Updated 19th of February 2020
We reviewed pricing, most of which has remained the same and a few minor price drops. We also added more feature information for easier comparison with other brands and an overview of Night Owl's product range.
Pros and Cons:
- L2 Color Boost® Technology.
- Heat and motion detection.
- 24/7 tri-lingual technical support.
- Night vision could be better.
- Steep cost for additional cameras.
The Night Owl 8 Channel HD DVR system with 5MP infrared cameras is a dependable video surveillance solution with resilient cameras and dual sensor technology (heat and motion). While the cameras can operate within a broad range of temperatures, they are not waterproof and if intended for outdoor use should be placed so as to avoid direct exposure to water.
The cameras do, however, deliver great image quality and are set up with L2 Color Boost® technology to capture full-color video in low-light settings. The 24/7 tri-lingual technical support is another major benefit, along with a very competitive price.
- Full-color video in low-light settings.
- Cameras are equipped with a 3-axis vandal-proof mounting bracket.
- 24/7 technical support in English, French, and Spanish.
- No integrations with third-party applications, such as Dropbox, to back up footage.
- Cameras are weather resistant but not waterproof and therefore unsuitable for direct exposure to water.
Amazon customer reviews of this system are overall positive, describing it as a cost-effective security solution, but also note that the night vision could be better. Several reviewers were disappointed with the L2 color boost feature.
At a Glance:
Type of recorder
2560 x 1944 pixels (5 MP)
Night vision Distance
Field of View
1 TB pre-installed hard drive
-4°F to 140°F
8 Channel 5MP Extreme HD® Wired Security DVR with 1TB Hard Drive and 4 5MP Wired Infrared Cameras
8 Channel 5MP Extreme HD® Wired Security DVR with 1TB HDD and 8 x 5MP Wired Infrared Cameras with L2 Color Boost® Technology
4 Channel 1080p Video Security DVR with 1TB HDD and 4 x 1080p Wired Spotlight Cameras
8 Channel 1080 Lite HD Analog Video Security System with 1 TB HDD and 4 x 1080p HD Wired Cameras
8 Channel 4K Ultra HD Wired Smart Security DVR with 2 TB Hard Drive and 4 x 4K Ultra HD Wired Infrared Cameras
8 Channel 1080p HD Video Security DVR with 1 TB HDD and 4 x 1080p Wired Infrared Cameras
8 Channel 3MP Extreme HD Video Security DVR with 1 TB HDD and 6 x 3MP Wired Infrared Cameras
8 Channel HD Video Security DVR with 1 TB HDD and 8 x 1080p HD Wired Infrared Cameras
8 Channel 5MP Extreme HD Video Security DVR with 2 TB HDD and 8 x 5MP Wired Infrared Cameras
16 Channel 5MP Video Security DVR with 2TB HDD and 8 x 5MP Wired Spotlight Cameras
8 Channel 4K Ultra HD Wired Smart Security DVR with 2 TB Hard Drive and 8 x 4K Ultra HD Wired Infrared Cameras
Expandable 16 Channel 5MP Video Security with 2TB Hard Drive and 14 x 5MP Wired Spotlight Cameras
Night Owl vs. Lorex:
Night Owl's 8 Channel HD DVR system with 5MP infrared cameras offers a little less than Lorex's 8 channel 4K DVR system in terms of maximum image resolution, night vision distance, and preinstalled storage, but is also far more affordable and offers tri-lingual technical support.
Night Owl vs. Swann:
In comparison to Swann's 8 channel 4K DVR system, Night Owl's 8 channel 5MP DVR system comes with less storage and lower resolution cameras. However, the HDD can be upgraded to 6 GB and the 5 MP resolution, offers high definition images and is a great mid-point for getting great image quality that won't fill up your HD as fast.
See the detailed comparison of these cameras.
2560 x 1944 pixels (5 MP)
Local, 1TB Preinstalled Hard Drive
Smart Home Compatibility
Motion and heat detection, sensor alerts
Night Owl Small Business Security Solutions:
Video Surveillance Systems.
Night Owl offers a selection of 4-, 8-, and 16-channel DVR Systems. DVR systems are designed to work only with analog cameras and require cable connections. DVR systems are the most affordable option compared to NVR and HVR backed systems, but are also often limited in their range and image quality.
Night Owl DVR System Features:
720p (1MP), 1080p (2MP), 3MP, 5MP, 4K (8MP)
500 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB
Number of Channels
4, 8, 16
$229.99 - $779.99
NVR Systems can record footage from network or IP security cameras that are connected with the recorder either via a router or through Cat5e/Cat6 ethernet cables. The latter is only an option if the NVR has built-in network or PoE (Power over Ethernet) ports.
NVR systems are the more expensive option and are not compatible with analog, AHD, or TVI cameras.
Night Owl NVR System Features:
3840 x 2160 p (4K)
Number of Channels
2 TB, 4 TB
$549.99 - $1,499.99
Hybrid DVR Systems can record images from both analog and IP cameras. A hybrid system is a good option if you are upgrading your current system and are looking for an option that allows you to retain some analog cameras but that also supports IP cameras.
Night Owl Hybrid DVR System Features:
1080p (2MP), 4K (8MP)
Number of Wired Channels
4, 8, 16
$329.99 - $649.99
If you are just looking to replace your recorder or want to purchase recorder and cameras separately so that you can put together a surveillance system based on very specific needs, Night Owl offers a selection of standalone recorders (DVR, NVR, and Hydrid DVR) ranging from $199.99 to $279.99.
Night Owl offers a range of security cameras that can be added to existing systems. The range includes cameras compatible with hybrid, DVR, and NVR systems, including plug-in wireless cameras. Prices range from $59.99 to $199.99 for individual cameras, packs of two, and packs of four.
Accessories offered include a range of cables, connectors, adapters, and decoy cameras. Night Owl also offers a Wifi-enabled Smart Safe with integrated Cloud connectivity ($249.99) and 1080 p Smart Video Doorbells ($89.99 - $99.99), along with accessories like microSD cards (16 GB or 32 GB) and angled and flat mounting plates.
What is the price for the Night Owl - Extreme HD 8-Channel Wired 1TB DVR Surveillance System?
The list price for Night Owl's DVR Surveillance Systems range from $249.99 to $779.99.
Where can I buy the Night Owl - Extreme HD 8-Channel 1TB DVR Surveillance System?
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Can you add cameras to the Night Owl DVR kit?
Yes, you can add additional Night Owl cameras if you want to expand your system. An 8-channel system allows you to have up to 8 cameras.
Does Night Owl security have audio?
Yes, Night Owl cameras have 2-way audio capabilities.
Can you talk through Night Owl cameras?
Yes. You can use your Night Owl cameras as a type of intercom to project your voice through the camera.
Does Night Owl security need internet?
Night Owl security cameras do not need an internet connection to record and transmit videos. However, to view your cameras remotely from a Smart Device, you will need to connect the Night Owl WNVR to the internet.
Are Night Owl security cameras weatherproof?
All Night Owl security cameras are weather resistant.