Hikvision iVMS-4200 Tested

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Sep 14, 2015

Though best known for their camera and recorders, mega Chinese manufacturer also makes their own VMS software.

In this report, we share test results of Hikvision's iVMS-4200, their VMS that works with their own cameras and recorders.

In a future report, we will test their 5200 VMS offerings, which works with 3rd party cameras but is not released in North America now.

We tested their iVMS-4200 client software to see how it compared to mainstream VMSes in live viewing and event management, playback and search, configuration, and more.

Inside we have 5 videos and detailed analysis. Here is the first overview video that reviews the basics of the client and what each common tab is used for:

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