8MP / 4K Fixed Lens Camera Shootout - Dahua, Hikvision, TVT, Uniview

Author: IPVM Team, Published on Dec 17, 2018

8MP / 4K fixed lens models are now common in lower cost lines, with nearly every Chinese brand and their OEMs now offering multiple options.

To see which fixed lens 8MP/4K models performed best and how they compare to new generation 4MP models, we bought and tested five models:

4mp camera shootout

The models are:

In this shootout 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
  • Performance compared to 4MP
  • Street pricing

*** / ** ***** **** ****** *** *** ****** ** lower **** *****, **** ****** ***** ******* ***** *** ***** OEMs *** ******** ******** *******.

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4mp camera shootout

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Performance ********

***** ** *** *****, ****** *********** ***** **** ***** ******:

  • *** *********:*** ********* **-*********-* ********* **** ** ******** **********, **** * combination ** ****** **** *****, *** *****, **, *** *** imaging.
  • ******* ***********:*****, *******, *** *** ********* **-**********-* **** *** ********** ** some ***** *** ********* ** ******, **** ********** **** *** Hikvision ****.
  • *****:*******, *** *** *** ****** ********* ***** ** ******** **********, making ** ***** **** *** ***** ****** ******.

fixed lens 4k shootout rankings

**** **** ***** ******** ** *** **** ***** **** *******, looking **** ** *******, *********, *** *********** ******. *******, ** is ******** ** *** ***** ***** *** **********.

fixed lens 4k shootout summary

Advantages ******** ** ***

** **** *****, **** *** ******* ******* ****** ********* **** *** *** sometimes **** ***** ******. *******, ** *** *****, *** ****** offered ***** ***** ******* ********** ** **** ****** **** **** the ****** ********** *** ****** ******, ***** ***** ******** ** the **** *** ***** ********** ******* ** **** *****.

** **** *****, ** **** ***** (~**' ********), ****** ******* are ****** ** *** ******* *** ** *** **** *** levels (~** ** ** ******, ~** ** ***). **** **** differences *** *******, ***

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** **** ****** **** ** ** (was ***** ******* ****** **** ***, **** ******** ****** ****** and **** ******* **** ** **** ***** (~**'), ** ~** PPF/48 *** ************.

** ****** ***** (~**') ** ********** ******** ******** ** ******* scenes, **** ** ****** ******* ********* ** *** ******. *******, in **** *****, ** ******** *** **** ****** **** **********, with **** ******* ******* ** ***** ********* ** ***** (***/~**').

4K / *** ** ***** ******* (

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1

** **** ***** (~**'), *** ***** ******* ******** *** ******** details ** *** ******* *** **** ***** ** ~*.** ***, though ** ** ********** ****** **** ***** *******, ** ****. The ********* **** *** ******* **** ******* *********, **** ******** less ******, ***** *** ********* **** ********** *********** *** **** chart *** *******, *** **** ** ***** ******. *** *** camera ******** **** ******* **** *** ******* *******, **** **** visible ***** **** ******.

fixed 4k dark ir detail differences

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

*** ******* ** **** **** ***** ***/~**' ** *****, *** most **** ********** **** ** **** ~**'/*** *****.

3

** **** *****, **** *** ********* **** ******** *** ******* of *** ******* ** ***, ****** **** ******** *** **************. Others ********* * ****** ******, ******* ***** *****, *** ** usable *******.

fixed 4k dark ir detail differences 60

IR ********

********** ** ******** *** ****** ** *** *******, ********** ****** at *** ***** ** *** ***** ** **** **** ** the ******, **** ******* *** **** ****** ********** **** **** to **** ******** (**** **** *********).

2

*** ******* **** ****** *** ****** ***** ** *** ***** of ****, **** ****** ********* ** *** *****, *** *** less **** ***** *******.

uniview most eveb illumination

** ********, ** ** ********* ********* ** ****** ** *** TVT ******, ***** ** *********** ******** ** *** ****** ** the ***** ** ****.

tvt strong center hotspot

*** ********** ***** ******** ******* **** *** ****** *** **** of *** ***** ** **** ** **** ******, **** ******* notably ******** **** ******, ***** *** ********* **** *** ***** model ******** **** ********* ** *** **** ** *** ***** of ****. *** ******** ** ******* ** ***.

Full ***** ***********

******* *********** ****** **** **** ******** **** ********* ** ***** range, *** *********** *********** ** ****** ******, **** ***** *** the ********* **** ********** ****.

4

** ***** *****, ******* *** ******* ******* *** ******* *** to *** **** *** ***** (~** ***). ******** ** ********** less **** ** *** ******* ****, *** ******* *** ******* similar.

near range well lit performance similar in all cameras

** ****** ***** (~**'/~** ***), *** ********* **** ******** ********** better ******* ** *** *******'* ********, ** **** ** **** legible ****. ******* **** ******* ** ***** *******, ********** *** Hikvision **** *** *** *****.

long range well lit performance similar in all cameras

Wide ******* *****

*** ****** ****** ************ ************** ****** *** ***. *********** ***** **** *** ******* ****** moderately, **** *********'* ****** ********** **** ** *** *****.

5

*** ********* **** *** **** ********* *********, **** ********* ****** details ******* ********* *** ** ****** ***** ** *** *****. Both *** ***** *** ******* ****** **** *** *** ******* moderately ******* ****** *********, *** ***** ******* ****** *********** *******. The *** ****** ******** ***** ** ***, ******* *** *** subject ****** ******* ******* ********* *** **** ******* ******* ******* in *** **** ***** ** *** *****.

wdr performance comparison

FPS **********: **** ****** *****/**, *** **** **

**** ******* ** **** **** ****** ** ********** **** ** cameras, ***** *** ******** ******** ** *** ********* *** **** vary ******* ** *** ** ***, ***** *****. ** *** cameras ** **** ********, **** *** ** *********** * **** 4K ******, ******** ** *** (********* ** *** *****).

** *** *****, *** ******* ******** ***** ******* ********* ***** without ******** ******, ********* *** ***, ***** **** * **** 30 *** ******, ****** ****** (***** ***** ** *****).

Bandwidth **********

*** ******* ****** ******* **** *.*** *** ***** ******, ****** bandwidth ****** ***********, **** ~***-*** **/* ** **** * **/* at *****.

*** ******* ******** ** ******* ****** **** *** **** *** (~1.6 **/*) *** ***** (~*.* **/*), **** ******* ******* ***** of *** ****** *** *** (~*.* **/*). ** ********, **** Hikvision ****** ******** ~*** **/* ** *****, **** *** ****'* daytime ******** ******* ***** **** *** **** (*** **/* **. 685).

bandwidth comparison

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

*** *********** ******** ****** ***** *******, **** *.*** ********* ******* in *** *******, *** *.*** *** ****** **** *** ******* much **** ********. ** ****** ***** ****** ** ****** *****.

6

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

** *** *****, *** ******* ****** **** **** ** ******* to *** ***** ***** *.***. **** **** ********* ****** **** supported ** ******* ***** *** ***** ******, *** *** *** direct ********* ****** *** ** ************ ************. *** ******* *****, ********, *** ******* ***** ***** ************* from *** ***.

h264 streaming support

***** **. *********** ****** *** ******** ********* ** *** ****** and ***, **** **** ***** ***** * ****** ****** *** Dahua *** *********, ***** *** *** ******* **** *****.

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

*****, *********, *** ******* *.*** ******* **** ****** *********, *********** and ********* ******** ** *****, *******, *********, *** ******* *****. However, ***'* *.*** ****** *** ********* **** ** ***** *** NxWitness.

**** **** *.*** *** *** ****** **** ******** ** **** currently ******* *.*** **** ** ******** ******.

Camera **** ***

***** *** ********* ****** **** ****** **** ********* ** *** tested *****. *******, ******* *** *** ********* ** ********, *****, or *******, ***** *** *** *** ********* ** ***** *** Genetec, ******* **** ****** ****** **** *** ** ********** ********* must ** ****.

camera side vmd support

Pricing **********

******* ** ***** ******* ****** **** ~$***-*** ******/********* ****** ***** in ***** *******. **** **** ***** *** ** ***** ************* OEM *** ****** *** *** ** ******* ***** ****** *** unauthorized ***** **** ***************, ***** *** ****** ** **** ** **** ***** ****** for ****. *******, **** *** ****** ** ********* ******** ** tech *******, *******,*********, ************* **** ************ ************ ********.

4mp fixed lens camera price comparison

Test ***** *****

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************, ***** *** ******* **** ****** **************, *** ****** ********** of **** ******* ** **** ******** ***** ******* **** ** side ** **** *********** ** ********* *** **** *******/*********** ********.

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

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  • *** **-******: *.*.*.*(*****)
  • ******* **********-******: *********-*************

Country ** ****** - *** *****

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Comments (26)

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