The Difference Between Consumer Grade
It's important for professionals to understand that there is a huge difference between professional grade gear and consumer grade gear so you know and understand what it is you are buying. The devil is always in the details and it's important for you to look at the specifications of each piece of gear you obtain to make sure it is right for the job that you are doing. Here are some tips so you know and understand what the difference is.
A) Simply put, consumer grade equipment is manufactured for consumers who have a one time use for a certain piece of investigative gear or want home use out of a piece of investigative gear. Higher end professional and law enforcement grade gear is designed for the professional.
B) Professional grade and law enforcement grade equipment is built for extended heavy and repeated use. It tends to be more rugged and tends to not malfunction after it gets banged around a little.
C) Consumer grade equipment is designed in a manner to keep the price down as much as it can be and is generally not designed for heavy extended and heavy repeated use. Although consumer grade equipment can often be used and is designed to be used more than one time, it tends to burn out over repeated heavy use and can not take the banging around that professional grade equipment can take. Generally speaking, it is not as rugged as professional grade and law enforcement grade equipment and it's life of use will not be as long.
D) There is often a huge and wide gap between the specifications between professional and law enforcement grade equipment and consumer grade equipment. It's important to pay attention to the details in the resolution ratings, lux ratings, options and features and battery consumption capacity.
E) Professional And law enforcement equipment tends to have features and options that you can use with various adjustments that are just not present on consumer grade equipment. This can have a huge impact on end results that your clients or the court sees. Consumer grade equipment is generally just not designed with high end results in mind and in our opinion, needs to be kept out of court rooms and legal presentations.
F) Professional And law enforcement grade equipment is often upgradable when it comes to it's firmware. As technology and features improve, you can sometimes upgrade the software and firmware that runs your gear. With consumer grade gear, you just throw it away and buy the upgrades with a new feature.
G) Professional and law enforcement
grade equipment usually comes with a warranty and can usually be repaired.
Consumer grade equipment is made in a manner in which it is sold for price
and if it breaks down, you just throw it away and obtain a new one. It
stands to reason that professional grade equipment is going to cost you
more up front but it's been proven time and time again that in the long
run you are going to save a lot of dollars when starting out with professional
grade gear since the lower end gear will just not last as long and professional
grade gear and is generally not firmware upgradable.
I) It's important to note that
if you are on a limited budget and top quality is not your primary concern
when it comes to investigative gear, there is nothing wrong with using
consumer grade equipment even sometimes for professional use as long as
you know and you understand exactly what it is you are buying. We know
that as your profession moves forward, you will step up to a professional
grade of gear once you use some of it. Because of this, we do carry some
non-LawMate brand consumer grade equipment for those just starting out
and/or are on a limited budget.
Long As You Know The Difference Is As Clear As Night And Day Or
Here is an example of comparing a consumer grade covert video camera system and a professional grade camera system. We urge you to look closely at the difference between the two models so you will understand the difference.
Grade Invisible Secrets PhoneCam DVR
Law Enforcement Grade Invisible Secrets PV-900 By LawMate!
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