Qolsys QZ8103-840 Image Sensor - Alarm.com Image Sensor Compatible w/ Qolsys IQ & IQ Panel 2 Reviews
Submitted on 11/19/2019 Alarm Grid
The Qolsys QZ8103-840, also known as the Qolsys Image Sensor, is designed to confirm break-ins and fires. The device is basically a motion sensor combined with a camera. When the device detects movement, it will snap a photo and send it to both the panel and Alarm.com. You can then check the panel or Alarm.com to view the image that was produced. Being able to check the image from Alarm.com is particularly useful, as you can do so from pretty much anywhere. It must be mentioned that you need a Qolsys CARD-IS installed inside your IQ Panel 2 to use this image sensor. But because of its excellent benefits, we give the Qolsys Image Sensor a 5 Star rating.
There are many things to like about the Qolsys Image Sensor. It is great for confirming intrusions and fires. Our techs have found that it works very reliably. And being able to check images from Alarm.com is very convenient and great while you're away. The sensor is a great alternative to buying Alarm.com IP Cameras and paying extra every month for video surveillance.
However, we must also mention the downsides to the Qolsys Image Sensor. For one, you need to install a Qolsys CARD-IS inside your IQ Panel 2 System. If you have a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus. The CARD-IS uses the same antenna as the PowerG Daughtercard for supporting PowerG Wireless Sensors. Although you can technically have both the CARD-IS and the PowerG Daughtercard installed inside the system at the same time, you can really only use one at a time in practice. If you have an IQ Panel 2 Plus, it is a much better decision to just get a PowerG Image Sensor rather than trying to make the Qolsys Image Sensor work. Finally, the Qolsys Image Sensor uses two (2) lithium AA batteries. With typical use, they last for two (2) years. This means that you will occasionally need to buy new batteries and replace them.
Good: Confirms System Events, View Images from Panel & Alarm.com, Works Reliably
Bad: Requires CARD-IS, Uses Batteries
Bottom Line: 5 Stars