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Q-See QS408-803-5 Precision Recording Security System with 8 Indoor/Outdoor CCD Cameras and Pre-Installed 500GB Hard Drive

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8 CCD Cameras
  • Advanced H.264 Video Compression
  • CIF Real-Time Recording (30FPS per channel x 8 cameras = 240FPS Total) / D1 Recording Option (7.5FPS per channel x 8 cameras = 60FPS Total)
  • Stream Live Video Directly to a remote PC, iPhone, iPad, Android, or other
  • Backup important video from the DVR to a PC or Flash Drive
  • Pre-Installed 500GB Hard Drive;DVR Supports up to 8 Security Cameras
  • Trigger Email Alerts on Motion Detection Events. Supported Smartphone Running Windows Mobile Pro or Symbian on 3G Networks.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 9 x 1.8 inches ; 16 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 25.6 pounds
  • Shipping: This item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
  • ASIN: B0046TBPY6
  • Item model number: QS408-803-5
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at October 14, 2010

Product Description

Style: 8 CCD Cameras

Product Description

Q-SEE 8CH H.264 DVR W/500GB HD CIF real-time rec 8 CCD color cam

From the Manufacturer

Security Surveillance System

Model QS408-803-5

Deter theft, know your family is secure, or even monitor your office staff more effectively, with the QS408-803-5 surveillance system, which makes home and business security simple. The system features both CIF and D1 recording options: choose smooth continuous video with a smaller image size or a slower frame rate with a larger image.

This system includes 8, easy-to-install, weatherproof cameras, each capable of up to 40 feet of night vision and 420 lines of CCD video. Each camera also comes with a 60 foot cable that delivers power to the camera and the video signal to the DVR. The system can also be expanded to allow viewing of up to 8 cameras simultaneously.

Gain peace of mind while you are away by remotely monitoring and managing this surveillance system 24/7 via the internet using a PC or a supported 3G smart phone. Plus you can receive instant email notifications when unusual activity is detected.
420 TV Line Resolution
40 FT Night Vision
500 GB SATA Hard Drive
CIF / D1 Recording Options
Indoor/Outdoor Camera Use
Remote Monitoring
Email Motion Alerts
Connect up to 8 Cameras
500 GB Hard Drive Size
Record and store video footage on the pre-installed 500GB SATA A/V hard drive. The amount of footage that you can save on the hard drive before needing to over-write footage will depend on the recording and resolution settings you select during setup. This system can support a hard drive upgrade of up to 1TB SATA hard drive.
Indoor/Outdoor Cameras
Eight quality, 420 TV line CCD, weatherproof cameras provide up to 40 feet of night vision. Each camera also comes with a 60 foot video and power cable.
Remote Monitoring
Remotely monitor and manage your home or office 24/7 from anywhere around the world via the internet using a Windows PC or a supported 3G Smartphone, including iPhone/iPad, Android, Blackberry OS 5, and Windows Mobile Pro. Enjoy additional peace of mind by receiving instant email alerts with snapshot images when motion is detected, when the hard drive is full, or when and if video loss has occurred.

Recording Resolution
Select CIF or D1 recoding depending on your preference. CIF provides real-time recording and smooth video playback [30 frames per second per channel at a playback resolution of 352x240]. While D1 records at a slower frame per second, but allows a larger video image size, which can be useful for the recognition and identification of people and objects [7.5 frames per second per channel at a playback resolution of 704x480].
Four Recording Modes
Select from 4 different recording modes:
  • Advanced Motion Detection: Advanced motion detection settings help to minimize false alarms. The easy-to-use motion detection set-up screen allows you to mask out certain areas which frequently experience heavy movement in order to avoid false alarms and unnecessary triggers.
  • Time-Schedule: Record based on a pre-set schedule that you choose depending on your needs. For example, only at night, only during office hours or only during non-business hours.
  • Alarm Sensor Trigger: Only records when the alarm sensor has been triggered. The sensor can be configured to various sensitivities to eliminate non-critical motion triggers. (Alarm sensor not included.)
  • Manual: When set to manual, the system can be turned on to record 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or until you manually turn it off.
H.264 Compression
H.264 Compression minimizes file size in order to maximize the hard drive's recording time, as well as transfer video for viewing over the internet.
Three Viewing Modes
Select from 3 different viewing modes:
  • Single Cam: Display 1 camera at a time
  • Multi-Cam: Display 2, 4 or 8 cameras at once on a split screen .
  • Timed Auto-Sequence: Display a timed-auto sequence, which shows each camera for a few seconds and rotates the view through all cameras one at a time.
Three Search Options
Quickly find previously recorded video by searching in one of three ways:
  • Time: search video within a specific time frame
  • Motion Detection Event: search video by occurrences of motion
  • Alarm Triggered Event: search video by items that triggered an alert.
Convenient Backup
Backup video files from the surveillance system to a PC, Flash Drive or USB Hard Drive in order to free-up space for new video while retaining important footage.
Display Resolution
When watching video live, the display resolution is 704x480. When playing back previously recorded video, the resolution will depend on the recording settings selected during setup.
Connects to a Monitor
Display on any TV or 19" or larger PC Monitor (8 BNC output, 1 BNC, 1 VGA output). The system supports multiple VGA resolution settings: 800x600 and 1024x768.
Navigation Menus
The user-friendly interface, along with the accompanying mouse and remote control, make moving through the program menus a breeze.
Multi-Tasking Functionality
The multi-tasking feature allows up to five functions to occur on the system at one time: record video, watch live video or playback video, while also monitoring and managing the system remotely, and also backing up files.
Additional Specifications
  • DVR supports RS-485 compliant
  • Pan-Tilt-Zoom cameras (not included)
  • DVR supports eight channels of audio
  • (audio cameras or mics not included)
  • DVR Inputs/Outputs:
    • Video: 8 BNC inputs /1 BNC, 1 VGA output
    • Audio: 8/1 (Mic/cams not included)
  • Two USB 2.0 ports for USB mouse and
  • USB back-up drive connectivity
  • DVR Power Supply: 12V
  • DVR Operating Temperature:
  • 50°-122°F


CAMERAS 8 Weatherproof, 420 TV Line, 40 Ft Night Vision, Color CCD Camera Kits 420 TV Line CCD Resolution
These CCD cameras capture 420 TV lines of resolution and boast true 1/3" CCD color image sensors. CCD cameras use a higher-density sensor that captures more light, resulting in a sharper image with less noise and better image quality in low-light conditions.
Feild of Vision
The cameras are equipped with a 3.6mm lens, which provides a 55°-60º radius of vision.
40 Ft. Night Vision
The eight cameras are each equipped with 27 infrared LED lights that can record at a distance of up to 40 feet in the dark.
Weatherproof Cameras
Weatherproof cameras are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
Additional Specifications
  • Camera Power Supply: 12V
  • Camera Operating Temperatures:
  • 14°-122°F at 95% humidity
60 Ft. Cables
Each camera includes a 60 foot cable so that you will have everything you need for installation.
Mounting Brackets
Flexible 3-Axis brackets allow for more precise positioning of the cameras, while guiding the cables directly through the camera brackets to reduce the threat of vandalism to the cameras.


COMPATIBILITY Works with Windows and Most 3G Smart Phones
Operating Systems
Compatible Operating Systems: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 (Mac OS not supported)
Internet Browsers
Compatible Internet Browsers: Internet Explorer (IE), Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox (with IE Plug-In)
Mobile Phones
Remote Monitoring on a Supported 3G Smart Phone - stay in touch on the go! Instantly view live video, one camera at a time on 3G networks. Supported Smart Phones: iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry OS 5, Running Windows Mobile Pro 6.0, 6.1, 6.5 Operating System, Running Symbian Operating System.    


  • 8-Channel H.264 DVR with 500
  • Gigabyte Hard Drive (QS408-5)
  • (8) Indoor/Outdoor Cameras with
  • 3-Axis Brackets (QSDS14273W)
  • (8) 60ft BNC Video/Power Cables for flexible installation
  • (1) Power Supply and 8-Way Power Splitter for Cameras
  • USB Mouse and Remote Control
  • Power Cord for DVR
  • RJ-45 Ethernet Cable
  • BNC to RCA adapter
Manuals & Software
  • Quick Start Guide
  • CD-Rom with Remote Viewing Software and Manuals
  • 1-year Q-See Warranty & Lifetime Technical Support


SUPPORT Free Lifetime Tech Support from Q-See's Newly Renovated Support System
  • Live Chat and Technical resources available at
  • Toll Free 877-998-3440
  • Email:
  • Business hours: 9am – 5pm PST, Monday through Frida

Customer Reviews

The quality is great and the product is very easy to use.
shop talk
Please, do yourself a favor and don't waste your hard earned money on this garbage.
I contacted the company and am waiting for a return authorization.
Susan Perry

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

231 of 248 people found the following review helpful By HMMWV VINE VOICE on January 25, 2011
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I bought my first q-see DVR (digital video recorder) about 3 years ago right here on It was known as a "PENTAPLEX" which meant you could do 5 things at the same time - record live video from multiple channels, backup the hard disk, view video remotely over the internet, view video locally on a TV set, and search through recordings to find out who took your recycle bin full of cans. Pentaplex and Triplex are names given as to how many activities the unit can do simultaneously.

That unit is still running after driving the neighborhood drug dealers out of their rent free abandoned home (and having them arrested numerous times - it povided key evidence of license plate numbers, video of drug deals going down, spousal abuse -- you name it the police department got it. For that matter the PD could log in over the internet to check up on who was there if they wanted to)

I live on a 2 block long road full of modern quiet 4500 sq ft homes, and across from me was a 60 year old 931 sq ft original house that had become the neighborhood drug hangout - a place to go smoke a bowl, ride your motorcycle through the front door of the house and out the back, to hook up with the homies, etc. It definitely did not fit in - the crime rate rose - the house adjacent to the drug house was robbed 5 times in 3 months. Both me and my next door neighbor installed MONITORED alarms and we formed our own neighborhood watch. His was a .357 and mine was a 9mm.

The Q-see was instrumental in getting rid of the trash. It provided numerous photographic enlargements of license plates, video evidence used in court to convict the individual squatting there, and more 30 second drive by drug deals than I could count, happening every 3-5 minutes right in front of my house.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Kyle on April 14, 2012
Style Name: 4 CMOS Cameras
I think all the good reviews for this product must be written by q-see's marketing team. This product is just worthless garbage. I've had it for less than a year and already two of the four cameras are filled on the inside with condensation rendering them worthless. After I was finally able to track down q-see's customer service number, it was just a leave a message and someone will call you back. They don't even have anyone answering the phone with customer service. I was dumbfounded. And of course no one called me back. Please, do yourself a favor and don't waste your hard earned money on this garbage.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By EatKabab on March 22, 2011
Style Name: DVR only Verified Purchase
I just installed this in my home with my 5 existing cameras and I must say that I am extremely impressed with this sub $200 system. It even has some features I wouldn't expect it to have. Specifically, FOUR audio in ports. Thats just unheard of even in much more expensive systems. Usually they only have one or two audio ins.

Support for ALL smart phone operating systems is EXCELLENT. QSee has written a dedicated app "Meye" for each phone (Android, iPhone, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Symbian, sorry no WP7) It's VERY fast at streaming to my Android. It all went together so easily I just couldn't believe it. I bought this expecting to have to hack it here and there to get it to do what I want.

As the very diligent reviewer above said, this is not a $3k security system, but it is more than plenty for any small to medium sized area. You're not getting HD quality bank security footage with this thing, but man does it beat getting up to go see who's at the front door...or anywhere else around the house for that matter. All I do is flip to channel 3 on any of my TV's or hit the Meye app on my phone (its almost instant!).

A note:
Setup was easy for me because I'm moderately tech savvy. For network viewing, I had to fiddle with my network configuration due to the limitation on the DVR's IP address configs. If you want to use a static IP it needs to have all 12 digits for some reason. I couldn't get it to work with something like (it needs like Consider using a static IP for devices that broadcast such as this one to assure you don't loose signal because your router decided to reset...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By gadget guy on June 14, 2011
Style Name: 8 CMOS Cameras
**VIDEO REVIEW EXTENDED** Search y-tube for my channel, dfizzbom, and watch an almost eight minute extended review. Multiple vids covering the package, a camera mount hack, and how to setup the multi client software. Hope this will help all those interested in this system!

Did a ton a shopping- this is a great deal. What you're really buying into with this package is an 8 channel dvr with pre installed hard drive, and the cables. This is the heart of the system. The cables are of typical quality and are fine. The dvr, from all that I have tweaked upon setup, is outstanding. This dvr rivals that of a much more expensive dvr we use at my employment where I monitor another camera system- MUCH more expensive. The dvr in this package is very capable. Big points for that. Note- I used a 15" LCD computer monitor via VGA and setup menus and cameras are perfectly sized. A 19" monitor is great, but not absolutely needed. Another note about resolution choices per channel. This dvr, greatly so, also includes HD-1 [half D1] as a choice on ALL channels too! So actually, from lowest resolution to highest, you have the choice of CIF on all channels, HD-1 on all channels, and D1 on the first two channels if you want that. HD-1 is a very nice step up from CIF and since all channels support it, it's really great. That's a nice feature in this dvr.

The cameras is where you get into 'starter' kit. They are capable. They do very well in daylight. They can be tweaked in the dvr to have perfectly acceptable color representation and if you're not happy, you can also make them black and white. All doable. Face recognition is very very good in daylight, and I have my cams temporarily placed two stories up. The live feed has perfect real time movement- not studder steps in live mode.
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