AVTech ~$70 IP Cameras Tested Vs Dahua and Hikvision

By Derek Ward, Published Dec 04, 2019, 10:03am EST

Taiwanese manufacturer Avtech is taking direct aim at low cost leaders Dahua and Hikvision with ~$70 starlight and white light illuminator models.

There is a lot of interest in alternatives to Dahua and Hikvision due to the US ban and sanctions against these companies.

We bought and tested a super low cost white light illuminator model, the DGM2403SVW to see how it performs versus recent competitive models from our Color Low Light Mega Camera Shootout: Dahua's Night Color super low light dome and Hikvision ColorVu turret, examining:

  • How well does image quality compare in full light (~300 lux), low light (~2 lux), and dark (~0.02 lux) scenes?
  • How do image details compare with and without white light illumination?
  • How does it perform in WDR scenes?
  • How well does it integrate to common VMSes?

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*** ***** ******* * non-Chinese, ****-********* *** **** alternative, ******'* ******* ** a ********* ******, **** strong ****** ** *** light **** *** ***** light ** *** *********** low ***** (~* ***) and ******* (~*** ***) performance, ********** *********** *** very *** *****.

*******, ** ******* **** overexposure ** ***** ***** due ** **** ***** light ** ***********/********* ****** be ********* **********, ***** true *** *** ******** poorly ******* *********, *** not ********* **** **** common ***** (*********** *.*** continuous ********* ** ****** side *** ****), *** produced **** ****** **** average ********.

Key ********

***** ** *** *****, Avtech's ** ******* *** some *********:

  • ****** ***** ***** ******: The ******* ******** ****** color ****** ** **** low ***** *** ** its ***** ** ***** light ************, **** ***** colors ** **-**', *** possible ** ******* ***** low ***** ** ** models.
  • ********* *** ***** ***********: Low ***** ******* ******* white ***** ** **** slightly ***** **** **** expensive ***********, *** ****** than *********'* ********* ****** Value ******* ******.

*******, ***** **** ******* disadvantages:

  • ***** ***** ************: ****** suffers **** *********** ************ with *** ***** ***** illuminator **, **** ******* details ******* ** ~**' and ******** ****** *** at ~**' *** ******.
  • **** ***: *** ****** camera ******** **** ******* WDR **** **** **** performance ******* ****** *********, with ******* ******* ****** completely ****** ***.
  • **** *** ***********: *** Avtech ******'* *.*** ****** functioned ******** ** *****, Milestone, *** ** *******, as **** ** ***** and ********* ****, *** H.265 *** *** **** with *** ********* ******, nor *** ****** **** VMD.
  • **** *********: *** ** its **** ** *.*** support ** **** *****, as **** ** **** of ***** *****, ****** bitrates **** ******* ******, over * **/* ** night ******** ** ~*.* Mb/s *** *** ****** resolution ******* ***.

Vs. *******: ******** ************, ****** *******

***** **** ***** ***** illuminators ****** ** ******** feature ** *** *** of ****, *** **** obvious ********** *** ******'* DGM2043 ** *********'* *******, which *** *** ** the ********* ********** ***** 1 *** ** *** recent***** *** ***** ****** Shootout.

******** ** *********'* **** expensive ******* *****, *** Avtech ***** ***** *********** model ******** ********** ***** detail ** *** ***** and **** ****** ** close *****, ****** *** to ******** ************ ** near ***** (~**' *** closer ** *** ******).

*******, ** ****** *********** the ***** **** *******, with ************ ******** ** longer ******** *** **** dimming ** *** *****, seen *****:

**** ******** ** ********** better ******* *** ********* at ****** ******** ***** overexposure *** *** * problem ** ** ****** ranges.

** ******* *** *** cameras *** ***** **** of ***** ****** ** this *****:

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*** ****** ******* ****** both **** *** ~$** USD (****** *****), ******* to *********'* ***** ******* series ****** (***-*****,~$** *** ******). **** ******* ** substantially ***** **** *********'* ColorVu ******, *** **-*********-* (~$220 ***), ****** ** is *** ******* ** 1080p.

White ***** ************

*** ********** ******** *** white ***** ************, ******* to *********'* *******, ***** here:

************ ******* *** **** field ** ****, *** had * ****** ******* hotspot ***** ******** ** moderately ****** *** *** subject *** **** *****.

Strong **** ***** ******* **** ***** *****, **** *******

** **** ****** (~*.** lux), *** ******* ******** well ******** ** *********** models **** ***** ***** on, **** ******* ***** to *** ********* *******, despite *** ***** ***** resolution (**. *** ** ColorVu).

*******, **** ***** ***** illumination ***, ******* *** extremely ****, **** *** subject **************.

** ****** ***** (~**'), Avtech ******** ****** ******* of *** ******* **** all ***** ****** ** increased ***** ******* ****** details ** ******* *** the ***** ******* ****** pixelated *** ******** ***********.

Competitive *** ***** ***** *******

*** ***** (~* ***) image ******* *** ****** in *** *******, *** the ****** ******* ***********, with ************ ** *** test ***** *** **** notable *****. ***** ******* is ******** **** *** Hikvision ***** ******* ****** here, ******* ** *****'* Night ***** *******, *** moderately ***** **** *******.

Competitive ******* ***** *******

** **** *** ******, image ******* *** ********** to ***** ***** ****** with ** ******* ******, but ********** **** ******** than *** *** ******* and ***** ******.

Weak *** ***********

*** ******* ******** ******* WDR, ***** ** ****** in * ********* ****** test ***** **** ********* of ~*,*** *** *** interior ******** ****** ** lux.

******* ****** *********, *********** was ****, **** *** subject's **** ***********, *** still *******., ******* ***** than ***** *** ********* ColorVu. *** ***** ******* camera ******* *********** *** subject, **** *** **** difficult ** *** ******* the *********.

Weak *** ***********

******'* *********** ** ****** VMSes *** **** *** poor, **** *.*** *** camera **** *** *** working ** *** *** tested. *.*** ****** ******* issues ** *****, *********, and ** *******, ** well ** ***** *** Hikvision ******** ****. ******** and ******* **** ********** the ******, *** ******* were ******** **** ******** droppage.

Technical *******

*********** *** ***** ********* technical ******* *** ****** products **** ** *********** more ** **** *********** than * ******* **** from *** ************. *** following ** **** ****** told ** ** ******* to ** *******:

"********* ********* *******, ***** are **** **** **** we *** ****. ***** of ***, *** ********** needs ** ******* *** distributor. ** *** *********** can *** **** **** their *** *******, **** will ******* *** ******** to ** ** *** QTS (******* ******** ******) web ****.

*** **** *** ***, but **** *** *********** can ** ****** ******** during ******** ***** *** our *** **** ***** support *** *** ************. We **** ***** ******* Whatsapp, *****, **** ******* numbers ** *** *** team ** *** ************, so ** *** ***** during ******** ***** ********.

*** ** *** **** difference ******* *** *** and ******, *** ****-****** time ***** ** ** to ** ***** *** most. ** ** ****** do ***** ******** ** the ************* **** ** the ******** *****."

Made ** ****** / ***-******* ****

*** ********* ** **** in ******:

************, ****** ****** ****** do *** *** ********* SoCs, *** ********(*******), **** ** ******.

Firmware *********

******** ******* **** *** used, *** ****** ** time ** *******. ******** may ** ********* ** users, ** *** ******** do *** **** ******** build *****, ** ************* what ** ****** ** unclear.

*** *******, **** *** factory, *** ****** *** using ******** ******* ****-****-****-****:

***** *** ****** ****** on ******'* ******* ** 1010, **** ******* ******* any ********* ** ****, requiring ** ** ****** which ******* *** ****** with ****** **** *******.

Test **********

******* **** ****** ***** default ***** ********, **** some ************* ******* ** standardize ** **** ** possible:

  • **** ******* *** ******** in *** ****** ******* (enabled ** *******, */** second)
  • ******* *** *** ** a *** ** */*** to ********* ********* **** on ****** *******
  • *.***, ***** *** **** (no *** ****** ***** connect ** *******' *.*** streams)
  • *********** *** ************ ** ~28-30 ************

Comments (3)

**** ***********, ****** *** results *** * ****** underwhelming.
* **** **** *** TW *** ****** ************* will **** * ****** to ********* *** **** products *******. *** ******** tends ** ** ******** when **% ** *** products **** **** * or * ***** *********

**** ********* *********** ** AV ****. *** ******* did ~$** ******* *** revenue ** ****, **** from $** ******* *** revenue ** ****, ********* below:

******, **** ** ****, AV **** *** ~$*** million ** *******.

**** ** ******* ********** with **** ** **** seen **** * ******* of ***** **** ********* that ******** **** ***** over *** **** ******. The ***** ********* **** become ** ******* ** their **** ****** (********* is ~**** ** ***** as ** ****), **'* become * ***** ** Goliath ********.

*** **** ********* **** AV **** *** **** back **** *** **** resources ************* ******* ** be **** *** **'* positive **** **** *** trying.

** ******* *** ***** directly **** ******, **** focus ** * ******* of ******** * **** and *** ***** ******** developing *** *******.

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