Dahua vs Bosch and Axis 4K Cameras

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Mar 02, 2015

4K is here, but not without issues.

High prices and poor low light performance constrain adoption.

Now Dahua, one of the two Chinese mega-manufacturers, known for its incredibly low-cost HDCVI line, has entered the 4K market, with an IR bullet, that is a fraction of the cost of 4K offerings.

At such low prices, can Dahua's 4K deliver? Can it match the image quality of bigger brands like Axis and Bosch?

To find out, we tested Dahua's HFW4800E against 4K cameras from Axis (P1428-E) and Bosch (Dinion 8000) in full light, low light, and WDR scenes to see how they compare.

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** **** *** ******, *** *****'* ** *******? *** ** match *** ***** ******* ** ****** ****** **** **** *** Bosch?

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Key ********

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  • ******* ** **** ***** (~*** ***) ** ****** **** **** similar ** ** ******* **** **** **** *** ***** *** better **** ***** ******* ******.
  • ******* ******* ********** ** **** ** *** ***** ***** ****** at ***** (~**') **** ** **** *****, **** **** ***** legibility **** ***** ** ******.
  • **** ******* ** *** ****** ****** ** *** ***** **** IR **, ********** ****** **** ***** ** *****, *** ************* better **** ****** ** ***-** *****.
  • ** ***** *** *** **** ********* *** ********, ********* **** illumination **** ** **-***.
  • **** *** ***********, ******** ** **** *****-* *** ***** ******** in **** ***** *** **** *****. *** *********** *** **** that ** *** ***** ***-***** ******* ****** *********, *** **** worse ** **** ***** ** *** *****.
  • ******** ****** ** ******* **** ** *** ***** ******, ****** notably *** ******** *** *** **** ** ****** ** ******* usable ******* ** ***** *** ** *** ********** **.

Pricing *** ************

*** ******** ** ********* ********* ** ****** ** ***** ******* only **** ****** ******* **** *********, *** ~$*** ***. **** ** * ******** ** *** price ** ******* *******, **** ** ******* *****-*(~$*,***) ******* ***-*****(~$*,*** ******), *** **** ****** ** ***** ***** **** ******* ** bullets, **** ** *****/*** ******, ***** *******~$*** ***.

*******, ******** ********* ******* ***** ******** *** *** ******* **** support ** ********. ********** **********.*** ** ************, ****** *******.*** ** *** ********** *********, *** ******** ** clarify **** ***** **** **** ************. ** * ******* ****, buyers ****** ****** *******, ** *** **** ******* *** ******** service **** ***** *******.

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*** ***** ***-******** ******** **** *** ***** ******** **** ** other ** ******* ****** *** ** *** ***** ** (****** limited) ** ***********. *******, *** *********** *** *****, ****** **** the **** *****-* *** **** **** ** *** ***** ** Dinion. *** ***** ******** **** ** ****** ***** ** *********** 1080p *******, ****** *** **** ** ** **** **** ****** friendly.

** *** ******** ****, **** ***** ** ****** ***** **-***** storage, *****, */*, *** ********* *******.

Physical ********

** **** *****, ** ****** *** ******** ************ ** *** IPC-HFW4800E, ****** ******* ** **** *** ******* *** *** ******* bullet *******.

*************

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  • ******** *** **** ******* ** ****, *** ***** **** *******, but ******** **** ***** *******. ** ********* **** ** ********* to ******* *** ***** *********** (*** *****).
  • ** ******** ** **:* *** **** (*********), * ***** **:** 4K ****** ***** ** *********, *** ***** ** ***** ** cameras ** **** ******.
  • *********** ******** ********* ** ****** ************ ****** **** ***** ***** cameras, **-** **. **-**.
  • ******* (*******) *** ** ******** ****** ******* ** ******* *** test ***** (*** ** *******), *** ********** ****** ******* *** little ******.

****: **** ***** ******* ****** ******** ** *** ******** ****. For * ******* ****** ** *** ***** *** *********, *** our******* ***** *************.

Gain ******* ********

*** ***** ***-******** ******** ** "****" *** ******** *** **** control, ***** ******* ** **** ******, ******* *****-** **.

********** **** ** * ********** ***** **** * *** ** 100 (***** ** *** "**********" ****, *** ********** *****) ****** the ****** ** ***** **** **** ** ******, ********** *********** the *****, ********** **** ******.

Image ******* ***********

** ***** ******* ***** * ~**' ****, **** ****:

** **** *****, ~*** ***, ***** ******* ** ******* ** the ***** ** ******* *** ** ***** ********* **** ***, ~175. *** ***** ****** ******** ***** ******* ** *** *****, but ***** ****** ******** *** ******* ***** *** *******'* ****** details.

** *** **** ***** ** **** ** ~.* ***, **** IR ******* ******* ************* ****** ******* **** ****** **** ** Bosch ** ******. *** ***** ** ******** ** ********** ****** than *** ***** ********, *** ***** ******** ****** ***** ********** and ******* ******* ****** *******.

**** ***

****, ** ***** ** * ~**' ***, ****** *** ******* further **** *** *******, ***** ***** ****** ********, ***** ****:

** **** *****, *** ***** ** ****** ******** *** ****** details, ** ** *** ***** *******. *** **** ***** ** most ******* ** *** ***** ** ******, **** ** **** 5/6, ***** ***** *** **** *** **** **** ** */*, and *** ***** ****** ** */*.

**** ****** ***, ** ******* ** ***** ******* *** ******* in *** ******. ******* ********** ** ******'* ************ ******** *** the ******* ** **** *****.

Wide ******* *****

** ****** *** *********** ******* ****** ******** ******* ** **** overhead **** *** *** **** **** **** ** **, **** here ** **** *** **** *** ********.

*** ******** ** *** * **** *****-******** *** ******. *******, it ****** ******* ******** ************ *** ********, ***** ***** ***** simply "****." ** ***** *** ********** ******* *** *** *** on ** *** ****** ******* (** ** * *-*** *****) was ***********, **** **** ****** ******* ** *** ******* *** chart ** **** ***** *** **** *****. ********** *** ** max (***) ******** ****** ***********. ***** *** ******* ** ***, the ******* ** **** ************, *** *** ********** ** **** completely ****** ***.

******* *** ***** * **** *** ******, *** ******** (***** WDR ***** **) ******** **** ** *** ****** **** ** the *****, ******* ** *** ***** ** *****, *** ****** than *** **** ** *** ***** ***** *******. *********** ********* in *** **** **** ****** *** ****, **** *** ******* only ********** *******. *******, *** ******** ***** *********** *** **** 4K *** ***** ***** ******* ** **** *****.

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**** **** ****** **** ***** *******, ***** *********** ****** (*-*, 6 ***** ***** ***********) ***** **** ~**-** ** *** ************ scale, *** ******** ****** **** **-**. ******* ** ****, ** attempted ** *********** ******* ** **** ********* *********** ***** *** our ************ *****.

*******, *** ********'* ******** ******** ****** ***, ***** * **/* in *** ******. ** *** *** ******* ** *** ** cameras ****** ** *** ***** *** **** ******, ****** *** only *** ** *** ***** ********* ****** ****** ** ***** light ******. ******** **** ********** ****** **** *** ***** ***** bullet, ** ****.

Firmware ******** ****

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Comments (27)

****** *** *** ***** ****, ** ******. **** ** ******** the ****** ** *** ****** ***** *** ***** ** ****. I ** ********** ** ******* ** ***** ** *** *** tier ********* **** ****. ** ********* *** ***** *** ******* and ***** **** ** *** **** * ****** **** ********** for ******* **** *** ***** ******* ***** ***** *** **** isn't ****** ** *****.

* ** ***** ** ***** *** *******. * **** ** amazing **** **** ************ ******** ****** ** *** ****** ********** tests ******* ***** ******* *******. **** *** **** ********* *******, accessories ** ******* ****** ********, **** ***** ** *************** *** good ****** *** ******* **** ******** *** **** ********* ***** (imho) *** ****'* ***** *******. **** ****** **.

** ********, **** ** ********* *** *** ***** *** *** not. * ** *** **** ** **** ** ******* *** difference *** **'* ********** * *** **** ** **** *********.

**** * ***'* ********** ** *** **** *** *** ******* IR ** *** ***** **** **** *** ** *** *** other ****** ** **** ******. * *** **** **** ********* to *** ******** ** *** *** **** ****** **** **** could **** ******* ** ***** ***** ** *** ***** ** built-in.

** ** ******** **** ***received * ***** from Axis? Looking thru the tests it appears to not fully focus ever... And there have been ******** **** ***** ***** *****.

** **** ****** ** **** **** ********* ********* ** ***** high-end *******?

**** ***** ***** ******* *** *** *** **********. **'* ********* listen ** **** ******* ********.

** ****-***** *** **** ******** ***** ***** ** *** *****-* before ** ***** ***** *****. *** *********** *** *** *** after **** ******* ** ********. ** ****** ***** **** ** sharp ** *** ***** *******.

* ***** ***** *** ******** ** ** *** *** ****'* just ** ********.

**'* ***** ******* ***** *** ****** ** ****** *** ***** of *** *-***** **** **** ******** *****. ** ****** **'* hard ** ******* ** *** *****, *** *****...

** *** *** ********, * ***'* ***** ***** ** ****** more ********* **** *** ** ******* **** ***** ** ***** wrong **** **** ******. ** ***'* **** '**!

* *** * ***** *******: * **** **'* * ********* Axis *****, *** ** ***** * ****** **** **** ****** focus **** ******* **** **** * ****** ***** ***, ***** not ** ****. **** **** *** **** * ****** ******* ring ** *** ******? :)

********* ********* *** ***** *******, ** **** **** *** *****-* for * ***** *** *** **** **** ***** ** ***** image *******. *******://***.***.**/***-**/*** ******* ******* ** * ** ****** **** ** **** ****** **********.

**** ** * ********* *******. * ** ******* ***** **** by ***** ******* ** ********** ** *** ******* *************. **** is **** ****** * *** **** *** ***** *** * Porsche. ** * *** *** ** *** ******* ************* * would ***** ** ******** *** ******* *** ******* ****** **. Normally * ***** ***** ******** * ****** ** **** **** 1/3 ** *** ***** ** * **** *********** ***** ***** assuming ** ** ********** ****. **** ** ******* ****** ** reasonably ** ** ***** ** ***** ****** ********* *** *** rise ** ********* *** *****.

* **** ** ****** ***** *** ******** *********** ** **** camera. ** *** ******** ** **** **** ********* ******* *********** channels? **** *** *** ********* **** **** ** *** ******* from *********? **** *** ****** **** ** ** ****-********* **** Ikea *********? * **** **** ***** *** ** ** **** sort ** "******" **** ** ***** ******.

***** *** *******.

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** *** *********** ** ***** ** *******, ** *** **** very **** *** **. * ***'* **** *** **** ******** claims *'** **** ****, *** **'* ****** **** **** * in *** **** *+ ***** * **** **** ***** ****. Less **** **** ****** **** ******** ** *****.

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************* **** ********* ** ****.

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** ** ***** ** ** *-****?

******* ***** ********* **** ** *-***. ****** ********* ** ******* 2.8-12mm.

******* ** ** *'* ***** *** * ******* *** ***** product ** *** ****@**(****×****)?

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********** ********* ****** ~***, ** **** *********, *** ** *** *********** *****, still **********.

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****, ******** ***** ***** *** ** ********* *** ****** *** 30 *** (****** ** ** ********* ********), *** ******* ** actually ******** **** ** ******* ********.

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* ****** **** *** *** ******* ** *** *** ********* is? ** *** *** ****** **** ***** *** *****, **** would ** ***********. * *****'* ***** ** ****** *** ******* limits *** ***** ******. ** ******* ****** ** *****, ***** is ******* **** ***** *** *****.

*** **** **'* *****, ** **** **** ***** ******* ******* made ******* **** ***** *** ** ****** *** **** ********* allowed ** *** ******'* ***. *** **** ** ****** ******* you ** *** *** ********* ** *****, *** *** ****** hardware ***** ****** ******** ***** ********* *****.

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*** ********* ** *** ** ***, **** **** ** **** told ** **** ******** ** * *** ******.

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