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Jan
12

AVTech AVN801 Review


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AVTech’s latest camera, the AVN801 has the image quality and many of the features of it’s more expensive brother, the AVN80X but at a lower price point.

What you still get is the great image quality, the Push Video alert with 5 second event video call, microphone for audio and the PIR motion detect. What the AVN80X has over the AVN801 is an SD card slot, a speaker and an led illuminator for night viewing.

If an intruder breaks into your home or business, you want to be alerted as soon as possible and not only that, you want to see what is going on immediately. Traditional cameras can send you an email alert, but the time it takes to capture images, then send them as email from the camera and wait minutes for your computer or phone to receive the email you may have missed the opportunity to see what’s going on in real time and those precious minutes may be enough for the burglar to escape. What sets AVtech cameras in the Push Video series apart from other brands is the Push Video feature with 5 second event video call. When enabled, this sends an alert to your Android or IOS (iPhone/iPad) device and allows you to view the most recently recorded video. Even without the led, the PIR motion detect works in total darkness to detect human movement and is not fooled by shadows like many cameras that rely on video motion detection. Many cameras offer the ability to send an email alert or pictures via email, but it can take several minutes for the email to get to your smartphone. In contrast, the Push Video feature sends you an alert in a few seconds. The app also lets you view live video and recorded video. You can also turn the alert on/off via the app so you control if you want to be alerted or not. The apps have a lite version that is free from the Apple App Store and the Android Market. This is the version I tested and it works flawlessly.

The street prices are expected to be below $200 USD, maybe down as far as $150 and represents a good value for the feature set. Last time I compared the camera to the comparable Axis M1031. This camera would fall closer to the Axis M1011 with the lesser features, but still, the M1011 has low VGA resolution vs the HD quality of the AVTech, so it’s still no comparison. Another comparison may be to a Foscam to see what a little more money would get you in image quality

But to start off, when fist connect to the camera, it will starts the wizard to guide you or you can bypass the wizard and setup the camera through the menus.

Wizard Screen

When you first access the camera, after it’s configured, this is the screen you get showing the live view. From here you can take a snapshot, control the microphone, view full screen and such.


Live View

In most of these images, clicking on the image will show you the full-sized larger image in a new window.

You can easily change the live view resolution to suit your needs, this is what it looks like with 720 lines of resolution


Live View

You configure the camera by selecting Config from the menu bar and the configuration options are selected from a navigation bar on the left. The Push VIdeo setup screen is shown below followed by the email setup screen as examples.

The configuration screens were intuitive, comprehensive and simple to use.


Live View


Live View

To me, what really sets this camera apart was its image quality for this price point. It made the Axis M10 series in my last review look bad and compared to the Foscam, it’s no contest.

First, this is a regular daytime image taken indoors with ample lighting. The image from the Foscam has washed out and inaccurate color (the black pillows look light blue).


Live View

The same shot taken with the AVN801 in it’s full resolution.


Live View

As you can see, the AVTech image was clean, noise free, crisp and very accurate colors compared to the Foscam, in a brightly lit room.

The next image was taken at night, almost complete darkness only the light from the holiday tree. Because lighting is not built into this camera, it’s important that you have a motion activated lamp in the room that turns on to not only deter an intruder, but provide ample lighting for this camera to give good results.


Live View

This shows the live video screen using the free EagleEyes app both on an Ipad and a Droid X. In this landscape mode, the image takes up the entire screen –

iPad and Droid

In portrait mode, the image is smaller and displays additional buttons and settings.

iPad and Droid

AVTech provide free camera management software called “VideoViewer”, and users can download for it from the EagleEyes website. There are two versions of VideoViewer, one is for Windows and the other is for Mac OS X. The software is available for download at this link – Software Download Link

Here’s screenshots of the software running on Windows 7. This shows a view of one camera

Eagleyes

If you have multiple AVTech cameras, you can setup a view to see all of them

Eagleyes

You can configure recording based on various criteria including motion and timed based events and set recording options on this screen

Eagleyes

Conclusion

The AVTech AVN801 is a fantastic value in a lower price range than the AVN80X. It provides very good image quality, HD resolution, PIR motion detect, audio with built-in microphone and their Push Video feature including free iPhone and Android apps as well as free CMS software to record and view multiple cameras. A complete HD survaillance package that works well for home and business security.

This cameras requires an wired connection. Alternatively, you can use an inexpensive WiFi access point to use this camera wirelessly. A version with integrated WiFi, the AVN812 is expected in the next few months. In my personal home, I hard wired all my cameras as it’s the most reliable and secure way.

The pluses for this camera are;
• Very good image quality with good low light performance
• Good build quality
• Push Video alerts
• EagleEyes powerful remote surveillance on multiple mobile platforms
• High quality, 1.3 Megapixel with live MOS sensor and F1.5 aperture

The shortfalls of this camera are;
• not WiFi or Poe, requires a power supply

recommended for home or small business surveillance

Company website is – www.avtech.com.tw

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7 Responses to “AVTech AVN801 Review”


  1. January 12, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Hi, I think your site might be having browser compatibility issues. When I look at your website in Safari, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that, fantastic blog!

  2. January 30, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I purchased a Lorex 4 camera setup so I could remotely see video of our house along the bay. We wanted to see beach conditions during a storm, weather, beach erosion and for security. Connecting remotely to the Lorex system became a nightmare. I worked weekly with techs at Lorex, got a new router and modem. Tried connecting using PC’s and Mac’s. I became quickly educated in Ip’s, port forwarding, LAN, MAC address, router setup, dvr setup, canyouseeme.org. I have finally given up after a month of trying and will uninstall and return the entire system.
    I’ve just discovered your site and will be reading more on IP camera’s, thank you. Can you suggest a few cameras for remote viewing of video? I’d like to get a setup with a budget around $1000 if possible. Great blog, I’ll be reading more, thank you in advance for your help. Ferrell

    • January 30, 2012 at 5:58 pm

      For looking around the beach, try the Panasonic bb-hcm581a. It’s a PTZ cameras, so from the comfort of home, you’ll be able to pan, tilt and zoom (21X optical). It’s an indoor cam, but people put it in outdoor dome housing if you want to use it at outside. It’s about $750ish at places like buy.com. If you do put it outdoors in a salt-air cautic environment, you may want to get a decent dome. Another camera that’s made for a hostile outdoor environment like the beach is the Mobotix M24 or M12, 3MP and will last many years at the beach. Not PTZ like the Panny, but with 3MP of resolution, you’ll get a nice wide view with good detail. To handle 3MP with remote viewing, you’ll need a fast “upload” internet connection, not DSL.

  3. 4 josh
    February 10, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Is this a good camera for the versa 3? I saw you have posted on their forum before. Wasn’t sure what a top 3 pick for versa would be. Nightvision / tilt / pan?

  4. 5 Anne smith
    July 13, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    this camera sounds perfect for me, do I need anything else besides PC, Internet and camera? do I need a DVR?

  5. 7 Hugh
    January 16, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    I just purchased a couple AVN801’s, based partially on your review (thank you!), and I would like to find out if you know how to update the firmware. I downloaded EagleEyes(Lite+) for Android and I cannot find how to update the firmware. I also have the EagleEyes for ipad. Any information would be greatly appreciated!


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