HeimVision HM245 camera review

Having your home, property, or business protected with video surveillance system can give you that peace of mind you have always wanted. And most importantly, it is the wisest decision to ever make in protecting what you really care for.

Home Burglars can employ several means to break into your home, but will flee immediately they come into contact with a security camera simply because they wouldn’t want their face captured.

And now that video surveillance equipment have become so popular and more affordable, probably this is your best time to install one.

In today’s HeimVision review, we will analyze the HeimVision HM245 1080p security camera system, and establish our unbiased verdict if it’s suitable for protection.

Without any further ado, let’s dive into the article.

HeimVision HM245 1080p security system is a product of Shenzhen VanTop Technology & Innovation Co., Ltd, and it is designed for outdoor application.,

HM245 1080p security system is a value-oriented system that is designed to provide security.

It is a hard-wired system, which means you have to manually connect the security cameras to the DVR unit with a video and power cable.

 

 

Effectiveness

4 stars rating

A DVR security system that is made to keep your home safe.  

Price
4.5 stars rating

The HM245 security system is relatively affordable.

Usability

4.5 stars rating

This is a plug and play security device, and also do it yourself.

Support

3 stars rating

support is provided through email, or via the live chat on Facebook page. Support may be delayed, it is advisable to seek assistance from other HeimVision users from the community page, which is also located on the official website.

We Like

R

DVR supports audio in/out

R

Plug and play

R

HM245 supports PC client

R

Supports motion customization

R

Wide viewing angle

R

Remote view access

R

Dual Display (HDMI & VGA)

We Don’t Like
s

DVR did not come with any hard-drive

s

DVR does not have e-SATA port

s

There is no option for cloud storage

s

Does not support 2-way audio

s

App is not HeimVision proprietary app

s

HM245 DVR does not have RS485 for PTZ Camera control

Summary: HM245 is suitable for an experienced user who already knows how to properly handle cabling. Nonetheless, if this is your first video surveillance, you can still select the HM245 security system, you will only have to spend extra time to run your camera cabling.

Main Features of HeimVision HM245 1080p Security Camera System

  • 1080p Full HD Outdoor Camera
  • 5MP Lite DVR
  • Human Shape Detection
  • Motion Detection
  • Focal length of 3.6mm
  • 110° Field of View
  • Video Loss Alerts
  • Camera Blocked Alerts
  • Expandable to 8 Camera System
  • Up to 65ft Night Vision
  • IP66 Weatherproof Rating
  • Remote View Access

Overview of this HeimVision Security System

hm245 overview

With a 1080p full HD resolution security camera, capturing a detailed image is inevitable. You will be able to enjoy a clear and crisp image produced by the analog HD outdoor cameras.

HM245 DVR is 5MP lite, it is built to accommodate up to 5MP security camera’ stream. Whenever you want to expand your security camera, you can use a larger resolution but must not be more than 5MP.

HeimVision DVR is also compatible with AHD, TVI, XVI, CVBS, CVI, and IP cameras. HM245 DVR will automatically identify whichever camera technology you connected and accept its video feed.

However, if you need to use your IP camera with the DVR, make sure you specify the channel for the IP camera under the settings.

It is appalling when you have to deal with false alarm in security cameras, probably because of swinging leaves, flying birds, and so on.

Human detection is an artificial intelligence feature built into HM245 DVR to help you differentiate between humans from animals.

Motion detection helps to cut down a considerable amount of space on the hard disk. This way, you can set your DVR to only record when the camera captures movement. This means you will no longer have long hours of blank video files.

When using a motion detection feature on your DVR, make sure you select the right sensitivity and avoid low sensitivity.

The focal length of 3.6mm would ensure the camera captures a wide-angle image. As a rule of thumb, the shorter the focal length of a security camera, the wider the field of view. You won’t have to struggle to get your security camera into position.

HM245 security camera has a 110° angular field of view, which is inversely proportional to the focal length of 3.6mm.

HM245 will send you a video loss alert over the email when a particular camera is disconnected either by an act of nature, accidental or by a corrupt employee.

A security camera with poor infrared vision is not worth the trouble. You should only install a security camera with a good ICR. This way, you can have a decent color image during the day, and clear black/ white image in total darkness.

HM245 outdoor camera has a good night vision technology, that allows the built-in infrared LEDs to illuminate the area to be recorded, thereby causing the camera image sensor via the lens to record a clear black/white image.

Whether you remember to turn on the security floodlight or not, the HM245 camera will record in total darkness without grainy specks on the image.

Unlike the video loss alert which only works when the camera feed is disconnected, you will also receive a notification alert whenever the lens is obstructed. This smart feature will keep you abreast if a home burglar tries to spray or cover your camera lens.

HeimVision HM245 DVR is an 8 channel security recorder. Therefore, it is can be expanded to 8 camera systems by installing additional 4 high definition security cameras.

An IP rating is another crucial factor to consider when matching up your camera requirement for your outdoor application, it allows you to know how strong the enclosure is to withstand all weather.

HM245 security camera has an IP66 rating that clearly denotes that the camera is built with a sturdy enclosure, and would not be broken by dust particles, rain, wind, or snow.

Furthermore, HM245 can work with temperature from -4°F to 122°F (-20°C to 50°C). It, therefore, makes the camera suitable for all weather.

Remote view access is beneficial especially when you have to check-in to see what your kids, loved ones, or pets are up to. You can also check to see if your package has been delivered to your front porch.

You can also do a video search using a calendar and playback series of video clips through the app.

You don’t understand what’s the purpose of each component? You don’t know which features you should prioritise for your setup?

Design of the Product and its Installation

hm245 heimvision design

Even though HeimVision HM245 is a hard-wired surveillance system, it is wholly plugged and play. There is no part of the installation that seems difficult to complete.

The camera installation time may differ amongst individuals.

Unbox your HM245 package and check that you have complete accessories.

Get your included (4) 60-foot cables and select the best location for your security camera. Ensure your installation height is not more than 9 feet, to be able to protect the camera, and at the same time register facial details.

Use a power drill to make a hole that you have already marked for the camera, attach the included drywall anchors, and mount your camera with the 3 screws.

Repeat the installation process for the remaining cameras

Unscrew your HM245 DVR and install the 3.5-inch size hard drive that you have previously purchased.

 

Connect the USB mouse to the DVR, LAN cable to the Ethernet port, and to the internet router, plug each camera video BNC to channel 1 through 4.

Don’t forget to use the power cable splitter to feed power to the cameras.

Connect the display monitor to either the HDMI or VGA port and lastly, plug-in power adapter for the DVR and to the wall outlet.

Wait for the system to boot up, and the startup wizard will guide you through the process. The DVR will prompt you to format the new hard drive, go ahead, and format it.

Go to your respective mobile app store to install XMeye, it is available only on the App Store and Google Play.

Once installed, open the app and register an account with your email address, or sign in directly if you already have an account.

You need to grant the app the necessary permission, otherwise, the app may not work as intended.

xmeye app

 

After you have signed in, tap the “+” symbol at the upper right corner and hit the camera icon to scan the QR code, which contains the serial number on the display monitor.

 

xmeye app

 

Scan the serial number QR code located on your display monitor, if the QR code is no longer showing up, navigate to the Main Menu > System > Info > Version to fetch it.

 

QR code heimvision hm245
xmeye app

 

Now that you have successfully added your device, you can start navigating the app to get accustomed to the features.

 

User Experience and Performance

heimvision hm 245 camera

Installation of the security cameras took nearly 1 hour due to the cabling that has to be properly hidden, to avoid the risk of being cut by home burglars or intruders.

The system setup took not more than 15 minutes.

The verified users of HeimVision HM245 were happy to have bought the complete kits. They expressed their gratitude over the picture performance of the security cameras.

However, there were so many complaints from unhappy users who had no luck on HM245, they reported that the app took a long time to load and won’t stop buffering.

They also said the motion detection was a mess. Many concluded that HM245 is a paperweight.

Xmeye App

xmeye app

XMeye is the official app for the HM245 security camera system. It is a popular third-party app that has widely gained so much recognition in the industry.

At the time of this article, XMeye is currently having a download count of 10M+ on Google Play Store, and also has a rating of 4.2 out of 5.0.

However, the app requires android version 5.0 (Lollipop) and later to run.

Subsequently, on the Apple store, the app requires iOS 9.0 or later to run on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. It has a current rating of 3.1 out of 5.0.

The manufacturer does not earn credit when they use a third-party app for their product.

Whilst going through the privacy policy in the Play Store, I decided to take a step further by looking into XMeye app permissions on my smartphone, it was alarming to see that the app is having all permissions except the microphone which was turned off.

Then I decided to turn off each permission at a time.

Shockingly, the app would not work unless it manages my call, this is not acceptable because I wouldn’t want my phone conversation to be managed by a third-party app, which is only meant to play streams from security cameras.

xmeye app privacy

Furthermore, I consider it to be intrusive to user privacy and as a result, I had to uninstall the app and look for another good P2P app that will not manage my call.

What’s in the box?

heimvision hm245 what's in the box

All the necessary kits and installation accessories are included in the package.

 

  • 1x 8CH 5MP Lite DVR
  • 4x 1080p Full HD Security Camera
  • 4x 60FT Video/Power Cable
  • 2x Power Adapter (Cameras and DVR)
  • 1x USB Mouse
  • 1x 3FT Ethernet Cable
  • 1x 4-in-1 Power Cable Splitter
  • 4x Screw and Anchor Package (Cameras)

Advantages

  • The camera produces a crisp image during the day and a clear black/white in total darkness
  • The DVR is able to handle internal storage to a maximum of 6TB
  • HeimVision DVR is compatible with AHD, TVI, CVI, CVBS, and IP cameras
  • Supports P2P remote view access which can help you watch your home at any time
  • HM245 DVR can accept up to 5MP resolution security camera
  • HeimVision supports PC client and mobile app, user is not restricted to one platform
  • The camera and DVR adapters have a ferrite core that helps to prevent interference from another nearby power source
  • The DVR support audio input and output

Disadvantages

  • The cameras do not have an audio pickup device
  • HeimVision HM245 does not support cloud storage
  • HeimVision does not use its own proprietary app for the remote view access, using the XMeye app could pose a security risk to your privacy
  • Does not have an e-SATA port that can be used to connect to an external storage box for storage
  • expansion
  • DVR does not have alarm input and output. For instance, using an alarm device such as PIR alarm device is not achievable

The Warranty

The HM245 1080p security camera system is covered with a two-year limited warranty and a 1-month refund policy for non-quality related issues starting from the first day of purchase.

Only purchases made directly from HeimVision online stores are eligible for refunds. If you had purchased your product from another vendor other than HeimVision, you need to contact them for a refund.

Item(s) bought must remain in their original package to avoid rejection by HeimVision.

HeimVision may also request a valid proof of purchase before the refund can be granted, so ensure you keep the proof of purchase with you at all times.

The Final Verdict

Protecting your property or business with video surveillance equipment is an investment that pays off in the long run, and it is also the right to do to assure safety and peace of mind.

But if you must choose the right equipment, you need to do it right. Sometimes a low budget video surveillance equipment may not stand the test of time.

Can HeimVision HM245 1080p security camera system provide protection?

As far as our team at SafeBusy are here to analyze security gadgets and establish a verdict at the end, HM245 can provide security.

However, it is not recommended for business because it is not professional-grade security equipment. It is only low budget equipment.

Conclusively, if you are concerned about your privacy, HM245 may not be right for you due to the XMeye app. Therefore, we suggest you read our article on Annke which has (4) 3MP PIR cameras and pre-installed with a 1TB hard-drive.

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