Chinese IR Camera Dominance

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Jun 02, 2015

When contrasting 'Western' and 'Chinese' camera manufacturers, cost is the most obvious but not the only differentiator between the two.

Integrated IR has emerged as an important advantage at the low end, combining with cost to deliver clear advantages.

Using the IPVM Camera Finder, we analyzed how dominant Chinese manufacturers have been here.

Inside, we break down the low cost IR segment, look at historical factors impacting slow western adoption, integrator usage trends, and future prospects.

**** *********** '*******' *** '*******' ****** *************, **** ** *** most ******* *** *** *** **** ************** ******* *** ***.

********** ** *** ******* ** ** ********* ********* ** *** low ***, ********* **** **** ** ******* ***** **********.

***** ******* ****** ******, ** ******** *** ******** ******* ************* **** **** ****.

******, ** ***** **** *** *** **** ** *******, **** at ********** ******* ********* **** ******* ********, ********** ***** ******, and ****** *********.

[***************]

Dahua/Hikvision *********

******* ************ ** ******* ***** $***, *** ** ** *******, ** *** *****, *********, ** their ****. **** *** ********* ** ******, **** **** ** ***** ********-******* ******* **** ******, D-Link, *** *******. 

**** ** ***** *** *************' ********* ** * ****** ** the ********* ****** *****, **** ** ********** **** * ***** ** ***** ****** under $***.

Historical ***** **********

***** **** * **** ** *** ***, ********** ** ************ were **** ** * "*****" ** "********" ******* ** **** manufacturers. **** **********, **** ** ****, *****, ****, ***., ***** IR ** ***** **** ****, *** ******** ** **** ** a **** *** ******* ** ********* ******. *** *******,****' ***** * ****** ********** ** ********* *** $***+, ***** *****'* ***** ***** *** *** **************-** **** ***** ******, **** * ********$*,***+ ***** ***.

**** *****, ***** *************' ********** ** ****** **** *** ************* more **** *** **** ****** **** *********, *****, *** ***** OEMs. *** ****** **** ** ***** **** ****, *****, *** Sony:

***** ****** *** *-** **** ********* **** *** **** ** models **** *****/*********, ********* ** *** ***** ** $***-***. *****/***** models ******* ***** **** ***, ******* *** ** ****** ** $30-40.

Market ****** ********** ** 

*******, *** ****** *** ***** ** ********** **.

** *** *******, *********** ******** **** * ***** ** *** ******* **** deployed ******** ********** **. 

*******, **** *********** ******** **** ****** *** ******* **** **** were ********** **, *** **** ***** *** *** *** ********* use ** ********* **** ** *** * ******* *****.

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

Low-Cost ** "**** ******" *** ****

**** **** ******* *** ****** **** ********** ** ***** ** low-cost ******, **** ** ********, ****** ********, *** ********** *****. In *** *******, ** **** ***** ***** ****** ** ** true ** **** *****.

*******, ******* **, **** *** **** ****** **** **** ******* and ******* *************, *** *********** "*****", ****** ** ******* * usable ***** ** **** *-* ***. **** *****, ***** **** a ****** ****, ************ ****:

**** **** ** ****, ***** ******** ******** **** ** ***** long ************ ***** ** ******** ** *** *********, ******* ***** is * ****** *** *** **** ** ** ****.

Future ******

*** *** *********** ******, ** ****** *****/********* ********* ** *** cost ********** ** ** ********. **** ******, **** ** ******* (with ************ **** ******), ****, *** *-****, **** ******** ***** **** ****** ** the **** *-* *****. *** ***** ** *** ******** **** at *** **** *** *********, ****** **** ** ****, *****, ****, etc., do *** **** ********** ** ********* ****.

 

Comments (6)

And when it comes to PTZ's there are apparently none with integrated IR from anyone besides Dahua, Hikvision and Samsung, at ANY price. Strange.

Bosch recently announced one, but your point remains that the 'West' is even more behind in IR PTZs. That said, PTZs are obviously a niche.

How about a West/East toggle button in the camera finder for just such comparisons? Seems wrong on the one hand, yet we always are talking about it, so...

This was a good post. It also underscores why you need to stay current on technology and trends across the board.

A couple of years ago onboard IR LEDs were almost the hallmark of cheap cameras, but that is no longer true. It's like the "CCD is better than CMOS" flawed logic. Things change with time.

I also believe it's important to understand the limitations and tradeoffs of onboard IR vs external IR. Onboard is, to me, most practical for shorter ranges (100' or less usually). You can also end up with more cases of spiderwebs in front of the camera (which, if you're doing motion-based recording can cause a LOT of motion at night and eat up storage). If you're trying to go for longer ranges or larger scenes it's probably best that the lighting design get conscious thought as well instead of just relying on whatever LEDs are on the camera you choose.

95% of all of our installs are using IRs. Most cameras can't see in the dark anyways, even $2,000 DSLR cameras have trouble in low light. The idea that all IR cameras are "cheap" is laughable and it just shows me the surveillance integrator's lack of understanding of fundemental camera principles.

Another point I'd like to mention... The majority of integrators I speak with don't even understand the basics of Shutterspeed, Whitebalance, and Gain/ ISO sensistivity... Its sad that so many are selling cameras yet they don't understand anything about them.

Login to read this IPVM report.
Why do I need to log in?
IPVM conducts unique testing and research funded by member's payments enabling us to offer the most independent, accurate and in-depth information.

Related Reports

UTC Interlogix Series 6 Tested on Mar 25, 2019
UTC Interlogix has long been deceptively OEMing Hikvision as our 2017 results show. Now, Interlogix is back with their newest IP camera series,...
Pelco GFC 4K Dome Camera Tested (IMP831-1ERS) on Mar 12, 2019
Pelco has finally released their first 4K IP camera, after years of competitors' releases. Is this move too late? Or is their new GFC Professional...
Mobotix Move OEM Camera Line Tested on Feb 25, 2019
Mobotix has long been criticized for not offering integrated IR, mechanical cut filters, varifocal lenses, optical zoom and other features that...
Axis IR Multi Imager Camera Tested (P3717-PLE) on Feb 18, 2019
Axis has released their first IR multi imager, the P3717-PLE, a repositionable model listing 360° IR illumination and flexible positioning,...
Ubiquiti Favorability Results 2019 on Feb 18, 2019
Ubiquiti has quietly grown into a $1+ billion annual revenue company, with offerings across wireless, wireline network and video surveillance (see...
Hanwha Smaller Multi Imager Tested (PNM-9000VQ) on Feb 14, 2019
Hanwha's first repositionable multi imager PNM-9081VQ tested well, but was huge, over 12" wide and weighing in at over 10 pounds. Now, they have...
Bandwidth vs Low Light Shootout - Avigilon, Axis, Bosch, Dahua, Geovision, Hanwha, Hikvision, Uniview, Vivotek on Feb 08, 2019
Nighttime bandwidth spikes are a major concern in video surveillance, but do all manufacturers' cameras perform the same? Are some more consistent...
PlateSmart LPR Profile on Jan 31, 2019
PlateSmart Technologies claims to "turn any conventional surveillance camera into a license plate recognition camera" We spoke with PlateSmart to...
8MP HD Analog Tested (Dahua / Hikvision) on Jan 30, 2019
HD analog has promised higher resolution for years, but has lagged substantially behind for years. Now, both Dahua and Hikvision have started...
Verkada Cloud VMS/Cameras Tested on Jan 28, 2019
Verkada is arguably the most ambitious video surveillance startup in many years. The company is developing their own cameras, their own VMS, their...

Most Recent Industry Reports

UTC Interlogix Series 6 Tested on Mar 25, 2019
UTC Interlogix has long been deceptively OEMing Hikvision as our 2017 results show. Now, Interlogix is back with their newest IP camera series,...
Outdoor Camera Installation Guide on Mar 25, 2019
Outdoor camera installation can be fraught with problems. Creating a sturdy and weather tight mount is key for camera performance and longevity,...
Favorite Video Storage / Server Manufacturers 2019 on Mar 25, 2019
189 integrators answered this question: "What is your favorite storage device / server manufacturer for recording video? Why?" In general...
IBM / Genetec Surveillance System Investigated Over Philippines Human Rights Abuses on Mar 22, 2019
A lengthy investigation into an IBM video surveillance project in the Philippines, raising concerns IBM helped local police conduct a bloody...
Eagle Eye Favorability Results 2019 on Mar 21, 2019
Eagle Eye has been the biggest spender in the cloud VMS market including (via their owner) acquiring Brivo for $50 million and CameraManager from...
Large Hospital Security End User Interview on Mar 21, 2019
This large single-state healthcare system consists of many hospitals, and hundreds of health parks, private practices, urgent care facilities, and...
Silicon Valley Cybersecurity Insurance Startup Coalition Profile on Mar 20, 2019
Many industry people believe cybersecurity insurance is not worth it, as the voting and debate in our Cybersecurity Insurance For Security...
Covert IP Camera Shootout - Axis, Hanwha, Hikvision, March, Vivotek on Mar 20, 2019
Covert cameras were one of the last holdout areas for analog cameras. However, in the past few years, IP / HD covert cameras have become...
Top Metrics For Ensuring Integrator Profitability - Statistics on Mar 20, 2019
How do integrators ensure the profitability of their projects? As part of our profitability study, 100+ integrators answered the following...
Avigilon Launches 'Renewed Products Program' on Mar 19, 2019
There are lots of 'pre-owned' cars but pre-owned IP cameras? While such programs are common in other industries, in video surveillance, they are...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact