In medium businesses where small number of areas which require good security protection in each of the areas you need to monitor, the 16 Camera DVR System would be appropriate for surveillance system in place. For better quality, choosing 16 channel HD DVR or NVR system with HD 1080p camera connections is a better idea.
16 Camera DVR System
Why 16 channel DVR system when your requirement is not more than 10 areas to monitor? DVR or NVR system is commonly build in the multiple of 8-camera system such as 8, 16, 24 and 32 cameras in addition of small system with 4 cameras.
When you deploy a security system with 8 cameras connected into the 8 channel DVR or NVR system, who knows in the future with the growing of your business you require more areas to cover that means you need more cameras to setup and need to connect to the already in place 8-channel DVR system, then you’re in trouble. So that’s why if you see any possibility that the business is growing and need more spots to monitor, deploy a 16 channel DVR / NVR system is making sense.
HD 1080p image quality
Why HD 1080p image quality? Viewing higher quality from higher resolution images is much better than images from standard 720p quality, the video and images quality is sharper. DVR or NVR with recording resolution up to 1080p or higher resolution, requires camera with high resolution of 1080p to produce high quality video recording.
The following two security camera bundles are popular 16 channel HD DVR or NVR system with capability of recording up to 1080p video resolution. One of them is product from GW Security which is 16 channel HD DVR system with 16 (sixteen) 2.1 MP 1080p HD camera. The other one is from LaView, it’s not 16 camera DVR system but NVR (network video recorder system). The good thing with NVR over DVR system is that you can connect the IP camera everywhere on the local internet network, not directly connected the camera to the NVR system. You just need to connect the camera to your local network using network CAT5e cable to the nearest POE switch. On the other hand, with DVR system you need to connect each of the camera using coaxial cable directly to the DVR system, and the good thing is that you can run it as long as 980 ft away.
Let’s compare the two products which one is suitable to your business need. Table 1 shows you comparison table between 16 Camera DVR system offered by GW Security which comes with x16 2400TVL Weatherproof IR Cameras and the other one is offered by LaView 16 channel NVR system with 8 HD cameras.
The apparent difference is that the technology system used, GW is designed based on analog High Definition (AHD) DVR and all the included cameras are also AHD which can only work with the same AHD DVR device. The other apparent difference is connection type. With analog system, GW offers coaxial cable connection from each of 16-camera to the DVR device. Actually GW Security offers you various models of NVR bundle as well, either 16 or 32 channel NVR.
As opposed to GW 16 channel HD DVR, LaView comes with 16 channel NVR system with UTP Cat5e cable connection. You need only a single cable to run from each of the camera to the POE switch’s ports built-in the NVR device. All the included camera with this bundle are also POE support, no need of separate UTP cable and power connection but in a single UTP cable (CAT5e) for both data and power.
For more detail spec comparison please have a look at the following comparison cable.
Table 1 GW Security Vs LaView
|Model||GW Security GW93216AHD||LaView NVR LV-KN996P168A4-T3|
|# Channel||16 Channel||16 Channel|
|Resolution||1080p HD||1080p HD – up to 5MP IP camera |
16CH simultaneous playback at high resolution.
|VGA & HDMI output||Yes, support up to 1920 x 1080p||Yes,|
|Motion detection & Email alert||Yes||Yes|
|Storage||2 SATA HDDs up to 12 TB |
Preinstalled disk 4 TB
|4 SATA ports, up to 4TB each |
Preinstalled 3 TB
|USB Ports||2x USB ports||2x USB ports|
|Ethernet Ports||Yes, 1x RJ-45 10/100Mbps||Yes, 1x RJ45 10/100/1,000Mbps Gigabit port|
|Built-in PoE Switch||N/A||Yes, 16-port PoE Switch|
|BNC Ports||Yes, 16x BNC Ports video input||N/A|
|Remote view||Yes, with free apps for live view and playback on mobile devices and PC||Yes, with free apps for live view and playback on mobile devices and PC, resolution can be up to 5MP|
|QR Code scan||Yes||N/A|
Both camera in this 16 camera DVR / NVR system are IP66 weatherproof and vandal proof, ideal for outdoor as well as indoor environment. However, GW in this 16 camera DVR bundle offers AHD (analog high definition) camera which can only work with AHD DVR, cannot work with NVR system.
LaView offers standard 1/3” image sensor with 2MP 1920x 1080p resolution, smaller than GW security with ½.9” image sensor 2.1 MP 1920x 1080p resolution for larger image. And the good thing is that both offer 3D noise reduction for sharper image quality, and clearer.
GW offers you varifocal lens to allow you adjust the angle view manually to fit your need ranging from 2.8 mm ~ 12 mm focal length. Which one is better fix lens or varifocal lens? It depends, with fixed lens you can position the camera in certain location and then you can adjust the focal length that means you can adjust the view angle manually to fit your business need. While with fixed lens have fixed focal length to fit to single view of angle, you cannot adjust it manually.
Since this 16 channel HD DVR bundle is analog system, connection cable uses RG59 coaxial cable that can run up to 980 ft from camera to DVR system directly. On the other hand, LaView offers NVR that allows you run Ethernet Cat5e cable from camera to NVR directly up to 300 ft distance for both data and power in a single cable. While with GW security you need to run coaxial cable and power to the camera separately. You can run coaxial cable from camera to NVR device as long as 980 ft.
Table 2 GW Analog camera Vs Laview Onvif camera
|Camera GW271HD||LaView LV-PB932F4|
|Image Sensor||1/2.9″ 2.1 Mega pixel SONY CMOS |
Only compatible with AHD Series DVR
|Resolution||AHD 1080p 2.1 MP 1920 x 1080p||2MP 1920 x 1080p|
|Noise reduction||2D / 3D DNR Noise Reduction||3 D DNR|
|Lens type||Varifocal 2.8 ~ 12 mm lens||Fixed lens 4mm wide angle f/2.0|
|IR LEDs||30 pcs IR LEDs up to 65 ft distance||100 ft|
|Vandal proof housing||Yes||Yes|
|Interface||Coaxial distance up to 980 ft to DVR||Ethernet PoE distance up to 300 ft to NVR directly, or you can connect anywhere on the network.|
|Price in Amazon / each||$109.00||$122.50|
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- Click here for LaView 16 channel NVR spec details and current price
Which bundle is more economical?
GW Security with 16 camera DVR bundle costs you around $1,900 including 16x HD cameras. While LaView 16 channel NVR with 8 cameras cost you around $ 1,366 including 8x cameras. With the addition of 8 cameras you need to spend 8x ($122.5) = $980 for total of $2,346. GW offers cheaper solution and save you around $400.
If you have already LAN computer network in place, think about the flexibility of NVR system. With NVR system you don’t have to run each of the camera directly to the built-in POE switch of the NVR device. You can place the camera everywhere within the network as long as you can run UTP cable to the nearest POE switch if running directly to the NVR device is more difficult to do.
By counting on the other benefit with varifocal lens offers by GW Security, instead of GW with 16 channel HD DVR system you may also consider GW NVR system with 16 camera, 16x 5MP HD 1080p resolution cameras, P2P technology and QR code scan technology for much easier remote access you may compare this bundle with LaView.