The Lorex SD9 – Just a set of wireless home security cameras like any else, right? They appear fairly normal just looking at them and for the most part they are, but they’ve also got some nice features and additional components that others don’t. Depending on your specific needs when it comes down to home security camera systems, the lorex Live SD9 might be the reasonably priced unit you’re looking for. Each camera records in high resolution infrared night vision up 40 feet away in total darkness, features a CMOS motion detection system, two – way microphone and speaker capability, records hours of footage, etc.. but we’ll get into all of this.
Let’s take a look at the specs first and foremost. The system overall can operate away from the security cameras at around 135 meters, or about 450 feet! The cameras and receivers can operate effectively in temperatures ranging anywhere from 14 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. The camera operates with a CMOS motion sensor and captures video footage in 640 x 480 pixels. The camera unit itselfs dimensions range from 2.8 x 7.4 x 7.7′ including antenna and shader, and weigh exactly 0.9 pounds. Although the receivers resolution comes in at 640 x 480, this will allow viewing at around 10 fps (frames per second), or you can also select the option in the settings of your receiver to view at 320 x 240 pixels to raise the fps level up to around 25 fps.
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When you open up the box, you’re going to find the LCD monitor, receiver, and the remote control for these devices. There’s two wireless security cameras complete with stands and all of the hardware needed to mount them in any location that you want, or there are stands that come with them as well if you prefer to simply place a camera on a table or other flat surface. There’s also three power adapters to plug them in, and although you can upgrade to a 16 GB memory card, there’s a 2 GB SD card included. The two included wireless security cameras aren’t all that heavy at just shy of a pound each, but they’re clearly built to withstand some abuse with their metal weatherproof casing and can be placed outside safely in all but the most unreasonable weather conditions as an outdoor security camera.See Full Details!
The picture quality on these is really nice at 640x 480 pixels. Even with a lower FPS rate that fluctuates around 10 – 15 at the highest video settings, the video has nice and accurate color. You can clearly make out facial features and any minor movements made on screen. One of the greatest features of the video on this security camera due to its multi functionality as an indoor or outdoor security camera is its night vision. Not only as I stated above will it allow you to see in total darkness up to around 40 feet or so, but you don’t even need to configure it to change over, because it’s onboard sensor will detect lighting conditions and switch over to night vision on its own. Even when there’s a complete lack of light, the night vision truly makes it look like daytime in black and white, allowing you to see detailed footage no matter what kind of lighting is available.
Besides being able to view the video streaming live, this home security camera will store up to 2 GB worth of footage, which can be expanded to 16 GB with a better SD card.
By far one of my favorite features of this versus other home security camera systems is the faux picture frame video monitor which allows you to keep an eye on the cameras at all times. This 7 inch wireless LCD monitor comes with a stand so that you can set it on a table or wherever else there’s a flat surface and power outlet, or there’s also a solid wall mount included with all the needed hardware to place it on a wall anywhere in the house. This video monitor acts as the wireless receiver, allowing you to view the video being captured anytime.
Since this package includes two home security cameras, you can choose to view both cameras at once in a split screen, or on “switching mode” which will cycle through the full screen images of both of them. Although the package includes two security cameras, the home security system network these Lorex devices are a part of is expandable up to four cameras, and you can do the same thing as with the split screen between two by turning on “quad mode”, so that you’re able to watch all four at once.
You can set the receiver to to display streaming video from the cameras at all time if you like, or can set it up to act as a nonchalant digital picture viewer on the wall like many people have. The receiver comes preloaded with five different generic pictures that it will cycle through until you opt to check the cameras via the remote, or you can program the picture frame to display the live video stream when triggered from the motion detectors. This is an excellent way to keep up the frame in a common area of your home to keep an eye on it, but not have a live video feed of your front porch and backyard displayed all the time.
Another one of my favorite features that a home security camera can have is two-way audio exchange. This is a great feature that makes this an ideal setup for someone such as an elderly person who spends most of their time in a chair and can’t make it to the door quickly. You can simply mount the receiver on a nearby wall or place it on its stand on a side table, and with the two-way audio, the homeowner can see live video of who is at the door and even ask what it is that they want. Or if you’re just lazy like me, place it at your front door so you can see if it’s worth walking 30 feet, or can make up what you’re doing condition you’re in with no way of the other person knowing. Telling someone you don’t care to see that you’re really sick and bed ridden while sitting on your couch just fine has never felt sweeter, trust me.
The motion detection on the Lorex SD9 is great as well, utilizing CMOS active pixel sensor technology. This is the latest kind of motion detection technology as far as wireless security camera systems are concerned, which operate by making every pixel in the frame into an integrated circuit which each act as tiny motion sensors themselves. The motion detection can be turned on and off easily using the remote through the receiver, so that you can for instance turn motion detecting on at night and leave it off during the day, when you expect a lot of motion to be taking place. Although video can be set to record for specified periods of time or at certain times of day, the motion detection can also be used as a trigger to begin recording.
The included user interface on the receiver couldn’t be simpler. This is a great advantage to those who aren’t too great with technology, as you get to bypass the process of installing and messing with the settings on your computer if you aren’t very good with technical details. The interface menu is very user friendly, using a simple icon based on screen menu. The icons are large, simple, and self explanatory. One will say “record” with a large camera icon, another with settings and a gear and wrench image, and so forth. Anyone should be perfectly capable of having the entire process figured out after a few minutes of playing around with it and pressing buttons. It’s almost glaringly simple.
Besides all that, as I already stated there’s the ability to expand to a home security system of four cameras under this one receiver. The receiver itself can also be connected to a TV or computer/laptop monitor and viewed through that. Hmm, semi valid excuse to expand to a three monitor setup?
- Built in PIR Motion Detector with CMOS for precise motion detection
- Sturdy, one pound Cameras protected with a metal waterproof casing
- Crisp 640 x 480 video footage at 10 – 25 FPS
- Built in, two-way microphone and speaker system with capability to relay audio at camera and receiver location
- 7 inch color wireless LCD monitor which can act as a digital picture frame when not streaming video
- 2GB (expandable up to 16GB) micro SD card for video footage recording
- Lighting conditions sensor which triggers auto night vision
- View streaming video feed with quad video mode or single full screen
- Expandable security camera system up to four under one receiver
- Receiver connects to TV or PC/laptop monitors for expandable viewing
- Trigger security cameras to record at specific times, days, or via motion detection