Hikvision H.264+ Tested

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Feb 10, 2016

Is 'regular' H.264 soon to be a thing of the past?

Last year, Axis started the 'smart' H.264 trend with their Zipstream release. Later last year, Hikvision announced their own offering, named H.264+.

IPVM finds 'smart codecs' to be one of the most intriguing new developments in the market today.

How well does Hikvision's H.264+ work? IPVM upgraded 3 Hikvision cameras (the DS-2CD4024FWD-A, DS-2CD4132FWD-IZ and the DS-2CD6026FHWD-A) to H.264+. We then tested them against 2 Axis Zipstream cameras (the M1125 and the Q1635).

We did tests:

  • Indoor day
  • Indoor dark
  • Outdoor treeline
  • Outdoor roadway 

We then compared bandwidth, image quality of those 5 cameras as well as the H.265 cameras we tested recently to determine what impact Hikvision's H.264+ would have.

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** ** *****, ** *** *** ******* ** ********* ******** H.265 *** ** ******* ** *********. ***, ** ***** ** models ********, ***** *.*% ** **** ***** ** ** ********** scalable *.***.

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*****'* ** ***** *** ** *** ********* ******* **** *** test **** *.***/***?

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******, ** *** **, *** **** ************* *** ******* ***** smart ****** **** *.*** (**** ** *******, *** ****.*** ** ******* ****).

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...*** * ********** ***'* *** **** ********** ********** ********* ** 2016.

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*** ********** ** *** **** ****'* ****** *** ********** ** how **** ** ** ** ***, ** *** *** ** the ****, * ***** ****** *** ***-*** ** ****** ** be ********* *.*** *******.

*****.

"******* ** *** *** ****** ****** *** ** **** ******* republics, **** **** ** ** ****** *.***."

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******* *.*** *** ** ********** ***** ***, **'* **** ** see *.*** ******* ***** ** ** ****** ****. ** *.*** may ** **** *******, *** *** ** **** ** ** above ** ***** ****. **** *.*** ** ************ ****** *** take * *** ***** ** **** ** ****** ****, ****'* why *.***+ *** ** **** ****** **** ** *******.

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