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Swann DVR-4980 8 Channel 5 Megapixel - 6 Camera True Detect CCTV Kit £349.99 at Costco
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Swann DVR-4980 8 Channel 5 Megapixel - 6 Camera True Detect CCTV Kit £349.99 at Costco

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Posted 1st Oct
My 6 year old Swann CCTV system died last week, but it owed me nothing as it’s been superb and did everything we wanted. I wanted to replace it as quickly and as affordable as possible with the best quality cameras.....but without having to rewire all of the existing cabling. Most new 4K systems use power over Ethernet, but the 4980 by Swann still uses the traditional BNC cables to provide a 5MP image. They do make a 4K BNC version but it was a big uplift in cost.

I’d hunted around and most places like Amazon have the 4 camera kit for around £389 or £359 at Costco, so I was just about to order it from Safe.co.uk for £329. As I was debating whether to pay the £30 premium to pick it up from Costco I noticed that they had a 6 camera version of the same system for £10 less. I trawled through the specifications to make sure it was the same base system and it is. The extra two cameras retail around £90 so it’s a cracking price.

I’m not sure if this is a misprice by Costco or an offer I’d missed, but mine arrived today so it is genuine. It came as the base four camera kit with the extra two cameras in a separate retail box. I’ve just checked their website and it’s still available. Their page said up to 5 working days delivery, but mine came in under 24 hours. FYI, I did have a look in store to see if it was on the shelf (Derby store) but it wasn’t, only online.

The official blurb:

Introducing the Swann smart security system 3K Series which includes 6 x 5MP Super HD cameras.
Reliable Wired Connection
Protect your loved ones & property with this multi-camera, wired surveillance system with everything you need to do-it-yourself or have it professionally installed.
See More in Super HD
See faces, license plates, packages & more with crystal clear 5 Megapixel resolution, that’s 2.4x clearer than 1080p with powerful digital zoom – ensuring you won’t miss a thing.
Protection 24/7
Know what’s happening at any hour with powerful night vision up to 100ft/30m & the ability to mount the cameras inside or outside.
Heat Sensing
Swann’s True Detect™ heat & motion-based PIR detection reliably captures & records activity, with fewer false triggers & reliable push notifications
Set & Forget
Enjoy free local recording for up to a whole year+ onto a massive 2TB hard drive & save still images directly to your personal account
Security Made Smarter
Cut the cost of crime & know what’s happening with this expandable 5MP Super HD security system to suit homes, offices, small businesses & retail stores.
Features
8 channel DVR with 2TB hard drive
6 cameras PRO-5MPMSB
Powerful night vision
Heat and motion based PIR detection
What’s in the box
8 Channel DVR with 2TB Hard Drive
5MP Cameras x 6
BNC Cables 60ft / 18m x 6
Ethernet Cable
HDMI Cable
Power Adapter & Splitter
Mouse
Mounting Screws & Plugs
Quick Start Guide
Theft Deterrent Stickers
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12 Comments
I’ve bought these a while back - in hindsight I would’ve got something more expensive. Only records max 11 FPS so useless at catching someone’s face and as soon as you zoom in it’s a waste of time.

Good to check cars still on the drive when at work etc.

If you have any question drop me a message by all means.
Tom_77701/10/2019 19:54

I’ve bought these a while back - in hindsight I would’ve got something mor …I’ve bought these a while back - in hindsight I would’ve got something more expensive. Only records max 11 FPS so useless at catching someone’s face and as soon as you zoom in it’s a waste of time. Good to check cars still on the drive when at work etc. If you have any question drop me a message by all means.


What device would you reckon then?
I've got the 5mp swann at work and it's not a touch on the reolink system I have at home. Dated GUI and low FPS
I recently upgraded to these and very happy. You can flex the FPS by reducing resolution so I have 1080p 30fps on close range cams and 5mp 12 FPS on distance. True detect works a treat.
Can you connect to a app
MrWani02/10/2019 00:35

I recently upgraded to these and very happy. You can flex the FPS by …I recently upgraded to these and very happy. You can flex the FPS by reducing resolution so I have 1080p 30fps on close range cams and 5mp 12 FPS on distance. True detect works a treat.


I didn’t know you could do that - I’ll have a little play about with it - thanks for that.

I keep getting a number of false alarms, I’ve played around with sensitivity etc but have got upwards of 250 emails some days. Maybe I need to keep playing around with them.
Edited by: "Tom_777" 2nd Oct
J77701/10/2019 20:39

What device would you reckon then?


I’m not to sure - don’t know a great deal about CCTV. This particular one uses a BNC cable (analogue camera) so you need one wire for picture and another for power.

With newer cameras (POE power over internet) you only need 1 Ethernet cable that does picture and sound.

As MrWani said maybe worth playing a round with resolution/FPS settings
In response to a few questions:

You can access the Swann CCTV cameras through their App, which works pretty reliably. As with all security cameras, be they traditional wired ones such as this or newer IP versions, the App is usually the weak link. As I said in my post, I've had Swann CCTV with 6 external cameras for 6 years and although the App isn't perfect it's pretty good. I also have four internal Victure IP cameras and one external which are really good, but the App to control them is a bit weak. I've played with a few other cameras and I've yet to find one that is absolutely reliable.

This Swann system is a traditional wired system using BNC cables. Modern, higher end systems are increasingly using power-over-ethernet cables. As I said in my post, my 6 existing cameras use BNC cables so I wanted to retain the cables instead of spending a lot of time and money rewiring and redecorating to use the ethernet cables. My opinion on the use of ethernet cables is mixed as it happens because I don't believe they're the best solution to improve on BNC. Ethernet cables are brittle things at the best of times, and most CCTV manufacturers only supply CAT5 cable which has long since been improved on. What I would say is that if you're upgrading an old system, stick to BNC cabled systems. If you're installing new, consider Ethernet but don't discount BNC just for being older.

Swann systems are solid, if not spectacular. Yes, you can definitely get higher specced systems such as Reolink, but running a direct side-by-side comparison of systems including 6 cameras and recorder, plus in my case considering installation labour, the Swann is a much cheaper option for my requirements.
Little tip:

The DVR makes a fair bit of noise from the Hdd spinning - probably not ideal to keep in bedroom if you’re a light sleeper.
Tom_77702/10/2019 12:45

I didn’t know you could do that - I’ll have a little play about with it - t …I didn’t know you could do that - I’ll have a little play about with it - thanks for that.I keep getting a number of false alarms, I’ve played around with sensitivity etc but have got upwards of 250 emails some days. Maybe I need to keep playing around with them.


Doesn't sound like you have them set up correctly for true detect. Think you can also set the alarm state to be motion only or pir (true detect). You can also set do not detect zones if required.

Over the course of a week I tested I had zero false alarms, although have picked up the odd cat as I have quite high sensitivity set and Don't bother with the emails.
MrWani03/10/2019 00:08

Doesn't sound like you have them set up correctly for true detect. Think …Doesn't sound like you have them set up correctly for true detect. Think you can also set the alarm state to be motion only or pir (true detect). You can also set do not detect zones if required.Over the course of a week I tested I had zero false alarms, although have picked up the odd cat as I have quite high sensitivity set and Don't bother with the emails.


I’ve set up true detect (clicked the little red squares) Maybe I need to read manual again as I rushed to set it up
Tom_77705/10/2019 15:29

I’ve set up true detect (clicked the little red squares) Maybe I need to r …I’ve set up true detect (clicked the little red squares) Maybe I need to read manual again as I rushed to set it up


Setup RECORD_RECORD SCHEDULE to record everything or just motion events. Can be set by each camera. I have 1 on perm and 2 on motion only. In RECORD_MAINSTREAM you can setup resolution and fps for each camera.

In ALARM I have the modes set to PIR and Motion rather than detection. Not sure whether that's right but seems to work. Then under ALARM_ACTIONS you can set alerts to specific cameras.
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