Resolution pretty good
This review is from: Night Owl B-APDVR5-4600 4 Channel H.264 Level 4 Channel Smart DVR Kit
Pros: I did my homework before selecting this particular item. This system has relatively high resolution cameras relative to other models and competitors. Higher resolution means a larger, more accurate capture field. With these cameras, you can recognize a face at 35 to 40 feet, while lower res cameras require the burglar to put his face up to the lens and hold still. The 500 Gb drive is supposed to hold two weeks of 24/7 feed from all 4 cameras before overwriting, so don't take a three week vacation. :)
Cons: I bought this for a friend but tested it to be sure it worked. These are mass produced in China (what isn't?) and the quality of some components could be better. Had to tape cord to power supply for reliable contacts. The graphic user interface is primitive, but my friend managed to set it up and master replay even though he has no tech skills. Use the mouse, not the remote or the panel buttons.
Other Thoughts: IMHO, this package offers best bang for buck and satisfies the need to have a video record that would prove the identity of anyone in a front yard or a room. The display is pretty clear with good color except in low light. When it is dark, the infrared lamps kick in and the image is even clearer except that it is black and white. when IR lamps are lit, the cameras can be seen, so place them above ordinary reaching distance if you can. We set up the system so the DVR is in a locked steel cabinet, and even if the cameras are disabled or stolen, the recording will still be around. Also, use motion sensing unless you want to have to look through hours of still video to find the moment of action.
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