Sannce might be rocking older CCTV tech in this 4-channel system, but it looks the business, includes a 1TB storage NVR and everything you need to protect multiple angles in a small shop or lock-up.
Does the Sannce 900TVL CCTV kit deliver decent security features like it’s fancier Power-over-Ethernet brethern?
An abundance of budget offerings from the likes of these Sannce CCTV kits, Floureon security camera bundles, and perennial favourites from Annke mean we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to cheap security camera choices.
If you don’t need super HD, aren’t bothered running cables and can live with fairly basic apps, you can get lots of bang for your buck with these CCTV suppliers.
I thought I’d take a quick look at one of the other very basic bundles from Sannce, which relies on 900TVL cameras and older, analog cable tech for running streams back to a bundled NVR.
Sannce CCTV 900TVL Bundle Contents
So for less than £130, I opted for a four camera Sannce bundle that comes with an NVR and 1TB hard drive pre-installed. You can save a few quid putting in your own hard drive, but I was feeling lazy and it’s so damn cheap in the first place.
A weighty brown box contains the following:
- NVR unit with power supply, mouse, IR controller and instructions
- Four 900TVL CCTV cameras, with poseable mounts and matching screws / wall plugs
- Four sets of cables to run between the cameras and the NVR
- A power unit for the cameras, together with a 4-way splitter to feed each camera
You can even get 8-channel bundles from with eight cameras and cables as a Sannce CCTV kit too. I reckon these kits look pretty attractive for protecting a shop, as you can get multiple angles inside, and cover doors and corners outside the property too.
Sannce CCTV Kits – Actually Simple Setup
I had a quick squint through the instructions. Minimal is the word, but a quick Google search pulls up lots of different pages of support from Sannce and fellow CCTV users.
Throwing said instructions away, I hooked up a camera, used VGA to output the NVR to an old computer monitor, popped in an ethernet cable, and powered everything up. The NVR initialises in a few minutes, and a few shoddy intro screens get the camera feed established.
Note that the initial ‘admin’ password (at least for my model) was blank. I understand that some other Sannce NVR use ‘123456’ as a starting password.
Everything can be operated just with a mouse if you want. You can view either a single camera feed, or four-way split screen. On inspection, there’s a surprising number of features, tweaks and adjustments you can make in the setting screens. Everything from recording schedules to motion detection and backing up the hard drive are dealt with through functional, but visually simple, menus.
I briefly used the Xmeye Android app to establish local viewing of my camera feeds on my home network. There are Cloud-based options to view your camera off site, but a quick five-minute play and I could sense things weren’t going to be as simple as the local setup. For most business users, I’d hazard that remote viewing is more of a perk than an absolute requirement.
Sannce 900TVL performance
Is the image quality on these 900TVL cameras good enough? Well, it depends.
The streaming resolution just doesn’t give you the clarity and definition you would find in high-end 1080p cameras. Text, even in large font sizes, becomes illegible at a distance of 1-metre in good light. Colours are over-saturated. Fast motion makes it harder to determine shapes and identities. The IR LEDs kick in quite early in only dim light, although you get a good strong night-vision image.
These Sannce 900TVL cameras are best suited to monitoring rather than identification. A scarf or hat is all it takes to hide thief’s face on camera. A system like this 4Ch Sannce kit is really designed to watch shelves, doors and areas where you can’t be all the time. You’ll be able to spot suspicious people in your car park, but you won’t be able to say who they are at range.
Likewise, bike racks or shop areas will be easy to monitor with these cameras, if you’re sitting behind a desk or counter with the screen to one side. Again though, you aren’t going to get any more than a basic motion event trigger and a decent, if slightly fuzzy, picture of people moving around these areas. You’d definitely spot people shoving items inside a coat, but their faces aren’t going to be clear unless you have a really well-lit shop.
However for the purposes of security, these Sannce CCTV kits will tell you when to take action. They will also provide supporting evidence for prosecutions, such as movements through an area, encounters between staff and visitors, and accurate times for arrivals of vehicles.
To get 1080p image quality would cost 5-6 times the price of this Sannce kit. For less than £150, you get a solid CCTV kit, lots of features and, for a bit more cash, you can opt for the 8-channel / 8-camera version to offer even more coverage. Noice!