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16 Channel Elite Mini Economy Series H.264 Realtime Security DVR


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16 Channel Elite Mini Economy Series H.264 Realtime Security DVR
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16 Channel Elite Economy Series H.264 Realtime Security DVR
  Review by Wiegle, Arthur (West Virginia USA) on Feb 26, 2014
This DVR does a good job. I own a small casino cafe that can only have a maximum of five video poker/slot/keno machines (regulated by the state). I use the DVR at a D1 setting at 7 frames per second and it works great. No one is going to move that quick (I don't believe) that the 7 fps won't be able to clearly capture them, especially since the entrance door is controlled by a buzzer and electronic entry. The 16 channels allow me to have enough cameras for all the places that I need them without costing me an arm and a leg. I have cameras at the machines, two of them at the ATM, two at the counter, one at the front door, two for our small parking lot and entrance and one that covers the utility room/kitchen. All work fine and do an outstanding job. Ironically enough, I'm not worried about protection as much when we are closed as when we are open. The machines are emptied every night before closing and everything is insured so after hours isn't as much an unstable time as during operating hours. The mini still has plenty of storage room to run (record) all day during operating hours for all the cameras. In addition, I feel like I have more control of my business because I can remotely assess the unit when I am away. I installed the system myself to save on overhead (I'm just starting out my business and my budget is very limited) and it was fairly easy to do. I had a couple questions about installation and using the DVR so I contacted Security Camera King and was connected to one of their technical support agents. Excellent service and knowledge and they were very willing to help.
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Gets the Job Done
  Review by Chance hangen (California USA) on Feb 21, 2014
The reviewer has last purchased this item on Feb 08, 2014
Bought this for a client. I've purchased multiple variants of the Elite mini and choose to get a 16 channel this time around as he wanted to have the option of placing cameras inside his house at a later date. The install and set up are straight forward and easy. Took about 15 minutes to have the dvr up running and connected to the clients smart phone and tablet. Overall its a quality dvr as all the previous ones have been. If you are looking to record and have no need for alarm in/out then this is the route to go. Price is good for a home setup and the difference you pay verse a in box type of system is well worth the Investment.
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  Review by Willis, Dan (North Carolina USA) on Jan 20, 2014
I'm not sure if I can say much more than what already has been said, but then again I suppose that if I add to it, it will at least reinforce the major points. First off, let's talk about the price. I couldn't believe I could find a standalone unit that had a 16 channel capacity at this price. I have seen units that are much cheaper, don't get me wrong, but they weren't standalones, they were usually those PCI cards that you have to add to an existing computer (which I'm sure uses at least some of the computer's resources). Also don't forget this unit goes up to D1 at 7 frames per second and the video recording is clear and accurate. I use two of the video outputs and have two main monitor displays using the HDMI and VGA connections (and they work great). At the core of the DVR's configuration settings is the On Screen Display (OSD) menu. The OSD is set up somewhat like a typical Windows Explorer file page of sorts with folders, directories and pages. To configure the DVR, all you have to do is go to the proper page and make the selections that you need. Using the OSD is easy; learning where everything is situated and what you need to do to get the results you expect may take a little time, but by far it isn't difficult. It beats the heck out of pushing combinations of buttons like your entering a high security safe, and Security Camera King includes a free USB mouse and an infrared remote control with the DVR. The search and find features are also great, and time saving for me. I like the ability to get to the footage I want to review without having to sit through a half hour of reviewing until I find it. The remote access option using the Internet is just grand. You can use a computer or a tablet or smartphone to access the system and once again Security Camera King comes through with customer oriented service by providing the download and use of the software and apps for free. Finally, last but not least, they have a very good service or support department that is more than willing to help you through any issues you may have with your unit. You just can't beat it.
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  Review by Tamplin, Charles (Idaho USA) on Nov 30, 2013
We needed something that could cover our area in D1 but it didn't have to be be in fluid, real-time motion. This DVR fits the mold perfectly and we are definitely impressed with the low cost factor. Our concern is identifying trespassers that may be able to breach our fences, how or what they are doing is not nearly as much of a concern as simply indientifying that someone is do ing this so this Elite Mini works well for us at D1 resolution at 7 frames per scond. We don't need audio so that woulld be something extra that we would pay for in other units that we wouldn't use. We don't even use the two-way audio on this unit, although there is one avaiable. We don't need alarm connections either, we already have an alarm system in place. We do use a PTZ camera on one of the channels and the DVR does a fine job of managing it via the RS485 connection and the USB mouse (which is included). We also use two video out ports as we need two different main display monitors. The On Screen Display (OSD) is fairly easy to learn in a short amount of time and is easy to operate. Sixteen channels is a lot to keep track of and this DVR does it without a glitch.
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  Review by Joe Heslin (Arizona USA) on Oct 29, 2013
The reviewer has last purchased this item on Oct 22, 2013
I wrote a great long review, and lost it. I wont type it again. This is a great unit, and the tech support rocks. Zeke will get you where you want to go.
I used to own a speco and hated it.
I love this unit.
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  Review by Matt Hinkler on Sep 22, 2013
This is not a bad recorder especially for the price. Sixteen channels recording at D1 simultaneously at 7 frames per second is fine for us and the clarity and high quality of the videos are certainly good enough to make identifications of people. The action at 7 frames per second certainly isn't fluid but it is still good enough to determine what is happening. The DVR is small and compact but even though it is small in size it still contains a remarkable amount of electronic features to support advanced use. You can actually run three main display monitors simultaneously by using separate video connections, HDMI, VGA, and BNC. This unit, even though it is a mini also has full remote access via the Internet so once everything is installed and you plug it not your network or Internet connection you can control and view it with your computer or smartphone or even a tablet. If you are looking for an economical 16 channel high quality digital video recorder, Security Camera King has done a nice job with this one.
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  Review by Montgomery, Matt (Missouri USA) on Aug 28, 2013
This IS a great value for a miniature 16 channel DVR. The "package size" of the DVR may be small but the quality and the features are both big. We already have an older, cheaper, different system in place but the recorder had seen its useful life so I started searching on line for a replacement. I didn't want to pay the high overhead of a professional installer to just disconnect and reconnect some wires and cables to a new DVR nor did I want to pay an excessive amount for the DVR. After reading various reviews and talking to some people, I settled on this DVR from Security Camera King. I ordered the DVR on line on a Monday and received it on Thursday. As far as shipping and packing goes, everything was perfect; the unit and it's components were packed so that it would sustain no damage under normal circumstances.

I didn't want to spend a lot of money as I said before, and my old DVR recorded CIF at something like 3 frames per second. I wanted a bigger resolution recording, but 30 frames per second or "real time" wasn't that important to me as I was used to 3 frames per second. I was very impressed with this mini recorder's ability to record at D1 resolution at 7 frames per second! It works great and serves our needs perfectly. Here's what I have discovered so far:

Pros
-Fast shipping
-Excellent quality electronics
-Can handle up to 3 display monitors at once, plus remote viewing
-The On Screen Display system is pretty easy to navigate and get used to
-Multiple methods for handling files (copying, transferring, backup, etc.)
-Excellent, and I mean excellent support staff.

Cons
-No room for a DVD burner or extra internal hard drives
-Just one audio input/output
-Since the design is sleek the put on USB port in the front and one in the back and since there is no room for a DVD burner or extra internal hard drives, I use the USB connections a lot. It would be nice to have more USB ports especially at least two on the front of the unit (I haven't tried using a USB hub and I don't know if that would work.)
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  Review by Rob and Denise Neffor on Jul 28, 2013
We purchased this DVR for our new convenience store. I know we have some amazing advances in electronic technology these days but it is still hard for me to imaging that something this small can easily handle recording 16 different cameras simultaneously and such an inexpensive price. We are very happy with our purchase and we have decided that any future video security camera equipment we need will be purchased from Security Camera King.
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  Review by Max Sexton on Jun 01, 2013
This little guy we really does a good job. The DVR is no bigger than a simple DVD player but it must have some really power electronics packed inside because it delivers a powerful punch. While I realize that CIF resolution is one of the lowest display resolutions on the market right now, just the same this Elite Mini Economy DVR can record all 16 channels simultaneously at 30 frames per second (that's actually a potential of 480 frames every second). For a small device you would think that that would generate a significant amount of heat and quickly "burn out" the electronics but it doesn't. To take it one step further, if you don't need to record in real time rates (30fps) but you would rather have a larger resolution recording, you can actually switch the resolution of the recording for each channel to D1 and record at a lower frame rate of 7 fps. There are two options for display outputs VGA and BNC, I am using the VGA output with a flat screen LCD monitor and the display is very clear. In fact all of the channels display clear, sharp, colorful videos. As far as technical aspects for the user are concerned there are really only two. The first is the operating system and On Screen Display menu. The operating system is a built in Linux system, you don't have to do anything to operate it other than turn the recorder on. The OSD is the master control center to the entire system. It consists of "menu" pages with information and option choices or inputs that allow you to activate/deactivate various features and programming choices so you can tailor your system to your needs. Anything from color correction of the cameras to motion detection recording is found here. The OSD is really quite a well thought out piece of computer programming; from the users point of view the OSD is pretty intuitive and it doesn't take much use to learn how to navigate and control things. The second technical item is connecting the DVR to the Internet. This isn't a requirement, only a option. However, if you want remote access to your system when you are away like I do, then you'll want to connect the system to the World Wide Web. You'll need to get familiar with a few settings and download some of Security Camera Kings programs or applications. Another plus is that Security Camera King makes all these downloads free to their customers. In summary, I am very satisfied with this 16 channel mini system, what it lacks in size for multiple internal hard disks, no sound or alarm systems, and the absence of a "not-necessarily-needed" DVD burner is well worth the much reduced price for a 16 channel system.
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great dvr
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  Review by HEATHER LILLEY (Pennsylvania USA) on Apr 19, 2013
The reviewer has last purchased this item on Dec 03, 2013
Works great, customer loves how easy it is to navigate.
thanks
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