Buy vs. Rent - Which Option is Best?

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One of the questions we hear most frequently from prospective clients is whether purchasing or renting our camera equipment is preferable for a given project. CEECAM offers a wide range of camera products, including time lapse and livestream security cameras as well as CCTV monitoring solutions for industrial and construction sites. Since these projects are temporary in nature, many of our clients choose to rent CEECAM equipment for the duration of their project. However, more than a few clients have expressed interest in purchasing our cameras and monitoring systems, so we've put together a short, comprehensive guide on the subject for you.

At CEECAM, we are happy to offer both rental and purchase options so that clients can choose the option that suits their needs best. However, our experience shows that renting our equipment offers greater value than purchasing does for most applications. Let's look at the specifics:

What CEECAM camera rentals offer:

  • Installation is included in the rental price.
  • Maintenance is included in the rental price.
  • Lifetime support for camera service is included.
  • Each product enjoys a complete warranty for the rental term.

On the other hand, purchasing CEECAM cameras and security equipment means:

  • The consumer is responsible for installation.
  • The consumer is responsible for maintenance.
  • Our warranty period only lasts 12 months.
  • DSLR product lifetimes are not covered.

What Does DSLR Product Lifetime Mean?

You probably won't be surprised to know that camera equipment isn't designed to last forever. As much as we'd like them not to, internal mechanical components such as the shutter, mirror and lens will wear out over time.

Keep in mind, this isn't something unique to CEECAM cameras. It is a fact of the entire security camera industry, although not every company in our industry is forthright with their clients about this information.

The average lifespan of a DSLR security camera product is approximately 100,000 shutter actuations. This may seem like a lot, but consider that security DSLRs need to be active 24 hours a day, seven days a week to be effective. This means:

  • One image every five minutes...
  • 12 images every hour...
  • 288 images per day...
  • 8,928 images per month!

It's easy to see that the lifetime of your DSLR security camera solution is likely to be less than the duration of the project you need to secure.

Rent Your Security Cameras and Leave Maintenance to CEECAM

If you purchased a mobile or remote security solution and found that, in less than a year, you had to send them back for repair, you'd be understandably frustrated. This is why, in our clients' best interests, we recommend renting your mobile or temporary security solutions from us and letting our team perform repairs and equipment replacements as necessary for the length of your project.

With our full technical support backing your security products, you'll be able to save time, money and the occasional headache. As soon as a component breaks down or a camera malfunctions, our team mobilizes and repairs or replaces the faulty device.

This approach offers several benefits, the most important of which is minimal security downtime. Our rapid-response support team is always ready to assist rental clients with their equipment in a quick, professional manner. Every second of security downtime should be seen as a vulnerability.

What about Purchasing Cameras for Time Lapse Photography?

If you are a construction contractor and you wish to produce a time lapse clip of one or more of your projects, we have exactly the products you need. While it may seem reasonable to purchase our equipment in order to obtain the desired results, we still recommend rental in almost all cases.

The reasons for this are largely the same as those for our security products, with a few important additions. For instance, if you have multiple construction projects spaced out over the course of a year or more, you will want to be sure that the entire collection of cameras is up to the task for that entire duration. You will also want to be sure that you have the appropriate equipment for each project in turn.

By renting CEECAM time lapse cameras for each project individually, you can assure the best possible result for each one. Except in the unlikely case where each project is uniform in terms of its size, duration and scope, you'll probably want different camera products photographing each. Our team of time lapse experts is happy to walk you through the various products we make available for these types of products.

Contact us today and ask about renting our security and time lapse cameras for your next construction site.