Cloud Storage

YOUR ULTIMATE GUIDE TO CLOUD STORAGE

Cloud storage has become a popular addition to security camera packages. However, a lot of people are baffled as to what cloud storage is and what its many features mean.

This article is your ultimate guide to understanding cloud storage. It's a living piece, always updated with new information, so be sure to check back often to see new offers, features, and pricing from your favorite brands.

Understanding Cloud Storage

Cloud storage means your videos are stored on a secure server that lives outside of your home and out of the reach of intruders. Cloud features differ from one camera to another. For example, some cameras offer multi-day cloud storage (e.g. 7-Day or 30-day), others offer a certain storage amount (e.g. 1GB or 10GB), and some allow you to store a certain number of clips (e.g. 1000 clips).

With multi-day cloud storage, videos are stored in the cloud for a certain number of days. In most cases, you can store an unlimited number of videos. Once a video reaches its expiration date, it's automatically deleted. But here's the catch: Most cameras that offer this option only let you store recordings of events, such as those triggered by your camera's motion sensor. Very few will record continuously.

With a storage size-based offer, the cloud server allots an amount of space just for you. Once it's full, the cloud will either delete older videos or you will be required to manually delete unwanted videos before it can store more. The advantage of this type of storage is that you can store your videos in the cloud for as long as you like, that is, as long as you don't go over the storage limit.

The final type of storage limits the number of video clips you can store. For example, Frontpoint allows you to save up to 1,000 clips every month. Once you reach the limit, you'll need to say goodbye to the clips you no longer need.

Some cameras mix things up. For example, Arlo offers 7-Days of cloud storage with a 1GB limit. This means your videos are stored in the cloud for 7 days, but you can't have more than 1GB of videos stored at a time. So even if your oldest stored video was taken yesterday, it won't save if you are over your storage limit.

Now that you know the basics let's jump ahead and compare the cloud storage options that are included with several cameras.

Cameras with Free or Paid Subscriptions

Canary

Camera Models:

Canary recently launched their new cloud service called Canary Membership. What's unique about this service is that all members will receive the same amount of cloud storage and features. The only difference is cost, which is determined by the number of cameras you have. Aside from storage, becoming a member extends the warranty of your camera by an additional year, gives you reimbursement of up to $1,000 toward your insurance deductible if a burglary occurs, two-way audio, longer video clips, and exclusive incident support in case of intrusion.

Membership is optional, and you can still use Canary without the service. However, you can only use up to 4 cameras for free.

 No PlanCanary Member
Price/Month
FREE$9.99/month$14.99/month
No. Of CamerasUp to 412-3 ($4.99/month/additional camera)
No. Of Video ClipsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Are Event Clips Stored?YES
YES
YES
Can It Record Continuously 24/7?NO
NO
NO
How Long Are Video Kept In The Cloud?24 Hours 30 Days
30 Days

Nest

Camera Models:

Nest's cloud service is called Nest Aware. It provides not only storage, but also added smart features. First, it unlocks Activity Zones, which allow you to create motion detection zones around areas you want to monitor. With zones, you can reduce the number of false alarms and enhance the quality of alerts. Second, it activates Person Detection. If Nest thinks it's detected a person, it will send you an alert stating so. Though you will still get notifications for non-person events, it's easy to ignore those if you are only interested in clips that contain people. Third, you can quickly search important recordings with the help of Sightline, a feature that brings forward recordings of key moments so you won't have to sift through days of video.

Of course, you're not required to pay for Nest Aware. You can use Nest Cam for free, but you'll receive limited features. For example, your camera won't be able to store videos to the cloud. Instead, it will only capture snapshots. Also, the motion detection feature won't be as smart as a Nest Aware-subscribed camera.

 No PlanNest Aware
Price/Month
Free$10.00/month or $100/year
$30/month or $300/year +
No. Of CamerasUnlimited1 ($5.00/month/additional camera)1 ($15.00/month/additional camera)
No. Of Video ClipsUnlimited (Snapshots Only)
Unlimited
Unlimited
Are Event Clips Stored?YES (Snapshots Only)YES
YES
Can It Record Continuously 24/7?NO
YES
YES
How Long Are Video Kept In The Cloud?3 Hours10 Days30 Days

Kuna

Camera Models:

Much like Nest, Kuna's paid cloud service enhances the features of their camera. First, it makes motion detection smarter, similar to what Nest Aware does. Push notifications also include animated thumbnails as a preview to the event. Paying for cloud service also gives your cameras lifetime protection and gives you discounts on your next hardware purchase from Kuna.

The most expensive plan, Absolute Control, adds more flair and flavor to your Kuna camera. It gives you access to Kuna AI, an intelligent AI that can distinguish humans and cars from other objects. It can even tell you how many people it sees within its frame or identify the build of a car (sedan, minivan, etc.).

 No PlanEssential Security
Peace of Mind
Absolute Control
Price/Month
FREE$7.49/month (33% off if paid annually)$14.99/month (33% off if paid annually)$29.99/month
(33% off if paid annually
No. Of Cameras1148
No. Of Video ClipsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Are Event Clips Stored?YES
YES
YES
YES
Can It Record Continuously 24/7?NO
NO
NO
NO
How Long Are Video Kept In The Cloud?2 Hours
7 Days14 Days30 Days

Butterfleye

Camera Models:

Butterfleye's cloud service doesn't offer any other features beyond storage. The cloud service is priced per camera, and the cost is determined by how long you want your videos to stay in the cloud.

 No PlanPlanPlan
Price/Month
FREE$9.95/month
$29.95/month
No. Of CamerasUnlimited11
No. Of Video ClipsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Are Event Clips Stored?YES
YES
YES
Can It Record Continuously 24/7?NO
NO
NO
How Long Are Video Kept In The Cloud?1 Day7 Days30 Days

Arlo

Camera Models:

As mentioned earlier, Arlo's cloud storage is unique. Each video in the cloud has an expiration date, which is determined by your subscription. Once the expiration date is reached, your videos are automatically deleted to make way for new ones. However, there is also a storage limit. When you reach that limit, you'll have to manually delete your videos before you can use the cloud again.

 BasicPremierElite
Price/Month
FREE$9.95/month
$29.95/month
No. Of CamerasUp to 5
Up to 10Up to 15
No. Of Video ClipsUp to 1 GB of videos
Up to 10 GBUp to 100GB
Are Event Clips Stored?YES
YES
YES
Can It Record Continuously 24/7?NO
NO
NO
How Long Are Video Kept In The Cloud?7 Days30 Days60 Days

In addition to traditional cloud storage, Arlo Q and Arlo Pro 2 (if plugged-in) can use Arlo's CVR plan. For $9.99 per month or $99.00 per year, you will have access to 14 days of 24/7 CVR (continuous video recording). They also have a 30-day plan for $19.00 per month or $199.00 per year and a 60-day plan for $29.99 per month or $299.00 per year. The prices are per camera, but Arlo offers a 50% discount if you add a CVR plan to more than one camera on your account.

Oco

Camera Models

Oco's cloud storage is backed by Ivideon, a camera monitoring software. They have four subscriptions, one of which is free. With the free plan, users only get 24 hours of cloud storage with basic event storage. Free plan users can't download or share clips on social media. The three paid subscription plans provide larger storage, unlimited downloads, and camera access sharing with up to 4 users.

 ONLINECLOUD 1CLOUD 10CLOUD 30
Price/Month
FREE$5/month or $50/ year
$9/month or $99/ year$19/month or $199/ year
No. Of CamerasUnlimited111
No. Of Video ClipsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Are Event Clips Stored?Only Motion Events
YES
YES
YES
Can It Record Continuously 24/7?NO
NO
NO
NO
How Long Are Video Kept In The Cloud?1 Day1 Day10 Days
30 Days

Logitech

Camera Model:

Logitech has three cloud plans. The free plan and the basic paid plan have the same features except for the amount of storage. But if you subscribe to the premium paid plan, added smart features will be unlocked. Like Nest, Logitech's premium plan offers smart motion detection, detection zones, and person detection. It is even able to filter events and only notify you of what it deems important.

 FreePlanPlan
Price/Month
FREE$3.99/month
$9.99/month
No. Of CamerasUnlimited11
No. Of Video ClipsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Are Event Clips Stored?YES
YES
YES
Can It Record Continuously 24/7?NO
NO
NO
How Long Are Video Kept In The Cloud?1 Day14 Days31 Days

Cameras with Free Cloud Storage, But Nothing More

Blink

Camera Models:

Blink offers one cloud storage option, which is free. However, you can only store 7,200 seconds of videos at a time, regardless of how many cameras you have. Once the storage is full, Blink automatically deletes the oldest clips to make way for new ones.

Only event clips are recorded, and the clip length can be anywhere between 5 to 60 seconds. The good news is, you can conserve your storage space by customizing the length of clips you want each camera to record. For example, you can set Camera 1 to record 10-second clips and Camera 2 to record 30-second clips.

  • Price: FREE
  • No. of Cameras: Up to 10
  • No. of Video Clips: 7,200 seconds of videos
  • Are Event Clips Stored? Yes
  • Can It Record Continuously 24/7? No
  • How Long Are Video Kept In The Cloud? Until Storage Is Full

iSmartAlarm

Camera Models

DETAILS:

  • Price: FREE
  • No. of Cameras: Unlimited
  • No. of Video Clips: 30 10-second event clips
  • Are Event Clips Stored? Yes
  • Can It Record Continuously 24/7? No
  • How Long Are Video Kept In The Cloud?Until Storage Is Full

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