Axis Vs. Hikvision IR PTZ Shootout

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Sep 20, 2018

Hikvision has their high-end dual-sensor DarkfighterX. Axis has their high-end concealed IR Q6125-LE.

Which is better?

We bought both and tested them head-to-head.

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Our shootout compared them, answering the following questions:

  • Which provides better low light details?
  • How does range impact image quality?
  • How do low light (~5 lux) and dark scenes (<1 lux) compare?
  • Which tracks focus better in low light?
  • How do bitrates compare?
  • How do they compare in size and weight?
  • Is one easier to install?
  • How does pricing compare?

Readers should also see our detailed individual reports of the Axis Q6125-LE and Hikvision DarkfighterX

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** **** ****, ****-***** ****** (~***' *****), *** ************ ******** rough ******* ** *** *******, **** *-* ***** ** **** legible, ******* ** ***** ** ******** ** *** *****-**.

hikvision clearer 1 lux details at long range

Axis *******

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axis better 1 lux details at near range

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low light - hikvision color but overexposed - axis even exposure but monochrome

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Hikvision ******* ******* *******

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hikvision clearer details better exposure at close range

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hikvision clearer details at long range

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Comments (18)

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* ******** ** "Low ***** (~* ***) *********". The T-shirt color on the Axis is inverted. T-shirt looks white and the IPVM logo is black. But other dark details remain dark?

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