Best Q-See, Zmodo and Samsung CCTV DVRs Compared


You never know when a burglar may come to your house and the general need to feel secure at all times has increased the demand for CCTV DVR surveillance systems.

With the modern developments in recording capability, many people wonder why most security cameras record in poor resolution. It all comes down to your Digital Video Recorder (DVR) which is the most important component in the system. With all the different manufacturers of security systems, three companies stand out as the best. Q-See, Zmodo and Samsung.

Q-See QT5680-8E4-1

That is not a name you run into every day. This security system has one of the best DVRs ever. It has a 1 TB hard drive to store your recordings and is equipped with a powerful processor. Unlike some systems whose video feed lags behind for a few seconds, this one does not.

The best part about it is that it is completely wired. Yes, that’s a good thing because wireless systems usually have signal interference issues or even worse, someone might hack into the system.

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You get 8 weather proof and night vision cameras that offer quality recording. Most customers were pleased with its real-time capability and the software was easy to use.

Zmodo PKD-DK4216 500GB CCTV DVR

Zmodo PKD-DK4216With this system, I would say the cameras are the best feature. You get 4 weather proof cameras with infrared and motion detectors. This means you don’t have to manually rotate the cameras to get a wider field of view. When the camera detects movement, it will rotate all by itself.

Video quality is not that good because you only have 500GB of storage in the hard drive. You may need some help with installation and it has complicated software that needs some time to get used to you are assured good value for your money.

Samsung SDH-P5080 16 Channel

If you are willing to invest in your security, then this is the right cctv dvr for you. Of all the three, this one has the best video quality at a staggering 720p. You get 4 HD cameras with night vision and a DVR with 1 TB of storage space. The system comes with its own monitor which is optional because you can choose to link it up to your TV. Apart from the price, people love it.

Samsung SDH-P5080

All these systems have corresponding iOS and Android apps that can offer live streaming on your phone or tablet if you are away.

Tips : Balancing between FPS and storage space

If all your cameras are recording at 30 frames per second, which is the normal rate for hand held cameras, you will have quality recording but you may run out of storage space faster than you think.

For example, if your cameras record at the highest resolution available, then 1 camera will need over 1 TB of storage to record for 24 hrs. And that’s just one camera. That is why most manufacturers prefer to use lower resolution so as to conserve storage space.

With what is currently available in the market, you can’t have the best of both worlds. There is no way you can have the best quality video and store up to 1 week of video unless you have 500TB lying around.