Review: Q-See QC808-487-2 – 8 Channel HD NVR

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  • QC808-487-2
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Home Security System: Q-See
  • Version: QC808-487-2
  • Price: $1,699.99
  • Reviewed by:
  • On February 9, 2013
  • Last modified:February 9, 2013

Review Summary:

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.

The QC808-487-2

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.

The Cameras

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.

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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.

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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.

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Internet Software

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.

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  1. The Q-See NVR system is pretty good for the price. I really like mine. However, before I purchased the QC804 from Costco, Q-See support told me on their Facebook page that if I wanted to add more cameras all I had to do was add them to a PoE switch and it would recognize them. Unfortunately this wasn’t true. Q-See releases the exact same processors (a dual core ARM based processor and a Broadcom h.264 mp4 decoder) for the QC804  QC808 and QC8016, merely charging your hundreds of dollars more for a simple firmware change. All of these units have the same rating of 120FPS (30FPS per channel @ 720p) – So the more cameras you add the lower frame rate you get. Down to about 5fps when you have 16 720 cameras. I seriously hope they revamp their main processor to one of the newer ARM models with 4, 8, or even 16 cores. The difference in base cost would be $30-$80 to them, meaning $150-$250 to us.. But it would be worth it. While they say the 804 will run 30FPS for 4 720p cameras, it is really far closer to 20FPS. It certainly isn’t fluid or smooth enough to be 30FPS. But don’t take all my critical statements too harshly here.. For the price, even with the exaggerated and misleading specs, is still pretty darn good. I just wish I hadn’t followed one of their tech/sales person’s advice and believed that my QC804 would support more than 4 cameras.. Because I spent $300 to buy two more cameras and really I can’t do much with them. Sure they are on my LAN and I can view them with software, but I have my NVR connected to a HDMI switch and displaying on 4 monitors around my house. I want the NVR to control everything, I don’t want to access each camera via their garbage software on a PC. Real time smooth display is the only way for me when I’m around the house. I use software on my smartphone to view them away from the house.
    If you would like to read some more detailed experiences with users, visit the below links (images of the camera taken apart)

    • @absmith29 I didn’t have enough cameras to full test the unit with all 8 channels but as far as I can tell from looking at the software it supports more then just 4, and supports all 8 at 30fps, but only with 720p, its 15fps with 1080p. I think the QC804 is only for, hence the 804 and this model is 8 since its the QC808. I too have fallen victim to false advertising with security camera units in the past, but overall this one seems ok. I’m not sure about the processor, but video card manufactures and computer processor such as Nvidia, Intel and AMD have being doing these kinds of things for years. Its cheaper to have one faster unit and downgrade them with software/hardware modifications then for them to actually offer them all with the fastest speed.

      • quadrent. If you check the actual specs of the 804 808 and 8016 on Q-See’s website, you’ll notice that all 3 models support a total of 120FPS. No matter how many cameras you have connected. So unless they are too inattentive to update their own website, the math doesn’t add up. I still say at best you are getting 25fps per camera with 4 720p cameras, and 10-15 with 8. Bump up to 16 cameras and you’re lucky to get 5-7fps. I have a theory that all 3 models have the exact same chipset and nothing different except the software allowing you to add more cameras. It is really unfortunate, because I’d happily pay another $100-$200 for 16 camera support. But they want $500-$700 more for it.
        Also keep in mind that you cannot hook up a PoE switch to the PoE internal 4 port switch (something they sorta forget to mention) – you have to place it on the WAN port of the device and have it recognize the additional cameras on your local LAN (typically meaning your cameras all get 192.168.0.x addresses, which is just fine really.

  2. absmith29 says:

    A follow up on this. Since I got my first very weak 804 then 808 units, I got a NVR32 unit from which is a dual core system but still seriously under powered. Don’t get me wrong, for the price, I LOVE it. But Dahua (makers of Q-See products) need to move up to 8 core processors on consumer models. They also stream the SECOND STREAM in grid view, when it should be showing a scaled down PRIMARY VIEW.. because everyone sets their second stream to a low frame rate and resolution so that their smart phones can view it. The majority of people don’t have even 1mbit to upload, let alone their smart phone MAYBE having the 4G to show the cameras decently. Another tip, don’t use Q-See’s crap implemtations of Dahua software. Get Smart PSS (for PC) and gDMSS for your smart phone.

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