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):
- The 1.3MP WDR Box Hikvision DS-2CD864FWD-E [link no longer available]
- The 1.3MP D/N Dome Hikvision DS-2CD7164-E [link no longer available]
- The 3MP IR Bullet Hikvision DS-2CD2232-I5 [link no longer available]
- The 3MP IR mini-bullet Hikvision DS-2CD2032-I [link no longer available]
We tested them against Axis, Dahua and Sony to see how Hikvision would perform in even, WDR and low light scenes.