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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.
The design of the camera's use of an SD card, as others have noted, is extremely poor. It requires surgery to get at the slot - and that slot is very delicate -- there is no confirmation that the card is set until you put everything back together and run a test -- I have 5 of these cameras and they usually do NOT set the first attempt. Amcrest really dropped the ball on this model. Would recommend staying clear from this model.
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.