Q-See High Resolution Weatherproof CCD Camera w/80ft of Night Vision (Color) QSC48030

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10 Responses to “Q-See High Resolution Weatherproof CCD Camera w/80ft of Night Vision (Color) QSC48030”

  1. Makoto Schoppert Says:


    I initially bought a 4 pack camera kit by Swann Pc Dvr Camera Kit 4CH, which includes 4 cameras, 100 feet of cable, 9V power supplies, and the PCI DVR card (which Q-See sells the same model PCI card).

    I was really disappointed with the night vision of the small Swann cameras.

    Here’s a shot from the Swann camera during the day:


    And a shot from the same angle with the Q-See QAC48030


    Notice the color difference, and the wider angle with the Q-See.

    Here’s the Swann at night, you can see why I’m disappointed with the Swann and happy with the Q-See. The night-vision range is very short, good for about 10 feet, and the camera is about 20 feet from the driveway:


    Here’s the same shot from the Q-See, which is advertised at 100ft:


    The light in the bottom left is on with both photos, it’s just the slightly different position and wider angle of the Q-see that makes it visible.

    The cable that came with it was about 60′ and was a bit too short to reach my PC that is the DVR server. Fortunately, the 100′ cables I had from the Swann kit allowed me to extend it.

    Also, the BNC connector on the camera is thick, requires at least a 12″ hole, so be preparted to drill a big hole for the wiring.

    The manual (if you want to call it that) had no mounting instructions. Took me a minute to figure out how the pieces went together to mount it.

    It also comes with no mounting screws so be prepared to get those on your own. Fortunately, I had some screws and anchors laying around that worked.

    Overall, for the price, I am very pleased. MUCH better night vision compared to cheaper cameras, the color is also much better even at night.

    I plan on switching out some of my other out-door Swann cameras with better cameras such as this one in the near future.

  2. Amberman Says:


    This camera is definitely superior over all others I’ve seen in quality.

    There is a BNC female connector on the back plate (male BNC adapters for RCA cables are available at Radio Shack, as is the 12v power converter. Save more money and time. Positive polarity.)

    I noticed the camera rattling and loose inside. If your camera begins to rattle, open up the back plate and carefully remove the whole assembly – with the plate-attached metal stair-step stand that supports the camera. You can adjust the stand by twisting any loose columns. But be careful not to unfocus the camera.

    Do not try to open the front of the camera, unless you absolutely have no choice – like to replace the IR ring!

    The IR ring (infra-red led lights attached to a curcuit board) is held in place separately in the front of the camera with a small white pin connector with wire leads to the camera board. This is convenient because when the IR leds may burn out after a few years, you can just disconnect and replace the ring for cheap.

    The sun shade slides only if the front and back end screws are loosened. At the top-back of the camera, there are 2 built-in screw fittings that confused me at first. (Be sure to refer to the picture here that shows how the wall connector is put together, or you will become frustrated since there are no instructions or diagrams on how to use the supplied hardware.) Do not try to move the angle of the shade, since the only way it moves is from front to back on slides.

    The reason this or most surveillance cameras on the market today do not have any audio is because the public privacy law has changed to make eavesdropping illegal in many states. But if you are so inclined, find mini-microphones, transmitters and receivers on the hobby shop sites selling motorized airplanes that employ digital cameras. You might find better prices for mini-box color cameras as well with portable power supplies.

    Note: Found this camera (54-IR leds) for $50 cheaper on Amazon – do a search on 1/3″ Sony CCD Long range 54 IR Camera with 16mm Lens IR80P 1DT.


  3. Nicholas Mc Cartney Says:


    Ok heres the info that I was lookin for but had to find it the hard way. First off I was looking for a camera that had good range, clear picture and the ability to see clear at night. For the price this camera is well better than the others in the same range. In fact probably the all around best for the price. It offers a wider picture, A little bit more distance and a slightly clearer picture. But a fact you should know!!! I mounted this camera and with a day or so I caught my car getting robbed. The distance was about 30 to 40 feet and it was impossible to make out a face. The burglar stopped the car and the car was difficult to spot make model and accurate color but with some effort got it done. If your intention is to catch someone in the act and be able to prosecute them, upgrade to some better models. Spend the money. My things were still taken and all I can do now is watch it happen. Nothing else. I have tried all the cameras just about and all the different ranges. This is the best one but like I said before, you get what you pay for. Hope this helps.

  4. Gregg Cornett Says:


    The QSC48030 has been a fine camera, day and night recording, for about 18 months.

    It has now begun to have very cloudy images at night to the extent that it is impossible to see any detail. Q-see tech said to check the power supply…it was fine. Then they said to call customer service and exchange for another one.

    I called customer service and they informed me that since it was out of warranty there is nothing that can be done. I WAS TOLD I WOULD HAVE TO THROW IT AWAY AND BUY A NEW ONE…THAT THERE IS NO SERVICE ON THIS UNIT!

    I thought it very important to enlighten potential buyers of this issue as I believe that these are too expensive to be classified as disposable cameras.


  5. J. Griffiths Says:


    Great picture night and day. If you want to get a picture of the bad guys that will stand up in court this is the one to buy. I’ve tried the lower resolution cameras and you can’t get a good picture of their face. The only reason I didn’t give this camera 5 stars is because it needs the ability to sense when security lights are on. The low light camera feature only turns off in daylight and floodlights tend to wash out anything light in color like faces and license plates. I plan on adding more of these cameras to my Q See DVR system because I’ve found that one camera isn’t enough . I only have one camera now and I just came home to find my passenger side window smashed on my car. The perpetrator manage to stay out of sight of the camera.

  6. Gregory J. Johnson Says:


    Having read some of the favorable reviews on this camera, I decided to give it a try. I ordered three to start. After setting up the first two cameras I was totally amazed at the resolution and clarity of the cameras! Night view is great as well. I have since ordered a 4th!

    Anyone serious about putting in a home surveillance system should definitely consider these cameras. I would also like to point out that we’ve had some pretty heavy rainfall that the cameras were exposed to. They are every bit as weather proof as advertised. A must buy!

  7. Jonyquest, CA Says:


    I have three of these cameras and they all work great. The give a great quality picture both day and night. Installation is very easy. Beware however, the mounting brackets vary and I recevied two different types. I called the mfg and they gladly sent to me the bracket I wanted at not charge.

  8. HMMWV Says:


    Update 12-20-2008: This camera has been running flawlessly except for mother nature. It seems that spiders like the infrared light at night (I’m not an insect person but I know some insects can see IR light). As a result they tend to make webs over the lit area at night. The spider being so close to the camera looks like you are being robbed by king kong to your DVR and thus makes all night tapes of spider web weaving which are fun to watch in 16X speed but the reality is you must clean the lens once a month to maintain good night vision. Daytime it is not a problem.

    Update 5-15-2008: This particular camera has been running for about 2 months now and faces the street where we have had a drug problem. Last night it caught the evicted drug dealer breaking into his old house to retreive forgotten property when the police escorted him out the first time. Since our neighborhood watch had been warned that the home should be vacant I noticed the movement across the street, called 911, and 2 minutes later the former problem was cuffed and stuffed into the squadcar for criminal trespass, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, violation of a restraining order, violation of an eviction order, and breaking and entering. We’ll see him again in 5-10 years. Does the camera work at 100 feet in pitch black conditions? Yes. But a human pair of eyes was needed to resolve a man at night. The sony can see it w/o the help.

    Camera 1 Bad-guys 0

    —————-original review below—————-

    I bought both the bottom of the Q-see day/night camera line (this camera) and their mid-range unit (the 540 line resolution, 65 foot range for the night IR leds model Q-See QSB520SR Weatherproof Color High-Res Day/Night Camera Kit (540TVL) with 65-Feet Night Vision) I have them both hooked to a Q-see DVR recorder and there is a difference when I compare their pictures side by side on my DVR display. I hope these notes help people pick which one is best for their intended use.

    This model is selling for $130 while the next step up listed above is $230 right now.

    Pros ($130)

    Cheapest day/night camera in q-see product lineup

    LEDS provide a wide area of lighting that matches the lens field of view

    Comes with a really long cable (100 feet+) and it runs power plus video

    wide field of view lens covers a broad area without any fisheye distortion.

    (cable is longer on this model than their more expensive model by about an extra 45 feet)

    Cons ($130)

    Lacks any zoom or focus control for the lens (present on the $230 version)

    not as good of a mounting bracket as the $230 version

    washed out picture compared to the Sony image sensor in the $230 camera

    more picture noise at night compared to the Sony image sensor camera.

    Less resolution than the $230 camera – picture is not as sharp

    Summary –

    I’m really nitpicking here – these are all small differences that separate the low end, mid range, and their high end camera (which amazon did not carry when I purchased them – the high end is just the mid range with higher power LEDS and a higher price tag in the $300’s). All of them do what they say – they give you a picture day or night. Unlike other day/night cameras these provide color at night if enough light is present or black/white if using the LEDs. I prefer the color from the Sony image sensor, and I like the adjustable lens on the sony based camera. Is it worth another $100? That depends. Both cameras work well and do what they say – it’s only when you put their pictures side by side that the quality difference is noticable.

    I think both cameras have a use which is why I bought one of each and put them in different locations. If the tradeoff is quality vs. having more views of a building, then the less expensive camera wins because you can cover more doors and gates using them. On the other hand, if you already have Sony cameras in your security system, the extra $100 will make the q-see sony based mid-range model blend into your existing system better. Having a choice and knowing what you get or give up is important which is why we post reviews. I’m happy with both of my cameras in their applications and I won’t change them out. If I buy another camera, I would consider it’s use to decide which model to buy. The zoom lens on the $230 model q-see camera is nice for a long driveway, but a wide view of a close porch would probably best be served with one of the $130 models.

  9. J. Bhe Says:


    I have several cameras from past purchases and always went with the cheaper 1/4″ CCD and 420 lines of resolution. They don’t even come close to comparing to this 1/3″ and 480 lines! The night vision is much better than any other I have purchases as well. Very solid! Definitely worth the extra $$$ over the 1/4″ equivalents…

  10. Randall S. Witt Says:


    I own about 8 of these now and I’d rate it as a good value for the price.

    I’d like to see a more weatherproof/sturdy and longer cable, but you get what you pay for. The unit is quite large and bulky, but again, for the price and resolution, what would you expect?

    Good quality image, has good range in the dark and is a very fair value.

    If I needed more of them, I’d certainly buy them.—–Randy

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