High end consumer grade HD Home Surveillance Digital NVR system. All this quality comes at a steep price; let’s see if it’s worth it.
Here’s the QC808-487-2, it’s a high end consumer grade 8 Channel HD Home Surveillance Digital NVR system. NVR stands for Network Video Recording. All this quality comes at a steep price; let’s see if it’s worth it.
Built in Software
Yesterday I reviewed the QS558 its software was great, but the quality of the cameras not very much. This system is the other way around. The camera quality is great, but the software could be a little better for this price point. Don’t get me wrong, it can do everything, it just has a few quirks.
Believe it or not, but the 720p cameras in this kit seem to put out a better quality image then their 1080p counterparts. I think the reason for this is the fact that the 1080p camera is so small and stuffed inside of an adjustable dome house. The other camera is larger, and has room for a bigger sensor. Also I think that the NVR plays a huge factor in the quality as well, it might be down-scaling the 1080p or magically making the 720 better. Either way it wouldn’t be a bad idea to save a few dollars and buy 4 more 720p cameras to go along with this kit.
All I can say is this If you own a store, and don’t have a camera setup this is for you. If you own a home and want the best, then this is for you. You can see everything! The details are so sharp you can see everything. You can clearly make out faces, writing and has great color reproduction. Just look at my pictures, yes that is a guy digging through my trash, yes I don’t recycle as much as I’d like, but I guess I don’t need to with him around! The video playback is great, works perfectly. We never had an issue.
The NVR has 4 input Ethernet ports that sport PoE (Power Over Ethernet). This is great, its one cord with one plug and the power brick plugs right into the back of the NVR. There’s also 1 Coaxial video out, HDMI, VGA, Coaxial Audio out, Coaxial Audio in, USB, RS232, and 1 LAN Connection along with the usual alarm in/out connections as well as PTZ. For the price of this unit, I’m sad to see the lack of eSATA. I guess even with this price you can’t have everything. The other strange thing is that this unit is an 8 Channel NVR with only 4 ports. This is strange but can come in handy if you had 4 cameras really far away. This is because you can run 1 Ethernet from your router to another PoE hub and have 4 more cameras connected to it.
The software for this QC NVR System wasn’t as fine-tuned as the QS version we tested yesterday, but it did work, and it worked with almost no lag. It was basically a 100% live view, which is the best we’ve seen from all the systems we’ve ever used. This is staggering because this unit pushes out a 1080p signal. It’s sharp it’s clear it’s the shit.
On the internet things got a little pixeled, but not too bad, just a little rough around the edges. There was also a little bit of lag and stuttered some times. I’m not sure if there was some kind of configuration error on my part or what but I do think that with some fine tuning you can get this to be as smooth as it was on our Mobile test platform. Other than a few video delays and some stuttering the quality was good, All our screenshots were taken within the software, and unlike the QS558 this unit has PC software that works with Windows 8.
If you want the sharpest, clearly picture you have ever seen from a Security camera then I fully recommend this unit. Its price is steep, but it’s well worth it when you see that persons face, and can actually make out whom it is. I have seen footage of crimes from stores and restaurant’s this system puts most of them to shame. I give the QC808-487-2 a 4.5 out of 5.