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16 Channel HD-CVI DVR Mini Realtime


Product# DVR-CVI16480M
16 Channel HD-CVI DVR Mini Realtime
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16 Channel HD-CVI DVR Mini Realtime
  Review by Anderson Donahue on Oct 06, 2014
As far as Security Camera King high definition mini DVRs are concerned, at least when comparing the 16 Channel HD Series 1080p HD-SDI Mini Security DVR and this one, I would have to recommend this DVR first. Both are good, but why pay for HD-SDI Mini which costs more than twice the price of this HD-CVI model and both can record 720p resolution videos for all 16 channels? It's true the HD-SDI can record all channels at 1080p at 15 frames per second, but if you are a stickler for 30 fps realtime recording and can handle 720p resolution, I think this is the way to go. Generally speaking the cameras for this DVR are even a little cheaper and without a doubt, HD-CVI can handle long cable runs to cameras without loss of signal, noise, or any interference.

This DVR comes in a case that is not big enough to support an Internal DVD burner but there are USB ports available and if that option is important to you there are external CD/DVDE burners that are compatible. It also has a lower capacity for holding internal hard disk drives, but it will still take a maximum of two, and with today's technology that can still yield a total of 8 Terabytes.

We've had no problems with this DVR other than a couple of questions arose during set up that the owner's manual didn't address. We contacted Security Camera King Technical support and got our answers right away. It's obvious these folks know their DVRs. Overall, I will rate this DVR with five stars.
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  Review by Bob Delray, D&R Security on Sep 03, 2014
If you are reading this review, you are probably wondering if this DVR is actually a decent piece of equipment and if it works as stated on these pages. As a professional CCTV installer, I can tell you that the short answer to that is "Yes." If you want details, I have some extra time today and feel like writing so I'll continue this review with the "long" part,

I've been installing CCTV systems for about 15 years now. Actually I do a plethora of security work from alarms, access systems and such to CCTV. I have been ordering CCTV equipment from Security Camera King (actually Tech Pro/Techvision) for about 6 years now. As an independent contractor, I do my best to stay current in the most recent technology trends by reading circulars and attending workshops and seminars and visiting with equipment salesman. I must admit that this HD-CVI DVR is new to me. I am familiar with the concept as I know the television industry uses HD-CVI but I was not familiar with it from a security video standpoint.

Recently, one of my long time repeat customers (I invite them to peruse the Security Camera King web site) asked me to install one of these systems in an effort to upgrade his current 8 camera system. We added 6 additional camera to the 8, some of which, for other technologies using coaxial cable, would be considered a challenging cable run due to it's long length. One of those 6 cameras was also an HD-CVI PTZ camera.

The installation went smoothly, the additional cabling and the physical installation of the DVR included. I feel like the DVR's features were truly tested because in addition to the 14 cameras 4 cameras were used with recorded audio feeds to microphones mounted with the cameras, the bi-directional input/output was used as well as the input/outputs for alarms. Everything worked well without exception. I must admit, I did have to talk with Security Camera King's technical support guys (who are always exceptional by the way) about a couple of issues with configuration.

When the installation order was completed, the DVR recorded 720p high definition videos for each camera and did so very well with out loss of signal or the addition of noise or interference on the long cable runs especially. Two of the three video outputs were used (HDMI and VGA) for two separate but simultaneous main monitor displays. The video recordings are concise, sharp, and color correct. The only possible "down" side to this DVR is the fact that it can only hold 2 SATA internal Hard disk drives, but with today's ever increasing technology of drives and memory that means you can still achieve 8 Terabytes of disk space which is more than sufficient, especially if the DVR is set to record on motion detection.

In summary, my client was happy and I was happy. Although I was the installer and not the owner, I still would give this DVR 5 stars.
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  Review by Ardeth Bailey on May 05, 2014
This DVR works great. The HD-CVI system was the perfect solution for us since we had several cameras scattered all over the place with fairly lengthy cable runs. The 720p High Definition resolution is adequate enough for our purposes (say as compared to 1080p) and the price of an HD-CVI system is drastically cheaper than that of an HD-SDI or network IP system. The only real "down side" to this mini is that it only has room for two internal hard drives and if you record continuously, you'll find that you can eat that space up fairly quickly compared to other lesser resolution systems or DVRs with more internal drive capacity. On the other hand if you record on motion detection, you'll probably have plenty of room with two drives. This recorder has the familiar Security Camera King On Screen Display (OSD) program for setting up, adjusting, and running the DVR and it is pretty straightforward and easy to use. The video quality is colorful, clear, and sharp. No interference or digital noise problems, even with the longer cable runs.
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