Hanwha Low Cost NDAA-Compliant Cameras Tested (L Series)

By Derek Ward, Published Aug 03, 2021, 11:02am EDT

Hanwha's NDAA-compliant L Series competes against Dahua and Hikvision but how do they really compare?

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We bought and tested Hanwha's lowest cost L series model (LNV-6012R, fixed lens 1080p, 30m IR spec) and the varifocal LNV-6072R (1080p varifocal, 30m IR spec) against Hanwha's Q series, Axis' low cost M3065-V and Hikvision Performance Series, examining:

  • How does image quality compare in full light (~200 lux), color low light (~1 lux), dark (~0.01lux) with IR on and WDR scenes?
  • Are noise and/or blur issues in low light scenes?
  • How does pricing compare to other low-cost models?
  • How well does the camera integrate with VMSes?
  • How does bandwidth compare day and night?
  • L Series and Q Series physical camera model differences.

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***** ** *** *****, the ****** ******* * series ******* ****** ******** similar ** ****** ******* than **** *** ********* 1080p ***-**** ****** *** Hanwha's *** ******* * in **** *****, *** light, **, *** *** scenes.

****** ****, ****** ************, and ** ************ **** present ** *** ******* tested, ******** **** * Series ****** ********* ******** better **** *********'* *********** Series.

**** * ****** ******' H.264 ***** ***** ********* bitrates ~*-** ****** **** daytime ******. *** * Series **** *** ******* H.265 (******** ** *** other ******* ******).

*******, *****-***** *** *********** is *****, **** *********, configuration, *** *** ****** integrated ** *** ***** tested (********, *****, *******, Milestone, ******* *****).

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*** ****** ***-***** ***** for~$*** *** ******, ********** ****** **** Hikvision's***** ******************** ************* ***** (~$***/~$*** ******) but ***** **** ****' lowest-cost ****, *** *****-* (~$*** ******, ** **, ****** only).

*** ********* ***-***** (******, not *********) ***** ***~$*** *** ******, **** **** *********'********** ******************* ************ (~$***/~$*** ******), ****** both ** ***** ********* models *** ********* ******* of ******. ********* **** not ***** ****** ********* dome ******.

Compared ** ***** *** *********

*** * ****** ****** performance *** *** ******* make **** * ****** competitor ** ***** *** Hikvision ***** ****** *** many *************.

*******, ****** **** *** offer *** ******* ** form ******* ** *********** Dahua *** ********* *******. The * ****** ** limited ** ***** ***** and ******* ****, **** no ****** ******, *** no ****** ***********, ***** Dahua *** ********* ***** 3MP, ***, ***, ***, and ** ** ***** lower **** *****. ***** looking *** ****** *********** must **** ** ****** costing ******'* ******* * (up ** ***) ** P/X (** *** *****).

************, ****** **** *** offer *********** ****** ** the ***-**** ******** *** white ***** ****** ******* by ***** *** ********* (see******* ****** *************** ** ****). ****** ******* ******* for ********* **** *** the ******-****** * ** X ******, *** **** do *** ***** *** integrated ***** ***** ******.

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

** ~**' ********, ** ~0.01 ***, *** ****** LNV-6012R *** ***-***** ******* similar ******* ******** ** the ****** * ****** and ********* *********** ****** cameras. *** **** *****-* does *** ******* ** image ** **** *** level ***, *********, *** not ********.

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Uneven ** ************

**** * ****** ******* have * ****** ******* hotspot *** *** *****, shown *****. ******* ******* in *** ****** **** of *** ***** ** view *** ********* ** discern.

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******** ** *** ******** Performance ****** (****), *** L ****** *******' ** Illumination ** ******** ********, but **** ****** **** significantly **** ***** *** subject ************. **** **** Axis' ****** **** ******* (M30 ******) ** *** include **, ** *** not ***** ****.

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Close ***** ** ************

*******, **** * ****** cameras *********** ******** **** ~10' **** *** ******, with ** ********** **** in ****** ** ********* or ******** ** **********.

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**** **** *** * Series **** *** ******* any ******** *** ** other **** **** (** at *****) *** ***. It **** *** ******* the ***** ********** ** mode ******** ***** ** other ****** ******.

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Color *** ***** (~* ***) ***********

** ~* ***, *** Hanwha ***-***** ********* ******** better **** *** ******* tested, **** ***** ***** details *** **** ******* facial *******.

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****** **** *** ********** in *********** ******* *** LNV-6072R *** ***-***** *** expected:

********* ******* *** *.* aperture ** *.* ** a *** **** ** the *** **** ***** appear * ****** ******

Low ***** ****** **** ******

*******, ****** **** *** artifacts **** ********* ****** details ** ****** ******** difficult, ***** *****. ** the ******* ******, ****** details *** **** *** blurred *** ** ******** trail *** ** **** behind ***.

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*** ******* ****** *** similar ****** **** ****** with ****** ******** ** ~1 ***. **** ** similar ** **** **'** experienced **** **** **** end ****** ** ****** in *** ************* ***** *** ***** Shootout.

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**** ***** *** ** totally *******, ********** ** settings. ** ***** ** reduced ** ********** **** (digital ***** *********) *** increased ***** ******* ******* details, ********* ** ********* advantage.

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

****, ** ****** *** Hanwha * ****** ** an ******** ******* *** scene, ***** *****, **** a ******** ******** ** ~100x ******* ******* (~** lux) *** *** (~*,*** lux).

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** **** *****, *********** of *** ******* *** similar **** * ******* in *** ******* *** directly ****** **. *******, subject *** ***** ******* were *******, ****** *** background ****** *** ******* was ***********. ******, ***** details **** *****, *** subject ******* **** ****.

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** ******, *** ****** adjusts ** ********** *** the ******* *** ******* door, *** ******* ******* are ******* **** *** a *** ****** ** he ******. *** **** is *********** ***** ******* and ************ ******, ********* weak *******.

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Full *****

** **** ***** (~*** lux), *** * ****** cameras ********* ******* ******* to ***** ****** ******. Details **** ******** ******* than *** **** ***, but *********** *******.

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Bandwidth **********

*** ****** * ****** cameras ******** ******* **** light *** **** */** enabled *** ***** ******** to *** ***-***** ***** was ***** *.***. *******, at ~* *** ** color *** *****, ********* spiked **** * **/* in *** ***-***** *** close ** * **/* in *** ***-*****.

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************ **** ***** **** WiseStream ** (******) *** dynamic *** *******, ** 15 ***.

VMS *********** *****

*.*** ********* *** ************* worked ******** ** *** VMSes ******: ********, *****, Genetec, *********, *** ******* Optix. ****** **** ****** detection ****** **** ********** to *** *****, ** well.

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**** **** *** * series ******** **** ***** motion ********* *** ***** analytics ***** ********'* **** ****** ******.

Size **********

*** ****** * ****** dome ******* *** ****** than * ******** (**** as *** **** *****-*), though ******* **** **** domes, **** ** *** such ** *** ********* Performance ****** **-***********-*** ***** here.

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Physical ********

** *** ***** *****, we **** * ***** look ** *** ******** construction ** *** ****** LNV-6012R, ***-***** *** ************ found ** *** ***-*****. Key ***** ** **** here ***:

  • *** ****** ***-***** ** manual **** *** ***** only, *** *********.
  • *** ****** ***-*****'* **** can ************ ** ***** if *** **** ***** to ***** ***** *** zoom **** *** ***** tightly ******* **.
  • *** ****** ***-***** ******** 12 ***, ***** *** audio */*, *** * video *** **** **** the * ****** ******* do *** ****.

Made ** *******

*** ****** * ****** cameras (*** * ****** QNV-6012R) *** **** ** Vietnam.

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Ambarella *** ****

**** *** ****** ***-***** and ***-***** *** ** Ambarella******.

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

*** ********* ******** ******** were **** *** *******:

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

Comments (23)

***** ******. *** ****'* mention ***** *** ******** - **** *** ****** cameras ****** ******* ********?

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***** ****, ****** *** the ********!

*** ** *** ***** tested (******** *** *******) use * ******* ******* with ** ******** ****.

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***** *** *** ********. We're ******* **** ****** do *** **** ******** hole ******** *** **** boxes *** *** **** to *** ******** ******* plates. *** **** ***'* include **** ** ****** me.

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*** **** ** ********* in *** * ****** makes ** ***** ** call ** * *********** for ***** **** *****. Q ****** *** **** crossing *** ********* *** no *****/******* *********. ** they ***** *** **** into ***** ***** ****** (L ** *) ** would ** ** * good **** ***********. * like **** ***** ******* vandal ***** ** *** Q ****** ** ***** don’t **** * **** whip. ********** * **** box ***** ** ****. But *** **** ** human/vehicle ********* ** * deal *******.

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***** **** = ***** features., ** *** **** analytics *** ****, ***'** have ** **** ** to *** * ** Q ******.

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* ****** ***’* *** the ********* **** ******. Incomplete ******* ****, **** cameras, *** ******* ***** software ******** **** **** Reolink ***, *** ******** expensive *** **** *** get. **** ** *** images *’** **** **** any ****** **** * decent ***** ** ******* resolution. * **** ********* don’t ********** *** ******* can ******* *** *** product ***** *** *** Hanwha ** ******** ** be * **** ***********. 🤷‍♂️

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* **** ********* ***’* understand *** ******* *** compare *** *** ******* lines *** *** ****** is ******** ** ** a **** ***********.

*** **** ** *** matter ** **** **********, as ** *** ****** a ******** ****** ** IP ****** *********.***** *** ********* *** banned** *******, **** ***** ******* ******* ********* recommending * ***** ****. **** *** been ******* ** *** work ** *** *** well ***** ***-**** **** compliant *******/************* ******* ** Dahua *** *********.

******** **, ** **** released * ****** *********'* ***-**** **** ********* C ************* ** ****, ** you **** ********** ** see *** **** *********.

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*'* ***** ***** ** the **** *****, * also **** ******* *** that ******, *** *** product **** ** ***** incomplete *** ******* ****** for ****** *** ***** products *** ******. ** not *** *** **** crap *'* **** **** Uniview ********** *** ****** 100% ** *****. *'* still ******** *** ****** comment ****** *** *** FCC's *** ********* ***, not **** *** ****** of ***** **** ********** will ****** ****** ***** minds...

*** "*** ****" ******* are **** **** ***********, as * ** **** to **** * **** B ** *** ***** happens *** *** *** ban **** ****, *** so ***, *** ************ have **** ********* ** best. *** "*** *****" appear ** **** **** can **** ********** **** they **** ****** **** listening ** ********** **** Hikua **** **. **** didn't ***** ******** **** being ******** ***** ********* IR, *** ****'** ****** the **** ******** **** white ***** *******. ***/***** didn't *** ** ***** they *** ******* **** imaginary "**** ** *** bottom", **** *** ***** by ******** ********* *** products ********** (*** *********) want.

* ** ********** *** emphasis ** *** **** reviews ***** *** ******* stupidity ** *** ***, and * ** ******** to *** *** **** Vivotek ******* ****. *'* love ** *** **** reviews ** *** *** Longse ******** ** **** (especially *** *** ****** models).

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**** *** **** ********* before ********* ********/*** ******** having **** ******** ******** the *** ******* ***'* have. ******* ** * consumer ******* ******* **** a *** *** ****** on ***** *******, **** cameras ******** ** $**.**. Typically ** ****, ** are ********** ************ ****** that *********** *** ** design *******. ***, ******** products *** ********* ** keep **** ** *** market, *** ******* ******'* compete **** ****** ** Axis ** ******** ** Bosch.

**** ** *** **** Hanwha ** *******? **** have * ***** ******. Some ***** ************* ***'* have ******* ** ***'* have *** ** ***'* have *******, ** ********* steel ** **********, ** AI, ***. ****** *** been ********* ** ******** and ********* ***** ****** over *** *****.

*** ****** ****** *** been ****** ** **** and **** ** *) NDAA **********, *) ********** cost ** ******** ** Axis, ********, ***** *) large ******, *** **** high ***, *** **** low ***, *** *) end ** *** ********* NVRs, ***, *******, ******, etc. *) *** **** a *** ******* *** hasn't ******* ********* ************* lessons, *) ***** ***** of ***********

** *** *** ******* Hik ** *****, *** will ***** ** ***** with *** ************ ************ because ** *** **** to *** ******. ** you *** ******* *** DIY/consumer ******, *** **** never ** ***** *** to ******* ** ***** consumer ******** **** *** not ***** ********* *** are * ****** ****** designed ** ****** ***** to ** ** *** cloud.

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****, *** ** ****** the **** ******* ****** would **** ** **** to ******* ** ****** would ** *** * series ** * ******. L ****** ** *** 1080 ** ****'* ** immediate **-**. *'* ** embarrassed ** **** ***** 1080 ********** ** ****. 4MP *** **** ** bottom ** *** **** for *****. **** ** the ******* ***** ******* a ***** ****** *** a ***** ******, ** that's * ****** ****-******* effort ***. ***** ********** might *** **** ***** little ******* **** **** color, *** *** *** resi ********** **, *** if ****** *****'* *** that, ** ***** ** they ****** ***'* **** about ***** ****** ********. Dahua **** ** *'** just **** ******* **** until * ***'* *** them *** **** ** an ****** *********** ***** along.

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*'* ** *********** ** even ***** **** ********** in ****

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*** ** **** ******** have **** ************, *** this *** ***** *** cake *** ****.

***** ** * ****** that *** ******* **** sells *** **** ** are ****/***, *** **'* not ******* ****** ***'* know **** ****'** *****. I'd ******* *** ******* yourself ***** **** ***'** actually ******* **** *** of ***** ****-********** ******* that *** ****** *** from *************.

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**** ***Exposure **** during the test?

***/*****?

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***** ** #*.

*** ** *** ******* tested **** *** ** a */*** ******* *****.

*** ****** * ****** cameras ****** ********* ** these ******. ***** ** a ********* ** *** LNV-6012R's *** **:

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******, *****,

*** *** * *** see *** *** *** as */***

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***** **#*,

*** ******'* ******* ******* speed ** *** ******** minimum/slowest ******* *** ****** is *** ** *** either *** ** *****.

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*** **** ***** *** exp **** ******* ****** "dynamic"

**** ****** ***** ********* light ******

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****** *********. * ***'* understand **** *** ****.

*.*. - ***** ** see *** ********** ** a **** ***** ******** you ******* ** *** terrible *** ******** ********* is ;)

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**** *** *** **** min/max *** ****

*** **** **** ** adjusted ** ****** *** to ********* ***** ******

********* ** ** *** Fix *******

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**'* ***** ***** ******, by **** **** **** decision, ** *** *** shutter *****. *** ****** is *** *** *******, it's **** *** ******* is *** ** **** analyzing ***** ******. *** example, ** *** *** evaluating ***** ******** ** the ****, ****** * set ** */** ******* shutter ***** **** **** a ************* ****** ********* over ****** * *** to */*** ******* ******* speed. *** *** ********* on **** ********* ******* you ***?

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

**** *** **** *** set *** ******* **** min/max *******

**** ******* *** *** themselvesas ******* 1/250s another 1/500s during day time

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***, ****'* *** ******* work *** *** ***** use ****. ********, ** don't ***** *** ******* to *** *** **** imager ** **** ** WDR **********, ***.

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**** *** **** ********** has ** ** *** same!

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

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***** *** *** *** trolling. ** *** ****** want ** ******** **** this, ***** * *** discussion, *** *** **** something **** "*** **** Violates ***** ******* ********* And ****** *** ** Trusted"

**** *** **** ********** has ** ** *** same!

*** **** **** ** not ****. ******* **** different ******** **** ********** and ******, **** ** both *** *** **** resolution, ***** ****, *****, etc. *** *******, ** I **** * ****** ago, ******* *** ******* lenses, *******, ****, ***.

*** *** ******** **** buy ******* ** * complete ******, *** *** not ******* *** *** replacing ****** ** ********* turrets, ***.

** **** ******* ** the **** ********* **********, in *** **** *** width, ***** *** ********* elements **** **** ** be **** *** **** but *** ******* ******* to ****** ***** **** conditions ** **** *** parcel ** *** ****** as * *****.

* ***** **** ** entirely ** *** ***** and *** **** **. Again, ** *** ********, you *** ******* ** post * *** ********** and ***** *** ****** with *** ** **. Thanks.

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