Can Hikvision beat Axis and Samsung in pure low light?
The Chinese mega-manufacturer has made a name for itself as a low-cost leader, popularizing $100 HD cameras with integrated IR.
However, most do not consider Hikvision to be in the same league for high-end cameras such as Axis and Samsung. In particular, Axis started the 'super low light' trend a few years ago with their 'Lightfinder' offerings.
Hikvision's new offering, 'Darkfighter' targets that market. The big two differences Hikvision is offering:
- F/0.95 HD lens (instead of the F/1.2, F/1.3 or higher common with HD)
- 1/2" imager standard for 1080p HD
To see how they compare, we bought their 1080p box DarkFighter model, the DS-2CD6026FHWD-A, and put it up against leading low light models from Axis, Samsung, and Uniview, as well as their own 4132 integrated IR camera.
We performed testing in multiple low light scenes like the nighttime dark field with a subject 100' away, excerpted here: