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.
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.
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
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.
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).
The same shot taken with the AVN801 in it’s full resolution.
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.
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 –
In portrait mode, the image is smaller and displays additional buttons and settings.
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
If you have multiple AVTech cameras, you can setup a view to see all of them
You can configure recording based on various criteria including motion and timed based events and set recording options on this screen
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