Hikvision IR Bullet Camera Shootout

By: Ethan Ace, Published on Jan 08, 2018

Hikvision's widely used Value Plus line claims 30m/~98' IR illumination range, on multiple lens options ranging from wide angle (100°+) to telephoto (25°).

We bought and tested 4 Hikvision DS-2CD2025FWD-I bullet cameras against each other:

  • 2.8mm/108° AoV
  • 4mm/86.4° AoV
  • 6mm/52° AoV
  • 8mm/40° AoV

The image below from the IPVM Calculator shows the angle of view (and specified IR range) for each lens option:

Testing indoors and outdoors, we examined:

  • How does IR illumination pattern differ across models?
  • Which models, if any, offer more even coverage for their angle of view?
  • What advantages in details are there when using long lens options?
  • How does performance differ outdoors versus smaller, reflective areas indoors?

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  • *** **** *********** ****** outdoors ****** *******, ********** areas *******?

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Test *******

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Test *****

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Differing ************ ********

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2.8mm ************ ******

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Poor ******* ** *** ** *****

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Indoor/Small **** ************

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Firmware ******** ****

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Comments (6)

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