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very sturdy housing for the price
on October 31, 2014
Not going to return the camera as it is ok for one of my wide angle spots.
If this was not labeled as "Top of the line" I would have given 4 stars for the price, If I could not get a same quality picture from a $59 camera for 1000TVL (Supposedly) 2.8 to 12mm zoom camera it may even be 5 stars for the price, but that considered left me with a 3 star review.
Housing is 5 stars, durable aluminum, very sturdy housing for the price.
Night view is surprisingly impressive
No directions for zoom and focus, had to figure out where the controls are. Directions that are included are useless unless you don't know a bigger round plug is BNC and smaller is power.
Controls look like a twist to zoom and focus, they are actually levers with a flat head screw at the end and knurled body looking like a screw in/out. Do not make this mistake as when I screwed it the lever fell out and it took me 10 minutes to find it in the leaves with a magnet. This would not be an issue if there were usage directions give, not the directions that say plug the BNC to the BNC and power to the power connector. (The front housing screws off revealing the controls)
Controls do note have fine sensitivity, it is hard to focus when zoomed and get a fine adjustment
Daytime colors look washed out, will post again with night pictures later.
Picture is grainy for a "top of the line" camera, again this review would be a lot better if that phrase was not in the title, it is not a top of the line camera discounted down from $800.
NOTE: there are mounting screws with the kit, but no power. This is expected by me and does not reflect negatively in the review but if you are a first timer and not running power you will need a 12v power brick to power the unit.
See pics for yourself.