Dahua Low-Cost 4MP Camera Tested (N44CL52)

By: Ethan Ace, Published on Sep 10, 2018

4MP use continues to increase, especially in low-cost models, according to integrators in our 2018 Resolution Usage Statistics.

We bought Dahua's latest generation entry-level 4MP model, the N44CL52, to see how it performs in real scenes, examining:

tested

  • Full light performance
  • Low light performance
  • Integrated IR coverage
  • Integrated IR range
  • WDR performance
  • Bandwidth consumption
  • Physical features
  • Pricing compared to others

Readers should also see our tests of other 4MP models, including:

And coming soon, we plan to release a shootout of these and other 4MP models to see which stand out.

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tested

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*** ****** ****, ** plan ** ******* * shootout ** ***** *** other *** ****** ** see ***** ***** ***.

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  • ***** ******* *******:*** *******'* ******* ****** were ***** *** ****** exposed ******* ****** ********, providing ****** ******* **** some ***** *** ****** tested.
  • ***** *** *******:*****'* *** ******* ** broad ******** ** **** low **** *** ****** tested, **** *.*** *** camera **** ****** ********* in *****, *******, *********, and ** *******, **** H.264 *** ****** ******* in ********.

*******, ** ******** **** two ****** ******** ** other *** ****** ** our *****:

  • ****** ** ********:*** *******'* ** ************ was **** ****** ** the ****** ** *** scene, ****** ** *** point ** ************, *** much ****** ** *** edges, ******** *******.
  • ***** ******* **** *** performance:*** ******* ******** **** artifacts/halos ******* ****** ********, reducing ******* ******* ******** to *********** *** *** not ****** **** ***** issues.

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*** ***** ******* ******* for ~$*** *** ******, which ** ******* ** or ******** ***** **** others, **** ** *** Digital ******** ***-****** (**** ~$150).

** ******** ** *** 2.8mm ***** (***°), ***** also ****** *** ******* in *.*** (**°).

Physical ********

*** ******* ** ******* to *****'* **** **** models, **** ****** *********** in ** *** ****** and ************, *** ********* similar ************.

*** ****** **** ******** audio ** *** *** as **** ** ********** ***** *** ******, ******** ******** ** many ***** ***** *****.

Size/Form ****** ******** ** ***********

*** ******* ** ******* in **** ** *********** outdoor ***** **** ** the ********* **-**********-* *** Hanwha ***-***** ***** *****. Note **** ***** *** Hikvision *** * ***** whip *** ************, ***** Hanwha **** ***.

Uneven ** ********

*** *******'* ** ************ is **** ****** ** the ******, ************ *** subject ****** ** *** point ** ************, ***** leaving *** ****** *** at *** **** ** the ***** ** ****, obscuring *******.

Slight **** ********** **** ** *****

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Image *******

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*******, ** ~***' **** day *** ***** **** provide ********* ** *** subject *** ** ******* on *** *****. **** that *** ******* ** still *********** ****, ******* the ******'* ** ***** specifications (***/~**').

WDR ***********

** ****** *** ** a ********* ***** **** open ******** ****, **** a **** ******** ******** (~90 *** ******* **. 10,000+ *******).

*** *******'* *** *** below ******* ** *** tests, ********* **** *********** glows/halos *** ********* ****** the *******, *** ******* in ***** ****** ******, such ** ****, ******, or *********. ** *** darker **** **** ** the ****, ******* ******* can ** **********, ****** he ** ********** ****.

Solid *** ***********

*.*** ********* *** ****** configuration ****** ******* ***** Avigilon, *****, *******, *********, and ******* ***** *****. However, *.*** *******, ** well ** ****** **** motion *** *********, ****** depending ** *** ***:

vms integration comparison

Smart *.***+ ********* **********

*** ******* ******** *****'****** *.***+/*.***+ *****, **** *.*** ********* in *** ***** ****** except ********.

***** *.*** ******** **** notably ***** **** ***** H.264 ****** *** ***, over **%, *** **** ~15% ***** ** *****.

**** **** *** ************ were ***** **** ******** motion ** *** ***** (subjects *******). ***** **** less ****** ** ******* still ****** *** *** much ***** ********.

bitrate comparison

Versions ****

*** ********* ******** ******* was **** ****** *******. Settings **** **** ** default **** *** ********* of ******** (*** ** "Customized *****" **** * max ** **.****/*** ****) and *** ** *****.

  • ********: *.***.*******.**.*, ***** ****: 2018-03-30

Comments (5)

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****, ** * **** for ******* ** **** list *** ****** **, I ***** **** ** idea **** *******. ******* matches **** ****** *****, and ***** ** ** indication ** **** ****** anything **** **. *** filenames *** *** *** before *** *** **** see *** *******:

** **** **** ***** (and *********) **** ******* before ** ****, ***, because ** ***** ******, and **** **** ** what ** ****** **** was ******. 

*'** ******* **** *****'* R&D ***'* *** **** communicative **** *** **** of *** ****. *** firmware **** ******** *** posted ********* ****** ******* full ************* *****....**% ** the ****?

*********, **** ******* ***'* always **...*******?

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******. **** ** *** way ** ** **** most ******* *************. ** you **** *** **** current ******** ** ** displayed *** **** ** users, **** **** *** a *** ** ** make ** **** ****** findable ******* ****** ** "know *** ******" ** get *** ********.

******* **********: ***** ***** to ** * ****** job.

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