AlfredCamera has revealed an exciting new feature, Continuous Recording, which began rolling out as of the 26th April.
After releasing early for Ukrainian users in direct response to the current conflict, ‘continuous recording security camera’ refers to the ability to record offline—a crucial feature that’s largely missing from mobile security apps.
What exactly is it, and how will AlfredCamera turn old cell phones into security cameras with continuous recording?
What Are Continuous Recording Security Cameras?
When we think of security, we think of 24/7 round-the-clock surveillance. And while it is true that this won’t be necessary for every indoor or outdoor security camera depending on its purpose, it is wise to have a camera capable of recording constantly.
Traditional analog CCTV cameras do this quite well, and perhaps it’s why they are still used in lots of public spaces. IP cameras, on the other hand? Not so much. For more on the differences, check out our article on DVR vs NVR systems.
An Internet Protocol camera (the most common type available on the home security market) requires, as its name suggests, an internet connection. Many of these cameras, including popular options like Wyze’s outdoor cam and most of the eufyCam line technically don’t support continuous recording.
For many, this shouldn’t be a problem. But maintaining a stable internet connection can, in reality, be tricky, especially when multiple people are uploading information via the same hotspot at the same time.
IP cameras with continuous recording, like Google’s Nest Cam, ensure that even if the internet drops out, there is a means of storing footage, whether that be temporarily to local storage, an SD card, or some other form of external hard storage.
Continuous Recording vs. Motion Detection
Many IP cameras incorporate some form of motion detection technology, oftentimes instead of continuous recording. Motion detection allows the camera to only begin recording when it detects motion. This can be a useful way to avoid racking up large files, but it can also be risky should the camera’s motion detection be hit-or-miss.
Likewise, if the motion detection doesn’t incorporate other features, like facial recognition or animal detection, your camera could easily begin filming random movement.
We weighed up some of the major differences below.
|Motion Detection (MD)||Continuous Recording (CR)|
|Instant Notifications: |
Get notified only when movement is detected. This can be a double-edged sword: if the technology isn’t especially advanced, expect false alarms triggered by birds and cats!
|High Traffic Visibility:|
MD is useless in places where there is constant movement; there’s no point being notified every few minutes as someone passes by. CR avoids this nuisance.
|Capture What Matters: |
Sifting through hours of footage can be mind-numbing. With MD, your camera can be assigned to record only when it sees something.
Avoid close-calls or device failures by simply capturing everything, at all times. This is particularly useful in the event of a burglary, where the footage captured by a camera can be crucial to prosecution.
|Cloud Storage: |
Smaller footage means less demand on your internet speeds, allowing you to use cloud storage easily from wherever you are in the world.
Though many CR cameras will support both, local storage (SD cards) enables you to save potentially very large files with no fuss, freeing up your bandwidth.
For more on motion detection, including our picks for favorite motion detecting cameras, check out our crash on course on motion sensor cameras.
When Do I Need 24/7 Continuous Recording?
Since most internet enabled devices use continuous recording in the absence of a connection simply as a back-up, wireless security cameras with continuous recording aren’t designed to be used in spaces with no means of connecting to the internet. The physical storage would eventually run out.
Hence, they are ideal in places where dropouts may be likely, or for those regularly on the move and are unsure of the stability of the internet in new locations. They are also useful as household security devices, where footage will need to be captured 24/7 for maximum effectiveness, since they greatly decrease the chance of loss of footage in the event of a dropout.
Continuous Recording With AlfredCamera
With over 40 million downloads, AlfredCamera has proved itself as the most versatile and trusted security app available for smart devices. By turning your old phone into a feature-rich video monitor, you effectively have a free security camera in your pocket.
But the developers at AlfredCamera don’t take its successes for granted. On the contrary, the team is keen to constantly build on their products by listening to the concerns of users.
‘We noticed that some users shared concerns about signal dropouts,’ says the product team. ‘Rather than ignoring the problem, we got to work combating it, and are now proud to have launched continuous recording on AlfredCamera.’
Unlike many apps, AlfredCamera will now be able to continue to record even in the event of a signal dropout, whether that’s simply the cause of bad wi-fi or due to a momentary power outage.
For more on this, check out our dedicated guide and FAQ on how to turn on Continuous Recording.
Do security cameras record all the time?
Not necessarily. Though one might expect a security camera to record 24/7 (and a good one should get pretty close), the reality is that hardware storage has a limit and internet connections are susceptible to disturbances. With continuous recording (i.e., offline back-up), the chances of losing footage are diminished. Still, there are always going to be moments where there is a chance you have no coverage, whether that’s because you need to recharge a battery or swap out a maxed-out storage device.
Do I need a camera that records all the time?
Whether or not you need a camera that records constantly is best determined on a case-by-case basis. If monitoring children or pets, for instance, it would be wasteful to have the camera recording 24/7, since you’ll likely only ever require it for a few hours at a time. On the other hand, if you are installing cameras to monitor your front door or garage, then it would be wise to have a camera with a strong battery life and the ability to record for extended periods.
How to turn an old cell phone into a security camera with continuous recording?
AlfredCamera has officially rolled out Continuous Recording for all users in May, 2022. This will enable you to turn an old device into a fully functional security camera without the chance of losing footage.
Continuous recording is an important feature to look out for when investing in your security. While it’s not going to be necessary for every situation, it’s essential that your device is able to continue to observe spaces if being used for home or office security even if it loses connection to the internet.