Swann Unveils DVD-Quality Surveillance DVR

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Swann dvr9_4200_4pro_642_cameras_mockupSwann has introduced it’s new 4200 Series TruBlue 960H Surveillance DVR, featuring DVD-quality, widescreen video.  Available in 4-, 8-, 9-, and 16-channel versions, the 960H aims to deliver better video resolution (960 x 480) than other CIF-based (352 x 240) systems.  Along with the higher resolution, the widescreen format is perfect for monitoring on 16:9 displays.

The 4200 series is capable of recording at a full 30fps, and when combined with the 960 x 480 resolution, delivers a better image for surveillance operations.  It also allows live viewing and playback of all cameras on an LCD or plasma monitor via the included HDMI cable.


In addition to monitoring and recording multiple cameras on a split screen, its intuitive menus and pentaplex operation allow full screen or multi-screen real-time video viewing and playback.  The free SwannView app offers 24-7 remote viewing functionality, allowing live remote viewing on your mobile device.

Recordings are compressed to the fairly standard H.264 codec and stored on an internal SATA2 drive.  A USB port is available for backing up to a USB storage device.  The capacity of the internal drive depends on the model of the 4200 series.  The 9-channel version, for example, includes a 500GB drive, good for approximately 30 days of continuous recording.  The usual recording modes are there, including manual, scheduled, and motion activated.

Swann recommends pairing the 4200 series with its PRO-642 range of cameras, which feature 700 lines of resolution.  Night vision is good up to 82 feet via 35 built-in IR LEDs.  An IP67 rating makes them a solid choice for outdoor, all-weather use.

The 4200 Series TruBlue 960H Surveillance DVR is available at Fry’s and Best Buy stores nationwide for $549.99 to $649.99 depending on the model.

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