I have made various video monitors over the past few years watching the pictures get better and prices lowering. This was the best combo I've purchased. My reasons;First - easy to install. Instructions were clear and the device indicated when it was connected.Two - didn't need to use vendors cloud. I added my own storage and that was sufficient for my needs.Three, remote access and camera panning. Although this is lower on my list, it wound up being one of my favorite features. I am monitoring a pool and just being able to move the camera with my phone added great value. I don't need additional monitors now.Four - value. For the price I don't mind having it outside with a chance of getting damaged (I have teenagers) by some errant beach ball.Dislikes. Alert works well but does have limited recording time (at least on storage card).Occasional weird adjustments. I had this inside when we had some work done on the house, contractors mentioned that they heard the camera taking pictures. I checked it out and it just seems to make noise when the lens adjust.