Hikvision 2013 IP Cameras Tested

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Dec 02, 2013

Hikvision claims to be the #1 surveillance manufacturer in the world. That's, well, debatable.

What's not in dispute is that they have become huge, fueled by the massive Chinese market, with revenue rocketing over $1 billion USD last year (by contrast Axis is the in $750 million range and Avigilon ~$150 million).

But how good are they?

In this report, we share test findings of 4 of their cameras:

Including (and yes, the naming convention is crazy):

We tested them against Axis, Dahua and Sony to see how Hikvision would perform in even, WDR and low light scenes.

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