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Lorex 8 channel HD IP NVR, 8 4MP cameras, 2TB HDD +FS @ Costco.com $699 + tax

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Costco.com has this complete NVR security system with 8 4MP cameras for $699 + tax.

https://www.costco.com/Lorex-8-Ch...41507.html

This used to be regularly 999 but the price seems to have dropped for good (not seeing a discount)

This is far better than the previous popular deal with just 6 cams
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This is far better than the previous popular deal with just 6 cams
Not sure how it's a far better deal. The previous deal was for 8MP cameras.
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I would say the deal is worse seeing as though you can get two of the 4MP cameras for $200 and the 8MP cameras off the other set are $200 each. $1200 vs $800 camera price difference between the sets. Not to mention half the resolution and cheaper camera housing.
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Note: on the plus side the NVR has alarm in/out, so at least a slightly better NVR than in the Costco 4K 6x Lorex kit for $700-800.
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Limit of 6TB hard drive, that won't hold more than a few days at enough quality resolution to be worthwhile. The 2TB with it is almost worthless, so you will have to spend over $200 to upgrade to the 6TB. Without enough hard drive, if you find something was stolen from your yard after the fact, it may already be overwritten. I have 12 4k cameras that burn through 24TB in a week, sometimes a little more or less, depending on the activity. Wind, snow and heavy rain can really tax a system.
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Limit of 6TB hard drive, that won't hold more than a few days at enough quality resolution to be worthwhile. The 2TB with it is almost worthless, so you will have to spend over $200 to upgrade to the 6TB. Without enough hard drive, if you find something was stolen from your yard after the fact, it may already be overwritten. I have 12 4k cameras that burn through 24TB in a week, sometimes a little more or less, depending on the activity. Wind, snow and heavy rain can really tax a system.
what system do you have?
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what system do you have?
One of the Costco Qsee systems with 8 4k cameras I got on sale for about $699 a couple years ago. I had a Lorex 8 channel 1080p for 3 years and it started failing and I wanted to go up to the 4k system. It is a 16 channel Qsee 4k NVR. I only run 11 cams and occasionally 12. The NVR is not the best, but it works. Software/Firmware updates would be nice, but they don't support stuff very well. Qsee used to be Dahua and Lorex was Hikvision, but now both are I think Hikvision, but might be the other, both are Dahua. Either brand is about the same any more. It came with only I think 4TB. I replaced all the drives with 4 6TB Seagate Surveillance and Western Digital Purples for 24TB. Just wait for sales.
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wow, you got a good deal! how much were those 6tb drives? nvr holds 4 hdd slots?
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One of the Costco Qsee systems with 8 4k cameras I got on sale for about $699 a couple years ago. I had a Lorex 8 channel 1080p for 3 years and it started failing and I wanted to go up to the 4k system. It is a 16 channel Qsee 4k NVR. I only run 11 cams and occasionally 12. The NVR is not the best, but it works. Software/Firmware updates would be nice, but they don't support stuff very well. Qsee used to be Dahua and Lorex was Hikvision, but now both are I think Hikvision, but might be the other, both are Dahua. Either brand is about the same any more. It came with only I think 4TB. I replaced all the drives with 4 6TB Seagate Surveillance and Western Digital Purples for 24TB. Just wait for sales.
Does the qsee hold 2 harddrives and you put the other 2 in an external enclosure? Is the 4k worth it over 1080 in your opinion after using this for awhile. Thanks.
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Does the qsee hold 2 harddrives and you put the other 2 in an external enclosure? Is the 4k worth it over 1080 in your opinion after using this for awhile. Thanks.
Hi Bargain,

A 4K camera has 2x the theoretical ID distance vs a like 2MP/1080p camera.

You can see more on the ID distance list here:
https://slickdeals.net/f/10409612-lorex-dahua-oem-6x-4k-8mp-security-camera-system-w-8-port-poe-ip-nvr-2tb-hdd-kit-at-costco-b-m-ymmv-for-799-99
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Hi Bargain,

A 4K camera has 2x the theoretical ID distance vs a like 2MP/1080p camera.

You can see more on the ID distance list here:
https://slickdeals.net/f/10409612-lorex-dahua-oem-6x-4k-8mp-security-camera-system-w-8-port-poe-ip-nvr-2tb-hdd-kit-at-costco-b-m-ymmv-for-799-99

As always, Thanks Matt. The demo nails it.
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Does the qsee hold 2 harddrives and you put the other 2 in an external enclosure? Is the 4k worth it over 1080 in your opinion after using this for awhile. Thanks.
It holds 4 hard drives, up to a max of 24TB. If the item in view of the camera is close enough you can count hairs with 4k, but it is rough on storage space. I uploaded some pictures of intruders....and 1 FedEx truck.Smilie
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It holds 4 hard drives, up to a max of 24TB. If the item in view of the camera is close enough you can count hairs with 4k, but it is rough on storage space. I uploaded some pictures of intruders....and 1 FedEx truck.Smilie
The moose and her calves reminded me of the dairy. Beautiful animals! Would you buy the Qsee again? The pictures are really incredible. I didn't know the any of the nvr's could hold 4 hard drives. Thanks so much for the pictures and the info. I used to know some people from Alaska and they showed me their cabbage that dwarfed mine several times (except my one 12 lb. cabbage).
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The moose and her calves reminded me of the dairy. Beautiful animals! Would you buy the Qsee again? The pictures are really incredible. I didn't know the any of the nvr's could hold 4 hard drives. Thanks so much for the pictures and the info. I used to know some people from Alaska and they showed me their cabbage that dwarfed mine several times (except my one 12 lb. cabbage).
I would buy whichever had the specs and the price at the time I needed a replacement. Way back when I bought Qsee 1st, but took it back when I found out the hard way that the 8 camera system that came with 4 cameras would need me to buy a PoE switch to power the next 4 cameras, the Lorex I got in its place was 1080p and really was much better than the 720p of the Qsee and I could just plug the cams in as I got them with no new hardware. It started going bad after about 3 years, still worked, but not well. I then bought this Qsee system and it is decent, it has some shortcomings.
You can plug 16 cameras right into the NVR, but if you want to run all of them at 4K you have to throttle the bitrate and FPS down some which degrades the quality. Not happy about that. You do need to read up on what the NVR that comes with a kit supports for TOTAL bitrate and FPS, it is usually not "per camera", but rather "overall" as that is the weak link. The cameras are great, but if the NVR cant record all of them at the resolution they were made to it kind of defeats the purpose.
I am not convinced that the NVR is running right anyway. The old Lorex with 8 1080p cams would hold 30 days on 2 4tb drives, but this Qsee with 11 4k cams only holds about a week on 4 6tb drives. I know it is a lot more data, but that's a crapload more hard drive, too.
I do think the way Lorex software handles playback was nicer on the old system, but I am getting used to the new one.
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I would buy whichever had the specs and the price at the time I needed a replacement. Way back when I bought Qsee 1st, but took it back when I found out the hard way that the 8 camera system that came with 4 cameras would need me to buy a PoE switch to power the next 4 cameras, the Lorex I got in its place was 1080p and really was much better than the 720p of the Qsee and I could just plug the cams in as I got them with no new hardware. It started going bad after about 3 years, still worked, but not well. I then bought this Qsee system and it is decent, it has some shortcomings.
You can plug 16 cameras right into the NVR, but if you want to run all of them at 4K you have to throttle the bitrate and FPS down some which degrades the quality. Not happy about that. You do need to read up on what the NVR that comes with a kit supports for TOTAL bitrate and FPS, it is usually not "per camera", but rather "overall" as that is the weak link. The cameras are great, but if the NVR cant record all of them at the resolution they were made to it kind of defeats the purpose.
I am not convinced that the NVR is running right anyway. The old Lorex with 8 1080p cams would hold 30 days on 2 4tb drives, but this Qsee with 11 4k cams only holds about a week on 4 6tb drives. I know it is a lot more data, but that's a crapload more hard drive, too.
I do think the way Lorex software handles playback was nicer on the old system, but I am getting used to the new one.
Thanks for the info. You definitely helped me with the meaty questions I need to ask about my next security camera system!
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