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8 Channel Extreme HD 3.0 MP DVR with 1 TB HDD

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8 Channel Extreme HD 3MP DVR with a 1TB Hard Drive is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 64.
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Key Features
  • 3MP DVR with customizable storage 
  • View & playback footage directly from your Smart Device
  • Real-Time motion alerts
  • 24/7 Technical Support
  • Cameras Not Included 

About this item

System Overview

3MP Extreme HD Video Security DVR 

  • 3 Megapixel (MP) Extreme High Definition 
  • 50% more pixels than standard 1080p (2MP) 
  • See intricate details with better clarity and detect threats with precision 

Real-Time Motion Alerts 

  • Receive a Real-Time motion alert to your smartphone or tablet 
  • Absolutely No Monthly Fees! 
  • Save recordings from the app to your Smart Device for easy sharing

Backwards Compatible 

  • Expandable DVR to accommodate your coverage needs
  • Ensure you have every angle covered
  • DVR is compatible with all Night Owl Analog HD 3MP, 1080p and 720p cameras   

Fully Customizable Hard Drive

  • Customize storage for your recordings
  • Install your own or upgrade the existing hard drive based on your storage needs
  • 3MP DVR is compatible with 3.5” SATA HDDs up to 6 TB

Hardwired Security System – CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) with Internet Option

  • Hardwired security system provides uninterrupted viewing and recording
  • No interference from other Wi-Fi devices
  • No Internet required for viewing your recordings on a TV or monitor

3 Easy Ways to Connect

  • Easily connect to your computer, smartphone or tablet
  • View your system from anywhere in the world
  • Absolutely no monthly fees, EVER!

Private Access to Video

  • User video is never transmitted to our server, nor any third-party server
  • Cameras and smartphone operate as peer-to-peer devices

24/7 Technical Support with EZ Warranty Returns

  • 24/7 technical support, 365 days a year
  • Tri-lingual support (English, Spanish, French)
  • We cover shipping both ways for any defective product under warranty, making your claim hassle-free

America’s #1 Wired Video Security Brand

With cutting edge technology and the consumers best interest at heart, Night Owl is the #1 Wired Security Camera Brand in the U.S.* Through innovation and the relentless pursuit of excellence we are excited to present our 1080p Security System with Dual Sensor Technology. We are bringing innovation to the palm of your hands.


1) Internet and cell phone access requires a router and a broadband Internet connection with a minimum 2Mbps 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 DVR 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) 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. Hard drive not included with each model.
(6) Owl ScanTM is a trademark of Night Owl SP, LLC.

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 audiorecording 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 andMac 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.

*Not created by, affiliated with, or supported by Google Inc.

  WARNING: This product can expose you to Polybrominated biphenyls, which is known to the State of California to cause Cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to


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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great upgrade. Upgraded from posiden dvr 8 ch. Big difference. New instructions very simple. Everything worked on first try, including old cameras and iphone. Did not have to call tech support. Very happy.
Date published: 2018-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from DVR-X3-8 Quiet DVR-X3-8 is priced right without a disk drive or cameras. I like it. Installing the hard drive was easy. The new software had a short learning curve. No fan makes the dvr quiet. The old cameras work great. I gave 4 stars because of breaking the warranty label to install the drive. .
Date published: 2018-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great functionality I had reservations before buying, but I'll surprised at the ease of setup, and use. I have a mixture of cameras that the unit detected and supports. My phone or remote viewing is flawless. Great purchase.
Date published: 2018-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best camera I've had my nightowl camera for some years, at the time I didn't know how to set it up, but I learned quickly after my neighbor kept thinking my property was hers. The camera setup was a lot easier than I thought, plus the features. I can record live and playback without a subscription. I love the night vision I also downloaded the app on my phone so when I'm at work I can see my house. It's hard to believe how much I've saved between setting it up myself and no subscription, Love it
Date published: 2020-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good value I have had this for about 2 months. It does a good job. The only coming is the playback on the app is hit and miss but it's always on the DVR
Date published: 2018-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very clear Great customer support 24/7 purchased from the website
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great product but do your research on deals! I like that it was easy to install but the video on my cell phone freezes. Also, I was really hurt by the fact that WalMart had the same model for 20.00 dollars more but i with new cameras. I must say, I was really disappointed not have been able to take advantage of that deal.
Date published: 2020-07-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Bad app Easy set up. Cameras work great. Picture looks awesome on the monitor that it’s hooked up to. However, the app is awful, play back isn’t great. It saves as files and you have to go through each of them. The picture on the app is awful also. Definitely needs updated
Date published: 2020-08-02
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Questions & Answers

is this dvr compatible with the 720p cameras?

Asked by: MPLAE
If you have Night Owl wired BNC 720p cameras, then yes. If not, we cannot guarantee compatibility. Thank you!
Answered by: Customer Relations
Date published: 2021-09-29

I have a DVR-F9B-81-RS that has failed. is this unit compatible with my 900TVL / 960H cameras?

Asked by: jmspoon
Yes, this DVR will be compatible with your current cameras. Thank you!
Answered by: Customer Relations
Date published: 2021-09-29

How to reset night owl x3-81-tf

Asked by: Midwaythere321
Please view your product manual which will cover that topic. Thank you for choosing Night Owl!
Answered by: Customer Relations
Date published: 2021-09-03

Please clarify, are these cameras and it's dvr compatible with your Night Owl HD App?

Asked by: regg
No, this system uses the Night Owl X App, not HD. Thank you for choosing Night Owl!
Answered by: Customer Relations
Date published: 2021-08-08

I bought a replacement DVR. On the new one I can’t review more then 2 cameras Do you sell a model that I can review all the channels at once like the old system. 

Asked by: Carl Jr
We are sorry to hear you are experiencing an issue with your Night Owl product. Unfortunately, the issue you are having requires troubleshooting by our technical support team. We do provide easy to access troubleshooting material on your products support page at If you need additional assistance, simply use the Contact Us link to reach our technical support team. Please ensure your device is running the latest software version to access phone support. We thank you for choosing Night Owl.
Answered by: Customer Relations
Date published: 2020-05-15

My memory is full and can’t figure out how to delete stuff 

Asked by: Stevie
By default, the HDD is set to auto-overwrite when the HDD (hard drive) becomes full. If you adjusted that setting, then you will need to re-format the HDD each time it becomes full. Please refer to your product manual for more information.
Answered by: Customer Relations
Date published: 2020-05-15

Is this system newer than HDA10PB-16? 

Asked by: Chex
They came out at roughly the same time. The XHD30 DVR can hold up to 3MP resolution cameras though, whereas the HDA10 is capped at 1080p resolution. Thank you!
Answered by: Customer Relations
Date published: 2020-05-11

Is this model compatible with any of your doorbell cameras?

Asked by: jay37
No. This DVR is not compatible with our Doorbell. Please view the following link for a hybrid DVR that is... Thank you!
Answered by: Customer Relations
Date published: 2020-05-07
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