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16 Channel 5MP DVR with Human Detection Technology, 1 TB HDD and 12 Light Cameras - Brown Box

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Expandable 16 Channel 5MP Wired Security System with 1TB Hard Drive and 12 5MP Wired Spotlight Cameras (Add up to a Total of 16 Wired Cameras) is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 84.
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Key Features
  • 5MP (Megapixel) HD Wired Video Security DVR with 1TB Pre-Installed Hard Drive
  • 5MP HD Wired Indoor/Outdoor Spotlight Cameras
  • Built-in Motion-Activated Spotlights
  • Human Detection Technology Reduces False Alerts to your Smart Device
  • Remote Viewing with No Monthly Fees
  • View on Your TV! Works with the Google Assistant

About this item

System Overview

System Overview

At 5MP, recordings are captured with clarity and precision. Night Owl’s 5MP (Megapixel) Wired Security System with Human Detection Technology and Motion-Activated Spotlights does just that. A built-in motion-activated spotlight activates anytime these 5MP HD Wired indoor outdoor security cameras sense human motion, adding an important layer of security to your world. The Human Detection Technology’s advanced algorithms detect human motion, thereby reducing false alerts to your Smart Device and saving hard drive space. There are absolutely no fees for storing recordings. Simply store the recordings on the 1TB hard drive that is pre-installed. The weather-resistant indoor outdoor security cameras generate 2.5 times more pixels than 1080p video resolution. Additionally, continue recording in full-color video even in low-light settings with L2Color Boost® Technology. As light fades, these cameras provide crisp and clear video in full-color only switching to Night Vision when necessary. Night Vision up to 100 ft. and wide-angle viewing provide great coverage for your business or home.

The Night Owl® HD Wired Security System includes a free remote viewing App for iOS® and Android™ Smart Devices. View on a PC or Mac with free computer software. Also, access to 24/7 technical support in English, Spanish and French, providing all the support you need, is free. Experience the quality, reliability, and excellent customer service of Night Owl® with our new 5MP system.

Night Owl's Wired World

Night Owl’s Wired technology uses a secure hardwired connection for true CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) and provides uninterrupted viewing and recording with no delays.

5MP HD Wired Spotlight Cameras

Human Detection Technology reduces false alerts to your Smart Device, which keeps you apprised of meaningful threats and saves hard drive space. Human motion triggers a bright built-in motion-activated LED spotlight on these Wired indoor outdoor security cameras which wards off trespassers. You can see intricate details with clarity and precision with 5MP(Megapixel)(2560pixels x 1944pixels) High Definition Cameras. Also, experience uninterrupted viewing and recording with no interference from nearby Wi-Fi devices. The Internet is only required for remote viewing and receiving alerts to a Smart Device. Lastly, these Wired cameras have Night Vision with up to 100 ft. of visibility to provide the coverage you need, day or night.

Built-in Motion-Activated Spotlights

The bright built-in motion-activated spotlight wards off potential intruders, which further enhances your security coverage. Human motion activates the bright spotlight on these Wired cameras, adding a much-needed layer of security and protection. You can control the lights from anywhere with our free remote viewing App. Turn the lights on and stop trespassers in their tracks!

Human Detection Technology Reduces False Alerts to your Smart Device

Advanced algorithms focus on human movement to reduce false alerts and save valuable hard drive space for important recordings. These 5MP HD Wired indoor outdoor security cameras use artificial intelligence and advanced algorithms to detect human motion from up to 40 ft. away and send meaningful alerts. Real-time alerts notify you of human activity as soon as it happens. The alerts are sent directly to your Smart Device, keeping you connected to your world.

L2 Color Boost® Technology with Night Vision

With Night Owl’s L2 Color Boost® Technology, your Wired Spotlight cameras continue recording in full-color as light fades to darkness. The cameras capture full-color video in low-light settings, only switching to Night Vision if necessary. The low-light (L2) sensors produce detailed full-color video even as light fades away. Hold off the darkness! When the light does fade to darkness, the cameras continue recording in black and white Night Vision with up to 100 ft. of visibility.

Remote Viewing with No Monthly Fees

Night Owl® makes remote viewing easy, and there are no monthly fees. Save videos and images directly to your Smartphone, Tablet, PC or Mac. The included free and exclusive Night Owl® App for iOS® and Android™Smart Devices and Control Management Software (“CMS”) for a PC or Mac, can be setup in less than 2 minutes. Additionally, you can playback video footage from multiple cameras. Now you can keep an eye on your world from anywhere in the world.

Expand your Coverage

Night Owl® offers several model numbers that allow you to expand your coverage. The total number of possible connected cameras is determined by the number of channels, which varies by model. Expandable models give you the ability to add more indoor outdoor security cameras as your needs grow. Completely customize your security coverage by adding to your system as your viewing needs change(depends on model). This ensures you have eyes where they are needed the most. Maximize your security coverage by adding Night Owl® CAM-2PK-C50XL, CAM-4PK-C50XL, CAM-2PK-C20XL or CAM-4PK-C20XL.

View on your TV! Works with the Google Assistant

Use voice-activated commands to live-stream your cameras to your TV in real-time. Integrate your Night Owl® Wired DVR with Google Assistant. With the integration of Google Assistant, you can live-stream the indoor outdoor security cameras to your TV in real-time using simple voice-activated commands. NOTE: Requires a TV utilizing Chromecast™ and a Google Home device.

Weather-Resistant Cameras for Indoor/Outdoor Use

These Wired cameras are for use indoors/outdoors. This flexibility provides your property with the coverage you need. The Wired Spotlight cameras have an operating temperature range of -4° F to 140° F. They are weather-resistant to withstand moisture and dirt debris (placing the camera under an eave is recommended). Keep an eye on your world both indoors and outdoors!

Local Storage w/ Advanced Video Compression Technology

With a 1TB pre-installed hard drive and powerful video compression, this Wired DVR is a force to be reckoned with. Advanced video compression provides more efficient video compression helping to save hard disk drive (“HDD”) space and enhance the remote viewing experience. The pre-installed 1TB HDD offers local storage and true 24/7 recording. Advanced video compression saves HDD space and bandwidth and boosts data transfer speeds. Automatic overwrite allows the HDD to keep recording once it becomes full. NOTE: DVR can support HDD’s up to 8TB.

24/7 Technical Support, Available 365 Days a Year

At Night Owl®, our goal is to provide an unparalleled experience for any technical support required. We provide more assistance than any other security brand. Why call? Our support site has it all! An extensive library with support articles and videos is available on Night Owl’s support site. We provide Free 24/7 support, 365 days a year should you need more assistance. With tri-lingual phone support available (English, Spanish and French) and Live Chat, support is at your fingertips.

America's #1 Wired Video Security Brand

With cutting-edge technology and the consumer's best interest at heart, Night Owl® is the #1 Wired Security Camera Brand in the U.S.* Night Owl® offers the best value in the market by designing and engineering high-quality products for ease of use and affordability. Our security products help protect homes & businesses across the globe. We’ve got your world covered.


(1) Internet and Smart Device access requires a router and High-Speed Internet connection with a minimum 2 Mbps upload speed. If your DVR is not connected to the Internet, you will not be able to remotely view your system on your Smart Device or PC/Mac®. May require a free firmware update.
(2) The DVR is currently accessible on iPhone®, iPad®, and Android™ running on 3G/4G Smart Devices. Push alerts currently available on Android™ and iOS®.
(3) Night Owl® does not charge any monthly fees to view or control your product over the Internet and/or Smart Device. Carrier fees and charges may apply.
(4) Night Owl® apps are free downloads compatible with Apple® and Android™ devices only. Compatibility at the time of manufacturing. Future Android™ and iOS® updates could affect the app experience.
(5) Do not recommend using the cameras in temperatures below -4°F or above 140°F. These cameras are weather-resistant, not waterproof. Not for use in direct exposure to water.
(6) Night Vision range up to 100 ft. under ideal conditions. Objects at or beyond this range may be partially or completely obscured, depending on the camera position.
(7) The cameras included with this system are not audio enabled.
(8) Recording capacity may vary. The size of your pre-installed hard drive will affect recording capabilities. Optimal recording based on using the lowest recording quality settings with one camera.
(9) Video streaming may be subject to interruptions or failures for reasons beyond Night Owl’s control, such as intermittent Wi-Fi or service provider outages.
(10) Night Owl® does not provide third-party monitored emergency notification or response.
(11) Never install or remove the HDD while the DVR is powered on. Opening the cover of the DVR may cause severe electrical shock.
(12) Human Detection Technology is only compatible with select models. Please refer to for more information regarding compatibility.
(13) Images may vary.

Disclaimer: Certain uses, publication and/or distribution of video/audio recordings from security cameras and/or audio devices are prohibited or restricted by federal, state and local laws. When enabling and/or using audio recording features with your hidden security camera, be sure to comply with the laws in your country, state, and locality. iOS is a trademark or registered trademark of Cisco in the U.S. and other countries and is used under license. iPhone, iPad, Mac and Mac OS X are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Face recognition clarify product look for... The night owl system is awesome Make sure you are paying attention to what you're buying a friend of mine bought a camera system and asked me to install it I was really intrigued what the face recognition so I went online to buy the night owl system and wasn't paying attention and it said human detection it didn't specify face recognition make sure when you buy the product it says C5 XF that will clarify that you are purchasing the face recognition and not the human recognition one thing that I wish I did have on my system is the wireless option with the face recognition which is not optional but the but the mobile app is easy and friendly to use I recommend this to anybody just make sure you pay attention to your product
Date published: 2019-11-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from software is getting worse not happy with the software on the dvr, computer software and app, less features then previous versions
Date published: 2019-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Overall good system I’ve used night owl for 6 years now and this recent purchase was an upgrade. Overall great product and very reliable. Not a huge fan of the mobile playback options for night owl connect. Can only be reviewed in hour increments which is great but unfortunately on the phone there is no option to fast forward so if the inside the happened at 2:57 I have to watch starting at 2:00 and wait 57 minutes to get the actual footage. Other then that it is an awesome camera and the DVR playback and record is amazing as well as the facial recognition features. Will always stick with night owl and highly recommend
Date published: 2021-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great System Night owl products are the best I have had. However the App for Apple needs to be updated to todays standards. It use to be good but now it freezes when trying to view on any phone or tablet. Can't actually view real time movements or playback anything. My internet is the fastest on the market and when using LTE I have full bars, so it's not connectivity issues. Please update your app ASAP.
Date published: 2020-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Value, Easy Install and Dependable I went to purchase a new camera system for my house and looked at many brands and price point. I was replacing a Night Owl System that I owned for ten years. The old Night Owl System served me well so I thought why not buy Night Owl again and get and upgraded unit, it did prove to be very dependable over the years. I purchased the C5XFR2l-161-B and wow, just wow. The cameras technology had advanced very well over the years. The cameras see well into the darkness and at High Definition. New feature like Facial Recognition and LED Spot Lights are just to name a few. I am loving the 2tb Hard Drive DVR with plenty of storage capabilities. Mobil app for remote online viewing and very easy to use installation instructions. Anyone who owns Night Owls will tell you they love them. I Highly Recommend this system.
Date published: 2020-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can use existing wires, great deal 10 new cameras This is my third Night Owl system. It replaces the 16 camera system I bought four years ago. So far I am pleased and hope to get the same performance from this as the ones in the past. I like that I can still use the existing wires and old cameras. The new cameras have better resolution and night vision. Good deal getting 10 cameras with this system.
Date published: 2020-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best system I’ve ever boughr!! I bought this system for my home after a friend recommended that they have this in theirs and love it. I’m so happy I listened. This is without question the best system I’ve ever bought. I’ve been using surveillance systems in my hime and businesses for years. They’re all so complicated to use and the cameras are never why I expected. These cameras are INSANE!! The system itself is so easy to set up and more importantly so easy to use after. I’m so happy with this purchase. I’ll be switching out the systems for my businesses shortly. Thanks Night Owl!!
Date published: 2021-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product/Company Night Owl is definitely one of the best out there. The system is top notch and is my 3rd one I will be buying, as I just wanted better resolution. My old systems are still going strong after 4 years and have never had a problem with them. The only thing I do not like about this system, is that on my previous one, you could search all the cameras at once for motion events. It made playback very easy as this system really only has 2 options. Would be nice to see an update for that, but still a great system.
Date published: 2020-10-26
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Questions & Answers

What is the maximum power/video cable length.

Asked by: patti2021
The maximum recommended cable length is 160 ft. We sell cable extensions at the following link. Thank you.
Answered by: Customer Relations
Date published: 2021-09-30

Hi there, My question is. for internet connection can these DVR / NVR devices connect "without" a wired connection to a router through wifi? or is a wired connection necessary?

Asked by: tarn
No. To remotely view your cameras on our DVR/NVRs, you will need to hardwire the system to a working network access point (such as a router/modem) using an Ethernet cable. Thank you for choosing Night Owl!
Answered by: Customer Relations
Date published: 2021-09-30

Are these cameras compatable with my xhd30

Asked by: MattH1024
No, these cameras can not be added to our XHD30 Series DVRs, as they are 5MP and exceed the 3MP threshold. Please view the link below for more information on compatibility!
Answered by: Customer Relations
Date published: 2021-06-23

My requirement for the power/video cable will be longer than 60 ft. in a lot of areas, how do you accommodate longer runs for power?

Asked by: Chirochuck
Hi there. We sell extension cables on our site. Please view the following link for more information. 100 ft. Extension Cable (2-PK) 100 ft. Extension Cable (1-PK)
Answered by: Customer Relations
Date published: 2021-02-03

What method does your app use for remote viewing? P2P, Port forwarding, or VPN?

Asked by: tkinsey251
P2P. Thank you for choosing Night Owl!
Answered by: Customer Relations
Date published: 2021-01-26

What is the warranty on this product?

Asked by: mick 12
Your product comes with a 1-Year Manufacturer's Warranty. For more information, please view the following link:
Answered by: Customer Relations
Date published: 2021-01-08

Can you insert a usb drive into the usb port to save a recording?

Asked by: GWMollyB
Yes, you absolutely can. Please view your product manual at the following link for more information on this process. Thank you!
Answered by: Customer Relations
Date published: 2021-01-08

What is frame rate?

Asked by: TonyC2020
Frame rate (or FPS - Frames per Second) is how many frames per second the camera captures. The higher the frame rate, the more detailed the image. Thank you for choosing Night Owl!
Answered by: Customer Relations
Date published: 2021-07-06
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