Hikvision 8MP Low-Cost Camera Tested

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Jul 14, 2017

Hikvision has introduced their latest generation of low-cost Value Plus cameras, now including smart H.265 and up to 4K resolution, with prices much lower than existing 4K models.

We bought and tested the 8MP DS-2CD2385FWD-I turret to see how it stacks up against existing higher cost 4K models from Hikvision and Hanwha and what benefits it has over Hikvision's existing 4MP Value Plus line.

In the report, we detail 3 key strengths and 4 notable weaknesses with the camera.

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Strengths *******

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Weakness *******

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VMS ******* ****** / ******* ************

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Physical ********

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

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IR *********** *******

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IR *****

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Nighttime *******

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Changing ***** ***********

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Static *** *****

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Bandwidth ***********

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Comments (9)

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