Hanwha L Series Lowest-Cost Camera Tested

By IPVM Team, Published Dec 04, 2018, 10:19am EST

Hanwha has released their lowest-priced IP camera line ever, the L series, that competes on price with low cost competitors Dahua and Hikvision.

We bought and tested the lowest cost L series model, the LND-6011R indoor dome camera, to see how it compares to these low cost options, as well as Axis' M30 and Hanwha's own existing low cost line, the Wisenet Q.

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Inside, we examine:

  • How does image quality compare to competitive models in dark, <1 lux scenes?
  • How even is integrated IR coverage?
  • Does IR illumination reach its specified 20m/~68' range?
  • How do details compare to others in wide dynamic range scenes?
  • How do full light details compare?
  • Is lens distortion visible?
  • How does bandwidth compare to others?

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** *** *****, *** L ****** ***-***** ********* well ******** ** ******'* equivalent ******* * ***** (QND-6010R) *** *********** ******, with ******* ** ****** performance ** *** *****, dark, *** *** ******.

*** * ******' **** of *.*** ** *** main ********** ******** ** Hanwha's ******** *** **** Q ****, ****** **** is ******** ** ** a ***** ******** *** anything ***** **** **************, as ** **** ******* Wisestream, ******'* ***** *****, similar ** ***** ******.

***** *** *********** *** lower ******* **** ******* Q, *** * ****** is * ****** ********** to *** **** ******* offerings.

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*** ***-***** ***** *** ~$110 *** ******, **** than **% ***** **** the ********** ******* * (QND-6010R), ***** ***** *** ~$150 ******.

**** ******* ** ******** higher **** *********'* ****** priced ******, *** ***** Express ****, ***** ***** for ~$**-*** ******. ****** note **** *** ***** Express ***-*** ** ******* rated, ***** *** *** is *** *** *** L ****** *** ****** overall ***** *******.

Physical ********

*** ************ ** *** LND-6011R ** **** ******* to *** ***-*****, **** more ** ************ **** the * ******.

Size **********

*** ***-***** ** ******* similar ** **** ** other ****** ***** **** as *********'* ***** ******* and *********** ******, ****** notably ****** **** *** Axis *****-*.

similar size to hikvision 21xx larger than axis m30

Dark/IR *********** (

**** **** ** **** scene, ***** *** ********* Value ******* ***** ******** well ** *** ********* comparisons, *** ** ************ pattern ** ************* ****** hot, **** **** ** the ***** ********* ****** black. ** ********, *** L ****** ******* **** some ******* ******* *** edges ** *** ***** of ****, *** ** much **** **** **********. See *** **** **** ****** on ********* ***** ******* *** **** ******* ** its ***********.

hanwha l series more even coverage than hikvision value express

** **** ****** **** IR **, ** ***** range *** ***-***** ******** similar ** ******** ****** details **** *** ******* Q ****** *** **** Hikvision ******. *** **** M3045-V ******** ** ***** at **** *** ***** due ** *** **** of ********** **.

similar or better ir subject details

*******, ** ~**' ********/** PPF, ******* ******* *** slightly ****** *** ** the * ****** *****, not ******* ** *** Wisenet * ** ********* models.

l series moderate overexposure at mid range

*******, ** ~**', *** drops ** ~** *** IR ** ******* ******, with ** ******* ******* provided. *******, ********* ** easy ** *** ******* L ******, **** ******** dimmer **** *** ********* 2125 *********** ******.

strong detection but no details at max ir spec range

Full *****

** ****** *** ******, the ***-***** ********* ******* similar ** ***** ****** tested, **** ******** *******/******* text **** *** ******* Q *****.

stronger full light details than competitors at close range

** ***** *** ******** (~20'/~38 ***), ******* *** stronger **** *** ***** cameras ******, **** ******* text *** ****** *******.

stronger full light details than competitors at mid range

Center **. **** **********

*** ***-***** ********* ********** lens ********** ** *** edge ** *** ***** of ****, **** *** subjects ******** ********* *** soft. *******, ******* ****** nearly ** ****** ** in *** ****** ** the ****.

center vs edge detail comparison

*** * ****** ***** is ******* **** ********* than *** ***-*****, ***** further ******** ******** *** reduces *******.

better details at edge of fov than wisenet q

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

******* ** * **** dynamic ***** *****, *** varied **** *,***+ *** outside ** **** ~** inside *** *********.

wdr test field of view

** **** *****, *** LND-6011R *** *** ********* 2125 **** *** *** performers, **** *** ****** providing ******** ****** ******* in *** *****. *** Axis ***** *** *** Wisenet * **** ******* performers,both ******** **** ******* indoor *** *** **** the *** **********. ******* the ********* ***** ******* camera *** *** ***** performer, *** ** ************ outside ** ****** ******* were **** ** ** seen.

strong wdr performance much better than wisenet q

Bandwidth **********

******* *** **** ** H.265, ** *** *****, the * ****** ***-***** produced ***** ******** **** day *** ***** **** the ******* * ******'* H.265 *******. ************ **** taken **** ********** ** (medium) *** ******* *** enabled, ** * ****** motion ***** (******** ******* through *** ***). **** that ****** ******* *** cameras **** ***** ************.

l series vs q series bandwidth

****: ** **** ******* over *** *****, ** have **** ***** *********** like **** **** **** generally **** *** ** lens *** ****** *********.

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

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*** ****** ***-***** ** made ** *******.

Huawei ********* **** *****

** **** **** **** camera ** ***** *** SoC. **** ****** **** a ****** ********* ****, unlike **** ****** ******* that *** ******'* *** Wisenet *****. *******:

hanwha uses huawei2

****** *** **** *** subject ** *********** ******** concerns ****** *** ***** and ** **** ** the ** **** ***, along **** ***** *** Hikvision.

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Comments (13)

We been using these as our low cost camera option and they have work well for us.  Nice to see a good review on them!

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Addendum: We tore down this camera to check its SoC. This camera uses a Huawei HiSilicon chip, unlike most Hanwha cameras that use Hanwha's own Wisenet chips. Graphic:

hanwha uses huawei2

Huawei has been the subject of significant security concerns around the globe and is part of the US NDAA ban, along with Dahua and Hikvision.

Hanwha responded to IPVM:

Hanwha takes comprehensive, rigorous and thorough measures to develop, test and inspect all Hisilicon chips before they are used in its cameras. This includes developing and compiling source code including Open Source elements and those provided by Hisilicon. Hanwha also use its own chip mounting technology to fully control the production process, and to prevent placement of unintended components on any Hanwha Techwin circuit board. Production is out of Hanwha’s facility in Vietnam, by Hanwha employees. Finally, Hanwha conducts rigorous penetration testing by a reputable third party white hacker. Results are used to refine the firmware and to address any discovered vulnerabilities.

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Huawei has been the subject of significant security concerns around the globe and is part of the US NDAA ban, along with Dahua and Hikvision.

Would this ban apply to Hanwha cameras now that chips are manufactured by Huawei?

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It's a good question. We are not sure as it depends on how the NDAA language is interpreted, i.e., does the inclusion of the Huawei SoC make it covered by the ban?

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Would this ban apply to Hanwha cameras now that chips are manufactured by Huawei?

Related: Why The Huawei Ban May Be Far Worse Than The Hikua Ban...

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Is there a reason why color night performance is not tested? We have been using the DS-2CD2xx5FWD-I line of cameras from Hikvision specifically for their Darkfighter technology. We would consider other brands if they had similar color low light abilities. Otherwise, it’s just another camera in a crowd of IR based low light, which anyone can do. 

Looking at the spec sheet, Hanwha claims 0.18lx @ f2.0 for minimum illumination in color mode. Darkfighter units are rated much lower than that, but ratings are not always very reliable/comparable. I would rather see a test that I could rely on. 

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Is there a reason why color night performance is not tested?

Same reason we normally test IR night performance - because that is what is most commonly used.

That said, Rob, please add a comparison at 1 lux with IR disabled for all cameras.

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An important thing to note.  While the L series camera has more LEDs, it uses the older style Through-Hole Technology (THT).  These LEDs are more directional and create a halo effect with less even edge-to-edge lighting.  The Q series (and all other current Hanwha models) use the newer Surface Mount Technolgy (SMT) style LEDs, which are more powerful and capable of better control and power management.  

This is due to the design of SMT/SMD as well as the lack of a "dome" on top which can focus the light only to the center.

I always recommend using SMT LEDs vs THT.  The performance is huge. 

 

Thus, the Q series camera has fewer IR LEDs, it can actually do more (outperform) with fewer LEDs.

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Is this camera OnVIF compliant? We would like to use with Hikvision NVRs? 

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Yes. The LND-6011R is compliant with ONVIF Profile S and Profile G. You can view the datasheet here.

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Yes, the camera is ONVIF Compliant.

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They aren’t made by Axis or Avigilon lol

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