Testing EzWatch's Analog CCTV Kit

Author: Scott Oie, Published on Nov 17, 2009

The future may belong to IP but the present is still dominated by analog cameras. In this report, we test one of the least expensive analog CCTV camera kits (EZKIT1/4-OUTDOOR) from online retailer EzWatch Pro. The kit includes a 1 channel capture card, 1 IR bullet camera and 100' of siamese cable.

We bought the kit for $189. EzWatch was selected because they offered an inexpensive kit and seem to be popular online (tens of thousands of US monthly visitors to their website).

Our key findings include:

  • The kit was easy to setup so long as you have a spare desktop PC
  • Daytime quality was lacking, with significant artifacts and issues
  • Nighttime quality was strong, meeting the manufacturer's specification
  • EzWatch OEMs a version of NUUO, see our NUUO test results for a review
  • Remote viewing setup requires networking expertise

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