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Swann Do It Yourself Security Camera

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  • Zpi Tri-Element Sound Source
  • All Purpose Security Camera For Home/Business
  • High-Quality Color Images: 1.5 Lux Illumination
  • Built-In Microphone
  • Up To 380 Tv Lines Of Resolution

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 21.7 x 15 cm ; 499 g
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Item model number: SW211-DSC
  • ASIN: B000J40J80
  • Date first available at Sept. 25 2008
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #563,567 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product Description

The Swann DIY (Do-It-Yourself) SecurityCam is a low cost solution to home or business security monitoring. You can keep an eye on your home or business by simply connecting the Swann SecurityCam to your TV, VCR or Swann security monitor for both monitoring and/or recording. Featuring a built-in microphone, sturdy metal casing and a versatile mounting bracket, the Swann SecurityCam is also lightweight and tiny, making it ideal for all security uses.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 9 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good camera for the price! March 10 2009
By C. SILVA - Published on
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I recently upgraded all my cameras in my business to these (I previously had the Swann B&Ws which lasted without problems for 6 years). An excellent color camera for this price range - much better picture quality than many of the others (Q-see!) of similar cost.

It is very small and discreet and my B&W Swanns were very reliable for a long time. Very easy to connect and produces a very good quality picture. Only issues - (1) definitely needs a lighted area - don't try in darkened areas - (2) not a real wide angle on the lens(although changeable lenses are available like the wide angle and the fisheye - though not cheap!) - (3) audio mic is not great.

Still a very good camera for the price. A reasonable quality option for home and small business.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Looking for a cheap camera for your home or business? Aug. 27 2011
By runningpony - Published on
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Our business had an old security camera in one location that just wasn't cutting it. I was looking for a cheap alternative to expensive replacements from our national supplier. I came across this unit from a known company in the security camera business, and for the price, I figured, it's gotta be better than what we've got, I can't even tell who's on the camera now. I got this unit hooked up and the resolution's as good as the ones our security company set us up with that cost more than four times as much. The other managers are stunned as well. Everyone wants to grab one of these for their homes. It's great when you can find a quality product for a reasonable price that does exactly what it's supposed to. You just can't go wrong with this one.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Disappointment Oct. 5 2007
By Ray J. Jordan - Published on
This camera is useless unless you are right in front of it and even then the picture is just mediocre. Definitely not usable for security purposes.
OK toy but not terribly useful Feb. 1 2013
By Jim - Published on
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I originally purchased this camera because of its size, in order to hide it in a door frame to catch face shots of people coming and going, and to augment an additional overhead camera.

The camera is small and comes with a power supply, so it does have that going for it. The downside is that the image quality is terrible, even with great lighting. It's just not really useful for much of anything. To further complicate matters, it uses RCA connectors, so you need to have an RCA/BNC adapter to use it with standard siamese cable. It's not a big deal but they can be hard to find locally, even at Radio Shack.

I wound up just replacing the overhead camera with a higher quality, wide angle dome (3.6mm lens, 1/3" CCD sensor, 700 TVL resolution) and it works much better in terms of facial recognition, even at a greater distance.

If you're using this for any kind of security purpose, do yourself a favor and spend a little more money and get something better. That being said, it is a fun toy and kind of useful around the house, for things like inspecting gutters.
Works well April 9 2013
By William H. Roberts - Published on
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Excellent packaging, shipping great.
Not installed yet, but plugged into a port on DVR.

I had hoped for better resolution, but even after adjusting focus the unit doesn't inspire greatly.
The video standard it uses is not the best.
The application I will use this in does not require a great deal of quality but everything seems to work.