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Kicks the crap out of Zmodo cams (but no match for others)
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.