Annke Security Camera Review 1080p with DVR Storage
ANNKE 8CH Security Surveillance System H.264
Annke makes lots of security cameras and security packages, but this 8-camera set combines many of their earlier innovations into a single, house-wide product that’s perfect for families or anyone with lots of property to cover. With user-friendly controls and design choices, we think it’s an excellent pick for anyone looking for a high-quality security system. Some of the excellent features included are:
- 1080 P HD live recording
- 1080 P Lite playback
- Night vision functionality
- Email alerts
- Remote controlled with mobile device
- 8 cameras included in purchase
- 50 days of video memory
- Motion detection and privacy customization
- 2-year warranty
ANNKE Security Surveillance System Reviews
We saw so many positive Annke reviews and decided to give it a go. In our unbiased Annke security camera review, we take a look at design, video quality and other features that make a great home security camera system.
This 5-in-1 DVR system is built around wired connectivity. The cameras are hardwired to one another and the primary DVR box, so there’s no chance of your security system going down if your Internet suddenly crashes. You can still view the cameras remotely provided that the DVR is connected Internet, but there’s great peace of mind in knowing that the cameras will be rolling no matter what.
You can sign up for email alerts with the system app and connect the controls for the camera system to your mobile device.
The purchase comes with eight separate bullet cameras for placing in either indoor or outdoor locations. The cameras are built with a flexible hinge so they can look up and down or side to side. At only 2.8 inches tall, each of the bullet cameras is nondescript and easy to install even in tight corners.
The IP66 cameras are weatherproof, which is convenient for ensuring camera safety in inclement weather during rainy or snowy seasons.
The cameras can record exceptional video footage. It’s recorded in 1080p quality, then compressed with advanced H.264+ tech to save memory space and allow you to store lots of video footage without having to buy an extra HDD. This compression tech is about four times better than standard H.264 compression standards. The included 1 TB hard drive with the DVR is enough space to allow for about 50 days of footage in total.
Live feed is displayed in true 1080 P HD quality, while recorded footage is transitioned to 1080P Lite quality. Still, we’re impressed by how crisp and clean all footage looked immediately after recording. Motion is displayed with lifelike fluidity and color and details are preserved during the day. During nighttime recording, the cameras are good enough to cover up to about 100 feet from the camera lens, and the black-and-white detail was sufficient for security purposes.
The cameras are equipped with motion detection right out of the box. But this doesn’t have to be all-encompassing detection; instead, you’ll be able to customize the motion detection system, so your phone isn’t inundated with constant false alarms.
Basically, you can select a current camera feed and mark which sections of the surveilled space are most important to check for motion. You can identify doors, windows, or other common entry points into your home, so the system won’t accidentally trigger a false alarm when a pet runs across the bottom of the screen.
There’s also a Privacy Mask extension of this functionality. You can set a certain area of a feed to be “non-recording”, meaning the camera in question won’t record any changes in a specified section of that feed. It’s a good way to maintain privacy while showing your feed to others.
The entire surveillance system can be accessed via your mobile device so long as you install the Annke Vision App. The app will let you check on your home’s security status even when you’re away, plus let you view pre-recorded footage streamed over the internet.
You can customize the app to send push notifications your phone or send you email alerts with snapshots of the currently recorded footage. It's a great way to disable your system from afar if you recognize the person knocking on your door. The app can be downloaded for either iOS or Android operating systems, so it’s convenient no matter which kind of phone or tablet you have.
Furthermore, the DVR box is equipped with a buzzer to warn you of possible intruders or alerts. As a centralized unit, this box has a lot to like. Beyond the standard cameras that come with the purchase, it’s versatile enough to also look up to HD-TVI, CVI, Analog and AHD cameras if you already have a few lying around that you want to tie in to the overall network.
There are also eight BNC input ports. That’s enough room to add four extra cameras to the system should you need more eyes around your home.
When it comes to playback, the system is similarly easy to use. The smart playback feature lets you quickly and accurately find exactly which segment of the recorded video you want to view without having to sit through the entire recording. You can also make your own clips or rely on the auto-generated clips produced by the camera system. As a default, the DVR makes clips of times of motion so you can investigate suspicious activity just seconds after bringing up recorded footage.
Put simply, this camera system is intuitive and easy to use. It also allows plenty of room for flexibility and adding additional cameras later on your side you need more coverage of your home or yard.
One final boost to the value for money of this camera system is its excellent warranty. You automatically have access to lifetime email support for technical difficulties, plus a two-year limited warranty that covers any manufacturer defects or camera failures detected immediately upon installation. There's also a 90-day money-back guarantee, so there's no risk whatsoever to trying this camera system out and seeing how it works on your property.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is Annke a good brand?
It really is. The build quality is great and you get great value for money. Video quality is great and it can definitely be used as a full featured home security system.
2. How do I install Annke security cameras?
It's pretty easy to setup the Annke security camera system. The box includes a user manual that you can refer to or there are plenty of YouTube tutorials as well to help you with this.
3. Who owns Annke?
Annke was founded by Jet Li in 2014 who realized the gap after working for years at top security companies. Li's mission was to offer a complete security camera system that offers peace of mind to property owners at affordable prices.
4. Do Annke cameras have audio?
No, they don't. You need to connect an external microphone for each camera to be able to record the sound.
5. What app does Annke use?
Annke has their own app in Playstore named "Annke Vision". This app can be used to easily view live feed from all cameras on your Annke security system.
Quick Recap - Annke 8 channel 1080p Security Camera System
Overall, we would easily recommend the Annke 8CH Surveillance System to anyone who needs lots of coverage for both the interior and exterior of your home. Eight cameras are enough for most residential houses, and there’s always the option to add a few extra if you need a little more peace of mind. The cameras and video footage are both high-quality and there are lots of customization options for playback and remote system control via your mobile device. It’s a definite winner in our book.