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Night Owl Apollo-DVR 4 x BNC 3.5" SATA HDD, Up to 2TB D1 4 Channel H.264 DVR

  • Motion Activated, Continuous, Time Schedule
  • Recording: D1: 15 fps, HD1: 30 fps, CIF: 30 fps per channel
  • Display: 120fps - Full D1
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  • newegg H.264 Compression Technology H.264 technology delivers stunning video quality at remarkably low data rates. An upgrade to the MPEG4 standard, this ultra-efficient technology gives you excellent results across a broad range of bandwidths, from remote access via internet explorer to remote viewing on your 3G smart phone. H.264 compression also allows you to save more video footage than traditional compression methods thus giving you up to 2X more storage.
  • newegg Digital Watermarking for Official Use Digital watermarking function enables the DVR to capture the data and time of recorded video footage so that it is always clear when your recorded video footage took place.
  • newegg Viewable over Smartphones/Tablets Having the ability to check on your home or business has never been easier. This smart H.264 DVR will allow you to view all of your cameras remotely on select 3G/4G smart phones (Windows Mobile, Symbian, Blackberry and iPhone on 3G/4G networks) and Tablet PCs( iPads, Tablet PC running Windows Mobile, Windows 7 or Android operating system).
  • newegg Viewable over the Internet This network ready H.264 DVR allows you to view and control your system over the internet using Internet Explorer (Internet Explorer 6 or higher) or the included advanced PC remote viewing software. No matter where you are in the world you can log into your system and watch real time video streams, playback previously recorded files, backup the system remotely and even configure DVR settings remotely. The network ready feature also turns any computer screen on your network into a live surveillance center. (Ethernet cable included)
  • newegg Point & Click Interface The system comes equipped with a state of the art, easy to use icon based interface. All you need to do is point and click to access any of the features of the DVR. The interface is very user friendly and comes equipped with both a USB mouse and remote control.
  • newegg Motion Activated Recording Motion activation allows you to record only when necessary, and makes it easy to find important footage during video playback. This will save you time and conserve hard drive space. Enhanced motion detection settings ensure that false alarms are not triggered. An easy motion detection mask allows you to block out areas with constant movement, such as roads or trees.

Learn more about the Night Owl Security Products Apollo-DVR


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Supported Protocols
Network Interface
1 x RJ-45
Audio Output: 2 x RCA
Video Input
4 x BNC
Video Output
2 x BNC, 1 x VGA
Audio Input
4 x RCA
Frame Rate
Recording: D1: 15 fps, HD1: 30 fps, CIF: 30 fps per channel
Display: 120fps - Full D1
Compression Format
Recording Type
Motion Activated, Continuous, Time Schedule
Storage Capacity
3.5" SATA HDD, Up to 2TB
Operating System
Windows 2000, XP, Vista and 7
Power Supply
DC12V, 3A

Physical Specification

11.8" x 9.9" x 2.4"


Playback Options: Event, Time, Date

View and Playback All 4 Cameras at Once.

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

Digital Watermarking VideTime and Date Stamped for Official Use.

Password Protection.

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

USB Back-up

Viewable over Tablet PC's:
Tablet PC running Windows Mobile
Windows 7
Android Operating System.

Viewable over 3G/4G Smartphone's:
Windows Mobile Pro
Symbian S60 V3 & V5
Blackberry (Blackberry Operating System OS 5.0, non-touch screens)

View, Playback, Backup, Configure DVR Settings remotely via Internet Explorer or Included Software.

Viewable over the Internet via Internet Explorer 6 or higher.

Included Advanced PC Remote Viewing Software.


Package Contents
1 x 4 Channel H.264 DVR - No Hard Drive
1 x Remote Control (with batteries)
1 x Mouse
1 x Ethernet Cable
1 x BNC to RCA Cable
1 x DVR Power Adapter
1 x User Manual
1 x Software CD
3 x Night Owl Security Stickers.

Quick Info


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

Customer Reviews of the Night Owl Security Products Apollo-DVR

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/15/2012 6:14:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsDoes the job

Pros: Works as advertised. It says in the description that it does not come with an hdd, so don't expect one.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I have gone through 4 different DVR's including Zmodo and Microcenters WinBook brand, which is by far the worst piece of hardware and has even worse firmware. This DVR was easy to set up, easy to figure out and works like a charm. For $100, you can't beat it.

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  • adam k.
  • 8/9/2012 3:35:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsScam

Pros: none

Cons: no hard drive in the dvr's

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  • Gary C.
  • 7/8/2012 9:17:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs<< PULSATING RECORDED VIDEO >>

Pros: Good Idea. Pretty Simple.

Cons: Recorded video 'pulsates' (in focus, out of focus) about every second. Setting for lower quality recording (less resolution) seems to help a bit but I think it simply hides this behavior somewhat. This is happening on all newer models (Apollo, Poseidon, Zeus models). Have now RMA'd 6 Apollo and 11 Poseidon units but each replacement unit exhibits the same behavior. Night Owl Tech support has now FINALLY decided to take a look and see what 'that crazy guy' (me) keeps calling about. They have also FINALLY admitted there is a problem with each of these models and are FINALLY addressing it with their engineering / product development teams. My first call about this problem was in 09/2011 and just this week (7/5/2012) they're finally looking into it. We'll see how it goes. (Will post back if/when problem is resolved with any or all of these Night Owl models.)

Other Thoughts: Am a reseller and installer of all shapes and sizes of video surveillance / security systems. Have never experienced an issue like this before. I took several samples of the recorded video to both, city and county police and both said it looked 'suspicious' or like it's 'been tampered with in some way' and would hesitate to use it for evidence. I do think Night Owl really is looking into the issue as they are now starting to call me (completely new behavior from them) and have me try different settings and letting me know what steps are being taken to try and resolve the problem. Will post back as things change.

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  • Jason P.
  • 7/8/2012 6:11:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsWill Fail You When You Need It

Pros: Was cheap, Records video, pretty good quality video

Cons: After a while unit becomes unable to accurately locate recordings. I was looking for a recording from April and it was playing recording from June, July may seemingly at random. DVRs are cool just to have, but when they really earn their board is when you need to reference a specific date and time and you can see exactly what happened. That's the whole point of this unit and that's where it failed. Hence the title of my review.

Other Thoughts: PC software is also extremely buggy. Look thrown together. Updates have not fixed obvious issues. Will not buy another night owl product or anyone that looks similar. I'm going PC based, I'll build it myself.

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  • Michael P.
  • 4/18/2012 1:39:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent Little Unit

Pros: Excellent Live video monitoring quality, Unit is generally easy to integrate into existing infrastructure, Once its setup it is rock solid. Customer Service seems knowledgable. I Have called them once with a question and they did their best to try and help. I use the remote viewing daily at work with zero complaints-

Cons: My unit 'pulsates' on all channels during playback, (on all quality settings) Not a deal breaker, But none the less it is an annoyance. - Forget interfacing unit with and iOS Device..

Other Thoughts: User manual Isnt half bad, I've seen way worse Chinese to engrish translations.. manual is easy to follow

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  • Bart R.
  • 3/29/2012 9:36:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsDon't Rely on Night Owl's Warranty

Pros: Have same unit, bought as a package, with Hd installed. Unit has lived up to my expectations as far as DVR goes.

Cons: Factory Installed HD quit after less than a month. Called Night Owl for a replacement, hoping to keep unit and just simply swap out the bad drive. I was informed, that since I opened the unit (as it had already quit) and replaced the HD myself with another unit to get the DVR back in service that the warranty was void. Needless to say I wasn't happy. NEVER buy anything else with Night Owl brand as result. Had I not had the bad support experience, would have rated HIGH.

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  • Randy E.
  • 9/25/2011 12:15:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice DVR for the money

Pros: Very happy with the amount of features and the D1 recording resolution. Set up was easy and their customer/ technical support is outstanding. They guided me though any setup issues I had relating to network viewing etc. Installing of the Hard drive was a breeze. Hard drive does resonate slightly in the enclosure. Not loud but was made completely silent with a couple of thin pieces of self adhesive insulating foam at the mounting points. Sound quality is good.

Cons: Would like to have a headphone jack for sound playback but is not really an issue as long as you play back through the LAN network application on your computer. Plays through your computer speakers. The sound output RCA jacks are kinda obsolite for my set up. You need to plug into a A/V amp or similar to use those.

Other Thoughts: Happy with it so far. Works well, easy to set up and was pleasantly surprised with the quallity of the customer/tech support. 24/7 to boot.

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  • Eva H.
  • 8/21/2011 5:33:20 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsEasy security

Pros: Unit is a good size. Easy to setup

Cons: Slight hum. When recording you can hear the hard drive spin. Might need to look for a better HD

Other Thoughts: To bad night owl does not have matching wireless cameras.

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