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.
After using the cameras for a while I noticed some areas that I needed improvement. I also happen to have need for a second camera system. It made sense to purchase an upgraded system, 16 Camera DVR, and use the old system at the other location. This system is supposed to better support mobile browsers and devices, supports full streaming of all 16 channels, and recording at full D1 quality. Will all these improvements, it was well overdo to upgrade the cameras. I am only going up to 1000TVL with 42 IR Leds for around the property, improving coverage both day/night. I also decided on Dome 1200 TVL for the inside. I never wanted one until I had an alarm go off and I couldn’t see inside. So I will remedy that now! I will also we wire the connectors using two conductors instead of just one.
I am very excited about this upgrade… it should be here soon. Check back in to see how the new system is looking, as well as the comparison between the 800, 1000, and 1200 cameras.
The one advice I heard when putting up a few cameras around the property was, “Get a bigger DVR than you think you need.” As I looked around the property I thought through where I was going to put the cameras and what I was going to see… and decided I would get a eight channel DVR. Meaning I can run the max of eight cameras on it.
Found a really good deal on amazon for an Anran DVR few terabytes of storage, and few cameras. Not having exact cable measurements, I opted to make my own cables, using standard Cat5e cable and some of these Video/Power adapters. For the video camera side, I grabbed indoor/outdoor waterproof 800TVL 24 IR Led Day/Night Mode.
The setup was rather simple… Make sure you don’t cross your wires. I now have access to my cameras from my laptop, tablet, phone, etc. The night vision could be a bit better… but I didn’t expect much for 18$ All worked well.
My only issue is that well I thought I needed four cameras, and bought the eight camera DVR, the price difference of 30$ to get the 16 camera DVR is what I should have done. Just to have room to add some more cameras.