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.