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16 Channel HD Series 1080p HD-SDI Security DVR


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16 Channel HD Series 1080p HD-SDI Security DVR
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16 Channel HD Series 1080p HD-SDI Security DVR
  Review by Charles Bagyl on May 05, 2014
If you set up a system using this recorder and 2 megapixel HD-SDI cameras you'll never have a problem identifying someone in your security videos. I have installed 3 of these recorders (and systems) thus far and each client has been more than impressed. Quite frankly, so have I. In fact, in this day and age, there is no excuse for a bank or a high end retail merchandiser not to be able to identify anyone that may be a potential suspect for vandalism, theft, etc. Between these HD-SDI units and IP network megapixel cameras the video quality is simply perfect. This full size HD-SDI unit in particular is loaded to the hilt with options and features and is well worth the listed price by Security Camera King. The DVR is operated by buttons on the front but the majority of my customers use the On Screen Display menu system, especially if they want to make any set up or configuration setting changes. Operating the OSD requires no special computer or CCTV skills other than knowing how to use a mouse. It may take some a little while to get used to where the settings for specific actions are located. This has proven itself to be a good performer with excellent video quality and if you are upgrading an older system that uses coaxial cable, no new cable is usually required. In addition, Security Camera King has an excellent technical support staff that is willing to assist professional CCTV installers and retail customers alike.
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  Review by Tom Gambill on Mar 07, 2014
This 16 channel HD series 1080p HD-SDI Security DVR by Security Camera King just can't be beat in most all aspects (there's a couple of areas, like it could do 16 channels at 1080p at 30 frames per second instead of 15 fps, but unless your planning on receiving an Oscar for your recording I don't think that is a necessary requirement). Great detail from the 1080p resolution recording, easy to install and operate, and is down to earth enough that just about anyone could install and operate this recorder themselves. The remote access feature is a killer. Not only can you plug your DVR into the Internet and gain remote access and control from another Internet device (such as a computer or smartphone) but more than one person/device can do it at once! Don't ask me how, I just know it works. This is a nice piece of electronic equipment and it is definitely something that I would recommend.
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  Review by F. Behken on Jan 23, 2014
When you consider how difficult it is for the fastest personal computers to render high definition video (and I'm talking just one camera) it's simply amazing that this DVR can handle 16 at one time. How they do it, I have no clue, but I can tell you that it works, and it works well. The quality of these videos is just about as good as watching a high definition football game if that gives you an idea of what you'll see. Great detail, good color representation, and no bumps, burps, or slow downs. As far as peripheral and recording features are concerned, I don't think you can find another 16 channel HD-SDI DVR like this. I like it, should I ever need additional DVRs or another one, if these are still around I'll buy it. Of course, I'd recommend this product to others.
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  Review by James Raab on Jan 21, 2014
For those of you that be as old as I am and remember Max Headroom on MTV, that's about the way my old, outdated video security recordings looked. I mean they were top of the line when I purchased them but they left a lot to be desired. Needless to say, it's been many years since I've made any adjustments to my system so I stripped the old cameras and DVR and replaced them with HD-SDI equipment. Good gracious what a tremendous difference. Yes, a 16 camera HD-SDI system can tend to get a little pricey but for the protection we need it is worth it and the definition of these 1080p videos is unbelievable compared to my old system. Of course, I've noticed one of the big selling pints of these DVRs and systems is that they can use the existing coaxial cable from an old system, which is exactly what we did. I can't tell you how much time that can save, especially if you are installing the system yourself (let alone the money saved for not having to purchase a different cable). With the DVR recording all those cameras at that high of resolution at a 30 frame per second rate, the storage space needed can build up fast but this unit has plenty of room inside for additional internal hard disk drives. It handles the work load of 16 cameras with ease as well. I don't know how it does it but it does. The On Screen Display menu system has been well thought out before it was designed to offer just about every video security feature in the book. This isn't the cheapest security DVR out there but it certainly is one of the best!
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  Review by J.J Phillips on Dec 02, 2013
I'm really happy with my new system, so much so that my review is bound to sound biased. I really can't think of anything negative to say. The installation was a piece of cake (we installed this to upgrade our decade old system). The quality of vide recorded from this system is almost beyond belief. I can't imagine why anyone would even want to bother with a network IP system when they can get one of these. I also found the OSD fairly easy to navigate and as for the controls, I really like the search options. I guess about the only negative aspect I could suggest about this system is the cost of an HD-SDI DVR and 16 1080p camera; but then again, you get what you pay for and this system is nothing but high quality professional security. The Security Camera King Tech Support department deserves a pat on the back as well!
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  Review by John Lanich on Sep 25, 2013
We not only ordered this DVR be we also order several cameras to go with it after talking with the Security Camera King sales staff. Everything arrived in four days and was perfectly in tact; absolutely no ordering or shipping problems.

This recorder truly is amazing. You've probably heard it a thousand time by now if you are considering purchasing one of these but you can use your old, existing coaxial cable with this system and still get 1080p resolution video at 30 frames per second. To me that is not only amazing but long over due. I'm glad the technology is available now.

Other than the fact that it delivers 1080p resolution video, this DVR is basically the same as any other Security Camera King DVR. That is, it operates by using the buttons on the front of the unit or by using the On Screen Display menu system which is used to configure and set up the system and gives the users much more reined control over the entire set up. The DVR offers the three main monitor display feature using the HDMI, VGA, and BNC connections and comes with all the bells and whistles that the other professional Security Camera King DVRs have including extra case space for optional additional internal hard drive storage and an internal DVD burner. It also has an eSATA port for external drive connection if you need it and a total of 4 USB ports (two on the front and two on the back) that support not only the included USB mouse but many other useful USB based devices. Security Camera King also provides the apps for this system for free so you can run it on a personal computer, smartphone, tablet, etc. I have had no problems with our unit and would definitely recommend it to others.
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The Jury Is Out But I Am In! Great Recorder!
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  Review by Pete Whitesel on Aug 28, 2013
The new HD-SDI security camera recorders have been the "talk of the town" amongst CCTV professionals and non-professionals alike. It seems as if the big debate is which is better, the HD-SDI or the IP network megapixel camera. Don't get me wrong, both have their own practical applications depending on the situation, but if I had to pick a favorite 16 Channel DVR it would be Security Camera King's 16 Channel HD Series 1080p HD-SDI.

I ordered the DVR on line and there was very little lag time in processing and shipping. I believe I received the unit just three days after placing the order. It arrived in perfect order and I installed it that day along with the new HD-SDI cameras I ordered. Installation is easy, set up is no more difficult than using a non-HD-SDI DVR (actually I think it is much simpler than IP network megapixel system set ups), and the DVR works great! I had a few questions about the DVR and wanted to make sure I was doing things correctly so I contacted Security Camera King's technical support department. They answered my questions completely and were quick to do so. Nice product, good company.
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  Review by Ed Dorthe, Ed's Antiques on Jul 29, 2013
I own and operate an fairly large antique mall in a fairly often visited tourism related area. The concept of the mall is this; I offer space to individual antique dealers that are located in one large (once a large department store) facility and provide a check out counter and cashier. They take care of their displays, price labeling, etc. I provide the building, cashier, and security. We have been around for quite a long time with a surprising amount of success. The business could almost be considered an antique (we are in a once long ago "Ames" (now out of business) retail store). Recently, we decided it was time to invest in a new security system as our old one was starting to fail.

My grandson is a computer technician and an electronics buff, so I asked him for help. He gladly accepted and took care of researching, ordering, and installing my new system. I have a lot of faith and respect in his judgment, but when he told me that the 16 cameras alone were going to cost over $3500 dollars (not to mention the cost of the DVR) I thought he was nuts! I considered his suggestion at great length because I considered this to be quite an expensive investment and I didn't want to make any mistakes.

I am happy to say that I am not only satisfied with the result, but thrilled with the quality and performance of the Security Camera King 16 Channel HD-SDI DVR and system! Not all, but many of our cameras are mounted in such a way that one camera covers each vendor's display area. With the tremendous clarity and resolution we now get, we can easily provide this coverage along with person identification and capturing of small item movement (for example shoplifting).

The system although much more costly than a standard system, cannot be compared to our old system. When I look at the monitor and see the difference in the clarity, I wonder to myself how the old system did us any good. I think my grandson was tickled because he was able to use the existing cable and didn't have to reposition many cameras when he mounted the new ones. As an older person who did not grow up as a child in the "computer revolution" I am still learning how to properly use my iPhone and hence my application for using the security system remotely, but with my grandson's help I'm sure I'll come along. When I told him I was intending to write a review, he also told me to make sure that I mentioned that your technical support staff was very helpful to him and allowed him to get the job done with east. Thanks, Security Camera King, I'll be happy to recommend you to others.
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  Review by Clarence Maskin on Jun 03, 2013
Wow! You've got to see this DVR to believe it! I never thought this would really work well, just because it was new to me and I was unfamiliar with it. But now that I own it, I can actually say I'd rather have an HD-SDI system than a network IP system. Here's how it all started for me. I had an old, I mean old, security camera system. The cameras were fairly large and heavy, my recorder was an old black and white looping tape recorder. I must admit the system lasted many years but it started getting so difficult to find replacement tapes, I knew it would be time to upgrade soon, and upgrade I did. Actually, it feels more like I took the quantum leap! I settled on Security Camera King after getting two referrals from friends. I called and spoke with them about my current system and what I wanted out of a my new system with a network IP megapixel system being implicated all the way. However, Security Camera King suggested that since I wanted to use the same camera locations and since I already had RG coaxial cable installed, why not trying the new HD-SDI system instead. They said it wouldn't be much more expensive than a network system, but I could use my existing coax and not have to go through re-cabling. Well, like I said before, I was a little hesitant but I "bit the bullet" and gave it a whirl. The difference is indescribable. I just can't believe our security camera systems in the past were as popular as they were considering how much improvement over the display, especially the resolution and detail, this HD-SDI DVR is. As far as the DVR goes, it looks pretty much like the other DVRs and operates the same way (I am told). All I can say is that the DVR and the cameras far exceeded my expectations I am one satisfied customer. Security Camera King will definitely receive plenty of referrals from me in the future.
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  Review by Ted Galena on Apr 09, 2013
From the outside front, this DVR looks no different than the Elite Series CIF resolution 8 channel DVR. But trust me, this DVR doesn't even compare to the Elite ICF resolution DVR! The difference in resolution between this and a CIF unit is like comparing the height of the Empire State Building to the height of your home. Each channel can handle up to 1080p resolution (2 megapixel cameras) at 30 frames per second and that is a lot of processing, but the machine seems to handle the workload with ease. I know these units are relatively new in the security camera industry and I personally think they will take off selling like hotcakes. One of the "beauties" of using an HD-SDI system is that you get the same resolution benefits of an IP megapixel network camera, but you can use pre-existing RG-59 coaxial cable from the DVR to the cameras. That means you can replace your cameras and DVR without the need for running new cable (like Cat5 Ethernet cable) or replacing the old. Additionally, the cameras aren't soaking up all your network bandwidth because they aren't operating directly on the network or Internet; they are sending their signals to the DVR on their own dedicated cables. Of course the DVR can connect to the Internet and provide access to the cameras through it so you still reap many of the benefits of a network system without the need for a network. For our DVR we also use two audio channels plus the bi-directional voice support and we also make use of some of the alarm connections as well. You could truly say that this is more like a security "center" more than a DVR. The DVR and the cameras are more expensive than typical analog camera systems, but nothing (other than IP megapixel network cameras) can match the quality of this DVR.
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