Hikvision Door Station Tested

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Nov 30, 2017

Hikvision has entered the video intercom market, aiming to bring the race to the bottom to a whole new audience.

To see how it stacks up, we bought and tested their vandal resistant door station, the DS-KB8112-IM, to see how it compared to the Axis A8105-E from Axis, testing:

  • Full light image quality
  • Low light image quality
  • WDR performance
  • Audio quality
  • VMS integration
  • Mobile app integration
  • Installation issues

See our full results inside.

Interested readers should see our past tests of other door station models, including:

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Comments (17)

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