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March 7, 2013 at 6:14 pm #31580Mike HaldasKeymaster
CCTV Camera Pros received the following question related to one of our YouTube videos:
Hello first and foremost THANK YOU for being one of those helpful people who respond to questions posted by other people even for a 2yr old video you uploaded. I'm looking for a home surveillance system with 8ch, I just recently found out that some DVR's only record in lower resolution where a "D1" will record better and some have all D1 channels to record on. What I would like to know is can I purchase a good DVR that will record on all D1 (and is it better that way) and also if I were to find a decent one then am I am to attach any camera to it or are their specifics only for that dvr. If my question is a bit unclear please do tell so I can clarify a but more. Its because I have a good harddrive of my own to place a DVR in, and the ones online or store then to be expensive with 500GB or 1TB so I thought to get one good DVR with good function and install my own harddrive rather than buy a whole system which will include good dvr but not so good camera. Looking veryyyyy forward to your reply.
CCTV Camera Pros reply:
Thank You for the kind words and for reaching out with your questions. Yes D1 is the best resolution than traditional CCTV cameras can record at. This is a 704 x 480 resolution image. We have a new technology called HD-SDI that is capable of 1080p resolution (1920 x 1080). These are different cameras than traditional CCTV. We have hybrid DVRs that can connect to a mix of CCTV and HD-SDI cameras. The CCTV channels are capable of D1 resolution and the idea behind the hybrid DVRs is that many users will migrate to HD-SDI over the next 3-5 years but they want to leverage their existing cameras. The other idea behind offering hybrid DVRs is that many users only need HD resolution for some cameras and traditional CCTV in standard definition is fine for other cameras. Please take a look at our iDVR product line to see traditional CCTV recorders that we recommend (capable of D1 on all channels).
Take a look at our Viewtron line to see ther hybrid CCTV / HD-SDI DVRs I mentioned (D1 on CCTV channels / 1080p on HD channels).
We can discount our DVRs if you want to purchase any without a hard drive installed. Let me know if I can help further.
-Mike HaldasMarch 8, 2013 at 4:38 pm #32467Mike HaldasKeymaster
This customer followed up with us with the below questions:
1. Can I purchase any DVR (given it has adequate harddrive space and a 8ch) from anywhere they sell it, and plug any surveillance camera to it? Or do I need to have of the same brand as the dvr and camera for it to work?
You do not need to purchase the same brand DVR and cameras. Just be sure to get standard CCTV cameras that work with coaxial cable for the video and BNC connectors. Some proprietary cameras and DVRs use a non-standard type of connector to run power and video.
2. The more IR led on a night vision camera, the better? Is that true?
Not necessarily. Not all products are created equal. The quality of the image sensor, IR LEDs, and camera firmware (software) are all factors. This is why there are cameras on the market for $40 and cameras on the market for $400.
3. If I get purchase a dvd and it states I can view it from online anywhere there is a internet connection…. do I need to pay for a subscription/ licence or can do I just need the camera's IP, user name, and password to access it? (it'll be used on a home)
Our systems do not have any monthly subscription fees to connect. Some other companies do charge for this.
4. Lastly, are all dvrs that record on a harddrive can be accessed from a different part of the world and playback while still recording, or do they stop recording since you're replaying a file from lets say yesterday then once you finish playing a file they start back?
Most can record and playback at the same time. Some very low end DVRs can not. All of ours do.
Again, THANK YOU veryyyy veryyyy much for your replies and I look forward to doing business with you as my budget is approx $600 for 6camera and a dvr that can record and still be able to view from a different part of the world when I travel at nightvision given the access is password protected so no one can view my house other than me with a password. Looking forward to your reply on those four questions.
Unfortunately, we do not sell ultra low end equipment to compete with systems that you may see at sams club or costco, so I do not have anything in a 6 camera configuration in the price range. You can likely find something in that price range, but with a company backing it with support and knowledge to be thorough like we are is very unlikely.
Please let me know if I can help further.
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