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16 Channel Ultimate Series H.264 D1 Realtime Security DVR


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16 Channel Ultimate Series H.264 D1 Realtime Security DVR
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16 Channel Ultimate Series H.264 D1 Realtime Security DVR
  Review by L. Collazo on Oct 03, 2014
I don't write reviews often, but when I do they are usually pretty comprehensive. I apologize if you think this is too lengthy.

I am not a CCTV professional but I do own a retail business. I wanted to purchase a "full performance" DVR. I performed a lot of on-line searches, checked out some stores and did some comparisons. I have to admit that based on price, Security Camera King was not my first choice (I found similar DVR's that INCLUDED a 2 Terabyte hard drive for $599 for example). However, I wasn't shopping for something that would just be inexpensive or I would have gone to Costco or Sam's and bought one. I wanted something that would provided full protection including video and alarm support and, although I didn't need a full 16 channels of audio, I did need about 6 channels of sound. I was also looking for full warranty coverage without paying extra just for the warranty, technical support, and of course excellent performance.

I have two friends that install CCTV security systems. They recommended several different brands and dealers, including Security Camera King. I finally narrowed down my choices with Security Camera King being one of the contenders, based on several factors. For the DVR I mentioned above that was $599 it was an Internet based sales company. I checked their support. They had a knowledge base and "Ask a question" but that was it. I called Security Camera King and spoke to a technician who was polite and seemed very knowledgeable. I also compared warranties. The other DVR 1 year; this one 3 years. After comparison shopping I settled with Security Camera King and this DVR.

Not that you can easily determine an objective rating, but this is how I thought. First I received the DVR the third day after placing my order. That was fast. It was in perfect shape and it was packaged very well for the trip. For that, I'll start with a one star rating.

Connecting my cameras, setting up alarms, etc. was honestly very easy. However, I would expect that from any recorder, quite honestly. Next the configuration of the DVR. Although I didn't have cameras that were purchased from Security Camera King, they still worked well with the DVR. The On Screen Display is easy to navigate and searching and playback controls are good too. For all of this I'll add one star (two total thus far).

The owners manual was about as helpful as a paper bag would be for an umbrella. It was there, it had the necessities listed, but it wasn't very helpful. (0 stars here)

The features and options on this DVR seem to go on forever though. Multiple monitor displays, audio, alarm inputs and outputs, lots of potential to expand storage with multiple hard drives, remote access via the Internet, etc. So, for this aspect I will add one star to bring the total rating to three stars at this point.

For price, I ended up paying over $1000 for the DVR for my configuration and that still seems a little high. O stars here.

For performance, the video recordings are very clear and crisp, nicely detailed for D1 resolution, and the DVR has been running with out the need for any adjustments after the final setup. Audio is also fine as well as the alarm hookups available. In addition, as I said earlier, I have spoken to a real live technician who apparently knows their products well and was more than willing to help (and did since the manual didn't). This technical support is available for life. This collectively gets a star for a total of four stars.

Finally, the DVR comes standard with a 3 year warranty. That's better than the average and it doesn't cost an extra fee. As long as I have no trouble or if I do and it gets resolved quickly and easily, this will earn one star for a total of five stars. If anything should change, I will return in the future and reevaluate my rating with a reason why if I change anything.
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  Review by Rizzo, Carl (New York USA) on Sep 01, 2014
As a veteran CCTV professional in the Metro area, the Security Camera King full size 16 channel D1 DVR has been a mainstay go-to for several years, especially for my commercial customers. It's easy to understand why because of all the features that come with the recorder in addition to its high quality color/black and white video recording in a nice relatively large D1 resolution format. While I think the average homeowner could also benefit from this DVR, it has so many features that make it versatile enough for use in almost every type of commercial application. The video recordings are noiseless, distortion free recordings that can easily be transferred to other media for a variety of legal uses. The DVR has loop outs for every channel make spot monitors possible just about anywhere. Video matrixing allows for a grouping of channels to be displayed at once while the recorder has up to 3 possible video outputs for main display monitoring (HDMI, VGA, and BNC and more if you use splitters). The On Screen Display menu is sophisticated enough to modify the machine's features to fit a variety of applications yet simple enough to configure and operate that once I have installed a system, a seldom get any call backs for additional training. Finally, Security Camera King/Tech Pro has always backed up the products I have purchased and that includes technical support for both me and the potential owner. You'll get nothing but five stars from me on this one.
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  Review by Baber, Curtis (Utah USA) on Apr 29, 2014
I am and independent CCTV contractor here in Utah and I've been dealing with Security Camera King for about 6 years now. I have always received top notch support, and the products are the best quality. I jokingly refer to this as the "Big Daddie 16" (versus the "Big Daddie 32"). It's really the complete package for a D1 DVR. In fact most people aren't even aware of all the features this recorder has even after the purchase it, use it, and have had it for a couple years. I've installed many of these in my commercial accounts, but I must also add that I have had plenty of requests for them as well for residential use. The recorded video is clear and concise, with accurate coloring and a nice resolution off D1 with each channel capable of recording at that resolution at a frame rate of 30 fps and it can do it simultaneously for all 16 channels. Remote access via the Internet works well and the fact that Security Camera King offers apps and software to use that can be downloaded and used for free is another plus!
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  Review by Suss, Charles (Texas USA) on Feb 26, 2014
Since Security Camera King really doesn't have a place for "tips from customers" I thought I would include this with my review. First of all the review. This unit is great. Works fine, videos are clear and crisp, good detail and smooth control. The recorder is easy to set up and use and my customers usually find it easy to get accustomed to the OSD with very little time expenditure on their part. In fact, most of the time, once I perform the install, they seldom need to adjust the configurations but they know that if I am not readily available, Security Camera King's great support staff always is Monday through Friday during normal business hours. The DVR has lots of features, lots of storage potential and is of premium quality. I highly recommend it.

Now the tip. I always advise my commercial/business customers that when a video security system plan is designed or if they have a pre-conceived design how they would like the cameras used and mounted, that is the number of channels being used is 8, to upgrade to a 16 channel series recorder. You'd be surprised how many of my customers have given me call backs because after using their system for a while, they decide that they would like a hidden camera here or a dome there, etc. I realize that a 16 channel recorder is more expensive than an eight, but if it is within your budget, it id definitely worth the investment.
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  Review by Sam Vermelli (New Jersey USA) on Jan 20, 2014
Very nice piece of equipment at a very reasonable price considering the features and the quality of workmanship. There's some serious digital video recording going on here with 16 cameras all recording D1 resolution at 30 frames per second. I use 700TVL cameras most with a varifocal lens and one PTZ camera and this DVR has no problem managing them all. Even the RS485 remote control input on the PTZ is smooth and hassle-free. I don't think Security Camera King left much out of this recorder, I mean it is stacked full with features and options. Loopouts, 3 main monitor displays, audio, two way audio, alarms that can integrate with the cameras, USB ports for external devices, plenty of room inside for internal hard disk drives AND an internal DVD burner. And one of the best features is the remote accessing feature and the fact that more than one person can access it at the same time. The On Screen Display menu is lengthy yet easy to navigate with the included USB mouse, however I must admit that I had to consult with Security Camera King's support department. This is where it gets good. I expected to get someone located out of the United States with a standard reply that would be useless, but instead, I got some one that wanted to know if there was anything else they could help me with after fully answering my questions to begin with. Excellent. Find me a better recorder and a better company......good luck.
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Great DVR
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  Review by Lee Barnard (Florida USA) on Jan 19, 2014
The reviewer has last purchased this item on Jan 07, 2014
I love this DVR. It is inexpensive and great functionality; a combination that can't be beat. Easy to set up and easy to get on line.
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  Review by Garrison Freed on Dec 02, 2013
I have nothing to complain about with this recorder and all I can say is good. So I'll leave it up to that instead of taking up a lot of space. Security Camera King has a good technical support department too!
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  Review by Keopka, Leonard on Sep 23, 2013
As the saying goes amongst many CCTV installers, when it comes to customers that want a high quality 16 channel D1 resolution full time DVR this is my "go to" unit. This recorder will give you great quality; reliable video security video recordings that are very sharp and color correct (providing the cameras are decent). Handling the processing of 16 channels of D1 resolution at a full 30 frames per second is still quite a load to take on even for today's video processors but my experience has shown me that this machine can handle whatever you throw at it. I've never had a customer complain about it and I've never had a call back for repairs. I give my customers a quick review of how to use the DVR once I've set it up and between that and the videos they always seem to be quite content with having the "control" in their hands. In addition, I leave explicit instructions with them that if they have an issue with the DVR (such as programming, setting a feature, etc) they may either call me or Security Camera King's Technical Support department which has been absolutely great. If they keep up their current trends, I see Techpro/Security Camera King becoming a major player in the videos security camera industry in the future.
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  Review by Carla Suss on Aug 28, 2013
This is an excellent product and we are very satisfied both with its performance and the customer support from Security Camera King.
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  Review by Gill Markens, Allied Security on Jul 29, 2013
This 16 channel Ultimate Series DVR has got to be the standard in the commercial application genre at least. I'm certainly not ruling out that it can't be used for other applications like residential use; of course it can. But when it comes to general, average size jobs for me, this DVR unit has got to set the standard for the industry. It's not one of those ridiculous computer based units, it records excellent D1 resolution video at 30 frames per second on all 16 channels at once, and it does it without overheating, bogging down, or crashing.

You don't have to be a professional CCTV installer to set this DVR up either. Anyone can do it, and if you have any problems, I've found Security Camera King's technical support department to be probably one of the best in the business. All of the little extras are included with the DVR such as SATA cables a USB mouse an infrared remote control, mounting brackets, etc. Security Camera King goes through great lengths to provide you with instructional materials ranging from owners' manuals to video instructions and written instructions to help you install and set up the DVR. The On Screen Display (OSD) menu system works great and is relatively easy to use. It is intuitive enough that if you can figure out where to make the adjustments to configurations and choices for operation. If not, it is still easy enough to use that if you have the time and the energy you can simply cruise from page to page to familiarize yourself with the menus.

The DVR has plenty of features and options. There is plenty of room for internal hard drive disk storage, external hard drive disk storage, internal and external DVD burners, and other devices. For data security, the DVR offers two features that stick out for me. One is that the hard drives can be configured in the RAID configuration in case one fails (I've never had a call back for a failed hard drive for this unit though), and the other is that the entire hard set of hard drives can be backed up to an entirely different location over a network or the Internet using File Transfer Protocol (FTP).

I just don't think you can get any better than this. Of course I'm partial, because as an independent CCTV installer my company orders much of their equipment from Security Camera King but I would argue that that may not be partiality as much as a sound, logical choice. I don't think you'll find any disappointments with this unit.
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