4MP Camera Shootout - Axis, Dahua, DW, Hanwha, Hikvision, Uniview, Vivotek

By: Ethan Ace, Published on Sep 24, 2018

4MP usage continues to climb, especially for low cost fixed lens models. To see who was best, we bought and tested seven 4MP models from Axis, Dahua, Digital Watchdog, Hanwha, Hikvision, Uniview, and Vivotek.

4mp camera shootout

Inside this report, we rank performance overall and across major dimensions including:

  • Night/IR image quality
  • IR coverage/evenness
  • Max IR range
  • WDR image quality
  • Daytime image quality
  • Bandwidth efficiency
  • VMS integration
  • Street pricing

Those interested in individual cameras can review:

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4mp camera shootout

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***** ** *** *****, performance ***** **** * groups:

  • *** *********: ********* **-**********-*. *** ********* Performance ****** *** ******* top-level ** ******* *** coverage, ******* *** *** details, *** *** ********, as **** ** ***** VMS ***********.
  • ******* ***********:*****, ******, *** ******* each *** *********** ********** in ** ***** *** area, ***** *** ******* FD8379-HV **** ** *** middle ** *** **** in **** **********.
  • ******:*** **** *****-*** ** II *** ******* ****** in ********* ***** *******, evenness ** ************, *** range **** ***** ******, while **** *** ******* price *****. *** ** MTT4Wi ****** ** ** range, **** **** ******** and *** ******* *** integration ** ******* ******.

4mp camera shootout rankings

**** **** ***** ******** do *** **** ***** into *******, ******* **** at *******, *********, *** integration ******, *** ** is ******** ** *** chart ***** *** **********.

4mp camera shootout summary lite

Hikvision ******/**** ******

*******, *** *** ********** Hikvision **** *** **** the ****** ***** ** this ****, ****** ******** in ***** ******* ** time *** *******, *** using ***** ********** ******* and ****.

** ********, *** **** M3106-LVE *** ********** ** mid-2016. ***** * ****** generation ** ** ***** was ******** ** ****, it *** *** ***** improved ******* ************, ****** size, ** *** **** its ***** ********** *********** (but ***** *.*** *** reduced ***** *********** *** to **** ******* ** components).

** **** ** ****** release *** ********** *** models ******* **** *** cameras ****** ****, ** will **** **** *** amend *** *******.

IR ***** ******* (

***** ******* ** **** scenes **** ********** ** varied ******, **** ************ and **** ************ **** issues ** ******** *******.

1

** * **** (~*.** Lux) *****, *** ***** and ******* ******* ******* the ********* ******* ** close ***** (~**'/** ***), with *** *******'* **** clearly ************ ** **** cameras. ** ********, *** Hanwha *** **** ****** details *** ******, **** the ******* ****** *******/******, with ******* ************ ** the ****** ***-*****.

4mp nighttime performance differences 15

** ****** ***** (~**'/** PPF), ***** ***** ******** better *******, **** ***** especially *******, ********* *-* legible ***** ** *** test *****. *** ******* IPC3614 ** **** ******* than ***** ******, *** produces ******** ******. ** contrast, **** ********* *** available ** *** **** M3106, ***** ** ********** darker **** ****** ** this *****, *** ****** QNV-7010R, ***** ******** ***** detection *** ** ******* due ** **** ****** (an ********* **** ** *** indoor *******).

4mp nighttime performance differences 30

**** **** **** *** Hanwha **** ***** *** shortest ** ****** ** cameras ****** (***/*** ************ compared ** *** ** others), ********* *****.

IR ************ ********

******** *** ******** ** IR ************ *** ******* to *****, **** ********* and ******* **** ***** the **** ****, *** Axis *** ****** ********** worst. **** **** **** cameras ****** *********** ** least * ****** **** in ************ ** *** edges ** *** ***** of ****, **** **** the ********* ******* *** same ************ *****.

2

***** *****, *** ********* 2345 ******** ***** ************ of *** ******* ** the **** ** *** field ** ****. *******, details *** ***** ******* due ** ** ******** in ******* *****, ** well ** ****** **********.

hikvision ds-2cd2345fwd-i

** ********, ** *** Axis *****-***, ** ****** details *** ** **** in *** ******* ** the **** ** *** field ** ****, **** the ******* **** **** dimly ***********.

axis m3106-lve mk ii

IR ************ *****

*** ******** ** ******* in **** **** ***** 30m/~98' ** *****, ********* Dahua, *********, *******, *** Vivotek.

3

*******, *********** ****** ****** among ***** ******, **** detection **** ** *** Dahua, ***** *********** *** subject ******* *** **********, borderline ********* ** *** Hikvision ****, *** ********* impossible ** *** ******* and ******* *******.

dahua solid detection at 30m

****, ******* ********, *** Hanwha **** ***** ***** at **** *****, ******** shorter ** ******, *** in **** *** *** in ** *** ******.

Daytime ***** *******

******* *********** *** **** closer **** *********, **** all ******* ********* ****** details ** *** ******* at ***** ***** (~**'/** PPF).

4

*** **** ***** ******* from ****** ************ ** this ***** ***** ****** do ***.

4mp daytime performance differences 15

** ~**'/~** ***, *** Hikvision ****** ******** *** most **** ******** ** cameras ******, **** ******** better ******* ** *** subject's **** **** *** Hanwha ***-*****. ******** ** closer *****, *** ******* FD8379-HV *** **** ***** both ********** **** ** the **** ***** *** subject.

4mp daytime performance differences 30

WDR ***********

*** ****** ****** ************ **************, **** ******** ******* performing ***** **** ** our *****. ******** **** to **** ~* ***** ago, **** **** *** was ***** ******** ** a ****-*** ******* *** upper ***** ** *******.

5

*** ******* *** ********* cameras ******** *** ******** details ** ******** **** against ****** ********* *** in ****** ***** ** the *****, ***** *****. Vivotek ***** *** ********* in *** *** ** stronger ******* ** *** subject ** *** ****** area ** *** *****. By ********, *** **** M3106-LVE ******** *** ******* facial ****** ** ******* in *** **** ******* backlight, **** *** ***** N44CL52 ******* *** *** subject **********, **** ****** halos *** ********* ****** objects ******** *******.

4mp wdr performance differences

Note: ******* *** ******** ********** ********* (~*%)

****** ***** ****** ** this ****, *******'* ******-** requires ***** ** ****** to **** ** (~*.***) mode ** ****** **** WDR, **** **** ******* WDR **** ** **** 4MP **********. **** ******* in * ~*% ********* in *** (**** **. 2688) *** ******* *** from ** ** **.

true wdr mode quad hd vs 4mp digital wdr

Bandwidth **********

**** ******* ****** ******** smart ****** ** **** as *.***, **** *** exceptions:

  • ******* ******** *** *** include ***** ******, **** H.265, *** **** ****** lacking **** ** **** test.
  • ******* *** *** **** model ***** *** *** include *.***, *** ** did ******* ***** ***** Stream ** ***** *****.

6

*** ******* ******** ** cameras ****** **** ******* (at ***** **** ** on) ** **** * MB/s *** ******* ******** (day) ** **** *** Kb/s. ** ********, *** Axis *****-*** ******** ***** 1 **/* **** *** and *****, **** *** Hikvision **** **** ******** higher.

*** ****** *** ***** cameras ****** *********** ** night, ****** ***** ******* bitrates **** *********** ** lower **** *******.

bitrate comparison

VMS ***********

*** *********** ******** ****** among *******, **** *.*** streaming ********* ** ****** all *****, *** *.*** and ****** **** *** support **** **** ********. We ****** ***** ****** in ****** *****.

7

Basic ***********: *.*** *********

***** *****, *** ***** 4MP ****** ****** ********* and ******** *.*** ***** via ***** ** ****** drivers ******* *****, **** two **********:

  • *** ******* ******** *** camera ****** ** ******** connect ** *******. *** camera ***** ** *** VMS, *** ************ * few ******* *****, ********** of **** ******** **** used, *** **** ****** in *** **** ** do **.
  • ********* *** *** ****** with ******* *** ** the ***'* *********** ** acquire ** ********** "********** camera *******", *********** ******** the ******* ****. ********** ****** ************ **** ******* ** this ***********.

h264 camera shootout summary

***** **. *********** ****** use ******** ********* ** the ****** *** ***, with **** ***** ***** a ****** ****** *** Axis, ******, *********, *** Vivotek, ***** *****, ** (a *** *** ******), and ******* **** ***** used *****.

H.265 ******* ******

*****, ******, *** ********* H.265 ******* **** **** widely *********, *********** *** streaming ******** ** *****, Genetec, *********, *** ******* Optix. ****' *.*** ****** was **** *********** ** Nx *******, ***** *** not *** ***** ******* to ***** **** ******.

** *** ******* **** supported ** ***** *****, with ** ********* **** in ******* ***** (***** OEMs ******* ********'* ******** VMS) *** ******* ******* only ** ******* *** Network *****.

**** **** *.*** *** not ****** **** ******** as *** *** **** not *** ******* *** codec, *** *******'* ******-** streams **** ** *.***.

h265 camera shootout summary

Camera **** ***

****, ******, *** ********* camera **** *** ********** with *** ****** *****. Dahua, *******, *** ******* support **** ****** *** or *** *****, **** Network ***** ********** *******. However, *** ** ****** was ********* ** *** fewest *****, **** ******** and ******* *****, ******* that ****** ****** **** VMD ** ********** ********* must ** **** **** Exacq, *******, *** *********.

camera side vmd integration

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******* ** *** ********** falls **** ***** ***** categories, **** *** **** expensive ****** (****) **** than ***** ***** *** price ** *** ***** expensive (*******/*****). ******* ******* was ~$*** ***, ******* to *** ***-***** ** these ****** (*********/******/*******).

4mp camera price comparison

Test ***** *****

******* *** ****** ****** use ***** ******, ******* were ********* ** ******** from *** ****** ** achieve *** **** *** in **** *****. **** results ** ****** *********** in ***** ** ********* at ***** ***** *** background ***** ** **** seen ** ******* ******* below. ********* ****** ** each ***** ********* *** distance *** ******** ** cameras **** ******.

************, ***** *** ***** cameras **** ****** **************, for ****** ********** ** fine ******* ** **** only ******** **** ******* side ** **** ** comparisons ***** ************ *** most *******/*********** ********. 

Firmware ******** ****

*** ********* ******** ******** were **** ** **** test:

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  • ********* **-**********-*: **.*.** ***** 180622
  • ******* **********-*****: *********-*************
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Country ** ******

**** ****** ** ****** with *** ********* ******* of ******:

  • **** *****-*** ** **: Made ** ******
  • ***** *******: **** ** China
  • ******* ******** ***-********: **** in *****
  • ****** ***-*****: **** ** Korea
  • ********* **-**********-*: **** ** China
  • ******* **********-*****: **** ** China
  • ******* ******-**: **** ** Taiwan

Comments (51)

*** ********* ***** *** pretty ****, *** *'* even ********* **** *** UNV ****** ** *****.

**** **********!
**** **** ** ** better **** ****** *** concurrents, **** ** ***** quality *** *********. *'* impressed ** *** ***-***** manufacturers ***********...

******* ** ****'* **** about *** ***** ********* is *** **** **** now ******* ****** **** are *** * ***** security ****** :)

********* ******, ***** ****** and ***** ******** ********** as ******.  

** *** **** ** the ****** *** **** to ***** **** *******:

  • **** *****-*** ** **: Made ** ******
  • ***** *******: **** ** China
  • ******* ******** ***-********: **** in *****
  • ****** ***-*****: **** ** Korea
  • ********* **-**********-*: **** ** China
  • ******* **********-*****: **** ** China
  • ******* ******-**: **** ** Taiwan

** *** ***** *** ban ** ***** ***** security ****** **** *** thread ***** ** **** on ****. *** **** explained **** *** **** again.

**** ***** ** ******, read * ********.

*** *** ****** **** in *****, ***** ** a *********** *****.

****** *** *** ********* vote **** *********, ***** explanation ***.

******** *********** *** ******: 

"*** ******* **** ******** to *********, *** ******* you **** *** ******!"

**** **** ***** **** your ************?

*** ***** *** ****** just **** ******.

*** ****** *******, *** twice ** ****, **** because ** **** ******* about ******* ******** 

** **** **** ***** more ** ******* ***** days. ** ******* ***** has **** *********. ** don't *** *** ***** you ******, ** **** their ******* ***** **** better *** **. ** get * ** ******* everytime ** ******** *** of ***** *******. ** it *****'* *** *** bandwidth * ***** **** zero **********. 

***** **** * **** camera ** **. ** would ** **** ** Vietnam ** ***** ** CPRO **********.

* ** ****** **** they **** **** ** not *** ** **'* cameras. 

*** ******* ** **** shootout ** ******** ** TVT.

*** ******** * ******* separately ** *** ** given **** *** ***?

** ***** * ******** license **** ***** ********* lens ******. 

** *** ******* ********** testing **** ** *** actual ******* ** *** camera *** **?
***** ** *** **** h.265 *** ***** ****** is ****** *** **** was *** ******* ******* at?

**** **** *** ** VBR **** *** ******* allowable ******* ** ***, which ****** **** ************ to ************. **'** ****** that *** **** ****.

******'* ** **** ***** to *** **** ****** tested ** *** **** bit ****?

******* **** ****** ** the **** ******* ** practically **********, *** ***********.

*** ***, **** ************* do *** ****** ***** you ** *** *** bitrate. ****, *** *******, allows **** ******** ******* or ******* ******* (***/***). They *** *** *** only ****.

******, **** ** ** could, ** ***** ****** much ** *** ***** of *** ****, ***** it ****** *** *******' ability ** **** ******* according ** *** *****, and ******* ******* *** more ** **** ********* at ***** **. ** real ***** ********, **** use ***, ** ****, so ****** ******* ***** be **** ******** ** users.

*******, ** *********** ** settings **** ****** ** quantization ** ~**-************* ****** *** ****** on. **** ***** ****** are *******, ************ **** vary ****** ********* ** the ****** ** **** the ****** ** *** image, ***** ** ***** one ** *** ****** we *** *******.

*** **** ***** ******* CBR ***** ***** ** to *** ***** ****** ends ** **** *** lowest ********* ************. *** quantization** **** ***** ********** ** better ***** *******, ******* of ******* **** ********, blur/lack *******, ***********, ***., so **'* **** ** academic *********** *** *** very ****** ** * real ***** ****.

*********** ****** ****!

***** ****** *** ***** test *******. 

** ** ******** *** should ******* **** ********, like ** ***** **********... I **** *** * Axis's ***** ****** *****

**** *** ***** ********* shootouts. 

***! * ****! ***, maybe *** ********* ***** should ** **** ** this **********... ** ****** that * ****** ** better **** *****, *** necessary ** ******** *** features ** **** *******, dont *** *****?

* **** *** **** ACAP ** * ******* that *** ** * big ************ ******* ***** manufacturers, *** ** ***** to ******* *** ***** difference

** ***** **** ** durability.. * **** **** companies **** **** **+ years *** **** *******, such ** **** ***, Axis ******, **** *** and **** ******... * can ** *****, *** I **** ***** **** * Chinese ****** *** **** so ****

**** *** * ****** trackrecord, ** *** **** find **** **** **********.
** *** * ***** of *** ************ *** fault/defect **** *** **** very *** *** ******** quite ****.

******* *** ******** ******* technology *** ****** **, not ******* **** *** defective.

*'* ****** *** *** wrong ** ****** ** Chinese ***********. ********* *** demonstrated ********* *********** ** the ** ***** **'** been ***** ****. *** failure **** (*********) *** been ****** **** ***** cameras ** **** **** (Flir, ********, ****). ** total *******, *** **** difference ** *** ** box ****** ***** *** have *** * ********** higher *********. ** *** this **** ** *** final ******* ******** **** is **** ****** ***** tested ****** **** ************ tested. *** ***********, ** it ***** *** ** the *** - ** will **** ****** **** other ************* **** **** more ***** ** *** field. ** **** ** the ****** ******* **** we *** ** *** cameras ** *** ******** - ** *** *** an ***** *** **. It's * ****** ***** when **** **** ** the *****, ** **** pro *** - *** works *** **.

** ***** **** ******* any *** ****** ******** - *** ***** ** interested ** ***** *** installers *********** ** *** if **** *** *******. Given *** ********* **'** installed, *** *** ** box ****** *** **** than ** - ** has **** * **** manageable ***-****.

*** *** *** **** behind ***********.  * **** you're *****, *** ** turns *** **** *** Hik **** * **** bought *** * ***** bizarro ***** ********* **** the **** ******** ** other ******* ********, *** thus ******** **** * long ******* ****.  ****** yet, **** ******* ***** that *** ************ ** the **** **** *** next ******* *****.

*** *****,

*'* *** ****** ** name. * **** *** same **********: ******** ** even **** **** * thousand installed *** ******* *** less **** *% ******* rate. *** ******** (* mean ****, *** **'* and *****) ** *** the ****, **/** ** a ********. *** **'* Chinese made, ** *'* *** surprised.

** ***** ** *** software.  * **** *** model **** ******* ******** "smart ******" ****** ******** video ******* *** **** ghosting, *** ***'* **** support *** ** ****.

****** *** ******* **** as **** ** ** Axis.

**** ** * **** helpful ******, *** **** is * ******* ********** I **** ** ****.  Perhaps **** ** * "Tom's ******** *****" *****, where ****** **** ***** performance ****** ** * device ** *******.

**'* **** * *** times * **** ******* articles ****.. ***** ** **, but ****'* ** ****** side ***? * *****, but *** ****... 

****** **** ***** ****** detection. ** *** ******** receiving ****** ****** *** then ***** ********* ** event *******. 

* ***** ****** ***** be *******...

*** ***** ** **** their ********* *** ** server **** ** *** secondary ****** ** ** need *** ****** ****, unless **'* ** ******* camera

** ** ***** ******* method ** *** **** one?

**'* *** *** "**** one" *** ** ** the **** ***. ** indexes *** ***** ** such * *** **** it's ****** ** *** server-side ****** ** ****** side. 

*** *** *** *** build * ******** ****** using * ********* **. New ******* *** ********.

*** ***** *** ***** server **** ****** ** usually ****** **** ********* going **. ****** *** can **** * ****** side ****** ****** **** has ********** ** ****** on ****** *********, *****'* always * ******* ** doing ****** **** *** vs. ****** **** ******** it ***** **** *** job ****.

*** ****** ** ** Witness. * **** ******* with ** ******* ******* off * ****** **** a **** **** ********* using ****** **** ****** with ****** ** ****** on ****** *********. ** have **** ****** ******* as **** *** *** really **** ********* ** a ***** *******. 

*** ******** ** **** written ********.  *** *** share **** *** *** typical ********?

*** ******/** ****** ********* is ** **** ****** then ********** *********** **** motion ********. *******, * believe **** ****** *** is ****** ** *** future ********* ** ***** sales ****.

****** *** ** *********, just ** * ******* number ** *************. **'* listed ***** "***** *********" in ***** *** ********* cameras. ***** ***, * believe **'* ****, ******, Hikvision, *** * *** others.

** ********* **** **** has ***** * *** Axis **********,**** ** ********:

****...

******** ** *******. 

*** *** **** ****** is **** ** ********* IPVM:

* *** **** ****!

**** ****** ****'* **** :)

 

funny

****'* *** **** ** Sean...

 

* ** ** **** user ** ****, *** a *** ** ***** products.  *** **** ***** kind ** ******* ** ridiculous.  * ***** *** this **** ** ********* Axis, ****** "***, *** missed ** **** ***".  Asking **** ** ** better, ** **** ** what ** ****** **** Axis.  *** * **** avoid ***** **** ******* until **** *** ** better.

* ***** *** **** test ** ********* ****, saying "***, *** ****** on **** ***".

**** ** ***** **** about ****** **** ****, they ***** ** ****** things ****** ****** **** attacking *** ********* ** the ******* ***** *** test. ******** ********* '**** **** the *****' **** ******** *** ******** ** Axis *******.

***** ** *****'* *** performance! ****'* ******** *****?

* ****** **** **** people ****** **** ******* for ** ***** ****** than *** ******* **********.

******* ** ** ** today..............

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