Axis Vs. Hikvision IR PTZ Shootout

By: 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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***** ** ******?

** ****** **** *** tested **** ****-**-****.

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  • ***** ******** ****** *** light *******?
  • *** **** ***** ****** image *******?
  • *** ** *** ***** (~5 ***) *** **** scenes (
  • ***** ****** ***** ****** in *** *****?
  • *** ** ******** *******?
  • *** ** **** ******* in **** *** ******?
  • ** *** ****** ** install?
  • *** **** ******* *******?

******* ****** **** *** our ******** ********** ******* of ******* *****-************** ************

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*** ********* ************ ***** quality *** ******** ** the **** *****-** ****** with ***** *******:

  • *********** * ****** ** very *** ***** (lux), ***'+:** **** ***** ** very **** ******, *** DarkfighterX *** ******** ******* better ******* ** *** subject *** **** ***** than *** **** *****-** due ** ****** ****** contrast ******** ** ****** objects ******* ***** ***********.
  • **** ****** ** **** low ***** (<200':** ****** *****, *** Q6125-LE ******** ******** ******* with ****** ******** *** clearer **** **** *** DarkfighterX ********* ********** ******, a **** ****** ** combining ***** *** ** images.
  • ********* ** ******** *** light (~* ***):** ******** ******, *** DarkfighterX ****** ******* ******** colors, *** ** ********** overexposed. ** ********, *** Q6125-LE ******** ******* *******, with **** ********, *** is ********** ****, **** no ***** ***********.
  • ********* ****** ******* ******:*** ************ *** ******** clearer ******* ******* ** the ******* ** *** ranges ** **** ********, with *** *****-** ********** soft *** ******** *****, with ************ ** *** test *****.

*******, *** **** *****-** has ***** ********** **** the ************ *** ** other *****:

  • ** ***** ******** ******:*** *****-** ******* ***** better **** ******** ********* subjects, ****** **** *-* seconds ** *****, ***** the ************ ******** **** significant ***** ******, ****** up ** ** ******* or **** ** *** tests.
  • *******, *******, ****** ** install:*******, *** *****-** ** about ** ****** (~***) lighter **** *** ************, and **** *******, **** a ***** **** ******* method ***** ***** ** much ****** *** * single **** ** *******.

Pricing **********

*** **** *****-** ** moderately **** ********* **** the ************ *** ******:

  • **** *****-**: ~$*,*** *** online
  • **-*********-****: ~$*,*** ******

**** **** ******* ****** ships **** * *****, but **** ******* *** injectors.

Hikvision *******

** **** ****, ****-***** scenes (~***' *****), *** DarkfighterX ******** ***** ******* of *** *******, **** 3-4 ***** ** **** legible, ******* ** ***** is ******** ** *** Q6125-LE.

hikvision clearer 1 lux details at long range

Axis *******

** *** **** ***** but ** ********** ***** range (~***' ***** *****), the *****-** ******** ******* images ** *** ******* and **** *****, **** better ******** *** ******* edges **** *** ************ PTZ. *** ******* ** clear **** *-* ******* lines ** **** ** the **** ****** *****, but ********** **** **** only * ******* ******* lines ** **** ** Hikvision.

axis better 1 lux details at near range

Low ***** (~* ***) *********

** ******** *** *****, ~5 *** ***** *****, the ********* ******* *** two ******* *** *****:

  • *** **** *****-** ****** exposes *** ******* *** test *****, **** ***** details ** ****, *** no ***** ***********.
  • ** ********, *** ************ displays ****** ******, *** suffers **** ******** ************, reducing ******* ******** *** washing *** **** ***** text. 

*******, **** **** *** subject ** ******* ************ in **** ******.

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

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

****** *******, *** ************ camera *********** *********** ***** issues ******* ** ***** IR **** ******. ** the ******* *****, *** camera ***** ** ***** during *** ****** **** ~15 *******.

** ********, *** *****-** did *** ****** **** severe ***** ****** ***** in ***** ****** ***** tracking ********. ** **** cases *** ****** ******* in **** *-* ******* while ********, **** **** zooming ** **** **** wide.

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

** ******* ******, *** DarkfighterX ****** ******** ******* details **** *** **** Q6125, ***** ********** *********** the ***** *** ******* slightly ****.

hikvision clearer details better exposure at close range

** ****** *****, ********* details ****** ******** (****** notably ******* ******** ** close *****), **** *** Q6125-LE's ******** ********** *** the ***** ********* ******** overexposed.

hikvision clearer details at long range

Axis ***** ******* ******

** ****** **** ***** green ***********, **** ** fields ** ***** **** heavy *******, *** *****-** displayed ******* ****-****** ******, not ******* ** ***** areas **** ** ******* lots (**** *** ******* comparisons *****).

**** ***** ** **** issue ** *** ** a ***** ******* ***** in ******* ******** *** plans ** *** ** in ** ******** *******. In *** ********, ***** balance *** ** ******** significantly ** ******** **** the ******* "*********" **** to "********* *******", ***** improves ***** ********, ****** is ***** ******** ******. "Fixed *******" **** *** also ******* ******, ****** maybe ****** ********, ***** below.

Axis *******/*******

*** *****-** ** ************* smaller **** *** ************ PTZ, ***** *****, *** almost */* *** ****** (6.6 *** **. ~**.*):

Axis ****** *******

******* ** **** ********** in **** *** ******, as **** ** * twist-on ******** *****, *** Q6125 *** ** ********* easily ** *** **** on * ******. ** contrast, *** **** *** weight ** *** ********* model *** **** ************ difficult **** * ****** for *** **********. ** look ** **** ********** in ******** ** **** video:

Axis ***** *** ******* ********

*** **** *****-** ******** a *** ******* **** built-in *** ******, ******* of *** ******** *** only ******** ******** **** most ******* (********* *** DarkfighterX ***).

** ************ ********* ***** optic *****, **** ******* eliminates *** **** ** provide * ******** ***** converter, ~$***-***. *******, ***** not ********, **** ****** *****/**** ***************** ******** ** ******* this *******, *********** *** need *** * ******** weatherproof ********* (**** ***** below).

********* **** *** ***** these *******, ********* ***** to ********** ******** *** find ** ******* ******** for * ***** *********.

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Similar *.*** ********

** *** *****, *.*** smart ***** ******** ** the *** ******* **** similar, **** ********* ******** lower, **** *** *** night. ***** ************ **** taken ****** ****** ******** to ******* ****-***** *** movement. ***** ***** ******* driven ** ****** ** on **** *** ****** to *** ******** ********* in ********.

Comments (18)

**** **** ****! **** doesn't *** *** *********! Nelly's **** **** ** blown.

********* ******, ***** ******** report

***** ********, *** ****** *** ***** **** ******* **********. **** of ******* ** ****** * **** **** ******** ***** ***** PTZ's ** *** ***** ** *********.

**** ******, *** *** ******* *** ********* ** *** **** camera ** **** *** *** **** ** ** ********** ******** in *** ***.

******* *** ********* ** the **** ****** ** that *** *** **** it ** ********** ******** in *** ***

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

(*) #* ** *** from ****, **** *** the ******.

*** ****** ** ***** different **** *** ********* unit ***** * ***** function *** *** **** has *** ******. ***** you ****** ** *** test **** **** ** simulated **** ** *** units? ** ***** ** interesting ** *** ** the ***** ******** **** some ***** ** ***** or **** **********.

* ******** ** "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?

*'* *** ***** **** what *** **** ** "other **** ******* ****** dark?", *** *** *******? The **** ****** ** in ********** **** **** IR ** (** ******** automatically **** ** *-* lux), *** *** ************ is ** *** ****, displaying *****, ***** ** its ******* *******.

*'* ***** **** ** question ** *** *****.

*** ******** ***** *-***** turns ***** *** *** logo ***** *****.

*** ******** ***** *** eyebrows ***** **** ** his **** ***** *****.

*** **** *** *** T-shirt **** ***** **** in **********/** ****?

******* ******* ** *** ***** ***** ****! ** *** **** happy **** ***** ** ***.

******** ** ********** ** ***** ***** **** *** "******* ****** I **** **** ****" ***********.

*** *** * *** **** ***** ********* ****. **** **** nothing *** ************.

*** *** **** ** **** .... ****** *** **** ** look ** *** **** ***** **** ***** ******** *** ** the ***** **** *** ************ **** ***** * ***** *** savings ** *** **** ***** ** ************ ?

***** *********** ** *** of *** ****** **** has ******** ***** *** Q6125-LE. ** *** * max *********** **** ** 25W *** *** *** on ******** ***.***. ** contrast, *** ************ ***** with * *** *** midspan *** ** ********* for * *** *********** of ***.

** ****'* ******* *********** in *** *****. ** could ****** ******* ***** in ****** **********, *** until ** **** **** and ******* ***** ** kick ** ** ***'* have **** ******** "*******" measurements.

**** ** *** ** the ****** **** * refrigerator? *** *** ******** won't *** ** ** office-sized ******** ******, *** the **** ****.

******** ** ****-***** **********, how ***** ******* **** with ****/***** *****/****** ** night ** *** ** the **** *** ** "ghosting" ********.

**** ** ***********, **** is * ***-*******. *** PTZ ****** ***, *** the **** ****, *** with ***** **********, **** whittled **** ** ***** accounts **** ***** ********** and *** **** **** time ****** ** ***** and........government. (********** ************ ***** the ******** **** ********* the ***). ** **** as ** *** ** see *** **********, ** the *** ** *** day, ********* ***** ** a **** ***** ** the *** ****** ** default, **?

** **** ** ** was ** *** *** comparison, ** *** *** of *** ***, ********* loses ** * **** chunk ** *** *** market ** *******, **?

****** **** **** **** around *** ***** ** yes *** *** ** but ** ** **** other *********.

***** **** **** ***** to *** **** **. There ** ** *** they *** ***** *********** if **** ******** ** allow ***-**** ************* ** produce ******** **** ******* of ****** *********** ** lower ***** ******. ***, it's **** ** *******. That's * ****...****.

* ***** **** **** of **** ******* *** I'd ******** **** **'* only * **** ****. The **** ****** ** 6.6 ******. *** ************ is **.*. **'* ****** easier ** ***** ** a ****** *** *** into ********. **** *****, the **** ****** **** the ****** ** *** camera **** *** ***** the ***** ***** **** position, *** *** *** screw ** **** ******* having ** ******* *** weight. ** ********* ****** you **** ** ***** them **** *** *** of *** *****, ***** can ** * ****** tricky *** ** *** angle *** *** ****** of *** ******, **** hold *** ****** ** while *** ***** ** on.

*** ********* ******* ******* will *** * ****** easier **** ****, *** the **** ******* ** just ***** ******* *** the ****** ** ************ lighter.

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