Swann DVR8-12604F 8-Channel CCTV DVR Kit with 4 Cameras
Amazing value and performance.
A professional level, top quality surveillance system well within the budget and ability of the average idiot!
Everything required is in the box including easily understood installation manual, many yards of cable per camera, all other connection cables, mouse and remote control. My biggest problem was not the technology but simply the routing of cables.
When I did something wrong - my own fault- the help line with Swann was exceptionally good and readily accessible. The help line was manned by an engineer who fully understood the equipment, and he stayed on the line as I corrected the fault and ensured my system was working correctly.
The system has been working perfectly now for almost a year and it never ceases to impress me.
29 Jan 2015
This is not an exceptional piece of equipment, but in the right hand's it can be very effective. Ask some simple questions.
Will this equipment clearly identify a criminal? Ans. Only if they stand 1 meter from the camera, a stated range of 20m is impractical. Placing the camera above eye height to prevent vandalism means the camera is a casual observer of events, especially as a pedestrian generally looks at the ground ahead, not at the camera. To put this in perspective, if a camera included in this kit is in the correct position a car registration number is only readable in daylight at 5 meters, number plates cannot be read at night.
These cameras are great at detecting wind and rain, they have difficulty with reflective surfaces like car body work, glass tables and polished surfaces. Changes in light trigger the recording system, no amount of adjustment will cure this as the system is too crude, move the camera or object or accept false triggering.
Is this a good deterrent? Yes. At night the camera's have a circular red glow from the IR LED's, giving reassurance that a casual theft is less likely. A potential burglar is less likely to want their photo taken, making this system better then a burglar alarm.
Will getting a better camera improve the system? The wide angle lens distorts the image and the video compression is not good. I'm not sure if the camera does the compression or the box, this system doesn't get close to the quality we expected in the 1990's on good old television. It's better then CCTV systems of 10 years ago, but only just.
Other uses: I have Glis-Glis (edible door-mouse) in the garage, and am using the camera to identify their point of entry, having paid Â£400 to repair past damage this is the ideal tool for the job. Obviously other pets/pests like cats, rats and squirrels can be studied, but spring watch won't be knocking on your door for the footage.
Imagination is required: for the bored teenager this could be incorporated into a robot with a hose pipe to chase cats away, or water the plants whilst you sip a cool drink next to the pool.
Protect those you love and be cautious, capturing a naked child with this equipment could put you in prison, so allowing this system unrestricted access to your home and the internet must be considered. There is nothing like being watched by a hacker as you load your car with luggage, especially when you've paid to let them do it.
26 Aug 2014
This is a good product, easy to install, everything required was in the box. Instructions comprehensive. If you want to view remotely make sure you download the right app.
Good quality and value.
17 Mar 2014
I live in New Zealand and have had a Swann system installed before. I was on holiday in the UK at Christmas and saw the price of this unit and decided to upgrade.
This system is very easy to install. The camera image is great. Network connectivity and is not difficult if you follow the very well written user manual. (It does require an account with Swann to get the quickest setup)
As mentioned in a previous review, the actual DVR unit is a bit noisy, but mine is locked away (to prevent theft of the evidence) and therefore not an issue.
If you are looking for a good all round Video surveillance system without spending a small fortune this item is not to be overlooked.
22 Jan 2014