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8 Channel Elite Mini Economy Series H.264 Realtime Security DVR


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8 Channel Elite Mini Economy Series H.264 Realtime Security DVR
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8 Channel Elite Mini Economy Series H.264 Realtime Security DVR
  Review by Fred Stratton, CCTV Technician on Aug 29, 2014
I'm a CCTV technician and installer and I install several different types and brands of equipment. Our company requires each of us, on a rotating basis to write a full review for our monthly newsletter to help inform new technicians and refresh veteran technicians on the equipment we may install. The falling is a copy of the review I provided for our July 2014 newsletter.

The Security Camera King (Tech Pro) Tech Vision 8 Channel Elite Mini Economy series DVR is a great value for an 8 channel recorder and can easily have it's place in residential, commercial, and industrial applications as well. First of all the initial price (before the addition of internal hard disk drives) is just shy of only $125 which is a great price for any high quality digital video recorder. And even though this unit is a "Mini Economy" series, it still maintains a wealth of options and features making it useful for any of the above applications.

First, this 8 channel recorder and record video in one of two different resolutions and frame rates, either 30 frames per second at CIF or at 7 frames per second at D1 resolution simultaneously for all 8 channels. In addition to the simultaneous recording of all channels the DVR offers full pentaplex operation. The biggest differences that help maintain high quality performance at an incredibly economic price include the CIF resolution option, less audio inputs, smaller size case that only holds on SATA internal hard disk drive (yet this can have a current capacity of 4 full Terabytes), less alarm input/outputs and no Internal DVD/CD recorder.

However, the operating system is a Linux system which means no worries from virus infection, up to 3 main monitor displays utilizing the HDMI, VGA, and BNC video outputs, full PTZ camera control using the RS485 connection and an easy connection to a network or broadband Internet system using the standard Ethernet RJ45 connection.

The DVR's OSD is easy to use and operate with the menus and pages being somewhat intuitive so very little customer training is needed upon completion of installation or for that matter for the installing technician. In addition the DVR can be accessed remotely via network or Internet using a computer, Smartphone, or other Internet device. Security Camera King provides you with the software and applications for use for free. If commercial or industrial customers are concerned about data redundancy and reservation (of course residential customers can use this feature also) the DVR is capable of backing up the entire system using File Transfer Protocol (FTP) which can be used on a network or across the Internet. In addition, should the installing technician have any questions during installation or the customer during use, they can call Security Camera King's technical support unit which is more that happy to assist professionals as well as users. This is probably one of the best CIF Realtime recording 8 channel high quality recorders available.
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  Review by Louis Gall on Jun 25, 2014
I ordered this DVR from Security Camera King on line, but I must admit at the time I was a bit weary. I haven't seen too many decent 8 Channel DVRs for less than $150, so I wasn't really expecting much, and if I was right, then I wouldn't have spent a lot of money on something that I would regret. After receiving my order, I unpacked my DVR and began setting it up with my cameras. The picture was far better than the one I replaced and there were a lot more features and adjustments that could be made to this recorder than my last one. I am delightfully surprised with the performance of this recorder.
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  Review by Dana Ashley on Apr 25, 2014
Geez, for the price you can't beat this recorder considering the fact that it is an 8 channel and it is quality equipment. Of course, with all the high definition equipment out there these days, this may seem like nothing much at all but it does record as high as D1 resolution with a sacrifice in frame rate from 30 fps to 7 fps. However, what this recorder may lack in resolution recording display, it can certainly make up for in features. For example, the remote Internet access is great, it works fine with my Samsung and my screen is not that big on my phone that having the smaller display (CIF) is not that different on my phone. There's lots of other good stuff packed in the On Screen Display program that contains the features. The screens are easy to navigate through, but it may take a little while to learn where everything is at and what it does (the manual isn't that great). Just the same, it's still worth a 5 star rating for me.
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  Review by Eric Lanier on Apr 07, 2014
I'll agree with Security Camera King on their banner add, this is their best value DVR. An 8 channel DVR that records CIF at 30 frames per second or D1 at 7 frames per second for less than $300 with a 1 TB internal hard disk drive installed is hard to beat. The biggest things the "Mini" lacks that the full-size has is an internal DVD burner, additional Internal hard disk drives, and sound recording. Many people don't require all of those features anyway, so why pay for something that you won't use? I especially like the way my DVR can send e-mail notices on motion detection activation and I can access it from just about anywhere I want using my Galaxy phone. The recordings are good quality and I never have any interference or distortion.
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  Review by Melvin Lesondak on Feb 25, 2014
There are three key issues to remember when considering the purchase of this DVR (there could be many more, but these were mine). 1. Price, 2. 8 Camera simultaneous recording, and 3. Recording resolution and frame rate.

This is Security Camera King's 8 Channel "Elite Mini Economy" DVR so you really can't knock it for what it doesn't have (which isn't much). Another way to think of this for me is 8 cameras recording video (notice I said "video" and not "Video and audio") with multiple user simultaneous remote access using Internet devices in a small DVR case (1U) that can record in a moderately low resolution/frame rate (CIF at 30 fps or D1 at 7 fps), and an extremely low price (less than $300 with an installed internal hard drive).

As for my DVR, I purchased this to replace the piece of junk I bought at a familiar department retail store (I won't name any names but the first letter is "W"). I purchased their four camera system, didn't bother to purchase the "replacement warranty" and it broke not long after it ran out. So I replaced it with this 8 channel from Security Camera King. Good golly miss Molly what a big difference! This is far better than what I had before. I'm glad I went with an 8 channel because I'm now thinking about adding additional cameras. Can't beat it for the price!
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  Review by G. Hardy on Jan 18, 2014
This is a very nice DVR. It is loaded with features and produces great quality video for the price. I use 700TVL cameras with my set up and I record D1 resolution at 7 frames per second. Yes, it is a little choppy at 7 frames per second but I am more interested in WHO is doing what than seeing every detail about their motion or activity so it suits me just fine. I think it is especially great for home use because a lot of the features that come with the full size version are eliminated on this unit, providing you with the basics, but not overdoing it so you aren't paying for a lot of features that you probably wouldn't use anyway. In addition, the remote user function works great and is excellent for "looking in" on your place while you are away. I set my DVR on motion activation with e-mail notification when I'm away so I can almost instantly see when a camera has been activated. This is my first DVR and video security system. Installation was pretty easy but I did have a couple of questions throughout the entire set up process. I contacted Security Camera King and their support department exceeded every bit of my expectations. This is definitely a company I'll stick with and recommend to others.
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  Review by K. Yost on Nov 28, 2013
First off, I'm a do-it-yourselfer and not a CCTV professional. I purchased this DVR to use in my home. I don't think you can beat the price for the quality you get out of it. It may be a "Mini Economy" DVR but you still get a lot of electronic features that come with the DVR. The OSD was fairly easy to learn and use, but I did have to do a lot of "playing" to get things the way I wanted them. That's partly due to my lack of knowlege about video security camera systems and partly due to learning time for the OSD. The only thing I'm not crazy about is the resolution. The D1 resolution at 7 frames per second is pretty choppy and I was hoping for something a little smoother. Of course the CIF resolution is just like real life, but the viewing size is about half that of the D1. If I had kinown, I think I would have paid the $200 more for the Ultimate Mini to get D! at 30 fps. Still, its a great recorder for the money.
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  Review by Richard Groves on Aug 25, 2013
This is one of the best little DVRs on the market today. The quality is outstanding and Security Camera King's support is incomparable. It is easy to install and fairly easy to set up and it does an excellent job. Lot's of incredible features.
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  Review by Ron Y (North Carolina USA) on Jul 25, 2013
The reviewer has last purchased this item on Apr 18, 2013
I found this DVR easy to setup and use. Tons of features for the price. The manual and some menus are worded a little differently (written by someone who uses English as a second language I suspect), but easy enough to figure out. Best aspect of the DVR is the online and phone tech support that comes with it. I highly recommend SecurityCameraKing because of their tech support alone. Add in the great products at great prices and its even better.
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  Review by Phanco, Max (Utah USA) on Jul 25, 2013
These Security Camera King Techvison Elite Mini Economy DVRs are great for several different types of applications from residential to commercial. I have installed a lot of these with my residential customers because all they basically want is something that can record a high quality color video recording without a lot of extra features to pay for that they really don't need. Most of my residential customers don't really need sound recording, lots of internal hard disk drive space, and audio channels for recording so by eliminating these Security Camera King has been able to reduce the price, which by the way, for this type of recorder, is one of the best available.

Also, many of my residential customers are more concerned with "who" is on their property and not necessarily "what they are doing in detail, so the smaller CIF resolution at 30 frames per second is good, but more often than not, once I demonstrate it to them, the opt for the D1 resolution at 7 frames per second and are very happy and impressed with the results. Motion activated recording only helps to extend their video footage storage potential even further so the "Mini" size without the extra internal disk drives really isn't needed. I am surprised that many of my residential customers are surprised when I ask them if they have an available Internet connection. I used to hand out literature explaining the features and specifications of this unit just assuming that they knew that it has the capability for remote access via the Internet with their smartphone or work computer, however I guess many didn't read that or realize it. Now I tell them outright and they are very enthused about that option.

As for my commercial customers, this DVR offers a non-nonsense, economical alternative to security video camera recording that they might otherwise forego. In addition, many are surprised when I tell them that I can offer them an 8 channel DVR with full PTZ camera control for far less than $200. So to sum it all up, this Techvision DVR is a win-win situation now matter how you look at it. And, Security Camera King as one of the BEST technical support departments of any security video camera firm in the country.
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