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

Author: 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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4mp camera shootout rankings

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4mp camera shootout summary lite

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

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

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1

** * **** (~*.** ***) *****, *** ***** *** ******* cameras ******* *** ********* ******* ** ***** ***** (~**'/** ***), with *** *******'* **** ******* ************ ** **** *******. ** contrast, *** ****** *** **** ****** ******* *** ******, **** the ******* ****** *******/******, **** ******* ************ ** *** ****** QNV-7010R.

4mp nighttime performance differences 15

** ****** ***** (~**'/** ***), ***** ***** ******** ****** *******, with ***** ********** *******, ********* *-* ******* ***** ** *** test *****. *** ******* ******* ** **** ******* **** ***** models, *** ******** ******** ******. ** ********, **** ********* *** available ** *** **** *****, ***** ** ********** ****** **** others ** **** *****, *** ****** ***-*****, ***** ******** ***** detection *** ** ******* *** ** **** ****** (** ********* **** ** *** ****** *******).

4mp nighttime performance differences 30

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

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2

***** *****, *** ********* **** ******** ***** ************ ** *** subject ** *** **** ** *** ***** ** ****. *******, details *** ***** ******* *** ** ** ******** ** ******* noise, ** **** ** ****** **********.

hikvision ds-2cd2345fwd-i

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axis m3106-lve mk ii

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

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3

*******, *********** ****** ****** ***** ***** ******, **** ********* **** in *** *****, ***** *********** *** ******* ******* *** **********, borderline ********* ** *** ********* ****, *** ********* ********** ** the ******* *** ******* *******.

dahua solid detection at 30m

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

******* *********** *** **** ****** **** *********, **** *** ******* providing ****** ******* ** *** ******* ** ***** ***** (~**'/** PPF).

4

*** **** ***** ******* **** ****** ************ ** **** ***** where ****** ** ***.

4mp daytime performance differences 15

** ~**'/~** ***, *** ********* ****** ******** *** **** **** exposure ** ******* ******, **** ******** ****** ******* ** *** subject's **** **** *** ****** ***-*****. ******** ** ****** *****, the ******* ******-** *** **** ***** **** ********** **** ** the **** ***** *** *******.

4mp daytime performance differences 30

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

*** ****** ****** ************ **************, **** ******** ******* ********** ***** **** ** *** *****. Contrast **** ** **** ~* ***** ***, **** **** *** was ***** ******** ** * ****-*** ******* *** ***** ***** of *******.

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4mp wdr performance differences

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

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true wdr mode quad hd vs 4mp digital wdr

Bandwidth **********

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  • ******* ******** *** *** ******* ***** ******, **** *.***, *** only ****** ******* **** ** **** ****.
  • ******* *** *** **** ***** ***** *** *** ******* *.***, but ** *** ******* ***** ***** ****** ** ***** *****.

6

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bitrate comparison

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

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

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  • *** ******* ******** *** ****** ****** ** ******** ******* ** Genetec. *** ****** ***** ** *** ***, *** ************ * few ******* *****, ********** ** **** ******** **** ****, *** only ****** ** *** **** ** ** **.
  • ********* *** *** ****** **** ******* *** ** *** ***'* requirement ** ******* ** ********** "********** ****** *******", *********** ******** the ******* ****. ********** ****** ************ **** ******* ** **** ***********.

h264 camera shootout summary

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

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h265 camera shootout summary

Camera **** ***

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camera side vmd integration

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4mp camera price comparison

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