4MP is the new technology using new sensors. See: The 4MP Shootout - Dahua vs Hikvision
Yes, that push for 4MP is similar to what we are seeing.
Keith, best I can tell is 5MP is 'old' technology and there's little new 5MP coming out.
6MP was the new push last year. 4MP is the new push now. Main difference is that 4MP, as you noted, is being sold at very low prices, even for Chinese levels.
I am not sure what will happen with 6MP either as it seems the 3 tiers being emphasized right now are:
- 1080p - budget / low-end
- 4MP - mid-tier
- 4K - high end
Edit, also special categories will remain like 1080p super low light / Darkfighter / Starlight / etc.
Lol, I am going to take a guess on your supplier... its 3 letters, starts with a L, ends with an S. Excellent service.
Yep, all hikvision. Good bang for the buck...but I always feel like theres something "better" out there. I guess its with working with cameras so much, what I see as mediocre, my customers are absolutely amazed by.
From what I feel, 3MP (actually 3.1MP) seems to be the norm across the board right now, and even that ... is towards the end of its "lifecycle"... and I think the new norm is starting to be around 4MP (4.1) and 6MP...and seems they skipped 5MP all together. 12MP is slowly starting to creep in.
We've been looking to source direct from China but haven't found a reliable source we trust. Who is the OEM mentioned in the thread above....L_S? They sell Hikvision?
Northeast Remote Surveillance and alarm, LLC | 12/02/15 04:03am
UD3 Some times I use them. Lots of sources for Hikvision and Dahua its about 10 days DHL shipping right from the horses mouth. Buy low enough and warranty/support is a non issue. There was a 5 MPEG motorized from them that worked well. They don't know how to sell upper priced product and the trunk slammers don't buy it.
Who is the supplier you mentioned? L_S? Looking to buy from a reliable source from China. Do you recommend them?
I wonder if the have companies over there selling Hikvision and Dahua knock offs. Or is it illegal for china to knock off their own products? Be care full.
Old 5mp was based on Aptina sensors which was a bit pricey.
The new 4MP is using the very affordable yet quite good OV4689 Sensor combined with either Hisillicon or Ambarella. But soon another 5MP @ 30fps will be introduced a very low in price will be based on OV4689 and a high end will be based on Sony Starvis.
Northeast Remote Surveillance and alarm, LLC | 12/02/15 11:54am
@UD3 Gen IV out of Ohio has some nice rebranded/unbranded Dahua.