Today I’ll be writing about the SeQuro GuardPro home surveillance DVR kit. I recently reviewed the SeQuro GuardPro2 and reported issues with the sound recording. SeQuro assured me that this isn’t usual from other GuardPro2 units, and I had the misfortune of possessing a faulty unit. They offered to send me another GuardPro2 to prove it too. I turned down their exceedingly kind offer as it would’ve cost them a lot of money. But I feel confident that what they were saying is true.
Anyway, SeQuro offered to send me their earlier model of the GuardPro. So, I’ve technically reviewed these in the wrong order. Bear in mind the GuardPro2 is replacing the GuardPro, so technology will be outdated in comparison.
The GuardPro comes packed with two CCTV cameras, a smaller LCD touchscreen (in comparison to the GuardPro2). Additional SeQuro cameras can be purchased too, up to 4 cameras can be connected to the GuardPro.
So, is the GuardPro decent? How does it compare to the GuardPro2?
Packaging and Contents.
The SeQuro GuardPro comes packaged in white cardboard box. The box measures 29.0cm x 27.0cm x 13.0cm and weighs 2.27KG.
Inside the box you get the following items: 2x Cameras, 2x Antenna, 1x Monitor, 3x AC Power Adapters, 1x Screw Pack (Including Allen Key), 1x Ethernet Cable, 1x English User Guide, 1x CCTV Warning Sticker.
The SeQuro camera itself can be used either in an indoor or outdoor environment. It’s IP66 rated, Ingress Protection Code 66 = dust-tight and water protection level of Water volume: 100 litres per minute (0.37 impgal/s) Pressure: 100 kPa (15 psi) at distance of 3 meters (9.8 ft). So, it’s ideal in an outdoor environment where rain might be present. The camera measures 12.9cm x 6.0cm x 6.7cm (without stand).
The metal alloy body aids both protection and heat dissipation, the camera features 20 Infrared LED lights and a PIR (Passive Infrared Sensor) for motion detection, and a light sensor to monitor the ambient light levels and switches between standard and night vision as required. The f3.6mm, f2.2 lens produces 1280H x 720V colour image, it’s a fixed range with no pan or tilt function.
The included antenna simply screws into the antenna thread, the Dipole antenna enables a clear transmission range of 1,000 ft in open area, and a solid 200 ft through a concrete structure.
The monitor features touchscreen technology. The monitor measures 20.0cm x 13.0cm x 2.5cm and weighs 425G. You get a 7-inch display, which also features a built-in 3.7V Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery, ideal for portable use.
On the side of the monitor, you get: 1x Power Button, 1x Micro SD Card Slot, 1x Speaker, on the back there’s 1x Ethernet Port.
The monitor also features two antennae for enhanced audio-visual viewing and recording. You get full menu control and a full colour LCD screen for easy viewing.
Prior to first use you need to use the white power plug and charge the monitor up. After the initial charge you’ll be able to use the monitor without using a cabled system. You can you it wired or wireless.
To set up the camera you need to locate a suitable mounting location. There’re 3 mounting screw holes on the bracket for easy installation and a cable notch so you don’t crimp and damage the cable.
You need to use the antenna and tighten this up. Next, you’ll need the black AC power plug, this plug fits snuggly into the female plug of the cable from the camera. That’s it!
Next, you’ll need to power on the monitor. The SeQuro GuardPro cameras and monitor already come pre-paired, so there’s no faffing about. The live camera feed will appear on the screen. Now you manually adjust the bracket on the camera until you’re happy with the image.
Using the SeQuro GuardPro.
I can compare the SeQuro GuardPro with the GuardPro2, so I have some comparative knowledge. To maximise the full potential of the CCTV system, you’ll need to supply a Micro SD/TF card to record your CCTV images. You can use a card upto 256GB capacity. They’re relatively inexpensive and plentiful on Amazon, I have some selected here for your convenience.
Unlike the GuardPro2 which can select motion, scheduled, and manual recording. The GuardPro can only record motion detection. This isn’t an issue, it is what it is, but you’re able to record both cameras (or more if you’ve connected all 4) at the same time.
You can adjust things like time/dates in the menu area on the monitor, along with other user adjustments such as: brightness levels, resolution settings, and adjust any anti-flicker issues. You’re also able to adjust the sensitivity of motion detection along and alert notifications too. To stop you filling up your storage you can also set it to overwrite data when your card becomes full, if you choose not to overwrite your system will stop recording. You can also remove the Micro SD card and download any footage on a PC for archive purposes.
I managed to set up the SeQuro GuardPro easy enough, the visual quality is OK, obviously the GuardPro2 has a higher quality image, but the GuardPro image isn’t bad at all. You’re able to clearly define what is being recorded with no distortion whatsoever. Only annoying thing, I noticed was a noticeable lag and sped up images when viewing live both camera feeds, but this lag doesn’t affect the Micro SD card recording, which recorded smooth, lag isn’t noticeable too much when viewing a single camera feed.
The automatic night-vison feature is superb, noticeably clear and distinguishable.
The SeQuro GuardPro2 system that I was sent had some issues with the in-built microphone, SeQuro said it was a fault with the unit I was sent. I believe them. The SeQuro GuardPro’s in-built microphone works perfectly, and this in on an older mode too. Sound is recorded clear.
And much like the GuardPro2 the touchscreen monitor sometimes has a notable delay between pressing menus and opening speed. Just a little annoying, and nothing serious.
You can set up the SeQuro GuardPro to your internet too and enjoy mobile access viewing via an app. This system works well too. So, you get two different viewing options.
- Brand: SeQuro
- Model: GuardPro
- Model Code: DWS721
- EAN: N/A
- ASIN: B072J7QNPL
- Frequency: 2.4GHz
- Antenna: Dipole Antenna
- Transmission Distance: 300m
- Modulation: GFSK, FHSS
- Image Sensor: Colour CMOS
- Effective Pixels: 1280Hx 720V Pixels
- Lens: f3.6mm, F 2.2
- IR LED: 20 pcs (10 Meters)
- Camera Power: DC 9V 800mA
- Monitor Power: DC 5V
- Monitor Battery: Built-In 3,7v Lithium-Ion Battery
- Screen Size: 7 inch
- Motion Alarm: Yes
- IP Rating: IP66
- Compliance: CE Marked, FCC, RoHS
I really like the SeQuro GuardPro CCTV system. I’m liking SeQuro as a brand, they produce some excellent and affordable CCTV systems for your home. I especially like the support and the willingness to address some unfortunate issues that may arise.
The GuardPro is incredibly good, I like the fact you get two cameras too. It has been superseded by the GuardPro2 model now, but don’t let that put you off. It’s a decent recording system, and a bargain too.
I’m extremely pleased and would recommend this for your home.
If you’d like to purchase this item, please check out the purchasing options below. The RRP for this product is £219.99.
Product sample provided by SeQuro in exchange for a detailed, unbiased review.
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