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Two Newbie Questions about NVR (benefits?) and Camera on-board abilities.

Snaffy

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I thought I'd try and put two questions into one thread to keep things compact, and also as they are related to each other.
Please for give me if they sound like dumb questions, but I'v wishing to absorb some basic knowledge at the moment :)



1: All the smart/clever thinks a modern HikVision camera can do. Clever detection of things etc. Is all the built directly into the camera, and the camera does it all itself, or are some of the more clever aspects of perhaps things like types of detection "Worked on" by the power of the NVR software?

2: The may sound stupid, but what are the main benefits of using an NVR over simply using SD cards in the cameras?

I know it means you can view multiple video streams, and have a central place to adjust/work on your system
But when it comes down to simply connecting to a camera, seeing what's recorded, getting notifications, live viewing a camera.
What are the main benefits of hooking them all up to a NVR.

I know which model I would go for (be nice if there were new models coming as I understand they'd been out for a long time now in computer terms)
But I'd really love to fully understand all the benefits of having them all connected to an NVR as opposed to just stand along cameras, and running some PC software when you want and leaving the SD cards to hold the footage.
 

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NVR's are relatively cheap. They centralize all the settings on your system. Easy local and remote access. Tons of cheap on board storage. Direct access on a monitor, which is great when wifi is down. I'm leaving out tons of stuff. Get one.
 

Snaffy

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NVR's are relatively cheap. They centralize all the settings on your system. Easy local and remote access. Tons of cheap on board storage. Direct access on a monitor, which is great when wifi is down. I'm leaving out tons of stuff. Get one.
Thanks, yes they sound like a good idea to pull everything together.

I'm still wondering if an NVR (A HikVision one in this case) actually does anything additional, with regards to features, or something else, as opposed to mostly being a simple storage box for the video.
I would assume, the compute power inside a NVR is much higher than in the actual camera's which is why I was wondering this.
Or if everything, all the "Intelligence and visual quality/effects" are totally done by the camera's themselves, and there is no gain in this respect from an NVR.
It's just a storage/viewing device to pull it all together, but it does not actually "Do Anything Extra" so to speak.
 
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