NVRs and DVRs are both great choices for a reliable security camera surveillance solution. DVRs and NVRs provide similar resolution, but DVRs offer a lower cost alternative. The biggest deciding factor will depend on your cabling preferences. If there is existing cabling that is already in place it and it is good quality RG59 coax, it will sway your decision towards a DVR if you want to keep the existing cameras and add few HD IP cams if needed. However, if replacing the cable is a task that you're comfortable with, then an NVR would be the way to go as network cable provides the simplicity due to use of PoE.
DVR Channel Selection
At a requisite rate of 1 channel per camera, the DVR channel count should be decided based on the current as well as anticipated future camera counts. 4-Channel, 8-Channel, 16-Channel, 32-Channel & 64-Channel DVR types exists and up to 128-Channel NVR types are available
High Definition - HD DVR
HD CCTV DVR types are most recommended in high security environments such as Jewellery outlets, Banks, Cash & Payment counters, Vehicle license plate identification requirements etc. HD DVR models must be connected to HD CCTV Cameras to achieve optimum performance.
Network video recorder – NVR
Network video recorders are different from digital video recorders (DVR) as their input is from a network rather than a direct connection to a camera. Also, the video must be processed at the camera level and sent to the NVR, unlike DVR models that process the video at the DVR level. NVR setup can be achieved at a software platform & it doesn’t require a separate hardware to function. However, to obtain optimum security levels, such software is run on a dedicated device, usually with its own embedded operating system