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

By 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

Performance ********

***** ** *** *****, camera *********** ***** **** three ******:

  • *** *********:*** ********* **-*********-* ********* best ** ******** **********, with * *********** ** strong **** *****, *** light, **, *** *** imaging.
  • ******* ***********:*****, *******, *** *** Hikvision **-**********-* **** *** weaknesses ** **** ***** and ********* ** ******, less ********** **** *** Hikvision ****.
  • *****:*******, *** *** *** camera ********* ***** ** multiple **********, ****** ** hands **** *** ***** camera ******.

fixed lens 4k shootout rankings

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

fixed lens 4k shootout summary

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

** **** *****, **** *** ******* offered ****** ********* **** 4MP *** ********* **** 1080p ******. *******, ** our *****, *** ****** offered ***** ***** ******* advantages ** **** ****** over **** *** ****** generation *** ****** ******, shown ***** ******** ** the **** *** ***** performing ******* ** **** scene.

** **** *****, ** near ***** (~**' ********), facial ******* *** ****** in *** ******* *** to *** **** *** levels (~** ** ** models, ~** ** ***). Some **** *********** *** present, ***

** * ****** ******** (~60', ~**/** ***), *** details ****** ******** **** 4MP, **** *** **** providing **** ****** ******, not ******* ** *** 4MP *** *** ** cameras, *** **** ****** legibility ** *** **** chart. **** *** ***** performing *** *****, *** TVT *** ******, ******** better ******* ** *** subject *** ******** ***** of ******* ****, *** present ** *** *** camera.

** **** ****** **** IR ** (4K *********** *** ***** notably ****** **** ***, with ******** ****** ****** and **** ******* **** at **** ***** (~**'), at ~** ***/** *** respectively.

** ****** ***** (~**') 4K ********** ******** ******** to ******* ******, **** no ****** ******* ********* in *** ******. *******, in **** *****, ** coverage *** **** ****** than **********, **** **** cameras ******* ** ***** specified ** ***** (***/~**').

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

***** ******* ** **** scenes **** ********** ** varied *************, **** **** illumination ********* **** ******* at ******** **** ***** range.

1

** **** ***** (~**'), the ***** ******* ******** the ******** ******* ** the ******* *** **** chart ** ~*.** ***, though ** ** ********** darker **** ***** *******, as ****. *** ********* 2385 *** ******* **** perform *********, **** ******** less ******, ***** *** Hikvision **** ********** *********** the **** ***** *** subject, *** **** ** other ******. *** *** camera ******** **** ******* text *** ******* *******, with **** ******* ***** than ******.

fixed 4k dark ir detail differences

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

*** ******* ** **** test ***** ***/~**' ** range, *** **** **** noticeably **** ** **** ~60'/20m *****.

3

** **** *****, **** the ********* **** ******** any ******* ** *** subject ** ***, ****** none ******** *** **************. Others ********* * ****** object, ******* ***** *****, but ** ****** *******.

fixed 4k dark ir detail differences 60

IR ********

********** ** ******** *** uneven ** *** *******, noticeably ****** ** *** edges ** *** ***** of **** **** ** the ******, **** ******* the **** ****** ********** full **** ** **** coverage (**** **** *********).

2

*** ******* **** ****** the ****** ***** ** the ***** ** ****, with ****** ********* ** the *****, *** *** less **** ***** *******.

uniview most eveb illumination

** ********, ** ** extremely ********* ** ****** in *** *** ******, which ** *********** ******** in *** ****** ** the ***** ** ****.

tvt strong center hotspot

*** ********** ***** ******** details **** *** ****** and **** ** *** field ** **** ** each ******, **** ******* notably ******** **** ******, while *** ********* **** and ***** ***** ******** only ********* ** *** edge ** *** ***** of ****. *** ******** no ******* ** ***.

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

******* *********** ****** **** less ******** **** ********* at ***** *****, *** significant *********** ** ****** ranges, **** ***** *** the ********* **** ********** best.

4

** ***** *****, ******* are ******* ******* *** cameras *** ** *** high *** ***** (~** PPF). ******** ** ********** less **** ** *** Uniview ****, *** ******* are ******* *******.

near range well lit performance similar in all cameras

** ****** ***** (~**'/~** PPF), *** ********* **** displays ********** ****** ******* of *** *******'* ********, as **** ** **** legible ****. ******* **** rougher ** ***** *******, especially *** ********* **** and *** *****.

long range well lit performance similar in all cameras

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

*** ****** ****** ************ ************** ****** *** ***. Performance ***** **** *** cameras ****** **********, **** Hikvision's ****** ********** **** in *** *****.

5

*** ********* **** *** 2385 ********* *********, **** providing ****** ******* ******* backlight *** ** ****** areas ** *** *****. Both *** ***** *** Uniview ****** **** *** the ******* ********** ******* strong *********, *** ***** provide ****** *********** *******. The *** ****** ******** worst ** ***, ******* out *** ******* ****** totally ******* ********* *** with ******* ******* ******* in *** **** ***** of *** *****.

wdr performance comparison

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

**** ******* ** **** test ****** ** ********** true ** *******, ***** the ******** ******** ** FPS ********* *** **** vary ******* ** *** 20 ***, ***** *****. Of *** ******* ** this ********, **** *** is *********** * **** 4K ******, ******** ** FPS (********* ** *** tests).

** *** *****, *** cameras ******** ***** ******* framerate ***** ******* ******** frames, ********* *** ***, which **** * **** 30 *** ******, ****** others (***** ***** ** Exacq).

Bandwidth **********

*** ******* ****** ******* both *.*** *** ***** codecs, ****** ********* ****** drastically, **** ~***-*** **/* to **** * **/* at *****.

*** ******* ******** ** cameras ****** **** *** both *** (~*.* **/*) and ***** (~*.* **/*), with ******* ******* ***** of *** ****** *** day (~*.* **/*). ** contrast, **** ********* ****** averages ~*** **/* ** night, **** *** ****'* daytime ******** ******* ***** than *** **** (*** Kb/s **. ***).

bandwidth comparison

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

*** *********** ******** ****** among *******, **** *.*** streaming ******* ** *** cameras, *** *.*** *** camera **** *** ******* much **** ********. ** review ***** ****** ** detail *****.

6

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

** *** *****, *** cameras ****** **** **** to ******* ** *** VMSes ***** *.***. **** that ********* ****** **** supported ** ******* ***** the ***** ******, *** not *** ****** ********* driver *** ** ************ ************. *** ******* *****, streamed, *** ******* ***** codec ************* **** *** VMS.

h264 streaming support

***** **. *********** ****** use ******** ********* ** the ****** *** ***, with **** ***** ***** a ****** ****** *** Dahua *** *********, ***** TVT *** ******* **** ONVIF.

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

*****, *********, *** ******* H.265 ******* **** ****** supported, *********** *** ********* properly ** *****, *******, Milestone, *** ******* *****. However, ***'* *.*** ****** was ********* **** ** Exacq *** *********.

**** **** *.*** *** not ****** **** ******** as **** ********* ******* H.265 **** ** ******** models.

Camera **** ***

***** *** ********* ****** side ****** **** ********* in *** ****** *****. However, ******* *** *** supported ** ********, *****, or *******, ***** *** was *** ********* ** Exacq *** *******, ******* that ****** ****** **** VMD ** ********** ********* must ** ****.

camera side vmd support

Pricing **********

******* ** ***** ******* ranged **** ~$***-*** ******/********* street ***** ** ***** America. **** **** ***** all ** ***** ************* OEM *** ****** *** may ** ******* ***** online *** ************ ***** such ***************, ***** *** ****** be **** ** **** these ****** *** ****. However, **** *** ****** or ********* ******** ** tech *******, *******,*********, ************* **** ************ ************ policies.

4mp fixed lens camera price comparison

Test ***** *****

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************, ***** *** ******* were ****** **************, *** better ********** ** **** details ** **** ******** fewer ******* **** ** side ** **** *********** to ********* *** **** notable/interesting ********.

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

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

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Comments (31)

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**** ** ******* **** they ***’* ***** *** 2383 ** *** ** market, ******* **** ** offer ** ** *** 2363 (***) *******, *** stop *****. 

****** ******** - **** is *** ***** **** you **** *** ** the ******* ******* **? I'm ******* *** ********* similar.

**'* * ** ******** tripod. * ***'* **** you ******* **** ***** because ****'** ******** ************ the ***** * *********. I ***'* **** * new ******** ***. *** last **** * ******* were**** *****, *** *'* *** sold ** **** ***.

*** **** ************ ** make ** ** ***** additional ***** ** *** cross ***. ** **** has **** ******** ****** from *** *******. ** usually *** *-* ****. There ** * ********** somewhere ***** * ****** some ** *** ***** stuff ** ***, *** I ***'* **** ** at *** ******. *'** post **** **** ** if * **** **.

**** *******: *** ** ****-***** **** Cameras

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** *** **** ***, pretty ****** *** ****** support ****** ** ******, even *** :******* **** ** ******

**** ** ****** **********, TVT ***'* *** ** reliable ** * ****** condom.

***** *** ** ** a *****. ****** *****.

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*'* ***** ********* ** bandwidth ** ********* ******* to ******, **** **** using *** **** ** limit **** ** ****** ? **** *** ******* is ****** **** ********* cameras ?

 

****, ********** *** *** lux ******, *** ******* was *** **** ********** DNR *** **** ******* ? ** ******* ***** settings *** ******* *** quality ** ***** *****, but *** ***** *** so *** **** ***** is ****** (****** ** IPC3618 **** *******).

 

 

*** *** *** ******** are ****** *** ** when ***** ********* ********. Axis *** ********* *** the ****** ** *** most ******** **** *** both *** **** ********* conservative. 

***** *** *** **** test ** ***** **** products.

** **** ****, 
****** *** **** ********* work ** **** ******** testing. 
** ****** ** **** 9-10, ******* ****'* ** Evenness *********** ** ****, 'notably ******** **** ******',***** ** *** '****** VS. **** ************ **********' at **** **, *******’* camera *** ****** *** out ** * *******. 
******* ***** *** ****** in *** *******, ** found **** **** ** a ***** ******* ***** in *** ********** *****, we ******* **** ** are ****** **** *** ranking ** ******* ******* IR *********** ***** ** used ** **** ********** table. 
*****, ****** *** **** valuable ******* *** **'** put ******* ** ********* our ******** ** ******. 

****** *** ******** **** out, *** *** *** totally *****. **** *** a ******* ****** *** graphic ****** ******* *** it's **** ********* ** the ****** ***:

 

* ***** ******* ** start ***** ****** ***** night **** ***** *** the ** ***** *** real ***** *** ********. I ** **** *** tests **** *** *** charts *** * ***** you ****** *** ** additional ****** **** ******* rarely **** ******** ***** still ** *** **** world. **** ** ***** that **** ** **** on *** ***** ***** rez ***** ******** ******'* perform ** **** ** some ** *** ****** than ****** ***** ** we *** * ****** test.

**** *** *** ******* speed ** *** **** for * ***** *****, the ***** ***** *****, but **** ******* *****, the ***** ** ******* and ****** *******.

*** ** *** **** * ******* * can ********* **** ***** with **** ***, **** gain *** ***** ** the ***.

** *** *******, **** of *** ******* **** slow *******. **** ** them ********* ** **. 1/30s *** *** ******* shutter *******. ** ***** where **** ******* ** allowed, ** ***** *********** it ** */*** *** make * **** ** it.

** ** ***** ***** as **'** ******* *** motion **** *** **** it *** ***** ** see **. ** ******* it *** ******** ** some ***** *** *****, *** *******. ** typically ***** **** **** levels ** ******* ***** reduction ***** ****, ** most ************* **** ******** that ********* **** ****** smart ****** ** **** slow ******* ** * bad ***** ** **** point, *** ********** ** has ******* *** **** for **, ******.

**** ** ****** *****, I **-******** ******* ** make **** ** *****'* missing *** **** ****** and ******* *** ********* similarly ****. ** *** post **** ****** ***** tomorrow.

* *** **** ****** to ** ********* *** funny ** *** ***** votes, * ***** * failed ** ****.  ******* speco.

***** *** **** ***** too...intense.

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***, **** ** ********** true *** **'** **** it ** *** *****, as ****. **** *** levels **** ****** **** common ********* **** ******** ** some *****. ** ** ********, though, ** **** ****, we ****'* *** ***** effects.

*****, *** ***** **** your ********* "** ****'* see ***** *******" ** like ****** "** *** not *** ****** **** image *******". 

*** ***** ** *****, but **** ***** ****** motion ****** ******** **** static. 

***, *** * ***** you ****** **** ** tests ***** *** ******** default ******** ***** *** latest ********** ******** **** no ******* ** *** unless ** ** ************ stated ** *** ******** notes ** **** ******** statement ** *** ************ to ** **.

************* *** ******* ***** on **** ******* *** did *** **** */*** is ******** *********** ** most ***** **** ****** install *** ****** *** not **** **** *** settings ** ***. ** the ************ *** * particular ******* ******* **** is *** ******* *** basic ***** **** *******, then **** ** ***** own ***** *** ****** be ****** ***********. 
 

* ***** **** ******* with *********** ******** ****** be ******, *** ** normally **. ** **** called *** **** ******* defaults *** **** *** settings ******* **** ** multiple *****. *******, ** this **** ** *** not *** ****** ***** in *** **** ******.

* *** **** ***** that **** ***** **** not **** **** *** settings ** ***, *** leaving ****** ********* ******** a ****** ** ********** for ** ** *******. It's **** ****** *** manufacturers, ***********, ************, ***., of ******* ******** ** come **** ** ** and *** "** *** just ****** *, **** Y **** *******, ****** setting." ** **** **** it's ****** *** ****** to *********** *** **** out ***** ******** *** questionable ** ***********.

* ***** **** *** that * ***** **** to *** *****, ***-** shots ***** ** *** tests. ** **** **** so **** ****** ******* to ** **** ** avoid ** ** ********. Too **** ****, ***********, etc **** ** *** try ** **** ***** low ***** (***********, ***********) cameras *** ****** ***** low ***** **** ** a ******. **** ** especially **** *** ******* cameras. ** **** ********* turn *** ******* ** Day, ***-** **** *** test *** ***** *******. I ***’* ***** ** one ****** **** ****’* perform ****** ** ***** in ****** ********. 

******* *** *.***, *** 3.6mm, ***** *.*  ********* not *********.

 

***** * **** ***** the **** **** ***** different *******?

* ***'* *** *** it ******'* ****** *** results, *** ***** ***** are ** *** ***** of **** ** ********* and *******. ******** **** all *** *** **** mount, **** ***** **-**** with * ****** ****. 

******** ** *-****

******** ***** ***** ******* are *** *******. *** cameras ****** **** *.*** or *.***, *** ****** only ** ***** *° (79-87° ****** ** ****). Cameras **** ********* ** two ******* ****** *******, accordingly, ** ** ***** in *** ******.

*** ******* ******** ** see ** ******* ** in **** **********, ***** is **** **** ** an ***** **** ******* at *.*** **. *** or ***, ** *** wider **** ******** ****. The ********** ******* *.*** and *** ** *****. I ** *** ***** results *****'** **** *********** different ** ***** *** 3.6mm ** ***.

****, ** ******** ** the ******* *****:

***** ***** *** ** the ***** ** **** is *********

**** ** ********** ****. It *** ******** ****** annoying *** ****** **** time ** *** *** cameras ** *** *** in ******* **** ****** were *** ***** *****.

 

"**********-******" - ** *** 2.8mm *******

******, *'** ***** **** in *** ******. *** model ****** ** *** DPF40M.

****** ********:****'* *** *** meaning? 

************* (************).

*** *** / *** Video ************ *****

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