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Swann DIY Security Camera (Color)

by Swann

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  • Color mini-camera with sound pickup capability
  • High-quality color images
  • Built-in microphone
  • Simple & easy to use
  • Strong bracket for wall or ceiling mounting


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Product Details

  • Item Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0002E46PO
  • Item model number: SW-P-DSC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 7, 2004

Product Description

Color Video Camera With Audio; Lens: 6.0Mm; All Purpose Security Camera For Home Or Business; High-Quality Color Images: 1.5 Lux Illumination; Built-In Microphone; Up To 380 Tv Lines Resolution; Bracket For Wall/Ceiling Mounting; Includes 15-Ft A/V Cable & Bnc Cable

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By F. A. Parks on February 7, 2005
This was shockingly tiny coming out of the box...but that's good. It mounts easily just about anywhere and is very inconspicuous with it's flat black finish. Outdoor locations should be at least semi-sheltered from weather, such as under a roof overhang.

A single cable coming out of it splits off into separate power and video/audio cables. The included wall-plug cube supplies power, so an outdoor outlet will make installation more convenient. Readily available RCA type extension cables routed inside to your TV complete the set-up. You can just use a single cable if all you want is video, or use a second cable to make use of the built-in microphone. A single button punch on my TV remote switches from TV to camera input. If desired it can be run through a VCR to get the action on tape. (You could even make home movies).

All of this would be pointless if the video wasn't good, but in fact the color image of my front porch and driveway is better than I expected -- not hi-def but very acceptable. The viewing angle is wide enough to see everything I need to see. Understand that this isn't a night vision device, so combine it with a motion sensing security light for darkness hours, and you've got your eye on the world outside your door. I would have given it a full 5 star rating if it had extreme low-light capability.

I've only had this for a few weeks so I can't attest to it's durability. With the mail-in rebate the price will be cut in half, so I won't have much invested. The price is much less than many other security cameras on the market that do basically the same function. I'll update this review if it craps out any time soon.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ruth B. Kaplan on December 19, 2008
I had a neighbor that I thought was vandalizing my yard, so I installed these in the front windows, using inexpensive TV/VCRs from the pawn shop for recording. Just taped the cameras to the glass and turned on the recorder when I was leaving the house.

I caught my intruder--but it turned out to be another neighbor's dog, who was getting out and having a romp in my yard. I also got to see birds, squirrels, and cats wandering across the field of view.

The main drawback of this camera is that it has a narrow field of view. Even the wide angle model (a little more expensive) won't possibly cover an entire front yard. I had to install two, and even then, there was an enormous "dead zone" where someone could sneak past the cameras.

The price is excellent, and the longer cord helps run it from the window to where your recorder is sitting.

Not a bad product and did the job I needed.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Brian Parr on July 23, 2009
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After nearly two years, running with the Swann PC DVR interface card, these cameras have performed flawlessly. Image quality is more than adequate to positively identify a suspect.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jim Cye on March 2, 2013
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Weird that Swann packages a camera with only RCA ends; and, neither of my two Swann 8 camera DVR's (2011 and 2013 models) accepts RCA video inputs! You'd think Swann would make it compatible, or at the LEAST supply an adapter. Now I have to order adapter/converters just to plug it into the Swann unit before even testing to see if I want to keep it or return it. So, know that it is NOT plug and play. FYI, although it advertises high quality picture, it is only 380 tvl. As a comparison, I replaced all of my 480 tvl cams with 600 tvl due to lack of quality. So, just think of this litte DIY cam as a toy or just for front door peep hole; and, you may not be too disappointed at its low price. I'll follow up with a more detailed review after I receive my adaptors that cost an extra $6.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Garnica on January 25, 2007
I had wanted one of these cameras for a while to see who is outside of my clubhouse. The other day i was at Frys and i decided to go look at the security cameras. While i was looking around i came across this one and i looked at the price only ten dollars so i bought it. I got home plugged it into the tv the picture was great the audio was good.

PROS: good picture ,size , audio, price

CONS: no night vision, picture is not clear with 9volt battery, the cable are not long enough
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lou on March 20, 2012
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Several months ago, I purchased the Swann camera. I have a shop that is difficult to see outside. Within minutes, I had the camera hooked up to my TV (everything is included except the TV). Now, at a glance, I can see my yard between my shop and house. It is also in color. In my opinion, an excellent buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jose Lozano on November 22, 2013
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Camera was very small making it extremely easy to hide and be able to catch people without them even realizing they were on camera...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stevie on September 13, 2013
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It adjusts to the lighting outside [ not like a webcam].
It is surprising how the little camera takes such good pictures for the size.
It is not a high definition camera but the results are very good .
I have a capture card on my computer so I can I use for everyday use .
I have it in the window , so it is not obvious . And the wall power supply never gets hot .
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