"I bought this recording kit mainly to guard my front door - there are two gates and the camera covers both of them very well, the range is excellent. The camera itself is not very big and is well positioned above a window. The picture displayed on my TV screen is very clear, even at night time. The only disappointment was that the recording machine wouldn't not display accurate date, however, as this is a manufacturer's fault, Swann happily agreed to send me a replacement as soon as available.
Apart from that I am very happy with my purchase, it does exactly what I wanted and expected it to do and it's excellent value for money."
"I have recently purchased this camera system after I have read some good and bad reviews about it. Unfortunately I'll will have to give an another bad review about this item. - set up is basic, as it was 30 years ago, without the tv you do not know what you're doing - date does not display properly, it does not shows number "1" -no memory, after power failure it tends to forget half of the settings -video quality is quite bad -night vision light are bright red, making the camera visible - it is impossible to tell when it is recording, or when it is just ready for recording -manual does not tell you how to turn off the recording all together -it is not cheap - the camera is too big compare to what it produces - basically do not waste your time with this, buy something else"
"On setting up the system the date would not enter correctly, the year and day entered correctly but even though the month (10) was selected, the on screen displays 2012/91/8. I tried many times and as it gets most right it appears to be a fault, especially as it displays month 91
On trying to phone Swann, despite hanging on as requested, the line eventually went dead, I tried their online chat method, this was offline every time I tried, I sent an email with an automated response that they will contact me between 1 and 5 days time.
I purchased this product to identify trespassers with date and time capture, something it is not capable of doing at present."
"Disappointed with performance. Stops recording after a short while. Although appears to be recording but no red letters rec appear. Icon is present. When reset again records for period then stops. Set to clear card when full. I will be in touch with the manufacturers, as this is not what I expect.
Inspite of having the camera an incident was not recorded, so I have no evidence for the police. At this time I had no idea the camera was not working as it should.
I could have bought a dummy camera with much less cost."