Hikvision ColorVu Integrated Visible Light Cameras Examined

Author: IPVM Team, Published on Jun 22, 2018

When it comes to low light, infrared light has become the defacto standard in surveillance. But IR is limited to monochrome images, making colors impossible to distinguish.

Hikvision has the DarkfighterX (see IPVM test results), a dual imager camera aimed at delivering low-light color images but those units are relatively expensive.

Now, Hikvision is adding a low-cost option, integrating visible light LEDs into their cameras in the new ColorVu series, claiming 'round-the-clock vivid color images'.

Hikvision ColorVu Camera

Is this smart or foolish? Based on our Hikvision IFSEC meeting, we examine the ColorVu line, its potential outlook, pros and cons inside.

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Hikvision ColorVu Camera

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Comments (18)

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- ** ****** ************ I ***** *** ********* part ***** ** ******. In * ****** **** if ***** ** ** alarm ( ********* ? ) **** **-** ****** in *** **** *** turning ** *** ******** the **** .... ****** nice

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**********, *** **** *** ********** ** **-** ***** ** **** be ******** ** *** ****** ** ** ******* ** ***** wondering *** ** **** *** **.

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*** *******, **** **** IR, ** *** ******** and ******* **** ***** LEDs. *** **** ******* are ***** ** ****** low **** *******, *** hopefully **** ****** ***** adding ***** ***** ** products.

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