The first thing I tested on the new DVR was the 1200TVL camera. I have to say I was extremely disappointed in the video quality. I double checked my settings and found the the DVR defaulted to CIF format for capture… which is the lowest possible capture. For the life of me I could not find how to change it to D1 or 1080P. Back to amazon to send the seller a message.
Before sending the message, I of course check the listing page to make sure I didn’t make a mistake, and it clearly says captures in 1080P. I asked how do I switch it, and there response was its CIF only DVR!? WHAT… why did I buy a 1080P DVR with better cameras if it can only records at CIF. Needless to say, its being returned.
I ordered another DVR that apparently will work. Now I just have to wait longer. It kind of let the sails out of my project though.
I went ahead and upgraded some of the cameras to the new ones…
here is one camera Before:
And new camera after the switch.
The color on the new camera is truer. The range seems clearer, and its a wider angle. I am happy with the switch. I still have to finish up with the better wiring, extra cameras and the new DVR.
But it has started!