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First off let me say that I think the quality of the image this camera produces is very good. I’m not convinced it’s 4K, but it’s pretty good. There is one flaw however with Amcrest in general which effects this camera as well so I’ll be returning it. Amcrest has two iPhone apps, Amcrest View Pro and Amcrest Cloud. I set both up, not once did I get any notifications for motion from the Amcrest Cloud app. I found the app a pain to set up and not user friendly for someone who may be technologically impaired. The Amcrest View app will alert you on motion, however, there is NO audible notification on iOS devices. The notification pops up, but never plays a noise. What is the point in the middle of the night when someone comes on my property that I don’t get an audible alert? The other thing I don’t like about this camera (and a lot of POE cameras is that the connecting wire has both an Ethernet jack and a power jack. If I’m running POE, why do I need the other one, that’s the whole reason I bought POE seems just another spot for water to get in.
Not much to tell except that I had to replace it. This one was not working at first and then it started worked for about an hour and then no picture at all lol. I figured it must be defective and sent it back for a replacement. Amcrest makes a decent product in my opinion and in my experience In dealing with there products I never have never to much trouble getting things to run smoothly. It just works.
But I spent hours trying everything I could think of to get it to work, it never was quite right out of the box, it should pair right up to the amcrest NVR with no problems, just like my other 3 camera that are currently working perfectly on that same amcrest NVR with the same setup.
The good - Camera has a nice picture. The fisheye effect is pretty nice considering it’s wide angle.
The bad - The interface through IP address is terrible. I have a number of Amcrest cameras and the interface is painfully slow and prone to freezing up. This camera takes it a step in the wrong direction. When you log into the camera from an IP address the video does not show. There is a link the comes up for a plug-in that has to be installed in order to see the video. Well those of us who have the latest Mac OS are SOL. No way to ever see video. To adjust the video settings, I had to bring up the video from a third party application on my iPad, iPhone, or another computer to see what my adjustments do to the picture. To be fair, I did not use the Amcrest application to set up and adjust camera settings.
I have an 16 channel nvr with 8 8MP cameras. These are ethernet cameras which are hardwired on a very fast network. When the monitor is connected directly to the NVR cameras turn on and off randomly. Playback to review an incident is a joke. You can't even enter a time frame. When you select two cameras and attempt to manually review an incident, the camera display turns on and off randomly. When I select the substream nothing works at all. The system was set up on a tech call with Amcreast so it should be setup correctly...
There is also a software interface that is as problematic. I cannot get the sound to work and it seems to be filled with features that simply do not work. I asked in a prior call, How do you use the Video Wall feature and the answer is.. oh that doesn't work.
I'm ready to scrap the entire system.. all purchased within the past six months.. and buy a real system..
I suspect the people who have given favorable reviews are only using 1 or 2 cameras. Its probably much better when used that way... but don't try to use this as a business security system.. its crap.
Had I written this review prior to the update from Apple months ago, I would have rated the camera a bit better. Not thrilled with the picture in darkness though. It has been common knowledge for years that 32-bit software would become obsolete to apple products. I never dreamed that the software for the newest camera on the market would be obsolete within weeks of me purchasing the camera. Thankfully I only purchased one rather than four. No projected time for compatible software to operate the camera. I had to pay for cloud service to record and features such as zoom and audio are lost. Customer support was nice enough, but not much help. Hopefully, there are better cameras in this price point out there.
The quality of the video from the start is nice. but I needed it in where if I zoom in i need to be able to read the tag of a car. Whats the point to say, "yup that car hit my car, that car threw that" cop is going to say, "ok, but with no tag number its useless what you say" because of the zooming incapabilities i returned it.
When they say Turret it makes it sound like the camera is a Pan and Tilt camera but it is a fixed camera. The camera is easy to setup however the quality is not what I expected from Amcrest and the night vision is no where near 164 Feet maybe 50 feet at best.
Overall picture quality is good. Couldn't complain about the camera, until it stopped working that is. Even though it's under warranty, Amcrest wants the purchaser to pay for shipping ($15) for RMAed cameras. Had noting but good things to say about the cameras, till I had to use their support services.