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Complete 8 Channel Elite Mini Economy DVR Security Camera Surveillance System


Product# PACK-ELITE-8-MINI-E
Complete 8 Channel Elite Mini Economy DVR Security Camera Surveillance System
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Complete 8 Channel Elite Mini Economy DVR Security Camera Surveillance System
  Review by Carl Jaskowicz on Sep 24, 2014
I bought this package deal for my home. I ordered right here on the Security Camera King website and received it in like 3 days. I guess the 800TVL cameras enhance the small size CIF recording. (I don't know for sure because I haven't owned anything else). The DVR's features are plentiful and useful, the CIF resolution no so much. I purchased this because I though it was a good price for a high quality 8 camera package. However, if I had it to do all over again, I would spend the $120 extra and purchase the Ultimate system to get the D1 recording on every channel. If 7 frames per second is fast enough for you then you can still get D1 out of this DVR. I just thought with today's technology with all the megapixel cameras out there for some reason the CIF would blow up without losing much clarity, but it doesn't.
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  Review by Sean Trump on Jul 30, 2014
I am very satisfied with this system for my home. I ordered the system online and received it within just a couple of days. I was so eager to install it, I did so that weekend (it didn't take all weekend). The cameras are simple, basic cameras but at 800 TVL they capture a really nice video and they do more than well enough for me. I did have some questions since I am totally new to CCTVs (this was my first system) so I contacted Security Camera King and their support department. They have a great technical support department and I hope they never get "too large" to overlook how much that means. I played around with the DVR in several different ways and finally settled on using to monitors and the hook up to the Internet. At first I was "dead set" on recording in real time so I recorded at CIF resolution, but when I tried recording in D1 resolution, there was a significant difference and the 7 frames per second was still fast enough for me so that is where I am at. The DVR and cameras seem dependable (their quality isn't even questionable) and I will see how they do. If something happens I will right another comment down the road in the review section, but I don't anticipate any problems.
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  Review by Gary Frampton on Jun 12, 2014
This is a nice eight channel package system. The gear was easy to install and configure. There are plenty of options and features with the DVR and records the video nicely. If CIF display resolution is good enough for you then I would recommend this package system. However if D1 is more like what you're looking for I would suggest that that you purchase the complete eight channel ultimate mini DVR Security camera system instead. Although this system can display D1 resolution video the frame rate at this resolution can only be as high as seven frames per second. Otherwise this is a very good system and I would recommend it to others.
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  Review by Jacques Mollere on Mar 31, 2014
I bought this to protect our residence and our detached garage. I really haven't decided yet which mode I like best; the CIF at 30 frames per or the D! resolution recording at 7 frames per second, although I must admit I am leaning toward the D1 at 7FPS. The cameras and system were pretty easy to install. If you can install a wired doorbell than you should a able to install your own video security system. The 700TVL cameras make for a nice video image and I was surprised when even the infrared mode kicked in, that the definition and clarity in black and white was just as good as it was during the daytime hours in color. I honestly have to say that we really don use the system for monitoring too much when we are home, and when we are away, we usually access it remotely using are Samsung phones. Security Camera King makes the apps available for free and thy work great!
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  Review by Ferko, Tim (Vermont USA) on Feb 12, 2014
I decided that I would install my own video security system. I do a lot of do it yourself projects so I figured it couldn't be much worse to do than any of them. I did a lot of planning and research on camera placement, what type I would need, etc. and I settled on an 8 channel DVR that could record CIF at 30 frames per second. I quickly learned that there are a lot of different systems available out there, especially these ones that are and adjunct or connect to your personal computer. I wanted a standalone unit. I found several that were much cheaper than this one by Security Camera King, however when I checked out the cameras and equipment they seemed very low quality and easily breakable. To make a long story short, I settled on this system. I'm happy with the results. The cameras work fine, the DVR works great, and I can access the system any time I want from my Samsung phone. As far as installation was concerned, that was relatively easy. The cameras mount to the surface by using screws (and anchors if needed). The hardest part of this portion of the job was simply running the cable (attaching it to surfaces neatly, tucking or hiding it out of the way, drilling holes in walls, etc.) Once everything was installed and hooked up, the "real fun" began. I couldn't leave all the features the DVR offers. I started trying different options just to see what they were like. I'm still running through the OSD and experimenting. Everything works great and I am very satisfied with this system, price and all. I did contact Security Camera King's support department with some questions and they were quick to answer and very accurate. I can't see any reason not rate this system or the company five stars.
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  Review by Tony Delfino on Jan 10, 2014
I'm not a professional security video camera person, however, in lieu of some recent neighborhood burglary reports and because I've been considering doing this for quite some time anyway, I purchased this 8 channel mini setup. I didn't upgrade anything, I purchased it just the way it comes with the exception of adding a 1Terabyte internal hard disk drive.

I've done a lot of research on my own to try to obtain the best possible system and the best possible price. That includes shopping at local stores (including Wal-mart, Sams, etc) and on line. First of all, I can save you some time if you are like me by telling you don't even bother with systems sold at department stores or home improvement stores if you want true quality video security systems. Basically, that leaves us with local (or national) installation companies or purchasing on line. Most of my local installation companies want to do just that; install the security video system, they aren't really into just selling the system and you installing it yourself. So, that basically left me with an on line purchase.

I have not seen any other website like Security Camera King's, where the site is devoted so much to the customer, and especially to supporting the do-it-yourselfer as well as the professional. For this reason and many others, I purchased this system. It was easy to install, more like a fun project for me than a burden. Mounting the cameras was easy, the longest and most difficult portion of the install was running the cables. Also, since I hadn't done this before and didn't really think ahead, I didn't realize I would have to run back and forth between camera and DVR/monitor to aim or adjust the cameras.

The cameras and the DVR are very good. Although the cameras are a basic "no frills" camera they still produce a very high quality color (and in infrared mode black and white) video picture. I read the specifications of the DVR on line but I really didn't appreciate all the features it has until I started working with it. The On Screen Display takes a little while to learn, not necessarily how to operate but where everything is located. Other than that, it is quick and easy. I am very satisfied with my set up and I would recommend this system to others.
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  Review by Luther White on Nov 21, 2013
This is a nice package system for my home. The 600TVL cameras provide and excellent quality video recording, especially of the area around the house. I know I could have spent a couple of hundred dollars more for the Ultimate system to get a full 30 frame per second rate for each camera at D1 instead of 7 frames per second, but for my needs the 7fps at D1 is just fine (and in my mind I save 200 dollars). In addition I have one camera placed on my front porch specially covering the entrance up close. This way, while I'm downstairs in the "man cave" watching football or basketball, I can see who is at my front door if necessary, by just using my TV (I have the DVR connected to my picture in a picture option so I don't miss a thing but can still monitor the camera(s)). I don't need a lot of internal hard drive disk space especially since I motion detect record anyway so that works out too. Finally, my wife particularly likes the system because we both travel for work and when we are at work or on travel we can check on the house just by using our work computers or our smartphones. The Security Camera King support people were very helpful too.
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  Review by Don Slater on Oct 05, 2013
I don't know how you can't say this isn't the best 8 camera video security camera surveillance system on the market. This is a hot item on my list for customers when they want a small, basic 8 channel DVR system that comes complete with everything you need to do the job (but a full time monitor--which typically may not be needed). By the time you add the internal hard drive cost you still have a nice 8 channel system that costs well under $1000 and the quality just can't be beat. In fact you could get a 1 Tb internal hard disk drive, installed, and upgrade the cameras to the 700TVL models with the On Screen Display and still stay under $1000. One point of importance though is that this system will record all 8 channels simultaneously and continuously without missing a beat, at CIF resolution (which used to be the industry standard). But these days more and more people are asking for D1 resolution video recording so if you want to record at D1 on this system you can, but the frame rate must drop to 7 frames per second, which is pretty jerky, but still gets the job done. Some people may consider the lack of a monitor a cop out on Security Camera King's behalf but I don't. That is another thing that has changed greatly in the industry over the years. First, many of my clients don't want a monitor AT ALL. The only time what HAS to be used is so you can set up the system. But once it is set up, you don't have to use one. Then there are my customers who will use anywhere from 1 to 3 monitors, all the time. So I think it is a good choice on Security Camera King's behalf to leave the monitor procurement up to the user since there are so many different customers wanting different things these days. Incidentally, since this system offers full remote access (for multiple users) via the Internet or a network, a personal computer, tablet, Blackberry, or smartphone can be used as a monitor and to control the system. The other positive out of this is that Security Camera King makes all of the software and apps needed for remote access available FREE OF CHARGE. I can't beat free....lol. Anyway, I have to agree with many others; for a mini 8 channel quality video security and surveillance system this can't be beat.
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  Review by Reynolds, Kevin (New York USA) on Aug 15, 2013
I'm willing to say that this is probably THE best 8 channel mini system on the market. You can't beat the price for the quality. Oh you can find other systems that will be a lot cheaper, but the pale in comparison when it comes to features and quality. I have had several customers request these systems and every order I have made whether I called it in or made it on line, I received with just a few days. Security Camera King's sales and support staff is always friendly and customer oriented. One time I received a camera that was damaged (probably in shipping). I called Security Camera King, sent it back and had a replacement right away.

This system does a great job of recording color video (or black and white) in D1 resolution at 7 frames per second (actually, if you want to drop the resolution down to the old CIF standard, it will do that at 30 frames per second or "real time.") The 600 TVL cameras work well for basic cameras, but I recommend upgrading to the 700TVL models (might as well get the most bang for your buck). This is a good system with a good price. I couldn't imagine anyone being disappointed with it.
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  Review by Paul Eckkert on Jul 19, 2013
This is a great multi-camera system with everything you need to get up and running except a monitor and cable clips or attachments. The DVR does an excellent job of recording all 8 cameras simultaneously whether you have it set to record at CIF and 30 frames per second or D1 and 7 frames per second. The size of the DVR is small so there isn't a lot of room for many internal hard disk drives or an internal DVD burner but that's fine with me because for my application I really don't need either anyway. I think that for the price, this is an excellent security video economy system. It's a little more expensive than what you may find through typical retail channels (electronic stores, home improvement stores, Walmart, etc) but the quality of the DVR and cameras far exceeds that of those "comparable" systems that are available. I thought the absence of a DVR could be a problem, but when I initially set up the system I connected the DVR to my big screen LCD TV because it has an available HDMI port. But after setting it up and running it, I have to admit that I don't think I've ever bothered to check the system on my TV monitor because I am always using my smartphone with the free Security camera King smartphone app instead. This is a nice little unit that is priced right for complete video security coverage of my home. I would recommend this system to others, and already have.
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