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3 stars are all for the hardware. wish I could give 0 star to software.
both Web and Client Pro interface are poorly thought out and full of bugs. as others may have commented already: - software/firmware are lack of function controls compared to other brands, e.g. pre and post motion recording. some footage stops in the middle of recording events (my other brand camera recorded the same in the entirety). - some functions provided appear not fully tested before final release, e.g. when Video Tampering is enabled (by default) and when IR is off in a dark area, it thinks the lens is covered and the cam would record (nothing) non-stop. - the web interface with IE is essentially useless displaying fragments of the interface across the screen especially on a 4k monitor. Google Chrome Plugin seems better than IE but stripped off all Chrome browser functions: you can't save login info and you have to type in the IP address every time. certain display don't work well on 4k, and some buttons have not effect. - from time to time, on the motion detection grids, when you specify one area, the defined area shows up on somewhere else. the Client Pro requires many clicks to get around, and some features are cumbersome, such as playback... - the tech assist is available but when it come to real tech issues, the techs show lack of knowledge and send me to a wild goose chase. some times they are elegant and impatient because I don't understand Indian English accent well.
I am looking for more cams for my security needs, but won't buy this one as long as those issues persist.
I love Amcrest cameras for my Blue Iris setup. This is my 8th from them. I bought this one (4K / 8MP) to replace a 4MP cam, with the hopes of more picture detail and I liked the SD card option.
I'd say the picture quality is not noticably better, but both are still very good overall, and WDR mode works great too. Night vision and low light seems improved though.
The microSD card option is nice as a backup in case your Blue Iris / NVR goes down. I tried to use their cloud service as an off-site backup, but it doesn't support 4K resolution yet, so it gets changed to less. Their app and cloud service are functional but not great quality, so overall I decided not to use it, and am sticking with Blue Iris.
Like all of their cameras, its http setup page works on most browsers, but live preview, clip playback, and motion zone setup, requires using Chrome and their plugin.
The Camera Came right up on my NVR. However, I lost the Motion Detection Feature since I was using a Dahua NVR and tech support for Amcrest did not know if it would work or not. The camera looked like it was built well.
This camera's picture is AMAZING. I have hikvision all around my house. 3mp and 4mp. This camera blows them out of the water and the price is amazingly reasonable. I have it configured through Luxriot and can view from anywhere. I am going to replace the others with these as soon as funds allow. Day time picture is unbelievable and the nighttime picture is good. The IR could probably be a little better, but at this price point it is a no-brainer.
UPDATE 11/19/2018: Purchased a second one for the backyard replacing another of my 3MP cameras. The first one is still going strong and will eventually replace all cameras with these.
Unlike the early versions of Foscam cameras, this one really works well. The picture quality is top notch. The Amcrest menu is pretty straightforward. The alarm settings are adjustable (via a schedule and sensitivity) and it can also send an email when there's a problem with the SD card. This is really helpful as I don't have a DVR setup yet so I record directly to the microSD card.
I've only had one minor issue, and that is with the mounting plate and the flexibility (or lack of flexibility). The "ball" mount only has one "slot" on the side for extreme left/right or up/down. For example, if I mount this to a flat surface, I can rotate the mount 90 degrees to choose either a wide range of up/down OR a wide range of left/right but not both at the same time. For me, this isn't a show-stopper and I was able to work around it. My advice is to thoroughly test your mounting location before drilling holes.
I'll be purchasing more of these and probably the Blue Iris DVR software.
I Love the 4k resolution. Pretty easy to set the basic camera up. I did find a few of my camera tools did not support the high res camera, but Amcrest tool on Android and my mobile BlueIris app works great. If you plan to video capture these camera, you need more horse power in your computer (quad processor) then it can handle the load when you are recording multiple cameras. I love the very wide camera angle which allow me to cover large areas of my property.