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Starts July 24th, Lorex 8 4MP cameras, 2TB DVR and cables for 699.99 (+tax, free shipping)

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8 4 megapixel cameras
DVR with 2 terabyte hard drive
and 8 cables.
Cameras are POE so just snap in the cable to connect
https://www.costco.com/Lorex-8-Ch...41507.html

I have the 3MP lorex bundle and I am happy with the cameras (but unhappy with the FlirCloud app)
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Should I spend some more and get Dahua? All online reviews for Lorex make me think that it just cheap Chinese crap.
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Should I spend some more and get Dahua? All online reviews for Lorex make me think that it just cheap Chinese crap.
I'm a professional installer and definitely recommend dahua. I also recommend getting a Varifocal camera for each location. The standard 3.6 mm lenses are good for a Broadview but if you actually want to see a face of somebody breaking into a car has to be zoomed in a little more. Dahua much better night vision. And other settings like wdr hlc.
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I'm a professional installer and definitely recommend dahua. I also recommend getting a Varifocal camera for each location. The standard 3.6 mm lenses are good for a Broadview but if you actually want to see a face of somebody breaking into a car has to be zoomed in a little more. Dahua much better night vision. And other settings like wdr hlc.
I'm looking at a 4 camera system. Is there one dahua makes that you recommend? I was ready to jump on this in the 4 camera configuration.
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I'm a professional installer and definitely recommend dahua. I also recommend getting a Varifocal camera for each location. The standard 3.6 mm lenses are good for a Broadview but if you actually want to see a face of somebody breaking into a car has to be zoomed in a little more. Dahua much better night vision. And other settings like wdr hlc.
Thanks for the comment, Bryckhaus. Is there a specific set of Dahua cameras you recommend? What about Hikvision or Reolink camera? Are they any good? I'm basically looking for the best deal (both quality and price wise) on a set of 4MP cameras. I can potentially skip the DVR and set up a PC with Blue Iris if needs be, unless I find a package deal that is too good to pass up.

Thanks in advance.
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I'm a professional installer and definitely recommend dahua. I also recommend getting a Varifocal camera for each location. The standard 3.6 mm lenses are good for a Broadview but if you actually want to see a face of somebody breaking into a car has to be zoomed in a little more. Dahua much better night vision. And other settings like wdr hlc.
Do you also think it's time to skip 1080 and all the way to 4K cameras ? 1080 starts to blur out when you zoom in for detail.
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I'm a professional installer and definitely recommend dahua. I also recommend getting a Varifocal camera for each location. The standard 3.6 mm lenses are good for a Broadview but if you actually want to see a face of somebody breaking into a car has to be zoomed in a little more. Dahua much better night vision. And other settings like wdr hlc.
I am new to this. Do you know how much (ballpark) would it cost to run wires. I have been quoted anywhere between $1500 to almost $2500. I am looking for 4 camera setup.
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I am new to this. Do you know how much (ballpark) would it cost to run wires. I have been quoted anywhere between $1500 to almost $2500. I am looking for 4 camera setup.
Depends, what year and make is the van you live in?
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Should I spend some more and get Dahua? All online reviews for Lorex make me think that it just cheap Chinese crap.
Lorex - a couple of the models I looked at Dahua was the OEM for the lorex product.

Thus the difference would be customer service, brand name, and whatever mods were made to the firmware as well as how you update your firmware.

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I'm a professional installer and definitely recommend dahua. I also recommend getting a Varifocal camera for each location. The standard 3.6 mm lenses are good for a Broadview but if you actually want to see a face of somebody breaking into a car has to be zoomed in a little more....
Good recommendations here folks.
Varifocal will allow you to custom change the FOV and zoom when you install the camera.

Most camera kits sold include wide angle lens cameras which is good for seeing what is going on, but not as good for ID purposes ( you need about 100 ppf horizontal resolution for a good face image to ID, a wider lens = shorter ID distance )

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Thanks for the comment, Bryckhaus. Is there a specific set of Dahua cameras you recommend? What about Hikvision or Reolink camera? Are they any good? I'm basically looking for the best deal (both quality and price wise) on a set of 4MP cameras. I can potentially skip the DVR and set up a PC with Blue Iris if needs be, unless I find a package deal that is too good to pass up.

Thanks in advance.
lots of good discussion at ipcamtalk.com with regards to cameras and brands, and you can find various recommendations as well as sample images from other forum members.

Here is what I have learned:
Dahua and Hikvision are well liked, Reolink less liked.

Blue Iris, yes you can skip the NVR ( IP cameras ) and use a PC with Blue Iris, many people do this and like BI a lot - note you need a good I5/I7 system to get the best results ( BI uses the firmware in the chips to help with image processing )

4MP - there is a lot more to security cameras than I imagined at first, and you'll want to determine what your particular needs are before selecting a technical spec. For example some of the best night time cameras currently available for <$200 have only 2MP ( 1080 ) resolution. Also, you may want to have different cameras in different locations.

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Do you also think it's time to skip 1080 and all the way to 4K cameras ? 1080 starts to blur out when you zoom in for detail.
There's more to a camera than Mega Pixels, especially when looking at low light and night time images.

That said, a good 4K camera should take some great day time images.

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I am new to this. Do you know how much (ballpark) would it cost to run wires. I have been quoted anywhere between $1500 to almost $2500. I am looking for 4 camera setup.
A lot depends on the building you are wanting to install the cabling on.

Inside cameras in a typical office building with drop ceiling will be very easy compared to outside cameras on a brick building with a flat roof and no basement.

It is possible to DIY to save some cash and take more time to learn and DIY.
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Lorex - a couple of the models I looked at Dahua was the OEM for the lorex product.

Thus the difference would be customer service, brand name, and whatever mods were made to the firmware as well as how you update your firmware.



Good recommendations here folks.
Varifocal will allow you to custom change the FOV and zoom when you install the camera.

Most camera kits sold include wide angle lens cameras which is good for seeing what is going on, but not as good for ID purposes ( you need about 100 ppf horizontal resolution for a good face image to ID, a wider lens = shorter ID distance )



lots of good discussion at ipcamtalk.com with regards to cameras and brands, and you can find various recommendations as well as sample images from other forum members.

Here is what I have learned:
Dahua and Hikvision are well liked, Reolink less liked.

Blue Iris, yes you can skip the NVR ( IP cameras ) and use a PC with Blue Iris, many people do this and like BI a lot - note you need a good I5/I7 system to get the best results ( BI uses the firmware in the chips to help with image processing )

4MP - there is a lot more to security cameras than I imagined at first, and you'll want to determine what your particular needs are before selecting a technical spec. For example some of the best night time cameras currently available for <$200 have only 2MP ( 1080 ) resolution. Also, you may want to have different cameras in different locations.



There's more to a camera than Mega Pixels, especially when looking at low light and night time images.

That said, a good 4K camera should take some great day time images.



A lot depends on the building you are wanting to install the cabling on.

Inside cameras in a typical office building with drop ceiling will be very easy compared to outside cameras on a brick building with a flat roof and no basement.

It is possible to DIY to save some cash and take more time to learn and DIY.
Great, thanks Matt.
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lots of good discussion at ipcamtalk.com with regards to cameras and brands, and you can find various recommendations as well as sample images from other forum members.

Here is what I have learned:
Dahua and Hikvision are well liked, Reolink less liked.

Blue Iris, yes you can skip the NVR ( IP cameras ) and use a PC with Blue Iris, many people do this and like BI a lot - note you need a good I5/I7 system to get the best results ( BI uses the firmware in the chips to help with image processing )

4MP - there is a lot more to security cameras than I imagined at first, and you'll want to determine what your particular needs are before selecting a technical spec. For example some of the best night time cameras currently available for <$200 have only 2MP ( 1080 ) resolution. Also, you may want to have different cameras in different locations.
Thanks for the detailed help, Matt! Rep'd!
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thanks! could you also upload the rest of the ad?
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Can anyone comment on the playback features? Does it let you do play back on multiple feeds or just one camera at a time. Also, is the playback smooth and crisp?
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Can anyone comment on the playback features? Does it let you do play back on multiple feeds or just one camera at a time. Also, is the playback smooth and crisp?
The Lorex and Dahua NVRs I have seen allow you to view multiple cameras videos during playback, and at least the more powerful ones I have seen have been smooth ( this will depend on how many frames per second you want the cameras to record ) - crispiness will depend on your monitor you attach.
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The problem with dahua and hikvision is that it's hard to find the American version. Everything on ipcamtalk.com wants you to buy from aliexpress from china. Where can I buy from an authorized dealer in the USA?
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