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16 Channel Elite Mini Series Standalone IP Security Camera NVR


Product# NVR-ELM-16
16 Channel Elite Mini Series Standalone IP Security Camera NVR
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16 Channel Elite Mini Series Standalone IP Security Camera NVR
  Review by Joe McGee on Oct 09, 2014
Recorder works great. Ordering and shipping both went smoothly and effortlessly. Security Camera King technical support was a big, big help (it's like having someone there to help you). Video recordings look great in high definition color. Remember you will need to purchase a POE switch separately so you can power the cameras through your Cat 5 cable.
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16 Channel Elite Mini Series Standalone IP Security Camera NVR
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  Review by Andi McGuff on Sep 05, 2014
Not a bad network recorder. Of course if you are going to record 16 cameras at a full frame rate (30 frames per second) it can only handle a resolution of D1 for recording. Likewise, 8 cameras at 720p and 4 cameras at 1080p. The recordings are high quality, clear, resolute, videos and the NVR can pick up just about most IP network cameras on your network. The User's Manual is an improvement over most as it even includes color photos and illustrations, but it still lacks on teaching you anything and is translated from Asian to English (Chinese?) so there are lots of grammatical flaws but they aren't bad enough to make it difficult to follow the general idea. For example, if this were a radio, the manual might say something like "Tuner" this selects the radio station--but it doesn't tell you what buttons to push or dial to turn per se in order to select the radio station. Thankfully, Security Camera King has an excellent technical support department that is more than willing to help it's customers. Over all, for a mini NVR that can still house 2 SATA internal hard disk drives and record at 1080p resolution, it's not a bad recorder.
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  Review by Jason Fraser (California USA) on Aug 17, 2014
The reviewer has last purchased this item on Aug 07, 2014
I have yet to try out the new NVR. Apparently I need to now buy a hybrid DR if I want to view my old analog camera's along with a IP camera. I must have misread the application of the NVR on the website. I may have to buy the hybrid DVR to view my analog cameras for night time. I'm still working on it with the support staff. I just a home owner with a junk system from Q-See.
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16 Channel Elite Mini Series Standalone IP Security Camera NVR
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  Review by Barr, Terry (Minnesota USA) on May 07, 2014
I like this unit. It's efficient and dependable. Recorded video as well as monitor output is clear, sharp, and color true. The IP discovery feature is a nice way to find your various network cameras without needing to remember IP addresses or be a network wizard and figure them out yourself. I had to "tweak" the settings on the motion activated recording a bit but then again that nothing unusual for any video security recorder. The simultaneous remote access is a nice feature and it works well with our smartphones. Accolades to Security Camera King for not charging to download the apps and software for that as I have seen some dealers actually try to "stiff" you for paying to use that software on a yearly basis.
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16 Channel Elite Mini Series Standalone IP Security Camera NVR
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  Review by Carney, Mac (North Carolina USA) on Apr 17, 2014
I must admit, I think this is the direction video security camera systems are going these days and this NVR is one example of how good the quality can be. First of all I ordered this NVR with the accompanying installed hard drives by Security Camera King. I figured 1 week for the order, then they would probably take up another one for installation of the hard drives (I know it takes much less then that, but I figured that would be a standard time frame to allow for shipping etc.)
This was the first opportunity I had to shove my foot in my mouth. I ordered the NVR on Sunday, it was delivered to me that week's Thursday morning. I must say, I was impressed with the speedy delivery, but what about the product?

The NVR arrived ready to use and in perfect condition. No damage from transit or shipping and other than plugging in the cables and cords and turning it on, it was ready to go. Technically speaking this unit is a "chopped down" version of the full size unit but the only thing you really miss is the audio and larger case size for additional internal hard drives to beef up your storage space. The quality of the videos this NVR records are excellent. You'll find the details, color, clarity, and all that other stuff to be better than satisfactory. The Internet functions like remote use and e-mail notifications all work fine too. These as well as configuring your cameras may take a little time "tweaking" the settings to get everything just right, but the NVR has an On Screen Display menu system that makes everything pretty easy to do.
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16 Channel Elite Mini Series Standalone IP Security Camera NVR
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  Review by Larry Maloof on Mar 07, 2014
This unit has a few extra features more than Security Camera King's newer 16 channel "Tiny" network video recorder (for example it has one more monitor (BNC) display output, room for one more internal hard drive, and 2 alarm inputs and one output) but unless you need them you might as well save your self the extra $130 and go with the "Tiny." I was kind of disappointed after making my purchase because I didn't any of that stuff, so I should have saved the money and bought the cheaper unit. They both produce the same kind of video recording at the same rates and resolutions.
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  Review by Graham, Jonathan (Indiana USA) on Jan 27, 2014
This NVR is has the fundamental necessities to get the job done without a lot of extra features (especially due to its size) such as room for many internal disk drives for video storage and an internal DVD burner. Don't be mistaken though, because it's not like the unit doesn't offer an alternative or work around. For example there are two separate USB 2.0 ports. One port would usually always be occupied by the included USB mouse, but the other could be utilized for an external DVD burner or even another external storage drive. Before I get ahead of myself, I should mention that the NVR works very well, is very quiet, and produces little heat. The videos it records are very high quality high definition color (or black and white) pictures. Although this unit is marketed as a 16 channel NVR (which it is) the only resolution at which you will achieve a real time video rate of 30 frames per second for each channel is at a setting of D1 for all 16 channels (still somewhat better than D1 analog type video from a DVR but hardly worth the extra expense). However, I have found that a frame rate of 15 frames per second is very suitable for our purposes without too much disruption in the flow of the video. In that case you can actually use 16 channels at 720p resolution for that rate. Finally you can achieve 1080p resolution at 30 frames per second with this unit, but you will only be able to use 4 cameras. On the other hand, you can use 16 cameras set at a 1080p resolution but the frame rate will be reduced to only 7.5 frames per second. We've found the 720p to be the best compromise for use of all 16 channels without sacrificing a realtime frame rate. The OSD on the NVR is pretty straight forward in use (if you can read and use a mouse, you can operate it) however, it may take a little time to get used to where the configuration settings are located in order to set the unit for the type of conditions and recording you want. The multi-user simultaneous remote user access is phenomenal and works very well.
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16 Channel Elite Mini Series Standalone IP Security Camera NVR
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  Review by Nyugen, Huy on Dec 07, 2013
This is a handy "mini" unit. Although this is a "16 channel" NVR I think it is probably best intended as a 4 channel unit. Like many NVRs it offers a variety of resolution/frame rates/ channels that can be used in different combinations. So if you want full resolution with realtime frame rates (1080p or 2 megapixels at 30 frames per second) you can do it, but your "channel" or camera recording capability will be limited to 4 cameras. On the other hand, if D1 resolution (704 X 480 pixels) is a sufficient enough resolution for you, you can record all 16 "channels" or cameras at 30 frames per second. So, 4 full resolution (1080p) cameras at a full realtime frame rate will cost you a little less than 2 Terabytes of storage space for 1 week of 24 hour recording. I think that is pretty reasonable for a "Mini" unit and if you are recording on motion detection for all cameras you can stretch that out much further, depending on your conditions. Which leads me to the my point that we had both internal hard disk drives installed for a total of 6 TBs which gives us plenty of recording space for our video footage for 4 1080p cameras. The quality o the color video is fantastic and we have the latitude of using the Internet or our network as connection.
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16 Channel Elite Mini Series Standalone IP Security Camera NVR
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  Review by Kris Meehl on Sep 28, 2013
I have found this to be a fairly average all around IP network megapixel system NVR; nothing overly great, but nothing sub-standard either. I'm not complaining but I'm not bragging about it either. The unit does an excellent job for what it was made for but you're not going to get 1080p resolution out of 16 cameras at a real time recording rate with it. In fact, you're not going to get a 16 camera 30 frame per second recording rate until you drop down the recording resolution to D1 and if you are going to do that it is far cheaper to purchase 16 700TVL cameras and the Security Camera King Ultimate series DVR than it is to try to eke something like that out of this NVR.

On the other hand, if you are looking for a solid four camera NVR that records each camera at 1080p resolution at 30 frames per second, this unit can do that, and do it well. Keep in mind that it is a "mini" unit so it is not built in a "full size" case which limits the ability to have many internal hard disk drives or an internal DVD burner. However, if you do have the need for four cameras at ultra high resolution, than this unit will serve you well. Don't forget to purchase a 4 port switch if you don't already have one or better yet Security Camera King also offers 4 channel POE (Power Over the Ethernet) switches that you can plug each camera into and not worry about hooking up separate power supply lines for each camera.
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16 Channel Elite Mini Series Standalone IP Security Camera NVR
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  Review by John Alcorn on Sep 02, 2013
If you are not familiar with NVRs and their naming format, let me explain that a 16 channel NVR only records 16 different cameras if the format of the camera is set at D1 resolution. To me, this seems rather defeating; our objective of purchasing megapixel cameras is to get the big recording display with the ultra fine resolution. To continue this further, this NVR can record 8 cameras at 720p resolution or 4 cameras at 2 megapixel resolution. In keeping with this slightly confusing format, you generally will need to purchase a 3 megapixel camera to record at 2 megapixels (1080p). Don't ask me why this is, I have no idea. But for those of you that aren't familiar with the nomenclature of these devices I'd thought I would spell that out for you.

This NVR works great, once you get it set up. It's setting it up that can seem a little complicated for the do it your selfer, but you can tell that Security Camera King has made every effort they can in the design of the unit to make it as simple as possible. Since I know very little about computer networking and such, I spent some considerable time with Security Camera King's support department and I must say those guys are extremely tolerant! They were very patient with me, very nice, and most of all were very helpful and knowledgeable and had us running in just a few clicks of the mouse. Once we got things going, everything ran smoothly and has continued to do so. I could write about all the features like a lot of others have done, but you can discover those for yourself in the description, specifications, and video sections. I will say that the video recordings made by this unit are equivalent in quality to watching a DVD at home. The pictures are sharp with vibrant color and smooth motion. Also, as you mess with the graphics user interface and learn about the menus and features you'll find that this NVR has some interesting features regarding recording that can help you save tremendous amounts of video data storage space. That's important because continuous recording at 2 megapixels with full frame rates can really max out your storage in no time, but the methods available for conserving space are incredibly helpful. This is a great NVR. The quality is unsurpassed. I give it a rating of a little more than 4, but only because the set up requires some network knowledge and I found it a little difficult to manage without help. Otherwise, the quality of the recordings and the features available are absolutely magnificent.
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