FLIR IP Cameras Tested vs Hikvision

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Feb 19, 2016

Hikvision is well known for being a low cost leader, but our recent Camera Price Comparison Report showed an unexpected challenge from FLIR, one of Dahua's top OEMs, and one of ADI's favorite vendors.

We bought two FLIR models representing the high and low ends of the line to see how they compare to Hikvision, the 3 megapxiel motorized zoom outdoor vandal dome N437VEW and the 1080p compact bullet, the N133EB.

We tested these models against Hikvision to see how they stack up in day, night, and WDR image quality, bandwidth, and other features.

********* ** **** ***** *** ***** * *** **** ******, but *** ************ ***** ********** ************ ** ********** ********* ********, *** *******'* *** ****, *** *** *****'* ******** *******.

** ****** *** **** ****** ************ *** **** *** *** ends ** *** **** ** *** *** **** ******* ** Hikvision, *** * ********* ********* **** ******* ****** ************** *** ***** ******* ******, *********.

** ****** ***** ****** ******* ********* ** *** *** **** stack ** ** ***, *****, *** *** ***** *******, *********, and ***** ********.

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

*******

****** ****'* ****** ***** ****** ** ******** ***** ********** **** main *** **** ***** *********, ***** **** ******* **** **** some *************. ******* *** ********* ***** ******* **** ******** ***** than ********* ****** ** *** *****, *** ********* *** *********** bandwidth/storage ********** **** **** ** *** ****** ****** *** ** their ****** ******** ** *** *.***+ ***** ***** (*** *** ****).

************, **** ******** **** ****** ** ******* ******** *** ******* in ***** *******, ******* **** *********** (** ********* ********* ** WDR ** *****) ** ********* (**** ** ********* ******** ** change *-***** ********). ***** ****** ******* *********** ** ***** ************* not ***** ** ***** ******.

Key ********

**** *** *** *** ******** **** **** ****:

  • ******* ***** ******* ** **** **** ****** *** ******** ***** than *********** ****** *** ** ********* ******* *****, ***** ******* facial/test ***** *******.
  • ********* ***** ******* ** **** **** ****** *** ******** ***** than ********* ********** ** ***********, ***** *** ** ********* ******* noise.
  • ******* **** *** ************* ******* **** *** ******** ** *****, significantly ********* *** ***** ***********. *** *** ** ******** ******** or *** * ********.
  • **** *******' ******** **** **** ******** ** ***** ***** ******** models, **** ********* (*.***+) *** **** (*********). **** (*****) **** *** ***** ***** ******.
  • *-***** ******** ** ************ *** *** **** *** ********* (****** present ** ***** ******) *** ******** ** ** (*** ******* at ** ***). ***** **** *** **** ***** ****** ** adjust **** *******.

*******

*** *******, ~$*** ****** *****, ** ~$*** **** ********* **** Hikvision's ******* *** **** **********, *****-**********-***, *** ***** $*** **** **** ****'*****-***(~$*** ******).

  • **** *******: ~$*** *** ******
  • **** *****-***: ~$*** ******
  • ********* **-**********-***: ~$*** ******

******* ** *** **** ****** (***** ***** **** ******) ** similar ** ************ ****, **** ~$*** ***, *** ************* ***** **** ****' ****** priced ***** *****, ********-*, ~$*** ******.

  • **** ******: ~$*** *** ******
  • **** *****-*: ~$*** ******
  • ********* **-*********-*: ~$*** ******

**** **** ****'* **** ****** ******, *********(*** ******** ** **** ****), ***** *** ~$*** ******, **% lower **** ***********-*******-*, ***** ***** *** ~$***.

Physical **********

*** ******* ** ******* ** **** *** ******** ** ***** IP66 ***** ******* *****. *******, *** ****** ******** * ****/***** control ** *** ****** ******, ** ***** *** ****** ****** these ******** **** * **** ******* ** ****** ******* ******* to ****** *** *** *********. ***** ***** ******* ******* ****, as ****, ** ***** *** ***'* ****** ******** **** ********** and ****** ** ***.

*** ****** ** ******* ** ***** ******* ****** ******, ** size *** ********. *** ***** ***** ******** *** **** ** the ********* ****, ***** ** ** **** ******** ****** ****.

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

*** **** *** ********* **** **** **** ******** ** ***** used ** ***** ** ******* (** ***** ****), **** **** to *** ***** ******.

*******, ** *** ******* ********, ***** ****** ****** *-***** ******** from *** *** *********, *** ** **** ****** **** ***** was ***** ** ** (* ******* ******* *-****** ** ** FPS). *** **** ***** ****** (*****) **** ** **** ** change ***** *******.

**** **** **** *** ***'* *** ** ****** ****** ** or ****** ***, **** ** ****** ** ************* **** ** off **** *** ****** ******** ** ***** ****. ***** *** turn *** ***** * ********* *******, *** **** ******** ****** configuration, *** ********* ** ***** ******.


FLIR ***** ******

*** **** ***** *** ****** ****** **** *******, ******** (**** NVRs/DVRs), *** ************* ** ****/***** *******, ******* ***********'* ****-******* ********* *******. ****** ************* ** ******* ** ****/***** ******* only, **** ** ***** ** ***** ***** *******. ***** ******* and ***** ********** ******** *** **** ********.

** ******* * ***** ******** ** *** ***** ****** ** this *****:

Outdoor ********* **** *******

****** *** ***, *** *** ******** ********* ** ***** ****** tested, ****** **** ******** **** ******* ***** ****** *** *******'* features, ****** ** ******* ****** ************. *** **** ***** ** slightly **** ******* **** *** ********* ****, ***** ** *********** past **** *, ****** ******** **** ******* **** *** **** Q1615, ****** ******* **** ** *** ****** ****.

*** *****

*** **** *** ************* **** *** **** *** *******, ************* reducing *** ***** ***********, **** *****. **** ** ******** ****** off ** *****, *** ***** *********** ******** ***********.

***** *** **** ****** *** *** ***** ******** ** ****** WDR ** *** ***, **** *** ****** ********* ******* *** two ***** ** * ********. *** ********: ***/***** ******** *** ** ************* *** **** ***********.

**** ** ****** ***, *** ******* ******** ********* ** *** Hikvision ****, **** *** ******* ****** *******. *******, ******* ***** is ********** **** ********** ** *** ***, ******** ******* ********. The **** ***** ** ******* **** ** ** ***** ********** IR.

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

*** **** ******* ******** ******** **** ****** ** *** **** subject **** *** ********* *** **** ******* ** **** ***** and **** ***** ** *** *****. ******* *** ***** ***** against *** ******* *****, *** ****** ** *** **** **** beside *** ****.

Compact ****** *******

** **** *****, *** ****** ********* ********* ** *** ***** low **** ****** ******. *** ***** ******* ******** ******* ******* details ** *** *******, *** ***** ********** **** ** **** 5.

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

** *****, *** ****** ******** **** ********* ******* ***** ******** to *** ********* ****, **** ******** ***** ******* ** *** test ******* *** *****. *** **** *****-* *** ******** ** this ***** *****.

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

*** ****** **** *** ******* **** ***, **** ******* "***"/******** adjustment; *** **** *** **** *****-*. *******, *** ********* **** uses **** *****-******** ***, **** *** ****** ********** *********** (*** our*** ********).

******* ** ****, *** ********* **** *********** **** **** *** AXis, **** ****** ******* ** *** ******* ******* *** ****** backlight ** *** **** ******** ****, *** ********** ** *** chart *** ******* ** *** **** **** ****** *** ****. The **** ****** ** ********** ****** **** *** **** *****, which ******** ** ****** ****** ** *** ******* ** *** dark **** ** *** *****.

Bandwidth **********

******** ** *** ***** ******* **** ****** ******, *** *******'* bitrates **** **** ******, ** ** ***** ***** ****** ***** in *********** ****** **** ********* *** ****. *** *******, ***** H.264, ** ***, *** ************ ****** **, *** *******'* ******* was **** ** **** ** *** ********* *** ***** ****** the ***, *** **** ** ** *****.

******** ** *** **** ****** **** **** ************* ****** **** the ********* **** **** *.***+. *** ****** *** **** ******** higher **** *** **** *****-* ****** *** ***, ****** *** M3005's ********* ********* ******* ** ***** ** ** ******** ** usable *****.

Test **********

*** ******* **** ****** ***** ******* ******** ****** ********* *********, with *** ********* ******* ** *** *******:

  • *.***, ** ***, ~** ************ *** ****
  • */*** ******* ******* *****

******** ******** **** ** **** ****:

  • **** ******: *.***.****.*.*.********
  • **** *******: *.***.****.*.*.********
  • **** *****-*: *.**.*.*
  • **** *****: *.**.*.*
  • ********* **-********-*: *.*.*
  • ********* **-**********-***: *.*.*

Comments (3)

Thanks - Interesting results. I've worked with both and prefer the Hik for the iVMS 4200 which I've found to be the superior CMS.

Suggestion - how about a comparison of the smartphone/tablet apps.

David,

Thanks. I think it would be worthwhile to do some tests on mobile apps like the 4500, etc. We'll put that in queue.

Thanks for the test results - interesting and food for thought.

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

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...
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...
Sony Favorability Results 2019 on Feb 06, 2019
Sony Favorability amongst integrators improved moderately compared to their 2017 favorability results, with a modest net positive...
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...

Most Recent Industry Reports

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...
Hanwha Tax Evasion Probe, Camera Division Implicated on Mar 19, 2019
A Hanwha group subsidiary was raided as part of a tax evasion probe. While a Korean news media report listed the raided entity as 'Hanwha...
Genetec Security Center 5.8 Tested on Mar 19, 2019
Genetec has released Version 5.8. This comes after a wait of more than a year that caused frustrations for many Genetec partners. Our previous...
Retired Mercury President Returns As Open Options President on Mar 18, 2019
Open Options experienced major changes in 2018, including being acquired by ACRE and losing its President and General Manager, John Berman who...
Large US University End-User Video Surveillance Interview on Mar 18, 2019
Schools have become targets in modern days of active shooters and terrorist fears. The need for video and access security is high. Universities...
Hikvision Favorability Results 2019 on Mar 18, 2019
Hikvision favorability results declined significantly in IPVM's 2019 study of 200+ integrators. While in 2017 Hikvision's favorability was...
ONVIF Favorability Results 2019 on Mar 15, 2019
In the past decade, ONVIF has grown from a reaction to the outside Cisco-lead PSIA challenge, to being the de facto video surveillance standard...

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