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The Best DVR for Security Cameras in 2021

Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) are an integral part of modern security camera systems, allowing the recording of security images from your CCTV security cameras, for playback when necessary.

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Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) are an integral part of modern security camera systems, allowing the recording of security images from your CCTV security cameras, for playback when necessary.

Today, most DVRs allow multi-channel recording to support up to 16 individual security cameras, ensuring there are no blind spots in your CCTV monitoring.

In addition to having numerous cameras that transmit high definition images, the best DVR for CCTV setups will also offer large and reliable hard drives that can store all the recordings that your cameras capture.

The best security camera DVR solutions will also offer additional features, such as apps that you can download to monitor camera footage in real time from any location and support cloud storage.

So if you want to make sure your home or office is protected, we have listed our picks of the best CCTV DVR security systems. Please note that some include cameras in the box, while others require that they be purchased separately along with hard drives.

The best digital video recorders for CCTV: at a glance

  1. Sansco S4D4C1T All-in-One Smart CCTV Camera System
  2. ZOSI 8CH HD-TVI Security Camera System Full 1080p DVR Video Recorder
  3. ANNKE 8 Channel 1080p Security Camera System
  4. Samsung Wisenet SDH-B84040BF 8
  5. OHWOAI Home Security Camera System
  6. Westshine 16 Channel 1080N DVR 5-in-1 Hybrid

Sansco S4D4C1T All-in-One Smart CCTV Camera System

1. Sansco S4D4C1T All-in-one Smart CCTV Camera System

An affordable and capable DVR system

Number of cameras: 4 | Channels: 4 | Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 | Storage: 1TB HDD | Features: Smartphone App Compatibility, Night Vision, IP66 Weather Protection, Smart Motion Detection, Video Backup

This Sansco model is an attractive offer. While the DVR itself is not particularly robust (its front buttons are audibly ‘clicky’), it does record good quality Full HD video with enough storage to give you around 2-3 weeks of playback. 

There is also the option to adjust the recorded frames per second if you want to expand that. As for connectivity, there are HDMI and VGA to connect to a monitor, and you can also download Sansco’s XMEye app (available on iOS and Android) to quickly switch between cameras and record.

ZOSI 8CH HD-TVI Security Camera System Full 1080p DVR Video Recorder

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2. ZOSI 8CH HD-TVI Security Camera System Full 1080p DVR Video Recorder

It comes with weather resistant cameras.

Number of cameras: 4 | Channels: 8 | Resolution: up to 1,920 x 1,080 | Storage: 1TB HDD | Features: Motion Alert, Smartphone Compatibility, Easy Remote PC Access, Expandable Camera System

Another wireless camera setup, this 8-channel Zosi system records in Full HD and comes with four weather-resistant cameras that can be placed outside the walls. And if you want to add more cameras, both bullet and dome type, you can add another four to the setup in total. 

This model also comes with a smart app that allows you to see through the eyes of your cameras and quickly record at any time. On the downside, when motion detection is turned on, your cameras are occasionally overly responsive and send alerts even if minimal movement has been detected outside.

ANNKE 8 Channel 1080p Security Camera System

3. ANNKE 8 Channel 1080p Security Camera System

For when you have your own hard drive ready

Number of cameras: 4 | Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 | Channels: 8 | Storage: none | Features: Expandable Camera System, 8BNC Ports, H.264 + Technology, Smart Motion Activated Alerts

Allows you to use your own hard drive
H.264 + encoding allows long recording time

If you already have a hard drive for your DVR, you can pair it with this budget unit that doesn’t come with a pre-installed one. Nor is it a requirement: it can only be used to monitor (and not record) in real-time view with no hard drive installed. 

If you choose to record images, the Annke model uses H.264 + technology to compress recorded videos that allow you to record up to 50 days in 1080p. Through the Annke Vision app , you can watch live streams and watch streaming instantly on a smartphone on the go.

4. Samsung Wisenet SDH-B84040BF 8

A typically well-built Samsung offering

Number of cameras: 4 | Channels: 8 | Resolution: 2,560 x 1,440 | Storage: 1TB | Features: 4MP Super HD video, 1TB hard drive, day and night vision on Tuesdays, QR code to download the accompanying application

The app sometimes forgets devices

If you are looking for a robust DVR system that feels premium and records in 2K quality, this Samsung Wisenet model will fit the bill. Delivered with four sleek white bullet cameras designed for indoor and outdoor use. They are equipped with night vision technology that uses infrared LEDs and smart IR to provide a night vision range of up to 130 feet (or 40m). Like others on our list, the DVR system works with a mobile app that lets you see what cameras are seeing in real time, although we found in our tests that the app occasionally forgot cameras that had to be re-added later.

OHWOAI Home Security Camera System

5. OHWOAI Home Security Camera System

The wireless cameras are a convenient option

Number of cameras: 4 | Channels: 8 | Resolution: 1080p | Storage: 1TB HDD | Features: Wireless, Waterproof and Night Vision Cameras, Application Support, Email Alerts, 65ft Night Vision, IP67 Waterproof

Application-based motion detection alerts
Night vision is not as capable as other cameras

If you don’t like the idea of ​​winding cables around the house, this model reduces clutter. Like an NVR (Network Video Recorder), its four wall-mountable cameras are wireless and can be placed anywhere as long as they are within range of your router’s WiFi signal (and must be connected to an electrical outlet) Like the DVRs on our list, this uses motion detection, however we prefer that you send motion alerts when detected directly to the app, rather than email them to the user.

Westshine 16 Channel 1080N DVR 5-in-1 Hybrid

6. Westshine 16 Channel 1080N Hybrid 5-in-1 DVR

Number of cameras: none | Channels: 16 | Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 | Storage: none | Features: motion detection, 1080N resolution, P2P Cloud Remote app, VGA / HDMI video output

Easy to set up, this Westshine DVR system is a sleekly designed unit that supports up to 16 channels (or cameras) being used at the same time, making it useful for monitoring larger premises or properties. Does not include hard drive or camera, so you must buy them separately. It records up to 1,920 x 1,080 resolution output with clear colors and an image as sharp as you will get in Full HD. As with other DVRs, it supports a cloud service that allows you to remotely log in using a smartphone or tablet to view and record camera images in real time.