06
Sep
11

AVTech AVN80X Review

Once in a while a camera hit’s the market that truly has innovative features that make you wonder why others haven’t done this before. The AVN80X has a feature called Push Video 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. It is this feature that sets it apart from the rest.

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. These are precious minutes because by the time you get it, the intruder could have left. 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.

Additional features include 1.3 MP resolution, microSD card slot, PIR motion detect, white LED lighting and 2 way audio with built-in mic and speaker. The street prices are expected to be below $200 USD and represents a good value for the feature set. Since the appearance of the camera is very similar to the Axis M1031/M1054 and the price are below those two cameras, I thought it would be good to show you a comparison between these, starting off with the family photo, the Axis on the left, the popular Foscam in the middle and the AVTech on the right.

Cameras

The camera is also simple to set up. It starts with a wizard to guide you or you can bypass the wizard and setup the camera through the menus.

AVTech 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 manually record, take a snapshot, turn the LED on/off, control the microphone, view full screen and such.

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

AVTech Screen

You configure the camera by selecting Config from the menu bar and the configuration options are selected from a navigation bar on the left. For example, Color option was selected and this was displayed allowing to alter brightness, contrast, hue and saturation.

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

AVTech Screen

To me, what really sets this camera apart was its image quality for this price point. It made the Axis M10 series and Foscam look bad. It was comparable in quality to cameras costing 2-3 times more. But me just telling you it’s great is not going to make a believer out of you, so I compared some of my shots against an AXIS M1031. The Axis sells for about $50-100 more, is only VGA resolution, but also has some of the same features like the white LED lighting, 2 way audio with mic & speaker and looks similar. The M1054 is closer in specification having 1 MP, but the M1054 has similar image quality to the M1031 and I didn’t have one at the moment for comparison.

First, this is a regular daytime image taken indoors with ample lighting. For the AVTech, I took the images at 720P, but I’ll show a full 1.3MP image at the end.

AVTech Daytime

The same shot taken with the Axis camera –

Axis Daytime

As you can see, the AVTech image was clean, noise free, crisp compared to the Axis, even in a brightly lit room.

The next shots were taken in the early evening, representing a time when most people would be turning on lights inside their house.

AVTech Evening

The same shot taken with the Axis camera –

Axis Evening

As you can see, the darker it gets, the Axis image gets more muted and noisier, the AVTech image holds up pretty well.

The last series of images I’ll show you is at night, almost complete darkness when the LED has to be on to see anything.

AVTech Night

The same shot taken with the Axis camera –

Axis Night

At this point, the Axis camera’s built-in lighting and poor low light performance shows. The AVTech image has low noise, the lighting cast a wide light that’s fairly even and effective.

This outdoor shot was taken looking out a window.

AVTech Outdoor

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 –

iPod and Droid

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

iPod Portrait

Lastly, this is a full 1.3MP image from the camera. Click on the small image to view the full size image in a new window.

AVTech Full Size

Conclusion

The AVTech AVN80X is a fantastic value. It provides very good image quality, HD resolution, PIR motion detect, 2 way audio with built-in speaker and microphone and their Push Video feature including free iPhone and Android apps. As I’ve said before, there’s no substitute for PIR motion detect, it’s 100% accurate for me and being able to record to an SD card means this camera can truly be standalone without the need for a NVR (recording) software running on a PC.

I would love to see this camera support Power over Ethernet (PoE). Currently, you have to supply separate power through the included power supply. They don’t offer a WiFi version but did include a very small (smallest I’ve ever seen) WiFi router/access point from Sapido to be used to make the camera WiFi capable, albeit with the external device and additional power supply.

Another feature I would like to see in future software releases is the option to record in higher resolutions and still use the Push Video feature. Currently, if you use the Push Video feature, you can only record in VGA mode to the SD card. I can understand why they did this, to allow you to view the video from your mobile device and high-resolution may be impracticable, but with newer 4G phones, this may be feasible.

The pluses for this camera are;

  • Very good image quality with good low light performance
  • Good build quality (solid metal construction)
  • 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
  • records at full resolution with manual record only

recommended for home or small business surveillance

Company website can be found here – www.avtech.com.tw

Youtube can be found here – EagleEyes

Manual can be found here – MANUAL

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Erik
Erik
3 years 4 months ago

Hi,

Thanks for a great website! Your reviews have really opened my eyes to what’s out there! I’m trying to decide between this camera (Avtech AVN80X) and the Acti D11. I’m mostly interested in having good picture quality at a high frame rate, good performance in very low light, as well ease of use. I don’t really care about the microphone, LED etc. on the Avtech, although its nice to have. I’m going to use this in a nursery, and will have a night light and a standard audio monitor.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Or, if you know of other cameras that would fit the bill, suggestions would be great. My budget is $150 max.

Thanks!!

Otto
Otto
4 years 3 months ago

In Order to solve the POE issue you can perfectly use the TP-Link TL-POE200 PoE Adapter Kit.

Otto
Otto
4 years 5 months ago

Hello,
Firmware is 3004,it is the latest one.I set Trigger Duration to 40 but the recordings via FTP are 5 sec max.(500KB File on FTP max).That makes the Cam unusuable for me sorry.This is what Avtech answered :
“…you can view the 40s playback video via eagleeyes on mobile devices, but 5s for ftp/email. The recording path should be set to the SD card in AVN80X. As for pre-recording, you can set them via PC. Please refer to the usermanual of AVN80X and download free video viewer on your PC. Thanks for your support of AVTECH.

That means that Pre recording is not available (perhaps via their software)40 sec video only via mobile devices and 5 sec of video on my NAS.That is a bad joke i will refund the Cam immediately.
What a pity I loved the PIR Trigger…

Otto
Otto
4 years 5 months ago

Hello, I bought this Cam and configured everything ok. But where can I change the duration of recordings (triggered events)? I get 3-5 sec of Video (Full Resolution) via FTP nothing more.Sorry am i totally wrong or what have i to do to record an event?

At the moment I see people entering my property (3 sec.) and then the video stops?

Does anybody know the source video path for Synology`s Surveillance Station?

Thank you all and I love this site

Pretty Genius
Pretty Genius
4 years 5 months ago

can someone please help i cannot view my camera on my smartphone only on my home wifi i have already configured port fowarding and its still not working ive searched and searched read the manual many diffrent times still no luck

david reece
david reece
4 years 7 months ago

Does remote access to this camera absolutely rely on the server in Taiwan being available? Ie, if that goes down, do you have an unusable camera?

Peter
Peter
4 years 9 months ago

I’m still not managing to send email alerts for motion detection in spite of trying all sorts of server addresses in the Network and Mail config settings. I have two AVN80X cameras and the server log for one of them is showing failed emails but the log for the other is not despite all settings being the same and testing the motion detection by walking in front of the camera in the same way. I used to see failed emails from the server logs both cameras so I dont know why this has changed.

I agree that this is a very good camera when you have it set up but the manuals are very poor as they mainly list the config screens without actually explaining how to set up anything.

Errol
Errol
4 years 8 months ago

Hi Peter,

I agree with you that the manuals are very limited but I will try and help you with this. Do you have an email address that I can send you screen shots of how to setup email motion alerts for you?
Also it helps to know what web browser/email client and operating system you are trying to set this up on. One last thing is what firmware version is your AVN80X on?
I am in the process of capturing screenshots of each setting for the AVN80X, AVN801 and AVN812 and will be putting them all on blogspot so everyone can see in detail how to generally setup these great IP Cameras.

Regards
Errol

Peter
Peter
4 years 8 months ago

Thanks for this, I’m sure screen shots of the config settings will help a lot of users. I was also contacted by Carl who runs this blog and I sent him screen shots for network and mail config settings. He spotted that I didnt have my email address in ‘Mail from’ as I thought this was just a friendly name to be included in the automated email. I changed this to my email but still didnt get eamil alerts. Hoever I continued to experimant and I’m now getting alerts from one of my two cameras after removing ‘check password’ in Mail config. This is odd becase all my other wireless connected devices require outgoing serer authentication. I havent checked to see if this together with the change in ‘Mail from’ was needed. My second camera still doesnt send emails in spite of making these two changes so I need to continue to experiement. I still think its a great camers though some aspects of set-up do appear to be hit and miss.

Bernard
Bernard
3 years 1 month ago

Hi, I have the same problem. The camera used to be able to send out email alerts but it just stop to work suddenly. Besides, Push Video notification which is working previously on my Android phone also fail to work now. I have upgraded to the latest firmware but it doesn’t help.

Please let me know if you found a solution to this problem. Thanks.

Gabriel
Gabriel
2 years 6 months ago

Hi, did you manage to find a solution to the failed e-mail problem? This has vexed me for a while and whilst I did manage to find a permanent solution (finally) in a round about way, I’d like to know whether anyone has cracked this.

As regards Push Video notification, you need an app called PNF (push notification fixer)

Peter
Peter
4 years 9 months ago

I’m also having problems setting up the email alert for motion detection. The server log is showing that the alerts are bing detected but it always says email failed. I’m setting up the outgoing mail server details correctly (mail server, port number, user name and password) so I dont know why it doesnt work.

Peter
Peter
4 years 9 months ago

I have this camera and just want to know how to record video continuously to the SD card.

Errol
Errol
4 years 9 months ago

Hi Peter,
You can’t record continuously to the SD card. You can however change the manual record time to a maximum 10 minutes at this stage and that is using firmware 1039. The only other option is to record all the time via VideoViewer.
If you tick all the options in the “trigger” part of settings you won’t miss out on anything that’s for sure 🙂

Peter
Peter
4 years 9 months ago

Thanks for this. I want to use use the camera through a window to detect motion outside. I’m ticking motion in the Trigger settings but Record in the Actions secion below only gives the options of external and PIR and not motion. Is there a way of recording to the SD card when motion is detected using the camera through a window? If I undertand correctly I can get a 5 second video emailed to me when motion is detected but I dont see a way to record to the SD card.

Diem
Diem
4 years 10 months ago

Nice review!

I have a question about this camera. I have a AVN314 so it’s almost the same.
When you add a new ‘normal’ account, can the visitor hear audio?
Mine can’t, then there is no audio available. Strange, because the manual says there will be audio when you add an account ‘normal’.

luke
luke
5 years 7 days ago

Hi, I’ve read many of your posts on networkcamerareviews, and also your reviews here. So my budget is not high, and I guess my options are either this or the ACTI cube. I rather liked the instructable on mounting a camera in lamp housing. So for outdoors, is the CUBE camera better? since it’s IR cut? What if I mount motion sensing lights?

Also, how tangible is the difference between this and the foscam? Those are much cheaper and wireless… I had my car stolen from me from my driveway, I only need to see clearly within 15 feet…
Thanks
luke

luke
luke
5 years 7 days ago

oh and, I plan to use third party software anyways. iphone/android apps are cool but I’m planning on uploading to the cloud.

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Kumaraguuru
Kumaraguuru
5 years 1 month ago

The AVN80X works fine for me but when i tried to playback the recording on my windows vista pc it shows ‘failed to playback’. Windows xp pc doesnt give this problem, wonder why? i have tried to find the solution for almost a week. can anyone help?

Ian
Ian
5 years 1 month ago
Good review and I bought one based on it but am slightly dissapointed and I think a few things could be made clear for anyone else reading. You will be lucky to get 10fps at full resolution, if everything is perfect you get 15fps in bursts but it moves up and down a lot. You’ll be lucky to get 30fps at 640×480 which should be easy for it. 720p is just a crude crop of 1280×1024, frame rate should improve here but it doesn’t. White balance at night is very bad. All of the test screenshots taken at night, both here and in the other reviews appear to be taken with the camera deep in ‘slow shutter’ mode, it makes a huge difference and looks great with hardly any noise but its such a slow shutter you get 1-3fps. With it off or at ‘1’ there is more noise than a $30 HP Webcam but at least its semi fluid. If you value motion at night you will have to suffer quite a lot of noise; it ruins encoding efficiency. The interface is great looking but slow, unreliable, loses settings and breaks or hangs frequently. (I’m not using it anyway,… Read more »
Errol
Errol
5 years 3 months ago

The latest firmware version for the AVN80X is 2031 which was released on 31/08/2011

Errol
Errol
5 years 3 months ago

It can be made wireless in conjunction with the sapido RB-1602 Wireless broadband router. I constantly move my AVN80X around the house each week. As far as the camera being stolen and recordings being lost, don’t forget if you have an iphone with eagleeyes plus installed it actually saves the footage as backup on your phone for evidence and then it can be emailed to the police for viewing.

Kumaraguru
Kumaraguru
5 years 1 month ago

Im using SE Xperia with Androids. does this phone with eagleeyes has the backup functions too?

Code
Code
5 years 3 months ago

I am waiting until I close on and move into my new house in couple of weeks before i order. What is the latest firmware version that was given to you?

walkman
walkman
5 years 3 months ago

Do you have any idea if Avtech is planning to introduce a wireless versoin of the camera? The ability to move it around as needed would be great for my application.

walkman
walkman
5 years 3 months ago

Is the firmware user upgradable on the camera? Is that normally the case for IP cameras?

walkman
walkman
5 years 3 months ago

It looks like the same company owns both of those links. There are large number of reviews on the web for this camera so I’m guessing Avtech did a good job of prepping demand before it’s in the distribution channel.

I’m planning to buy one of these cameras, but I think I’ll wait for it to show up at some other dealers as I’m afraid closeoutCCTV might have an early firmware version of the camera. Plus I expect the price will drop below $200 as you predicted in your review.

Robert
Robert
5 years 3 months ago

“Yes, if someone steals the camera it takes all the recordings with them, a downside to an internal SD card. I did test the camera with BlueIris and you can have it record to a PC and hope they don’t steal the PC too.”

My question is can you utilize the Push Video Feature and also have BlueIris send images to your email, which will provide some still pictures at an off-site location in case your camera is stolen?

walkman
walkman
5 years 4 months ago

Any idea when these will be available for purchase in USA? I didn’t find them anywhere using google.

Does any of the monitoring software (like blueiris) provide the same kind of text alert capability to android or iPhone?

niko
niko
5 years 4 months ago

how does this compare with the acti 4201 which seems to be a favorite in this price range.

Code
Code
5 years 4 months ago

OK. I think I understand. So, if I only have a laptop that I take with me to use at work, then BlueIris should work anywhere I have an internet connection. I just wasn’t sure if my laptop had to be connected to my LAN at home in order for the BlueIris software to record video.

Code
Code
5 years 4 months ago

So, if I have BlueIris on my laptop, I should be able to record video from the cameras at my house while at work? I don’t need to have the PC in the network at home to record, correct?

Code
Code
5 years 4 months ago

It is my understanding if an intruder enters your home and sees the camera and destroys it or steals it, all recordings are lost since they reside on the SD card. I believe the EagleEye software doesn’t record to your PC.

Would the Blue Iris software solve this issue and allow recordings of the intrusion regardless if the camera is stolen?

Gully
Gully
5 years 1 month ago

AVtech have an app alled VideoViewer which lets you view/control/record etc your cameras on your pc/mac so there is no need for 3rd party apps like Blueiris.

VideoViewer can be set to record when motion is detected to save space on your pc

Code
Code
5 years 4 months ago

Great review, great pictures! It is by far the best camera for the price after reading all of your reviews.

What prevents someone at EagleEyes (the Company) either with this camera or a different manufacturer software/camera from logging into the camera and watching? Does the fact that the log in is hosted in another country (Taiwan) concern you?

Does lack of encryption bother you? Is encryption necessary? Or lack of https:// (secured site) bother you?

I guess I must be missing something. I just do not want someone from watching me or even logging on or recording video coming from my cameras without my knowledge and consent. Is there a way to safeguard against this?

Again, thank you for your patience and help!

Code

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