ZMODO 8 CH DVR Outdoor IR Surveillance System PKD-DK0866-NHD Review

I am using the Zmodo 8 chnnel DVD IR Surveillance system PKD-DK0866-NHD and have to say it’s kind of crappy. It’s very cheap and not that hard to install. The only problem is the video quality. The cameras that come with it are pure crap at 420TVL or something like that and if you want to view on browser, you must use IE with ActiveX. 

You can run it using Asee on the Mac. Just run App Store app in your Mac OS X and find the Asee app and install it and it’ll work. I go tit working fairly simple but again, crappy video quality.

I bought some higher resolution cameras off ebay (mostly from Hong Kong) that were 700TVL and more but the quality was again crappy. I am not sure if it’s the DVR system or the cameras. I am suspecting it’s the Zmodo DVR.

I just ordered a Swann 16 channel system from Costco and will let you know if that’s any better. I’ll also try to include some sample photos of the Zmodo here for comparison.

Again, for less than $200, it’s kind of crappy. 

Update 2/15/2012: I tested the Swann 8 channel system from Costco for $599 and found it to be also bad. Same software as Zmodo and looks great on monitor but as soon as you view it via mobile, it looks crappy. The Swann cameras were much better than Zmodo though… esp in black and white situations. Software was the same.