With Wi-Fi-enabled cameras and sleek mobile apps, companies want to appeal to a broader base of DIY enthusiasts who would rather not bother with local storage and isn't as concerned about potential privacy concerns.With cloud storage, your footage -- either event-based or continuous -- is sent off to remote servers.Alphabet/Google's Nest Cam, for instance, relies on cloud storage.

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In the UK, the service starts at £80/year for a 10-day video history.

The US monthly rate converts roughly to AU$13 in Australia.

But there are two main types of video storage to choose from -- local and cloud -- and they're very, very different.

Not only will selecting between local and cloud storage help narrow down your options fast, it will also help you set your priorities for your broader security system and smart home preferences down the road.

It will help you narrow down the growing pool of models available today and it will help you understand the features that matter to you most.

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As the name suggests, this type of video storage saves your clips and other footage locally.

Compatible cameras have micro SD card slots that can generally handle anywhere from 16GB to 128GB cards.

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