Top critical review
Nice DVR. No POE. Great iPhone app. EASY to setup.
June 3, 2018
I spent about 30 minutes with Amcrest tech support in India. He logged into my PC with their Team Viewer to check settings and try to understand why the cameras are not on in night mode. He told me to “reset” the camera LED ‘s by placing a flashlight on and over the lens for 30secs to 1 minute. I did this and nothing changed. Once their is enough ambient daylight (dawn), the cameras activated in day mode, of course. I’ll be calling Amcrest again for help and emailing them pics.
I bought this as an upgrade to my zmodo 960H system. I spent much time researching and wanted a DVR which was not POE or WiFi. I even bought and returned two others. An Elec and a Zosi. The setup on those was only barcode and not IP. And, the phone app was not so great. This Amcrest AMDV10818 may be the last of it's kind, with so much focus on WiFi. I just set it up so, I don's have all the answers. For instance, I'm not quite sure why there is a border around one of the cameras. (see pic camera 3). I've added two HD pics and one 960H pic so you can see the obvious difference. Also, I only have a VGA monitor so, I'll need to get a monitor with HDMI input to appreciate the video. However, you can see a better picture on the channels I have the cameras installed and, you can see the HD picture on your cell phone app. One this the Zmodo dis that I can't find on this Amcrest is, you can't draw a square around something in the pic and double-click it to zoom in. That was kinda nice.