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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 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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8 Channel Elite Mini Economy Series H.264 Realtime Security DVR
  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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  Review by James Joseph (Illinois USA) on Jul 08, 2013
The reviewer has last purchased this item on Jul 02, 2013
This compact DVR is perfect for a residential, or small business security camera system, I have installed several of these and have had nothing but happy customers, the user interface is very easy to navigate, and downloading a video clip is simple. TechVision customer support has helped with port forwarding a few times and they are always friendly and professional. I buy all of my DVRs from TechVision due to the superior quality and video options within the recorder.
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  Review by Armstrong, James (Ohio USA) on May 31, 2013
I've been dealing with Security Camera King for about 2 1/2 years now and have never been disappointed. I decided it was time to sit down and write a few reviews on some products that I am most familiar with. The 8 Channel Elite Mini Economy Series H.264 Realtime Security DVR is definitely one of them. This DVR has been a favorite among my residential and commercial customers alike. It's hard not to like a quality DVR like this one that is also inexpensive. The price category puts this DVR within reach of just about everyone small or large. That's especially nice for residential customers who may need 5 or 6 cameras but normally would be able to afford going over a 4 channel system. The DVR offers the basics in security control and the maximum in security camera control. There are no alarms or sound inputs but most of my clients don't use them anyway. The missing DVD burner isn't an issue because the USB port can be used to easily make any copies or backups. Besides the high quality color and black and white video recording, the one feature that probably gets the most "oooohs and ahhhs" is the Internet remote access feature. Very few of my clients, especially my residential clients, are not familiar with the fact that this is available and when we talk about installation and placement of the DVR and I ask them about their Internet connection statistics they often reply with, "What do you need my Internet for?". Once I explain to them about this feature they are usually ecstatic to know that they can monitor their system from work or on the go and all of this from a "Mini Economy" system DVR. Security Camera King says this DVR is "Our Best Value" and I can definitely see why.
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  Review by Kip Haas on May 01, 2013
We have recently purchased the Security Camera King 8 Channel Ultimate Series H.264 D1 Realtime Security DVR and it works just great. We like the larger D1 (704 X 480 pixels) resolution (as compared to the smaller CIF resolution) for the type of recording that we do. However, after talking to my neighbors recently and catching wind of the fact that we have had some local house burglaries that have occurred both during the day in broad daylight and at night, my wife and I decided it was time we protect our home. But we didn't really have a large budget to deal with. So, we purchased the DVR-EL8240ME 8 Channel Elite Mini Economy Series DVR and we love it! The Elite mini DVR has a much lower resolution display of CIF (352 X 240 pixels) for real time rate recording, although you can still record D1 resolution if you want at a reduced frame rate of 7 frames per second. I experimented with using the CIF versus the D1 resolution recordings and the recording rates and ultimately decided that the CIF resolution is more than adequate for our needs here at home, and not only is the resolution lower, but the price is much, much lower too! The DVR is too small to hold a DVD burner but that's not an issue for us either. For our home use, we haven't had the need to make any back ups but if we ever need to, we'll use a USB thumb drive (that I keep handy with the DVR supplies) or USB the files to transfer them to our personal computer. Likewise the Mini is all too small to hold a lot of internal hard drives, but again, at home that's not an issue, especially when you record in CIF. I think the feature we both like the most is the remote access through the Internet. I have an iPhone telephone through my work and my wife has an iPhone. We both have downloaded the Security Camera King free apps and can access the DVR remotely. So when ever we are away, and we both do some traveling for work, we can always check in on the house and make sure everything is ok. This is a great DVR for use anywhere, but we especially like it for protecting our home. Finally, if you are a do it yourselfer and you have never installed a security camera system before, don't worry. It's relatively easy and should you have any problems with any part of your installation, the Security Camera King Support crew is always there ready to help Monday through Fridays. They were excellent in helping me solve what I thought were going to be some difficult problems, but after talking with them they were taken care of in a jiffy.
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