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The IR night vision is great and more so in comparison to the system just replaced with this Swann system. Setup is relatively easy and somewhat intuitive especially if one has previously set up a similar system. However, the user manual could/should be better. Certain screen shots in the manual do not match the actual display in that certain features shown in the actual display are not shown in the manual screen shot so not covered.
Certain feature explanations/descriptions could/should be covered in greater depth/detail in the user manual. The desktop app is OK, but should have greater capabilities to maintain/set up the system.
This system has a warning light that can be enabled when motion detection recording is activated. This helps to light the area, but the IR is good even without the warning light. The system I had previously (different manufacturer) had a horrible night vision capability.
I would have given the system 5 stars if the user manual was better.
So we got this camera and have it all set up. It was not terrible getting set up. The cameras get set into place and then dont move. the response time on e the camera to the wifi app is actually pretty good. only off by a second of real life time or two. We had to get more wire to make them reach to where we wanted them.
We went with wired so we only had to get them on once and not have to worry about charging them again. We are happy so far with this. My biggest concern though is my android doesnt get notifications, and we are not getting the motion light to do what it should. Otherwise, cameras are working fine. you can manual record or auto record or both. So that is nice.
Very easy to install if you're handy with a drill and hole saw.
Image quality is good, but it's a stretch to say you can make out facial features out beyond 10 feet from the camera.
The app is good for limited access, and that only.if the base unit is hardwired to your internet: if you're relying on a wifi connection the lag makes it un-usable.
Direct interface not the most user-friendly. Trial and error got us through it, but still. Pro-tip: download the user's manual before you start. Once we figured it out, the ability to tailor each camera was pretty nice.
The terabyte hard drive allows for 8 cameras to 24/7 record for about a week.
All in all we like the system, and it's a good deal for the price.
Great camera system! Clear picture. Easy to set up. Easy to use. And affordable. Was a little disappointed that the price dropped considerably after purchasing and Amazon does not do a price match.. but other than that, they’ve been great!!
Great system for the price. The only downfall is that app does not allow you to setup notification for a specific time period. I really only care to have warning when motion is detected after hours not 24/7.