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Complete 16 Channel Elite Mini Economy Security Camera Surveillance System


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Complete 16 Channel Elite Mini Economy Security Camera Surveillance System
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Complete 16 Channel Elite Mini Economy Security Camera Surveillance System
  Review by Vance Kelper, Premium Security Inc. on Sep 26, 2014
As a long time independent CCTV professional, I'd like to take this time to throw in my two cents about the this system and Security Camera King (actually for me TechPro). Let me start off by saying that with the ever increasing electronic technology made available to the CCTV industry everyone seems to be on a resolution race. Bigger it seems, is always better. It's equivocal to the sizes of LCD TV's these days. So, as a result, Security Camera King's 16 Channel Elite Mini may be subject to a bad wrap because it records it cameras in CIF resolution at 30 frames per second. However, if this resolution really isn't for you and you don't want to spend a penny more on a system, remember that this system can also record at D1 resolution at 7 frames per second. (I can remember the days, not so long ago, when CIF was the standard.)

Now that being said, their are plenty of applications that make the CIF or the 7 fps D1 useful. I have many customers that need to know when someone approaches. They may not necessarily care who, they just want to know IF. CIF resolution is great for this. I also have customers that need to know if the object they are monitoring is present, alive, or working. Again, CIF can be great for this. On the other hand, I also have customers that prefer to identify an intruder or object, animal, or individual approaching the camera's target zone but do not necessarily need to a recording of the detailed action, a good application for D1 at 7fps. SO to start off with, there are still plenty of applications for this type of package system.

As far as the equipment itself is concerned, this is a collection of good quality equipment. Security Camera King recently did some upgrading of their own by changing the camera in this system from 700TVL to the new analog 800TVL cameras, enhancing the recording, whether it be CIF or D1 resolution all the more. Even though the DVR can only house one internal hard disk drive, for this system that should still provide you with plenty of recording storage (more than a month and a half). In addition, even though this unit is a min, it still comes packed with electronic features, some of which, I've yet to find on other brands.

Finally, Security Camera King prides itself on customer service, and they should. They have the best technical support technicians in the business (and I think that's because their techies are also installers). Not only do they know their products but they also have this inherent desire to see that your problems are solved and that your system is running the way it should. What more could someone want?

Vance Kelper
Premium Security, Inc.
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  Review by Ed Kisterl on Aug 04, 2014
This system is large enough to give your home or office complete coverage inside and out. I actually purchased two of this system packages; one for my office and one for my home. I originally bought the first system for my office and I ended up liking it so much that I came back and purchased another for my home. I performed all the installation with out any major problems. I would suggest that that alone saved my at a minimum $5,000 for both systems.

The 800TVL cameras are simple and straightforward in that there is no OSD, no varifocal lenses, etc. although you can upgrade to models with those features if you choose. For simple automatic type video security cameras with the new 800TVL chip the clarity and color of the video picture are simply amazing. The DVR still carries a large number of features, even though Security Camera King refers to it as their "Elite Mini." Keep in mind that since this DVR is in their "Elite" series it only captures realtime video in CIF format but if you are willing to settle for a reduced frame rate of 7 frames per second (still suitable for my applications) then you can raise the recording resolution form CIF to D1. The DVR also has nice features to help you find footage easily and select options you may want to set for each camera (such as motion detect recording). One of the greatest features for me is the Internet remote access. I am checking my systems both at home and at my office often when I am away using just my LG phone and it works great! If you are looking for a recommendation on this one, I'd say definitely yes!
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  Review by French, Harold (Nebraska USA) on Jun 21, 2014
This 16 Channels video security system package by Security Camera King really does the job at a realistically affordable price. Video is good, the 800TVL cameras are great, and the DVR has a bunch of features I wouldn't expect to see for a system in this price range. Everything is above standard quality, so I would definitely recommend this package.
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  Review by Kevin McMillon, Operations Manager on Apr 01, 2014
After getting the approval from my supervisor at work, I purchased this system at home on a Sunday, on-line. The entire shipment arrived at our door, unscathed and in excellent condition that Thursday. So needless to say, ordering and shipping was quick and easy.

I'd like to say that installation was easy to, but to be honest, for a do it your selfer, it wasn't. Oh the cameras were easy to mount, the power supply and DVR all hooked up fine but running the cable was a genuine pain in the a**. It wasn't like I could just throw 16 cables on the floor of our building and I was finished. Of course this was no fault of Security Camera King, but I'm just trying to give a full picture of the incident and be honest.

As for the camera set up, that was fair. You see, in case you've never done this before, you will need to mount 16 cameras in areas that will require that the camera has the best view and gets the best shot. Usually this will eventually involve a ladder of some type. Once again, if you are not familiar with the process, once the cameras are mounted (the ones that come with this package have no OSD or varifocal lens but still need to be aimed) they need to adjusted (as I already mentioned). This involves aiming the camera where you "think" is the right place, then running back to the DVR to check the monitor to see if you are correct. Trust me, this job is much quicker and easier if you have two people or preferably one of those service monitors that can be plugged into the camera at the mounting location to make the necessary adjustments.

As for the DVR, this thing is like command central. I must admit that I am still impressed and still discovering things that this piece of electronic equipment can do. One thing I can tell you for sure is that it does an excellent job of simultaneously recording all 16 cameras whether you have it set for CIF at 30 frames per second or D1 at 7 frames per second (our particular preference). The videos a clear, defined, colorful and that night the infrared mode produces good black and white footage as well.

This is obviously no department store boxed up system that will have a 50/50 chance of working or lasting. This is a high quality system that performs well, especially the DVR. Although the new experience of installing this system presented some challenges for me, as far as the equipment is concerned it is top notch and for that I will rate this at five stars and willfully recommend this system to others.
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  Review by L. Brooks on Feb 19, 2014
This is a good 16 channel system, especially is you all you really need is the video monitoring and not a lot of extras. It looks like Security Camera King "trimmed off the fat" on their 16 channel full size Ultimate package and reduced the recording resolution to frame rate ratios. For the amount you save in purchase price it's definitely worth it. Basically, it's a package system with a DVR that is great for video security. It's easy enough to install and configure so you should have no problem with that. After purchasing ours though, I did realize that it would probably be better for most situations to go with the 1500 foot Siamese cable option because of the varying cable length requirements you'll encounter for 16 cameras.
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  Review by Gooding, Oscar (Pennsylvania USA) on Jan 12, 2014
We purchased this system for our building back in October but I thought I would wait a while to see how it works before I completed a review. I've seen some people knock this system with their ratings because of the CIF resolution in realtime and D1 at 7 frames per second but I don't think that is fair to Security Camera King because it says right up front what the specifications are. I think they should do better research to get familiar with the differences in resolution and such, and Security Camera King even has a comparison video in their "CCTV Learning Center" section. We run all 16 cameras on our system at CIF and realtime and it works just fine for us. Of course, if you need finer detail I can see why others would bump up to higher resolutions. The cameras work well and the 600TVL resolution is a good fit for CIF. The cameras are standard cameras; no OSD, varifocal lens, or long range IR (50 feet is their rating) but for a "Mini Economy" package they work very well. The DVR has a surprising amount of features and options including the remote access feature. In this day and age I can see where the remote access would be standard on DVRs but I didn't think I would find one that would support multiple users simultaneously. All three video outputs work well and we actually use three monitors simultaneously. After almost 4 months of operation, I'll give this system five stars.
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"OK" Package But the Resolution/Frame Rate Could Be Better
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  Review by Rob Furlow on Nov 25, 2013
I am a do-it-yourselfer and not a security video camera professional. I wanted a system to install for my business and as I calculated it, it would require about 16 cameras. After looking through Security Camera King's website I decided on this system because of all the features and the price. The DVR has some great features and the cameras work great. The system is a nice package deal. I probably should have done some consulting (which I didn't) or more research though because I'm not real happy with the resolution/frame rate. This system records CIF resolution at 30 frames per second. CIF resolution is kind of like the "old" standard resolution at 352 X 240 pixels. It doesn't pick up much detail. It also records at D1 resolution which is basically twice that of CIF at 704 X 480 pixels. D1 resolution is definitely the way to go, however, this system records D1 at 7 frames per second. When played back 7 fps is more like several quick snapshots than video. I realized after I was done with everything, I could have purchased the Ultimate system for less than $200 more and gotten D1 resolution at 30 fps. Live and learn I guess. At any rate everything works great, but I am still going to give this 3 stars for the lower end resolution/frame rates so in case other do-it-yourselfers read this they will be aware of what I learned.
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  Review by Sergy Triana on Oct 07, 2013
There's no doubt in my mind that this is a high quality system. The recorder will handle 16 cameras at CIF at realtime rates or at a higher resolution of D1 but a lower video rate of 7fps. For this reason, I would recommend that if you are looking for good D1 quality video at realtime rates, you might as well "bump up" to the Ultimate system for a couple hundred extra dollars. It will be worth it to you in the long run. On the other hand if you are satisfied with CIF or D1 at 7fps this system really can't be beat. It's not one of those box systems that will break easily if you sneeze on it. This is a hard core high quality video security system that can really do the job. The package comes with many features, lots of options, and Security Camera King's lifetime technical support which can't be beat. If you ever deal with their guys in their support department you'll see what I mean, they are more than willing to help, know their stuff, and do a good job.
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  Review by K. Burch on Aug 22, 2013
My company recently bought your 16 channel Elite Mini Economy system for our office building and asked me to take care of it. We upgraded the storage of the hard drive and the cameras as well to the 700 TVL 2.8 - 12 mm Indoor/Outdoor IR domes. Let me say right off the bat that I am not a security camera professional and I wasn't real thrilled with the extra duty of installing and maintaining this thing. That being said, let me also say that this system was very easy to install and set up (remember--not a CCTV person). I guess there would circumstances where 600 TVL fixed lens cameras would work just fine for this system, but on the other hand if you need to record in a high resolution like D1 you might as well bite the bullet and fork out the extra bucks for an upgrade to a varifocal lens cameras, especially in this case, to a 700 TVL varifocal lens camera. The adjustable lens allows you to adjust your camera for the best shot and combined with the 700 TVL color resolution and the D1 recording display, you can't ask for much more and the 15 frames per second recording rate is plenty fast enough for our purposes.. The cameras seem to be of good quality not only because they have a varifocal lens and 700 TVL resolution, but they also don't seem to present any problems during operation (like camera loss or small objects setting off the motion detection by mistake) and they have about a 50 foot infrared range in total darkness.

But as far as I am concerned, the DVR is the real "honey" in the system. It comes with audio support and 1 bidirectional talk channel. For a "Mini" version this DVR has a lot of choices for displays. You can use HDMI, VGA, or BNC or all three at once and there is still room for a BNC spot monitor. The video options themselves are a work of art. You can record all 16 channels with D1 resolution at 15 frames per second simultaneously. You can also drop down the resolution lower (CIF for example) and record at a rate of 30 frames per second, also what Security Camera King refers to as the "real time" rate. You can split the display into a variety of options, 1, 4, 8, 8, or 16 and you can do the same with a spot split. Each camera also has four self defined four-sided zones for privacy masking if you need it. The DVRs OSD operates the features and the included USB mouse or the included infrared remote control operates the OSD. I'll let you check it out further if you like, by reading the specs and owner's manual. The DVR plays back just as well as it records. Finally, with all that stuff going on, it can still manage to be operated and monitored remotely via Internet. You can use a personal computer, MAC, iPad, or just about any smartphone along with Security Camera King's free downloadable apps. This is one of the better systems I've seen but I have to admit, I haven't seen many. That's why I gave it four stars instead of five.
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  Review by David Browne, Operations Lead on Jul 23, 2013
We purchased this system because we needed more than 8 cameras to cover our location, as it turns out, we ended up using 14 cameras which still leaves us two empty channels and we intend to fill one with a Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ) camera. We also thought originally that that the frame rate of 30 frames per second was important for our security application. When I prepared quoted prices for the board of directors I included the 16 Channel Ultimate Mini as well since it was only a couple of hundred dollars more and recorded D1 resolution on all channels at 30 frames per second compared to the Elite which does CIF at 30 frames per second. As it turns out they settled on the Elite mini (I probably should have just gave them one quote) because it was cheaper.

I installed the system, mounting the cameras in all the locations that we required. The installation was relatively easy except for some of the cable runs. Actually running the cables is probably the most difficult part, at least for us. The most time consuming was aiming and adjusting each individual camera as I was setting up the system. I guess professional installers have portable monitors they can use but I didn't so I had to do a lot of running back and forth. Anyway, after setting the system up, I started working with the various settings on the On Screed Display. I tried using the D1 resolution recording on all channels at 7 frames per second, and to my surprise, the 7 fps rate was plenty fast enough for our purposes so we ended up with a D1 resolution on all channels system anyway at the lowest price!

We maxed out the hard drive option and upgraded the cameras to the 700 TVL varifocal cameras with the 100 foot IR range. The cameras were a sizeable upgrade expense, but they were definitely worth it as we were able to get the exact shots we needed, and I believe with these cameras it saved us from ordering either more cameras to do the same job or more expensive specialty cameras to the same job. The system works great!

The quality of the video recordings is excellent in color (under lighted conditions) and in black and white (under infrared mode when there is not enough light). We couldn't ask for much more for this system. Our supervisors love the remote access via the Internet feature as all of them either have iPhones or Android phones and we have downloaded your apps to set them up with remote access. Your staff was very cordial and helpful, and I will be happy to refer others to you. I'm sure any future video security purchases we make iin the future will be with Security Camera King.
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