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Night Owl B-PODVR-8CM 8 Channel H.264 Level Surveillance Smart DVR Kit

  • Viewable Anywhere in the World via Internet Explorer/Safari 5.0 & 5.1 and 3G/4G Smartphones
  • Motion Activated Recording and Real Time Email Alerts
  • 8 CMOS Cameras with 30 feet of Night Vision
  • BNC x 8
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Learn more about the Night Owl Security Products B-PODVR-8CM

Model

Brand
Night Owl
Model
B-PODVR-8CM

Spec

Type
Kit Solution
Camera inputs
8 Channel
Video Input
BNC x 8
Video Output
BNC x 2, VGA x 1
Audio Input
RCA x 4
Audio Output
RCA x 2
Resolution Recording
D1 (704 x480) @ 60 fps (7.5 fps per channel)
HD1 (704 x 240) @ 120 fps (15 fps per channel)
CIF (352 x 240) @ 240 fps (30 fps per channel)
Recording Mode
Motion Activated/Alarm, Continuous, Time Schedule
Recording Compression
H.264 Level
Storage Capacity
Supports 1 x 2TB SATA Hard Drive (No Hard Drive)
Backup Device
USB

Feature

Features
Playback Options: Event, Time, Date

Overwrite HD Protection (When Hard Drive is Full Either Record Over Oldest Files or Stop Recording)

Digital Watermarking Vide Time and Date Stamped for Official Use

Password Protection

Supports RS-485, Pelco-P and Pelco-D Protocols (Pan, Tilt and Zoom)

Mac and Windows Compatible

Viewable Anywhere in the World via Safari 5.0 and Internet Explorer

Viewable on Your 3G/4G Smartphone

Digital Watermarking Vide Time and Date Stamped for Official Use

Motion Activated Recording / Email Alerts

Connects Directly to Your TV (RCA) or Monitor (VGA)

Viewable Anywhere in the World via Smartphones / Tablet PCs:
iPads
Tablet PC running Windows Mobile
Windows 7
Android Operating System

Windows Mobile Pro
Symbian S60 V3 & V5
iPhones
Blackberry (Blackberry Operating System OS 5.0, non-touch screens)
Android

View and Control Your DVR Anywhere in the World:
View, Playback, Backup, Configure DVR Settings remotely via Safari 5.0, Internet Explorer or Included Software
Compatible with Mac0SX Snow Leopard 10.6 (Safari 5.0) and Windows 2000, XP, Vista and 7
Included Advanced PC Remote Viewing Software (Windows Only).
Power Supply
DC 12V, 3A

Bundle

Bundled Camera Number
8
Bundled Camera Spec
Weather Proof Indoor/Outdoor Cameras (IP-66)
11 LEDs for 30 Feet of Night Vision
420 TV Line CMOS Sensor
6.0mm Lens (42 Degree Field of View)
480 ft. of Cable (60 ft. per Camera)
Power Supply: DC12V
Operating Temperature: 0 Degree F -104 Degree F
Dimensions: 2.0" x 3.0" x 2.0"

Feature

Dimensions
11.8" x 9.9" x 2.4"

Packaging

Package Contents
1 x 8 Channel H.264 DVR (No Hard Drive)
8 x CMOS Night Vision Camera
8 x Mounting Hardware for Cameras
8 x 60 ft. BNC Video/Power Camera Cables
8 x BNC to RCA Adapters (Connect to your TV)
1 x Remote Control (with batteries)
1 x Mouse
1 x Ethernet Cable (Connect to your Router)
1 x BNC to RCA Cable (Connect to your TV-6 ft.)
2 x DC 12V Camera Adapter
1 x DC 12V DVR Power Adapter
1 x User Manual
1 x Software CD
2 x 4-way Power Splitter for Cameras
1 x Quick Setup Guide
3 x Night Owl Security Stickers
1 x InstallerNet Installation Card

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


Customer Reviews of the Night Owl Security Products B-PODVR-8CM

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  • Edwin B.
  • 7/11/2013 12:41:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDO NOT PURCHASE NightOwl DVRs

Pros: Comes with 8 cameras, price, ease of installation. (See cons for important information).

Cons: The system overall has issues and seems clumsy. The menu is slow and could be greatly improved. I would prefer ot have a PC connected with a good DVR card than this. DO NOT BUY THIS!
Tech support from the vendor sucks. It takes weeks to get a replacement and you are not recording while they take care of that. It just does not seem right.

Cameras in package are only 420 lines and it is hard to see clearly what is recorded. Also, cameras seem to focus far from the camera, so aiming them takes time.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/2/2013 8:08:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLike the system, cameras could be improved

Pros: Good DVR, love that I can view the cameras from my phone. I didn't find the setup that difficult and got it all up and running in one afternoon.

Night Owl support is fairly quick and easy to deal with.

Cons: The cameras are the weak link I have seen in this system. I have had cameras taken out in 2 of about 5 bad storms that have come through.

The very first bad storm that hit after I got the cameras setup took out 3 of the 8. Luckily Night Owl replacement is fairly simple and easy and they got me replacements. I had no more problems for nearly a year then all of the sudden another bad storm takes out another camera. I am in the process of getting that one replaced as well.

Other Thoughts: My suggestion would be buy high quality cameras separate from the DVR and of course HDD separate from DVR is normally cheaper to do as well.

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  • Kirk A.
  • 3/17/2013 3:42:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs8 cam dvr

Pros: easy to set up
tech support is very good.
Nice dvr
good motion software
Worth every penny of the $240.00 i paid for 8 cam system no HDD

Cons: cameras not very good but great for what I paid for them
No HDD included.
only see in the dark about 15 feet. Black and white only in dark

Other Thoughts: Cables need to be better quality. But, thin as they are, makes them easy to route out windows and still be able to lock windows.
a better solution would be flat cable out the window and then rg6 cable to camera.
Bought a cam with 70 IR leds and it can see about 120 feet in dark

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  • david c.
  • 1/18/2013 12:46:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsProblematic

Pros: great being able to access the camera on the internet... when it works, it is pretty nice, and handy to have. use it as a baby monitor also. Pleasant service so far. They replaced 4 cameras under warranty so far without much hassle. It is really nice to have. The indoor cameras are used constantly and seem to have no problems. My wife and I love being able to check the cameras throughout the day.

Cons: Cameras not weatherproof. Even when placed under eaves, they started to malfunction after bad weather. After a while, they went black. The replacement cameras produced wavy pictures after a while. I am hoping they will let me send them back. The cameras havea fairly narrow field of vision (less than 90 degrees). When you put a camera in a corner, you cannot see more than 1/2 the room.

Other Thoughts: If it were not for their service, which I guess is no more than what I _should_ expected, I would give them 1-2 stars. But since they were nice enough to replace their defective product, I am not THAT unhappy with them.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/5/2013 9:10:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggspoor customer service

Pros: good cameras

Cons: poor customer services took over 30 min each both times. we called one time we call we left phone # to call back and got no call back. auto did not work which is the why we got one we did. which was 4bl4gf we asked for help we were told we would have to send back at our cost and would not have the security set up. turned out to be dvr not camera but sending it back before getting new dvr would put us at risk. auto will work on other channel. hope this keeps up.

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  • Mark H.
  • 9/21/2012 6:36:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUpdate on previous review

Pros: Price is it...nothing else!

Cons: I've had nothing but problems with this DVR system. You can read my previous review. Besides all of those issues every time I log into to the unit via mobile phone the hard drive light stops recording and in about 30 seconds the box reboots...every single time. This continues after trying different apps, different hd's in the DVR, different ports...etc. nothing changes...it always reboots. I have spent hours and hours waiting for tech support to answer the calls and talking with them as well. They say it's the first time they have seen this problem. Finally, the agreement to RMA the unit. They requested I do not send my hd, which I thought was a little silly, because then they can't test the whole system that is given me the problem. Anyway, I shipped it without the hard drive. I get an email stating that nothing is wrong with the unit and they have shipped it back to me telling me to format the hd. WHAT! They did this with out every contacted me before shipping it back to me.

Other Thoughts: Basically, my opinion about NightOwl...don't buy it! Buy another brand. I AM ONE VERY UNHAPPY CUSTOMER...TO SAY THE LEAST!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Mark H.
  • 9/14/2012 6:03:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot very impressed so far!

Pros: Cheap price and no shipping.

Cons: Where do I start. I installed this system at my office and when I connected the first camera to channel 1 on the DVR unit I had to really wiggle the cable/BNC connect a lot to get the image to come in. Finally got that halfway stable. I ran all 8 of my cables and installed my cameras. 6 out of the 8 cameras have mild to heavy fine lines in the video stream. Tech support said it was electrical interference. The included cables are VERY THIN and not shielded. Cables allow for a lot of interference. Picture quality is very poor on most of these cameras, due to this. A video isolator did no good in helping. I purchased a new 2TB hard drive and installed it. The DVR worked fine for a few days and the the unit started rebooting. Call Tech support again...was told to re-format the hd. Did that and is working so far. Remotely logging in via mobile phone works only briefly, if then. Get server not available a lot. So far, I am not very happy with this unit.

Other Thoughts: Will give it more time and try to move cables around and see what happens.

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  • Tony P.
  • 9/11/2012 9:01:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Works Great

Cons: Kind of a hassle to set up

Other Thoughts: Kind of a hassle to set up but the tech support is great and once you get it going it works like a charm. Also running the camera wires is a pain and the camera resolution is passable. I need a higher resolution camera for face and license plate recognition.

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  • Robert R.
  • 6/6/2012 3:42:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggsAn Answer for Dr. Tech Below

Pros: -

Cons: -

Other Thoughts: If you read the Newegg spec sheet on this item it reads "Supports 1 x 2TB SATA Hard Drive (No Hard Drive)". You are right in that it doesn't specify the size, but every DVR (including all the Nightowls) I have seen take a 3.5" Desktop drive, and I would assume this one does as well.

I find it funny that you asked this question but you set your tech knowledge to "High" >.>

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  • Larry E.
  • 5/16/2012 3:39:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggsConfused about Hard drive

Pros: It states you can do playback but no hard drive (included?)

Cons: Does it take a hard drive? If so, what size (2.5" or 3.5")?

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