Hikvision HDTVI VS Dahua HDCVI

By: John Honovich, Published on Dec 10, 2014

With super low cost and full HD video, Analog HD has the most potential to disrupt the surveillance market of any new technology in years.

With 1080p HD IR cameras, routinely being priced at ~$100, and with 16 channel recorders at ~$500, the cost is dramatically lower than even very low cost HD IP offerings.

Dahua and Hikvision

The two biggest names behind Analog HD are Dahua and Hikvision, the mulit-billion Chinese manufacturers.

Dahua has developed HDCVI. See our Dahua HDCVI 1.0 and Dahua HDCVI 2.0 test results.

Hikvision, in partnership with Techpoint, has released HDTVI. See our Hikvision HDTVI camera and Hikvision HDTVI recorder test results.

Comparison / Contrast

IPVM has prepared an in-depth comparison between the two offerings, based on our unique testing.

The six key elements we contrast:

  • Product Portfolio
  • Pricing
  • Cabling Performance
  • Video Quality
  • Recorder Capability
  • Sales and Support
  • **** ***** *** **** and **** ** *****, Analog ** *** *** most ********* ** ******* the ************ ****** ** any *** ********** ** years.

    **** ***** ** ** cameras, ********* ***** ****** at ~$***, *** **** 16 ******* ********* ** ~$500, *** **** ** dramatically ***** **** **** very *** **** ** IP *********.

    Dahua *** *********

    *** *** ******* ***** behind ****** ** *** Dahua *** *********,*** *****-******* ******* *************.

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    *** *** *** ******** ** contrast:

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    • ***** *** *******

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    Key ********

    ***** *** ** ********* in ******* *********, ******* and ******* ***********.

    *** *** ********* **** similiar ** ***** ** overall ***** ******* *** recorder ************.

    ********* *** * ***** advantage ** ***** *** support ** ***** *******.

    ** ***** ** *** individual ********:

    • ***** *** * ******* portfolio, **** **** ****** and **** ******** ********.
    • ***** *** ********** ***** pricing, ****** *** ** dollar ***** ******* ** have ********.
    • ***** *** ****** *********** on ****** *** ****** quality *******. [********* **** improved *********** **** **** in ******* ****]
    • ***** ******* *** ***** / *******, **** **** heavily ********* ********** ** and **** ******** ***** video. ********* ***** *** prefer *** **** ** model **** ******* *** we *** *** **** any ******* ********** **********.
    • ********* **** *******, **** both ***** ********** ********** compared ** ***** *** *********. Both *** ** ********** with *** ***** ***** (see: ** ****** **** **** VMS ******** ******).
    • *********, ** ***** *******, has * **** ********* over ***** ** ***** and *******. ***** *** no ******** ******** *** some ******** *** ** purchased ******* ******** / ODMs / **** **** FLIR, *-*** *** ** Realtime.

    Watch *** *** ************

    **** ************ **** **** shipping *** * **** short ****, ***** *** ~1 ****, ********* **** for * *** ******. There **** ** ********** be ******* *** ******** shifts ** *********** ***********.

    *** *******, *** ****** very **** ** * new ********* ******** ******* that ********* / ********* claims ****** **** ******** / **** ******* ******* performance.

    ****** ****, ** ** reasonable ** ****** **** products ** ** ******** and ****** **** ****** end ****, ** **** companies **** ******* **** entry ***** / ***** featured ********.

    ***************

    ***** *** ***** ***** options:

    • *** *******
    • ****** *****
    • ****** ********* 

    ***** **** ** ** early *** **** **** have ******* ****** *** feature ****, ** ********* and ****** **** *** to **** ******* ** simply ****** **** *******, especially *** ***.

    *******, *** ***** ******* for **** ***** ******* or ***** *** ***** is ***, ** ***** both *** ***** **********.

    *** ********* ** **** while *****'* ********* *********** is ********, *********'* ***** and ******* (** ***** America) ** ********. ****** will **** ** ********* which *** ** **** important *** ***** *****.

    Interesting *********** - ********* **** ***

    ** ******** ********* ************ applications *********** ***** ** HDTVI **** *** ********, turning ****** ** **** an ********* *********** ****** / ******* *** ***** getting *** ******** ** a ****** ***. *** our ** ****** **** **** VMS ******** **** ****** *** ****.

    Product ********* / *******

    **** ***** *** ********* have ******** *** *** common **** ******* ** their ***** ************* (***, **** **** and ******* *******, **** size *** **** *****). Integrated ** ** ********* in ******** ****** *** both ****** *** **** form ******.

    *****

    ** ***** ******* ****** ** ******, Dahua ********* *** *** advantage. *** ** ***** second ********** ** ***** product, **** ********** ** ****** [**** no ****** *********] ** ******* available ******** ** ***** 20 **** ********* [**** no ****** *********]. *** of *********'* ****** *** bullet *** **** **** factors, **** ** *** cameras *********************.

    ******** ********

    ***** **** ******** ******** features ** **** ****** models **** *********. ****** this ** *** ** say ****** *** ****** features **** ** **** WDR *** ********* **** are ******, ** **** are ***, ****** ** cameras. 

    • ***:**** *** ** ********* in **** * ****** HDCVI *****, *** ** Hikvision************. 
    • ********* ***** *** ****:***** ****** ******** ********* autofocus *** **** ******* in **** **** *** bullet ******. ********* **** not ***** ********* ** motorized **** ** **************.
    • ***** **: **** ********* *** ***** claim ***** ** ** select ****** (**** **** we **** *** ****** the *********** ** ***** features).

    Price **********

    ***** *** * ****** price ********* **** ********* in **** ******* *** most ****.

    *** *** **** *******

    *** *******, **** ************'* *** end **** ********** ** bullets ***** ** *******:

    • ***** ***-******** **** ******* bullet: ~$** ********* ****** price
    • ********* **-********-** **** ******* bullet: ~$** ********* ****** price

    **** ******* ** ***** a **% ******* ********* for *****.

    *** *** *-******* ****

    ******* ** *-******* **** compares ** *******:

    • ***** *********: ~$*** *** ******
    • ********* **-********-**: ~$*** *** ********* street *****

    *****, * ***** ********* for *****. *******, **** that *** ** *********'* Turbo ** ********* ******* analog ******* ** *** inputs *** *-* ** cameras ****, ***** *** HCVR5104C ******** **** ***** cameras.

    ****** *********

    *******, ********* *** ** advantage ** ****** ******** pricing, ** *** ** their ***** ** **** also ******* ****** *** limited ******* ** ** cameras. Users *** **** ** connect ****** ** ** cameras ** ** ***** system **** *** *****'* more ********* ******* *** models, * *-** ******** in *****.

    • ***** *********: ~$*** ***
    • ********* **-********-**: ~$*** *** estimated ****** *****

    Cabling ***********

    *****'* ***** ********* ****** than********* ***** *** *******, poorly **********, ** **** long ******. ** *** tests, ***** *** ****** ** no ***** *********** **** run **** *,***' ***** of ****** ********** **-*** (literally **** ********** ******* off). **** ** ***** in *** ***** *****:

    ***************** *** ******* ** well, ********** ******** *** desaturation **** ****** ** the **** ***** ** cable, **** ****:

    *** ***********

    ** ******* *********, ~***' and *****, **** ********* similarly ** ****, **** only ****** ****** (***** desaturation *** ********). *******, using **** **** (***'+), HDCVI *****************.

    ***** * ~*,***' ***** of *** ** **************** ****** (* ****** *****), the ***** ****** ********* moderate ********, **** ** the ***** ** *** test ***** ****:

    *******,*********** ****** ********** *********** at **** ****** ***** the **** ***** *** baluns.

    ***** *******

    ************ ***** ******** ***** quality ******* ** ** IP *******, **** ******* truly ******** *** ** superior ** *** *****, and ****** ********* ** camera *****. ******* ****** see *** **** ***********'********************* ***** *** ***** **** *******. 

    *** ***** *********** ***** here *** *** * rough ******** ****.

    *******

    *** ***** ***** ***** Hikvision's************ ******** ** ** IP ****** ** ***** own ** **** ** competitors.******** ** ** ********* similar ******* ** ***** comparisons.

    **** ****, ********** ****'* Dahua's *** ** ***** models ****** ***** ********** and ** **. ***** balance *** ****** ******, but ******* **** ******* to ***** *******.

    *** ***** **** ** On

    ** *** ***** **** IR ** *** ******************** ***** ******** ******* similar ** ** **.

    *****'* *** * ***** cameras **** **** ******* noisier **** ***** *** 1 *** ** ***********, but ******* ********* **** similar.


    *** ********

    *** *** **** ****, ********* of ***************** ***** ***** **** is *******, **** **** accessible *** *** ***** interface, ***, ** ****** software.

    ***** *** *** *** advantages ** *** ***** interface, ***** ** *** as **** ** *** many ***** ****** **** are ****.

    • ************ ********:*****'* ***** ********* ***** synchronized ******** *** *** local (** **** ** web) *********, *********** ******** review. ********* ***** *** view ******** ******* ** playback, *** *** ************, and **** *** *** full ***** ****-**** ****** if **** ** *******.
    • **** **** *******:*********'* **** ******** ***** only ** ****** ******* (1x1, ***, ***, ***.). This ****** ******* *** in **** ***** (**** as ******+ * **) *********** ** ********** ***** panels **** **** ** necessary. ***** *** **** flexible ****** *******, *** also ******** *********** (**** as ********* ******* *** camera ******) ** ****** tiles.

    ******* *** *** *** tests *******'* ***** ****** *********'************* *********** **** *******.

    Hybrid *** ************

    *** ********* ***** ** models ******* ****** ******* on *** ******, ** well ** * ******* number ** ** ******** (1 ** *-******* ****, 2 ** */** ******* models). *******, ***** ****** are ******* ** ********* IP ******* ****, **** no ***** ***** *******.

    ********** **** ****** ***** more ********* ******* ****** if ****** ****** ******* or ** ******** *** needed. *******, ****** *********, all ******* *** ******** may ** *****, ******, or **, ******* ** being ********** ** *-* channels *** ********. **** unlike *********, ***** ***** cameras *** ********* *** ONVIF *** ****** *******. 

    Sales *** *******

    ***** *** ******* **** vary ********* ** *** region *** ******** ** both ********* **** ********* go ** ****** ********** throughout *** *****.

    *** ***** *******, *** approaches ** ***** *** Hikvision *** ********** *********.

    ***** *** ********* ** North ******** ******** *** does *** ********** **** or ******* ***** ******** in ***** *******. *** can *** **** ** the ********, **** *****, etc. *** ********, *******, etc. *** ************.

    ***** ********* ******* ** OEMs / ********, ***** it *** ********. *** problem ** **** **** hide ***** *********** *** most **** **** * subset ** *****'* ********. The ******* ***** ******* of ***** ** ***** America ** **** *** is ********************* ***** ** ***** ****** MPX *******.

    Footnote: **** ***** ***? 

    ****** * ***** ** over **** ****** ** available,***, ** ** **** riskier than ***** ********, *** * *** reasons:

    • ** ***** ************ *******:** *********** ****** *** ********** AHD, ***** *** *** TVI **** *** ******* of ***** *** *********, respectively, ** **** ** their ****, **** ***** larger ******** **** ****. 
    • **** ****:*** ** ********* ******* to **** **********, ** opposed ** ***** ** CVI *** ***. ***** for ***** ******* ** future ******** *** ** place, *** ** ******** for *********** ** ******* is *********.
    • ** ********** ** *** *********, ******* *** ****.

    ***'* ******* ********* ** that *** ******* ** even **** **** ***** and *****. ** ** you ****** **** ** cust ***** ** **** as ********, *** *** willing ** **** *** risk, *** ** ** option.

Comments (1)

John- HikvisionUSA does have two PTZ models which are currently available. Datasheets are not on line but they are in our Product Quick Guide. They are both integrated IR with a 720p with 23x Optical zoom (DS-2AE7123TI-A) and a 1080p with 30x optical zoom (DS-2AE7230TI-A).

In general, we are marketing a subset of what our HQ can provide. 720p and 1080p Varifocal outdoor IR domes are on thier way and will be available in late December / early January.

As I will not promote future releases, I will let you know when they are hitting the market.

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