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Swann 4 camera CCTV system complete with hard disk and monitor for 139.97 @ Laptops direct
Swann 4 camera CCTV system complete with hard disk and monitor for 139.97 @ Laptops direct

Swann 4 camera CCTV system complete with hard disk and monitor for 139.97 @ Laptops direct

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Edit - Out of stock from Laptops direct, but still available from Debenhams plus

4 channel complete diy CCTV System, comes with everything you need including hard disk, LCD monitor, 4 night vision cameras, cables and power supplies. Model is DVR4-1525, Maplin is selling exactly the same kit for £250

Good basic CCTV system for a DIY home security system:

Four-channel security kit with widescreen, 960H resolution. 7-inch monitor allows you to watch your cameras live. Four clear-resolution 650TVL cameras with powerful night vision up to 25m. 500GB hard drive capacity to store up to 30 days of recordings • IP67-rated weatherproof cameras for indoor and outdoor use. Motion detection digital video recorder (DVR) with alerts sent to your smart device. See what’s happening live and receive alerts on your 3G/4G capable smartphone or tablet (including iPhone, iPad & Android devices) using the free SwannView Link app

Swann site description swann.com/uk/…54m

Maplin - maplin.co.uk/p/s…9ur

You can also get it from Debenhams Plus for £140 debenhamsplus.com/p/1…tor

47 Comments

problem with this brand they've recently made their units only work with their own cameras if you want to replace/extend the system; can't be certain if that's the case with this one but for something which you want in place for a while but may need to replace due to damage etc. (as I've done with one camera in my setup), that's something you don't need really.

Seems like excellent value for money.

Sid Harper

problem with this brand they've recently made their units only work with … problem with this brand they've recently made their units only work with their own cameras if you want to replace/extend the system; can't be certain if that's the case with this one but for something which you want in place for a while but may need to replace due to damage etc. (as I've done with one camera in my setup), that's something you don't need really.



​on the link the op has supplied, it is standard BNC connectors so any camera with a phono plug and a BNC adaptor will work.
I have an older one and use a car reverse camera from eBay as a door peephole viewer.

edit. didn't even notice you get monitor with this and voted it hot.
Edited by: "shadey12" 22nd Jan

Original Poster

They are standard BNC, I've bought it and works a treat (at least with my simple in house test - next weekend I'll set it up outside)

Banned

is this any good ?
does it take clear video at all or is it best to get 1080p ?

I wouldnt bother the camera quality is very poor so no point wasting your money best spend on a decent 1080p setup !

sofiasar

is this any good ? does it take clear video at all or is it best to get … is this any good ? does it take clear video at all or is it best to get 1080p ?



i wouldnt bother

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sofiasar

is this any good ? does it take clear video at all or is it best to get … is this any good ? does it take clear video at all or is it best to get 1080p ?



Looks reasonable. If you have a search on YouTube you can see comparison videos based upon the 640TVL cameras

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cruisecars

I wouldnt bother the camera quality is very poor so no point wasting your … I wouldnt bother the camera quality is very poor so no point wasting your money best spend on a decent 1080p setup !



Can you explain? The cameras give decent quality, enough to be able to see who's on your property.

960H. Nahh thanks

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linhang90

960H. Nahh thanks



The 960H refers to the hours of recording. The cameras are 640TVL and it says picture quality can be 1080p

PeterGammage

The 960H refers to the hours of recording. The cameras are 640TVL and it … The 960H refers to the hours of recording. The cameras are 640TVL and it says picture quality can be 1080p



I was going to ask, isn't the resolution/picture quality determined by the camera(s)? So if you needed one area to be monitored in particularly high definition you could buy an appropriate camera just for that area?

The cameras aren't worth it. Should something happen and you need to give evidence to police/court. The resolution once blown up is horrendous and you won't identify anyone.

can anyone recommend a good set of POE cameras for decent price?

PeterGammage

The 960H refers to the hours of recording. The cameras are 640TVL and it … The 960H refers to the hours of recording. The cameras are 640TVL and it says picture quality can be 1080p



960H is the DVR recording resolution, 960 wide by 576 high (PAL). It is a widescreen version of D1 (720 x 576) or 576p if you like.

Analogue high-def systems that record at 720p aren't much more expensive, and 1080p isn't much more.

1080p only refers to the resolution of the monitor it can support.

Still, according to Maplin, at least the cameras have 1/3" sensors, and sony effio at that.
Edited by: "melted" 22nd Jan

3guesses

I was going to ask, isn't the resolution/picture quality determined by … I was going to ask, isn't the resolution/picture quality determined by the camera(s)? So if you needed one area to be monitored in particularly high definition you could buy an appropriate camera just for that area?


It's not possible to use a 1080p camera using BNC. BNC is composite video, normally maximum resolution 576i. 960H enables up to 700TVL.

Jefft

It's not possible to use a 1080p camera using BNC. BNC is composite … It's not possible to use a 1080p camera using BNC. BNC is composite video, normally maximum resolution 576i. 960H enables up to 700TVL.



Not with this system, but with system that use AHD, CVI, or HD-TVI instead of CVBS can.

eg:- cctvempire.co.uk/DS-…1-N

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3guesses

I was going to ask, isn't the resolution/picture quality determined by … I was going to ask, isn't the resolution/picture quality determined by the camera(s)? So if you needed one area to be monitored in particularly high definition you could buy an appropriate camera just for that area?



Yes, that's correct.

debenhams plus is same company as laptops direct.
please note if you need to return it for any reason including faulty unit( I was told by customer service) you will be paying from your own pocket as I found out hard way.
I purchased nvr kit with 2 cameras. when it came to install them I realised they had so narrow viewing angle 55° that they barely covered few meters across.
when I looked for another camera to add to system I couldn't find and they don't sell. had to return in the end at my own cost.
cameras to go with this kit are available from everywhere though and cheap but you wouldn't recognise someone if you didn't know them.
My friends cameras was smashed and despite it being so close to camera we couldn't recognise the face.

sofiasar

is this any good ? does it take clear video at all or is it best to get … is this any good ? does it take clear video at all or is it best to get 1080p ?



It's a rubbish system. Don't bother waste ur money. Get a 1080 like u suggested 2.5mp cameras and above

sold out

Could some one recommend a good 1080 setup please ?
Edited by: "steve_b21" 22nd Jan

Wings18

The cameras aren't worth it. Should something happen and you need to give … The cameras aren't worth it. Should something happen and you need to give evidence to police/court. The resolution once blown up is horrendous and you won't identify anyone.



Just like the images they show on crimewatch then?

Would also be interested to find a decent system.

oteshima

can anyone recommend a good set of POE cameras for decent price?


I am also looking... been looking at hikvision but I won't like the fact the female end of the ethernet cable is fixed to the camera, means you have to drill a 25/30mm hole to fit the housing through.. really annoying

cigbunt

I am also looking... been looking at hikvision but I won't like the fact … I am also looking... been looking at hikvision but I won't like the fact the female end of the ethernet cable is fixed to the camera, means you have to drill a 25/30mm hole to fit the housing through.. really annoying



​you can always have a waterproof junction box outside to hide all joints but I see where you coming from.
they are massive

cigbunt

I am also looking... been looking at hikvision but I won't like the fact … I am also looking... been looking at hikvision but I won't like the fact the female end of the ethernet cable is fixed to the camera, means you have to drill a 25/30mm hole to fit the housing through.. really annoying



​u can put the cat5/6 connector on after the cable is through.

Put this up for a mate last year and it is excellent VFM. Good images at night. We had a dodgy camera and they sent one out FOC. Found out there was the tiniest spec of dust on the lens . He now has a spare. No need for any holes bigger that the Ethernet. If its a problem get a crimp. Easy enough.

amazon.co.uk/ANN…_50?s=diy&ie=UTF8&qid=1446048239&sr=1-50-spons&psc=1

espares.co.uk/pro…HAQ

Edited by: "getmeone" 22nd Jan

Personally have this set up, I got it on offer but would recommend even at this price. We had a whole car worth of smashed windows and tyres done in along with 4/5 other people on our road, police had nothing to go by as we live remotely in countryside with no cctv, so getting this was a no brainer really. (Probably should have had it before but living there for 10 years with no issues we didn't see it necessary) There's also an app which you can get on your phone which gives you a live stream and playback where ever you are etc. which is great when away on holiday.

screwfix.com/p/s…64h

umar88

​you can always have a waterproof junction box outside to hide all joints … ​you can always have a waterproof junction box outside to hide all joints but I see where you coming from.they are massive



With reference to the cable hole size on the hikvision cameras after you have fed the cable back in side simply seal the hole with some sealant and then mount the camera over the hole to cover it. You do not want to use any sort of junction box or have any cable showing outside of the building......

gforce85

​u can put the cat5/6 connector on after the cable is through.


im talking about camera end... I don't really want the join on the outside of the wall

mamil1967

With reference to the cable hole size on the hikvision cameras after you … With reference to the cable hole size on the hikvision cameras after you have fed the cable back in side simply seal the hole with some sealant and then mount the camera over the hole to cover it. You do not want to use any sort of junction box or have any cable showing outside of the building......



yea I know what you mean... but im trying to find alternative cameras with a female end directly in the cam rather than on a wire..
Edited by: "cigbunt" 22nd Jan

umar88

​you can always have a waterproof junction box outside to hide all joints … ​you can always have a waterproof junction box outside to hide all joints but I see where you coming from.they are massive



Use cat6 cable and crimp ur own rj45 Ethernet connection after. It's so simple... U will
Only have to drill like a 10mm hole but yes l, a IP junction box will need to be used (in most case) Coming from a Cctv installer. Hikvision is also my recommendation

OOS.

Still available for an extra 3p at Debenhams plus

hitsta

Use cat6 cable and crimp ur own rj45 Ethernet connection after. It's so … Use cat6 cable and crimp ur own rj45 Ethernet connection after. It's so simple... U willOnly have to drill like a 10mm hole but yes l, a IP junction box will need to be used (in most case) Coming from a Cctv installer. Hikvision is also my recommendation


So you have the connection on the outside of the building?

Can you link a junction box so I get the idea of size

You can get junction boxes that you mount the camera on top, although it is an expensive way to do it eg:- youtu.be/qTB…275

PeterGammage

The 960H refers to the hours of recording. The cameras are 640TVL and it … The 960H refers to the hours of recording. The cameras are 640TVL and it says picture quality can be 1080p



Please don't confuse people. 960H does not refer to the hours of recording. en.wikipedia.org/wik…ogy
Edited by: "ndl" 23rd Jan

maybe good idea to go for ip66 one
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