We rebrand and distribute select Dahua cameras under the TruHD brand here in Australia with our superior warranty and support terms along with our VMS servers specifically tailored to them. We also in-house develop auto configuration tools to assist installers migrating from analogue (our main market).
Dahua is a world top 10 by revenue CCTV manufacturer (2nd in China behind Hikvision - but in my biased opinion the products are better) similar to the size of Samsung in terms of volume - they, like Hikvision, are experiencing growths rates ~50% in the last few years. You can expect product quality and reliability similar to the tier 1 players like Axis, Bosch, Samsung, Avigilon, Arecont etc... at lower prices. They are however more interested at the moment to work as an OEM so support/warranty will depending on the ability ot dedication of your chosen distributor/rebrander. Their strength is in the cost effectiveness stability of their NVRs/DVRs - we have deployed close to 100 of their 16ch 2MP NVRs since they were released a year ago with no returns/RMAs.
All their HD IP cameras are Onvif compliant - we have tested them with Milestone, Genetec, HD Witness and Luxriot. The cameras also support generic streaming of both the main stream and sub stream via RTSP URLs permitting basic integration with most software.
Their weakness is in software/VMS and edge storage. Most of their mainstream products have microsd card slots but at the moment support only basic motion or constant recording on a schedule with no trickling integration with Milestone/Genetec etc... However we believe this will change quickly in the next two years as their SDK is workable and all that is needed is for the VMS players to develop the drivers.
Two highlights of their lineup are the HDBW3202 - a modular 2MP dome with SMD IR LEDs and a motorised 3-9mm autofocus lens and
I have been lobbying for Dahua cameras to be reviewed by IPVM, but John has pointed out that no one is here to support end-users in the US. I have offered to help but of course John is right in saying that he wants local support as a prerequisite for the sake of US customers.
There about 20 odd rebranders of Dahua in the US I believe - including Swann, EyeSurv, QVis, AData, XTS, TechPro, Empire, EDGE, ICRealtime, MACE, GEN IV and Q-See
John: Perhaps you can get some ICRealtime, Swann or Q-See gear reviewed?