Samsung Electronics’ SHR Series digital recorders, like the SHR-2040 pictured above, work as easily as a VCR. But unlike tape-based systems, digital recorders capture surveillance video directly to high-capacity hard drives that can store far more video in a given space. Built-in software allows the end user to quickly search through stored images. The recorders come Internet-ready, and are available with a built-in CDRW.