Hikvision vs Dahua High-End 4MP Cameras Test

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Jun 27, 2016

4MP models hit with a splash last year, offering increased resolution and true WDR at past 1080p prices. However, these models have been limited to the low end, with fixed lenses and limited options. 

Now, Dahua and Hikvision have released new dome models with high end features like remote focus and zoom, two way audio, and more, at prices well under historic lows. 

We bought and tested these new models from Dahua and Hikvision (Dahua IPC-HDBW5421E-Z and Hikvision DS-2CD2742FWD-ISZ) to see how they stack up against low cost 4MP bullets as well as high performing 1080p cameras.

See our full results inside.

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Key ********

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  • ** **** ****** ** **** (~**'), *** ***** **** *** zoom ****** ********* ******** ****** **** *********'* *** ********* **** equivalent (****), **** **** **** ******** *** ****** ***** **********.
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  • *******, **** **** ******* **** ************ ** ***** ** *** low **** ****** ******, ***** ******** ******** ****** ****** ** the ******* *** **** ******* **** **********.
  • *** ***** **** ******** **** ******* ******** ** *** ******, as **** ** * ********* ***** ******, ***** **** ****** and ******** ******. ********* ******** *** ********* ******, *** ** physical ******** ** *** ******.
  • *** ********* **** ******** ****** ***** *** ****, *** **** not ******* *********. *****'* *** ********* ***** ****.

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**** *** ***** ***-******** *** ********* **-******* **** *** ~$*** USD ******, ******* ***** *** ***** ** *** **** ****** models, ***** **** *** ~$***-*** (****** **** ********* ****).

*******, **** ***** ** ~**% ***** **** *** ******* ***** of ******* **** ******, ~$***.

Physical ********

**** ******* *** ***** ******* ***** *** ******* *****, **** the ********* **** ********** ******* **** *** ***** ****. ******** ** **** are ******* **** *** *** ******:

  • ***** ******** **** *******:*** ***** ****** ******** ******** ******* ** *** ****** *** wide/tele **** *******. ********* **** ***. ** *** ***** (**** and ******) ** ***** **** ***** ******** ***** *** *** focus ****.
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** **** * **** ** ***** *** ***** ****** ** this *****:

Focus/Zoom ********

***** **** *** ****** ****** ******* **** ******, ***** *** some *** *********** ******* *** ***:

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

***** ** *** ********* **** ** ****** **** *** *** web *********. *** "********* *****" ****** ***** ** *** **** view **** *** ******* ********* ** ** **** ** ***** models.

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

** ********* *****, *** ***** **** ******** ******** **** ******** on *** ****** ******, *** ******* ***** ** *** ****** was ****** **/***. **** ********** ****** *** ******** ******** ** Hikvision, as ********** ***** ** ********* ** *** ******, ******* ** requiring *** *** ********* ** *** ****/*****.

Daytime ***** ******* **********

** ******* ******* ** * **** **** ****** ***** ** view, ~**'.

 

******* ********* ** *** ******* ** **** *** ***** *** similar, **** ****** ********* ** ***** *** ** ************ ** both ********* ******. *** **** *** ***** ***** ** ***** **** *** reference / ********** ******** ******* ******* ***** ********** ******.

 

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

** **** *** *****, ******* ** *** *** ******* *** strong *** *******.

 

Integrated ** ***********

*** ** ******* ** *** ***** **** *** **** ****** the **** ***** ** **** ** *** *****. *******, *** Hikvision **** *** * ****** ****** *** ****, ********** ************ subjects, *** *** **** **** ****** *** ***** ** *** FOV. *** ********** ******* *** *** ** **** ** *** animation *****: 

** **** ***** *****, **** ** **, **** **** ****** produce ****** ******* **** ***** *** **** ****** *********** *** to ****** *******. **** **** **** ******* **** ******** ******* before *** ***** ********* ** ***** ****.

 

WDR **********

** ****** *** ** * ********* *****, ******* ****** ********* as **** ** ****** *****:

*** ***** ******** **** ***** ******** *** ********* ******* ** this *****, ** **** *** ****** *** **** ***** ** the *****, **** * ****** **** **** *** ********* ****. Both **** ******' *** *********** *** ******* ** ** ******** better **** ***** *** **** ****** ************.

Bandwidth ********** 

**** ********* ****** ** **** **** ******* ******.***+ ***** *****, ********* ** **** ***** ******* ******** **** *********** ***** models. *** ********* *** ****** *** *** ****** ******* ******** of ******* ** **** ****, ****** *** **** **** **** was ***** **** ***** **** *** ***** ****.

Test **********

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Comments (17)

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