I used my iPhoneXR for testing the Annke Vision application. It's freely available from the App Store seen above.
Once we are in, the app goes through a language setup, and then we move into setup.
Two options are available in setup, one is local camera setup and the second requires an Annke login and enables you to view your cameras away from home. For this article, we used local setup.
Clocking local cameras allowed me to input the IP address of the NVR along with its username and password. I return the app loaded all of my cameras seen above.
Settings are quite simple for the app and include the ability to enable or disable notifications along with hard-decoding and traffic stats.
From the main menu, you can tap on each camera to open up the live view window seen above.
Above we have a shot of the yard camera with settings pushed to the max. That said the mobile stream is always the sub-stream and quality maxes at 480p.
Closing this out, the Annke Helm is a solid platform for large homes and businesses that exceed the capabilities of what current wireless platforms can provide or that want the increased quality and control over recordings. Build quality of the cameras is top-notch, and the use of different materials both cut costs over traditional solutions that may use a single piece all-metal design.
Image quality from the cameras is excellent when viewed directly from the NVR at 1080p; the app does suffer degradation due to the 480p limitation. As for the NVR, we have an all-metal chassis in a 1U design, really no noise to talk about.
I had no issues with performance of the NVR either in direct use or through WebGUI apart from the plugin for Live View. Clarity is on point with all four cameras in use with only a minor bit of lag or screen tearing with quick movement across the screen. H265+ does attempt to help with performance, and I did notice after enabling it, a minor decrease in tearing and a slightly sharper image in the static areas.
The app worked without issue in setup and deployment, although we did not test the remote functionality. That said the app is quite simple and doesn't allow you to directly change any settings in the NVR; it's just for viewing.
Pricing of the 2TB Annke Helm is quite competitive in the current market. Comparable systems from ReoLink and Amcrest come in at $549.99 and above making the Helm a solid budget option.
The Bottom Line
For startups or businesses on a budget, the Annke Helm is a fantastic place to start.