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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2014
This is a good low-light/night vision camera for its price. It appears to be somewhat near the 700 lines resolution; close enough, I'd say. There are severe problems with fluorescent light sources that are not present in my other cameras. The cameras are set-up to utilise motion detection through the DVR. Unfortunately, I was forced to disable this camera's participation due to its fluorescent flickering. There is also SEVERE flickering and image instability just before daylight. By the way, there is NO sunlight directed on to this camera. Appears to flicker as the lighting changes quickly; same said for when dark clouds come about on a sunny day. On the plus side; the camera is white and practically disappears when mounted on white fascia. The night-vision is phenomenal. The wide-angle lens is a plus but also count on the dependency of a narrow view telephoto camera supplement to capture more close-up facial details. When all is said and done, for the price, you score a 700 line camera (or almost; close enough), I would recommend this camera and would probably purchase additional units until I upgrade to HD over coax. After all, for the price, this is a good day and night vision camera if you can deal with a few unfortunate details.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2015
Originally I purchased an 8-channel DVR kit from Zmodo, which included eight 480TVL cameras. Picture quality seemed okay, because I had nothing to compare it to. Then I upgraded to a 16-channel DVR, but still used the 8 cameras that came with the kit.

I bought this camera to expand to a 9th channel to see a blind spot on the property. This camera is tremendously better than the Zmodo cameras. The colors are far more accurate, native contrast is fantastically better, and the night vision sensitivity is significantly better. I'll add a photo later.

The resolution isn't improved much because my Zmodo DVR was only designed for 480TVL cameras so it simply isn't sampling the extra lines. No fault of the camera but I cannot comment on its resolution capabilities because I don't have a system that can accurately sample all of the analog signal. The better contrast makes it appear much sharper, however.

Analog resolution aside, the picture quality is out of this world better than the 480TVL Zmodo cameras. I will for sure replace all of my Zmodo cams with better cameras, probably these. I will update this post if the camera has problems with the Central Illinois winter or if it dies unexpectedly.

UPDATE: While this camera was definitely better than my Zmodo cams, I've since tried Zosi cameras and those make this GW camera look just as bad. In particular, I've noticed that color accuracy is horrible. Basically the green is incredibly insensitive and the blue is almost as bad. I can tell because of the areas where this shows grass appears silver with just a faint amount of blue (direct or indirect sunlight, not night time) while everything else has an unnatural reddish hue to it. I don't think it is defective, just an awful sensor or image processing compared with Zosi. I absolutely plan on replacing this with a Zosi camera so I'll have all good looking images instead of this washed out looking camera.

UPDATE 2 (one day later): After further consideration, this is the only camera I have with a CCD sensor. All of my others are CMOS cameras. I'm not trying to start a technical debate over the merits of CCD vs CMOS. I'm simply stating that my CMOS cameras seem to capture color much more accurately than my lone CCD camera (this GW Security Camera), especially greens.

I'm only going to take 1 star off to make this a 4-star review because it still does have a sharp, clear image and the night vision works well (which are really the most important factors). The color just looks so terrible compared to the rest of my cameras that I can barely tolerate it. I have tried manipulating my DVR to enhance green and blue, or reduce red but the color balance is too terrible to overcome.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2013
Excellent low-light, night-mode, good color, low noise. Don't believe the specs in certain places that say it has OSD - it doesn't. But doesn't need it, either. Field-of-view is wide, with typical fish-eye lens warping of straight lines near the edge of the field-of-view. Standard NTSC works with cheapo video-capture USB sticks (see my other reviews), and iSpy freeware on Windows.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2013
I purchased two of these back in October and have one positioned out in front, and one in the back of my house. Both have been exposed to several heavy rain and snow events already, and both continue to work almost 3 months later. No issues with water getting inside the lens or the housing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2014
Camera has a Great picture. Mounted this on my front porch and ran wiring to an extra input on my television. Now when someone knocks I just use input button on the TV remote to view the front porch on my TV and it has a very clear picture. Since this camera has the Sony Super HAD chip installed you can't go wrong. I am going to purchase 3 more of these and a Samsung 4 channel DVR. I've found that cameras that come with a DVR are trash. So I'm buying a Samsung DVR and using these cameras. I've tried many outdoor cameras and this is one of the best for the price. The night vision is good as well.
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on March 14, 2014
A good 700 TVL camera. Provides a good picture and also has good night vision (in black and white). I am using three of these inside my house and they work very well.
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on December 16, 2013
Excellent product. Wide Angle. Good Night Vision. I bought this camera to replace the ones that came with my dvr. It is amazing the wide angle view for this camera. You might replace two old cameras and use only one to cover a large area.
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on March 26, 2015
Excellent camera for the money. We're using it as an indoor camera to monitor our baby, and it's so clear in the dark, we can see the steam from her humidifier clearly across the room...and the baby too. :)
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on July 17, 2015
very bright night lights for paranormal investigators. this thing really lights up a room. definitely worth every penny.
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on June 21, 2015
contrast is a bit lacking, some areas washed out and others dark. works well with my existing Swannview system
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