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16 Channel HD Series 1080p HD-SDI Mini Security DVR


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16 Channel HD Series 1080p HD-SDI Mini Security DVR
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16 Channel HD Series 1080p HD-SDI Mini Security DVR
  Review by Pat Parkinson on Oct 06, 2014
I ordered the Security Camera King 16 Channel HD-SDI 1080p recorder on the weekend and received it (and other items I ordered) on that Wednesday. Shipping was fast and responsive, no two week waiting stuff or anything like that. All items were in working order, undamaged of course, and packed very nicely and in such a manner as to afford the greatest protection. Unpacking was easy. All of the accessories are sealed in separate plastic bags to keep things neat and tidy.

The DVR was easy to set up. I had a DVD burner and 2 SATA internal hard disk drives installed for storage. Security Camera King had installed these prior to shipping and the DVR was basically ready to go out of the box. All I had to was plug in the power cord and any of the camera, mic, audio, monitor, and alarm cables.

The DVR is fairly easy to configure and easy to operate especially if you have had some previous experience with security camera DVRs and especially if you have owned a previous Security Camera King model. Everyone's configuration will be different based on their equipment and use so I won't go into that but just let me say that the DVR's On Screen Display (OSD) offers many electronic features for you to "tweak."

The performance of the DVR is very good but not exactly spectacular. The video recordings are very sharp an unadulterated with no noise or interference. Even though the DVR is advertised as a 1080p DVR it can only handle 15 frames per second at 1080p is you are using all 16 channels. It starts to handle all channels at 30 frames per second when you drop the resolution down to 720p, which is still a form of high definition and is good. The machine (i.e. fans, hard drive, etc.) are relatively quiet and it does not get too warm during peak operation.

The remote access feature via the Internet works well including the email notification push. If you want to use your computer, the remote system works based on Active X controls so you will have to use Internet Explorer only to control everything. Overall, I think this is a decent recorder and would easily recommend it to a friend with the stipulation for reminding them that it records at 30 fps for 720p for all channels and 15 fps for 1080p for all channels.
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16 Channel HD Series 1080p HD-SDI Mini Security DVR
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  Review by Gerry Dickson (Virginia USA) on Sep 02, 2014
Not a bad HD-SDI recorder. It's true that this recorder can handle 1080p (2 Megapixel) recording but if you truly max it out at 16 cameras the frame rate must drop to 15 frames per second. Not that that is a bid deal for us because at that rate you still get pretty realistic motion. Of course if you want the fastest capture at the highest definition without limitation than you will have to use the 720p option. At this resolution this recorder can easily handle simultaneous recording of all 16 cameras at 30 frames per second. The OSD is set up rather intuitively so navigating through the menus isn't that difficult to do or to learn. The DVR comes with a lot of options or features that help to make it even more versatile in application. I am pleased with the performance of the DVR but especially the customer service I got from Security Camera King.
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  Review by Allan Baer on May 05, 2014
How could you not like a DVR that records 16 cameras at 1080p at 30 frames per second simultaneously? The only "shortcoming" this "Mini" (no pun intended) has is in the area of internal storage space. If you install the internal DVD burner, then that limits you to two internal hard disk drives with a maximum storage capacity of a total of around 6 Terabytes. If you ran all 16 cameras 24/7 and recorded them all constantly you would require a little more than 6 Terabytes of storage for just 7 days recording. Of course there are several easy workarounds to this. The first is to set recording to record on motion detection and, depending on the activity/location of your cameras you could possible save a wealth of drive space. Another option is to skip the internal DVD burner which will now give you the capacity to have 4 internal hard disk drives. Finally, if none of these options work, that there are plenty of USB ports and an eSata port on the back of the unit for external drives.

My detailed description of the storage options is more than just about storage. My point is that Security Camera King by virtue of the DVR's design, presents several alternatives for accomplishing the objective, as it does with many other features and options. For example the DVR has an audio out (BNC) port for speakers to hear the audio. On the other hand, it also offers three different (yet simultaneous) monitor output displays, one of which is HDMI. Using the HDMI port and an appropriate monitor/TV you can see not only the monitor output display but also hear the audio over the monitor/TV. In addition to the incredible versatility and the numerous features for a "Mini" this DVR also records super high quality video. The picture quality is incredibly detailed, accurate in color, life like in action, and sharp in presentation. We are very impressed with this DVR and would gladly offer a recommendation to anyone considering it.
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  Review by Paul Parmarter on Mar 07, 2014
There's not much I can say about this recorder that Security Camera King hasn't already said in their write up. But I can attest to the performance and ease of use of this unit. The heart of configuration for the DVR is a software (LINUX is the operating system) driven system with an On Screen Display menu control at its heart. The OSD is fairly easy to operate (I mean if you can use a mouse and type on a keyboard, you've got it all) and there appears to have been some ample though put into the design of the OSD to cover just about any option for video recording enhancement, varying lighting condition, as well as the various types of applications that a security camera system may be used for. As much as I do like my recorder and consider it pretty easy to operate, I must admit that you will need to invest a little time to learn where various menus are located on the OSD and how to get to them fast and what to do with them once you are there. The operators' manual for the DVR isn't the best but Security Camera King makes no bones about wanting you to call their support department if you need help and they mean it. They don't put you off with lengthy "ticket" completions with later contacts, or treat you poorly if you are not a CCTV professional. And, if you have used a Security Camera King recorder product in the past, you should have to invest very little time in learning the OSD.

As for other issues, the DVR comes with a 3 year warranty which is great. Although I haven't had the opportunity to test out how Security Camera King handles their warranty cases (and I hope I never do), the three year time period does have the tendency to give me the impression that they take stock in their equipment and feel confident about their ability to perform. Lastly, and most obviously, you simply cannot beat the quality, detail, color, etc. of the video recording produced by this 16 channel high definition 1080p HD-SDI mini recorder and the advantage of being able to use coaxial cable (older system cable if you want) rather then string up all new CAT5 or 6 cable that would normally be required for a network megapixel system. The mini of course has less features than the full size version including the empty real estate available for more extra internal hard drives, 16 individual channels of audio, etc. but it is also $200 cheaper. Would I recommend this DVR and system to a friend or other acquaintance? Yes, and unless there was a specific reason they would need to go with a network system, I would recommend it over any TVL based camera system or IP network system.
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  Review by Tye Ronkowski on Jan 23, 2014
This is a great way of going megapixel digital without having to use an IP network system. This "mini" DVR does a superb job of recording very high resolution videos. In fact Security Camera King's full size maxes out at recording 1080p at 15 frames per second, the same as this unit. So the biggest difference I see between the two (other than the $200 more for the full size unit) is that the full size unit has more internal hard disk drive space (that is, it can hold a higher number of drives) and it has more of what I'll call "accessory" features. Not being a CCTV pro, I was a little worried about the frame rate for 16 cameras at 15 frames per second. After seeing many other types of DVRs advertising a maximum of 30 frames per second, I was concerned that the video would be too "punchy" or "choppy" but that isn't the case. In fact, the 15 frames per second is very suitable for our application. Another nice feature of this DVR is that the monitoring resolution is D1 (which is the maximum RECORDING resolution on some machines). The DVR has some nifty search features that eliminates the need for spending a day viewing footage to try to find a 2 minute clip. Don't be concerned about the quality of the video recordings, you truly can't beat them. Now that we have installed this DVR and system, I'm sure we will never use an analog system again.
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  Review by Bobby Lange on Dec 04, 2013
Not a bad HD-SDI DVR for a "Mini." The only "issue" I have with this DVR is the fact that it records all 16 channels at 1080p at only a maximum frame rate of 15 frames per second (which still isn't real bad). If you want "real-time" frame rates of 30 frames per second, you have to jump down to 720p resolution for each camera. I also though the four internal hard disk drive capacity would not be nearly enough space for all that high resolution recording, but for my purposes at least, it is suitable. To be fair I should mention that you can add up to 16TB via the e-SATA connection. I also thought that with 16 high def cameras this unit would probably require to network ports to handle the remote access data function but it does just fine with one.
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  Review by Darryl Maas on Sep 25, 2013
Keeping with Security Camera King's nomenclature, this unit is basically the "Mini" of the standard 16 channel HD series 1080p HD-SDI Security DVR. Like most of the other Security Camera King products I have had the opportunity to work with it is a quality built piece of electronics that I would find hard to believe would disappoint anyone. The biggest down side to this DVR is that it is a mini or in a small case. On the other hand, if you are looking to use an HD-SDI system but have little room for the recorder than this could be a positive benefit as well. Another point to not is that although this unit can handle 16 channels of HD-SDI cameras at 1080p resolution, it will record them at this resolution at 15 frames per second. Personally, I have no problem with that recording rate. It's fluid enough for me to determine what is happening on scene but if you are a stickler for "real time" 30 frames per second recording, then you'll have to drop your resolution desire down a bit to maintain that with all 16 cameras. It still records 720p resolution for all 16 channels simultaneously at 30 frames per second which is amazing.

This recorder makes for a great companion to a system for a brand new installation or for an upgrade. Although you must use HD-SDI cameras (not TVL based cameras or network cameras) which are definitely more expensive than, say the standard 700TVL camera, the resolution is explosive in comparison. That being said, consider also that with a an IP Network megapixel system you will need to perform all new cable runs, usually CAT Ethernet cable for each camera. However, the HD-SDI system was designed to operate over typical coaxial cable so you can easily use existing RG59 or RG6 for example without the extra expense of new cable runs.

Another advantage I've noticed with the HD-SDI systems over the IP network systems is that even though you get the same megapixel high resolution quality video, the camera setup is much easier and you don't even need a network. The On Screen Display menu is designed in standard Security Camera King fashion so if you have used their equipment before this will be very familiar to you. If not, the navigation is pretty easy and intuitive and it doesn't take long to find your way around. I like this unit and I'm sure you will too. If you have any problems Security Camera King's technical support group is always standing by to help and they do an excellent job.
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  Review by Andy Cowan on Aug 28, 2013
This DVR is outrageous! This DVR and 16 cameras can turn your old antiquated system into a new 21st century technological wonder and you'll never have to run one cable! You can get 1080p High Definition (2 megapixel) resolution quality out of every channel and at a rate of 15 frames per second. Can't beat the quality and it doesn't cost you anything to have cable run if you already own a system with coax.
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