Swann SWDVK-830008-US Surveillance Camera System Review

by SSF | Last Updated Jul. 2nd, 2014

Anyone who can afford to get a security system to protect his or her residence should consider installing one in their home. This is especially true in highly populated urban areas and towns; there is nothing like deterrence to give peace of mind regarding the safety of one’s home.

Luckily for many homeowners today, security systems are becoming more and more sophisticated and can be monitored online, including through a mobile phone. In this article, we will give a description of one particularly popular security camera system, which is the Swann SWDVK-830008-US Surveillance Camera System.

The main features

The Swann SWDVK-830008-US surveillance camera system comes in three formats:

  • four cameras and four channels
  • eight cameras and four channels
  • eight cameras and eight channels

Recording and Video Viewing

It has a “set and forget” capability whereby the user may record continuously for over sixty days onto a one-terabyte (a trillion bytes) hard drive. With motion detection, this amount of recording time can be increased. Incident video can be located and transferred to an external drive by means of a USB port, a network or an eSATA, which is a computer bus interface that has external connectivity. These capabilities can save time and give the user peace of mind.

Live Remote Viewing

The device also allows for remote live viewing, being compatible with the iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Android and other mobile devices. Live or playback video may likewise be viewed in high resolution on an LCD screen with VGA connection or on a TV screen via HDMI.

Night Vision, Distance and Resolution

The cameras themselves on this system are designed for night vision, both indoors and outdoors, for a distance of up to 65 feet, which is a great feature for the average size home and yard. They have high-resolution screens, and remote notification by email is also possible.

Battery and Inputs

A pair of AA batteries, required for the operation of this apparatus, is included in the package, as are 60 feet of video cable for each camera, making for a total of 240 or 480 feet. Using an extension, the owner can go even farther, which makes this device great in terms of flexibility of use in many situations. Microphones, however, are not included, although there are audio inputs on the DVR and the option to record audio is included on the menu. Most homeowners do without a microphone because the video quality suffices with this device. When viewing the video input from the cameras, the user has only the options of being able to view either all or none of them.


Overall, this camera system is a true value for the options it provides at its price point, which ranges from $350 – $700 depending on whether you choose 4 or 8 channels, and 4 or 8 cameras. Customers specifically rave about it’s clear video quality even at night, ease of use and setup, and overall quality for the price. This system is in fact so comprehensive that some customers have had lots of success utilizing it at a security system for their small business.


For those interested in other similar products as the Swann SWDVK-830008-US surveillance camera system, below are some other popular security system models.  All have been rated with at least four stars by customer review.

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