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5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly excellent., January 8, 2014
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This review is from: Dahua IPC-HFW4300S 3MP Eco-Savvy Weatherproof Hi Def IP Security Camera 3.6mm (Electronics)
So clear. Replaced my 720p cameras with 2MP and 3MP models. A giant leap forward. Too bad they don't do 30FPS at 3MP (limited to 20), but you really don't notice it much. Matter fact, if you are willing to lose 10fps for the benefit of having a million more pixels, it is well worth it. This also helps keep your bandwidth usage a little lower. Now I'm looking forward to bullet sized 5MP cameras. While setting up my 18 camera system on the EyeSurv 32 channel NVR the seller was extremely helpful answering my questions and giving me tips. I can now see 360* around my house and then some. I absolutely love having my front door camera at eye level just outside the door. Makes it very easy to ignore solicitors and identify visitors. I even used one of my older 720p cameras aiming towards the door so I can get a front and back view of someone. If I ever have a break in, I'm going to have the clearest evidence video that most any police offer has ever seen on a home. :)
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Initial post: Jan 31, 2014 11:05:50 AM PST
Thanks for your review =) Can I ask which seller did you buy from?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2014 3:08:10 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Apr 15, 2014 10:36:56 PM PDT
JD says:
It says on the product page, Sold by Nelly's Security . Good people. Very helpful. You have to be a dealer to buy with them, and don't worry, the prices are pretty much the same on Amazon if you have prime and get the free shipping. So buy on Amazon, however they do carry 32 channel dual core processor NVR's that are WAY BEYOND the models get from Q-See (re-branded Dahua gear with late firmware updates and bad support). I'm so glad I found them and I am an IT consultant/reseller.. Because I was waiting for Costco to bring out the 16 and 32 channel NVR's and they (Nelly's) already had it a year before Q-See did. I have 19 2mp and 3mp cameras on my system with 6TB of storage (records about 6 weeks of footage) and I love it. I've installed 5 systems since. My parents, some tech clients, and a few other family members. The best thing to do with these is to buy the 3mp cameras, a 32 or 64 channel NVR and feed them all into the NVR. Believe me, you can have a 32-64 channel NVR and it isn't enough processing power. But for the price, Dahua still wins big time. I paid less than $600 for each NVR only running 12-23 cameras on each. If you want more storage go with the 2U (two unit height) model that can hold more drives and add lots of storage. You can record half a year of footage with those. At a glimpse I can see my other family's homes, a business I watch as part of my contract, and of course -- with 14 cameras at my home, ever square foot my of own property on multiple monitors (HDMI switch) in each room of my home... Door bell rings, I take a glance and see a solicitor and don't even have to get up. I hope some year the majority of homes have systems like this.. Imagine what it could do to the crime rate when a theft happens and you can pull up footage of it and hand it off to the police. :)

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 10:55:08 PM PDT
JD says:
On a related note: If Dahua happens to read my post, PLEASE upgrade your units from dual core ARM processors to 6-8 core models. The chips are only $50-$65 more OEM pricing and I'd happily pay $200 more for the upgraded processing capability. Dahua is really starting to mature. I just got the latest firmware to the 32 channel NVR I have used in my last 4 installs, and it improved so many things, espeically the absolutely horrid ActiveX based web interface in favor of a more pure HTML one. Now you can download a webplugin.exe from your NVR instead of having to repeatedly tell Internet Exploder to allow the ActiveX plugin to be allowed to run. It now works in Chrome and Firefox without a hitch. It is a sure sign to be when a company doesn't follow up with firmware updates and such that they don't care, and while the fixes take longer than I hope, they are still pumping them out. As of beginning of this year, they have a newer 32 channel version in a 2U (unit height) model that can hold 7 internal hard drives, up to 28TB. Once 6TB drives become common place.. That pretty much gives you 13 months of recording at full high def 3mp on 16 cameras.

Also, some advice for people using Q-See's Android/iPhone app to display on your smartphone. Search for gDMSS and buy the pro version. it is so far ahead of what Q-See releases and their latest version actually got me to convert from the IP Cam Viewer Pro application I was using to it. They also have a HighDef version for Tablets (bigger screens), but as of this writing on 4.15.2014 they have not updated it properly in the paid version, so stick with the $10 Pro version, it seems to scale well to my tablet just fine, and it streams WAY better on low bandwidth connections than previous versions did.

Please click the "Was this review helpful" yes button if you feel my reviews have helped. I'd love to see Dahua make product improvements based on our input. Especially on using more powerful processors and getting a true 5mp bullet camera to market sooner. Hopefully within 3 years we will see a Dahua / Q-See/ EyeSurv NVR with beefier CPU power and native 4k TV output. Imagine how clear displaying 3 million pixels per camera would look on a 60" 4k HDTV! Like having a view from all your windows of the house on a giant screen that you only have to glance at. I love my doorbell ringing and looking at one of my 3 monitors (used HDMI switch) around the house to see if it is a salesman that I can ignore.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2014 3:07:51 AM PDT
AH says:
Hey JD ,
Great review here. I'm projecting my cams on my new 70" Elite HD TV using the iPad app LiveCams Pro through Apple TV. Works great here!
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