduled, alarm Manual, Timer, Motion, Sensor Motion Detection Motion Detection Manual, Timer, Motion, Sensor
Flags Motion On Retrieval & Allows Search On Motion Event YES NO NO YES NO NO NO NO NO NO
Video Meets Legal Evidentiary Criteria YES NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Unlimited Storage Unlimited Storage With Archiving Limited Storage Forces Over-writing Limited Storage Forces Over-writing Limited Storage Forces Over-writing Limited Storage Forces Over-writing Limited Storage Forces Over-writing Limited Storage Forces Over-writing Limited Storage Forces Over-writing Limited Storage Forces Over-writing Limited Storage Forces Over-writing
DVD Writer Yes with White Glove Service YES NO NO NO YES Optional NO NO YES NO
Backup / Redundancy Automatic Multi-level Backup If Optional External Device If Optional External Device If Optional External Device If Optional External Device If Optional External Device If Optional External Device If Optional External Device If Optional External Device If Optional External Device
Backup Assurance Process YES NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Tamper Proof Backup YES NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Unintentional Deletion Videos Always Safe Videos May Be Unintentionally Deleted Videos May Be Unintentionally Deleted Videos May Be Unintentionally Deleted Videos May Be Unintentionally Deleted Videos May Be Unintentionally Deleted Videos May Be Unintentionally Deleted Videos May Be Unintentionally Deleted Videos May Be Unintentionally Deleted Videos May Be Unintentionally Deleted
Maximum Internal Hard Drives Unlimited Storage 4HDD 2HDD 4HDD 1HDD 4HDD 8HDD 8HDD 1HDD 4HDD
Limited Hard Drive Life Span Unlimited Lifespan YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Video Loss On Failure Never Loss / Lossless Cloud Video Lost On Failure Video Lost On Failure Video Lost On Failure Video Lost On Failure Video Lost On Failure Video Lost On Failure Video Lost On Failure Video Lost On Failure Video Lost On Failure
Redundant Hardware Architecture YES NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Local Hard Drives Unnecessary YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Storage Duration Unlimited (Based Upon Service Package) Hard Drive Size Limited Hard Drive Size Limited Hard Drive Size Limited Hard Drive Size Limited Hard Drive Size Limited Hard Drive Size Limited Hard Drive Size Limited Hard Drive Size Limited Hard Drive Size Limited
Storage MTBF NEVER / Cloud Based Typically 24 Months Per Drive Typically 24 Months Per Drive Typically 24 Months Per Drive Typically 24 Months Per Drive Typically 24 Months Per Drive Typically 24 Months Per Drive Typically 24 Months Per Drive Typically 24 Months Per Drive Typically 24 Months Per Drive
Cluster Failure Mode Risk ** NO YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES

Video Archiving

Local Archival YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES 
Tamper Proof Archiving YES NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO 
Archival to Remote Storage YES NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO 

DVR Failure Recovery

Always on Storage YES NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Automatic Backups YES NO (Requires External Device) NO (Requires External Device) NO (Requires External Device) NO (Requires External Device) NO (Requires External Device) NO (Requires External Device) NO (Requires External Device) NO (Requires External Device) NO (Requires External Device)
RAID Storage YES NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
After CPE Power Failure, Recording time W/Standard UPS 1-6 Hour Plus 3-6 Minutes 3-6 Minutes 3-6 Minutes 3-6 Minutes 3-6 Minutes 3-6 Minutes 3-6 Minutes 3-6 Minutes 3-6 Minutes

DVR Remote Management & Use

Cloud-based Monitoring YES Optional Optional Optional Optional Optional Optional Optional Optional Optional
Maximum Simultaneous Remote Users Unlimited Search(3)/Live Unicast(10)/Live Multicast(20) 1 User 20 Users 1 User 1 User 18 User 1 User 1 User 1 User
Multi-level Access Security For Remote Users YES NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Definable User Roles YES NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
User Access Roles By Camera YES NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Remote Monitoring Smartphones (ALL Via Browser), Webviewer Smartphones (ALL Via Browser), Webviewer Smartphones (ALL Via Browser), Webviewer Smartphones (ALL Via Browser), Webviewer Smartphones (ALL Via Browser), Webviewer Smartphones (ALL Via Browser), Webviewer Smartphones (ALL Via Browser), Webviewer Smartphones (ALL Via Browser), Webviewer Webviewer Smartphones (ALL Via Browser), Webviewer
Smartphone Platform Android, iPhone Android, iPhone Android, iPhone Android, iPhone Android, iPhone Android, iPhone Android, iPhone Android, iPhone NO Android, iPhone
Full HD 1080p Viewing YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES

CCTV Video Notifications & Alerts

Notifications YES YES YES YES YES YES NO NO NO NO
RemoteVideo Loss Notification YES Only While DVR is Operational & Connected Only While DVR is Operational & Connected Only While DVR is Operational & Connected Only While DVR is Operational & Connected Only While DVR is Operational & Connected Only While DVR is Operational & Connected Only While DVR is Operational & Connected Only While DVR is Operational & Connected Only While DVR is Operational & Connected
Power Failure Notification YES NO After Power Recovery NO NO NO NONE NONE NONE NONE
Storage Failure Notification YES With Local Network Service Only With Local Network Service Only With Local Network Service Only With Local Network Service Only With Local Network Service Only NO NO NO NO
Network Loss Notification YES NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO

CCTV Legal Evidence

3rd Party Legal Chain Of Custody YES NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Tamper Proof YES NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Data Authentication Dual Mode Watermarking Single Mode Watermark NONE NONE NONE Single Mode Watermark NONE NONE NONE NONE
Secure Native Video Format YES NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Military Grade Security YES NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO

DVR Environment & Failure Modes

Subject To Thermal Failure NO YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Subject To Dust & Debris Failure NO YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Subject To Mechanical Failure NO Disks & Fans Disks & Fans Disks & Fans Disks & Fans Disks & Fans Disks & Fans Disks & Fans Disks & Fans Disks & Fans
Subject To Local Power Irregularities NO YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Power Consumption LOW POWER HIGH POWER HIGH POWER HIGH POWER HIGH POWER HIGH POWER HIGH POWER HIGH POWER HIGH POWER HIGH POWER
Local Physical Security Requirement NO YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES

DVR Network Compatibility

Automatic Multiple Location Support YES NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Network Traffic Aware YES NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Congestion Management Protocols YES NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Network Management System for Configurations & Alarms YES NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Fixed IP Address Required NO TYPICALLY YES TYPICALLY YES Auto IP address acquisition TYPICALLY YES TYPICALLY YES TYPICALLY YES TYPICALLY YES FREE DDNS Capable TYPICALLY YES
Adapts and self corrects for Internet congestion or failure YES NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO

CCTV DVR Suitability

Single Location Recording Support Setup Cost (assumes 2 cameras already
installed)
$25 $1,200 Plus Installation & Setup Labor *** $399 Plus Installation & Setup Labor *** $1,100 Plus Installation & Setup Labor *** $599 Plus Installation & Setup Labor *** $1,399 Plus Installation & Setup Labor *** $1,299 Plus Installation & Setup Labor *** $699 Plus Installation & Setup Labor *** $1,599 Plus Installation & Setup Labor *** $2,199 Plus Installation & Setup Labor ***
Failure Replacement Cost NONE DVR Cost Plus Installation & Setup DVR Cost Plus Installation & Setup DVR Cost Plus Installation & Setup DVR Cost Plus Installation & Setup DVR Cost Plus Installation & Setup DVR Cost Plus Installation & Setup DVR Cost Plus Installation & Setup DVR Cost Plus Installation & Setup DVR Cost Plus Installation & Setup
Multiple Separate Locations Recording Support YES NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Enterprise Grade Support YES NO NO NO NO NO NO NO YES NO
SMB Suitable YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Training Requirement NONE Multiple Hours Multiple Hours Multiple Hours Multiple Hours Multiple Hours Multiple Hours Multiple Hours Multiple Hours Multiple Hours

Digital Video Recorder Brands / Models Compared

  EYECAST
Cloud Service
Always On DVR
Samsung SRD-1673D-1TB 16-Channel 4CIF Real-Time H.264 Digital Video
Recorder 
Zmodo ZMD-DT-SFN6 16CH H.264 Smart Security 960H DVR Dahua DH Vision DVR1604HF L-E 16 Channel Realtime 960H Digital Video
Recorder
Q-SEE QT5516-20 16 Channel Full D1 DVR 2TB HDD Bosch Digital Video Recorder 5000 16A000 DIVAR 5000 960H 16ch Digital
Video Recorder
S3 Digital Video Recorder 960H-32 32ch 960H Digital Video Recorder Econ EC1016 HD 16 Channel HD-TVI DVR Cantek CT-aQ0214H-2TB 2CH (HD), 14CH (Analog) Enterprise DVR KT&C KVR-1601S 2TB 16 x BNC 2TB HD-SDI DVR

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This study is based upon published and publically available data, obtained from manufacturer’s own websites, third-party sources were also included such as retailers and review sites. Information was compared and confirmed where possible. Please leave any comments below.

* Physical DVRs are a Digital Video Recorder placed in a single location

** Cluster Failure refers to multisite DVRs of same age failing within short time span potentially

*** May not include Hard Drives – see specific products retail offering for features included in price

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