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Swann DVR8-1500 8 CH Compact D1 DVR 4x Cameras

3.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
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  • Swann DVR8-1500 8 CH Compact D1 DVR 4x Cameras
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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 12.1 pounds
  • ASIN: B00GRLYAQG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 19, 2013

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This was purchased on sale at a local retail store to replace a failing SPECO DVR-8TL covert system that was a business class product that cost over $1,000 when I had it professionally installed at my folks home in 2008.

The compactness of this Swann DVR made it so that the whole unit would fit inside the locking mount box the Speco DVR board was in. They did not want an obvious large DVR box sitting on a shelf somewhere and pretty much every other system I looked at in retail stores, the physical size of the unit itself was too big for this covert installation. This Swann fits with plenty of room to spare.

The Swann DVR itself:

The quality of the video is very good. (the cameras they have are older mid-res(480tv lines) dome cameras around the outside of the house) This system supports up to 650tv lines. I have it connected to a 2007(?) Samsung HDTV via Composite input(BNC to RCA adapter). I tried with VGA, but this tv just says “mode not supported” regardless of the settings on the DVR. A regular computer monitor did work fine on VGA though.

This Swann DVR looks very much like a Mac Mini. It uses a small, wired USB mouse instead of an IR remote as the Speco did. I purchased a Logitech wireless mouse to use as I could not run a USB cord the DVR through the living room floor to their tv. Works great. The interface is much nicer and updated looking than the Speco. I love how the Live View has options for multiple views, (2*2, 1+5, 1+7, 3*3) with Auto-switch ability. You can switch screens either by right clicking then selecting Next Screen; or if nothing is selected, just move the mouse wheel once. The text overlay on the video image dynamically changes the font color from white or black depending in what is in the background.
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I purchased this set of cameras and DVR to provide some piece of mind in my home while I am away. So far, I am content with it and have not had any major issues. Quality is pretty decent for my needs and setup was fairly straight forward. I will be using one of these cameras as a baby monitor so we can check out the crib from multiple TVs in the house.

Pros:
- Decent quality in normal light.
- Easy setup and viewing from my iphone using the SwannView app.
- Installation was as expected for a BNC type connection.
- While 4 cameras is enough for now, the additional 4 Channels that are still open can support another 4 cameras.
- Night vision is available and motion detection seems to work fine.
- Email alerts can be setup to send on motion or on a schedule.
- Masking of certain areas and setting the view for motion detection was fairly simple.
- Free dynamic DNS service from Swann
- Inexpensive when compared to other options (I paid about $270 for everything)

Cons:
- Schedule management for when you want the camera to record, detect motion, etc, was a bit tricky. There are still times that the camera doesn't seem to respond to what was scheduled.
- Nightvision video quality is basically poor. I don't think i would be able to recognize a person based on their facial features in the video.
- Advanced setup of schedules, emailing alerts, backing up data is somewhat complicated. It is likely some online instructions are needed for most of the advanced features.
- This uses BNC connections so don't plan on just hooking the cameras up to your wireless or wired internet. Though Cat 5/6 baluns can be purchased to make use of existing network cabling. The DVR can connect to your wired network.
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Nice cameras, good looking dvr but that's it. 4 days after I installed the system, it stopped working. Can't get the dvr to come up on the TV. Nothing works no menu not even the logo, blank screen.
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