Hikvision Value Express IP Cameras Tested Poorly

Author: IPVM Team, Published on Sep 05, 2018

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Their new Value Express line is marketed for applications where "budgets are limited and performance is expected", substantially less expensive than their existing Performance and Value series models.

We bought and tested new Value Express models, the ECI-T22F turret and ECI-D12F dome, against Hikvision's existing Performance Series (formerly Value Plus H.265) to answer:

  • How does <1 Lux/IR image quality compare?
  • How even is IR coverage?
  • How do they compare in WDR scenes?
  • How different are their construction and physical features?
  • How do bitrates compare?
  • How does price compare to existing models?

If 'performance is expected', our testing shows these cameras are a poor choice as they suffer from a number of fundamental problems that Hikvision's existing cameras do not.

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  • **** ** ********:** ******** ** ******* ****** ***, **** ******** ********* ** detect ** *** ***** ** *** ***** ** ****, **** no ****** *******. **** ** **** ********** ** ***** "***** IR" ******** *** ****.
  • ** **** ***/**** ***********:**** ** * ***** ***, ***** ******* ****** ********* ****** against ******* *********, **** ** ****** ******* ** ******** ** darker ***** ** *** *****, **** **** ***** **** *********** series ****** ***** ******* **** ***.
  • **** *-**** ******:*** ***-*** ***** ******* **** **** * *-**** ******, ****** aiming/positioning **** ********* **** *** *-**** ****** **** ** *****/*********** series ******, ***** *** ****** ****** ** ******* **** ******* off-level.

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

Dome/Turret *********** ****** *********

** ****** * ***** ******* ******, *** **** ****** *** D12F ****, *** ***** *********** ****** ********* ** ***** *****, including ***** ************ ***** ******, ** ************ *** ********, *** performance, *******, *** ****.

******* ** **** **********, ** ******** **** *** **** ****** for ********** *****, ** ****** ******* ******** ** ******** ** preference ***** *********** *** ******* *** **** *****.

Physical ********

***** ******* ****** ****** ******* ** ***** ********* ****** *******, using **** ** *** **** ********, **********, *** ******** **********. However, ***** *** ******* ***********, ** ****:

  • *** **** ******:*** ***** ******* **** **** * *-**** ******, ****** *********'* Performance *** ***** **** ****** ******, ** **** ** **** cameras ** ****, **** ***-**** ******. **** ****** ***** ****** more *********, ********** **** ******** *** **** **** ** *** wall ******* ** *******, ** **** *** ******* ** *** level.
  • ** ** ****:****** *********** *** ***** ****** ******, ***** ******* ******* ** not ******* ** **-***** ** ****.

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**** ********* ***** ******* ****** *** **** ****** **** *** $90-100 ******, ************* ***** **** ********** *****/*********** ****** ******, ~$***-$*** online.

***** ******* ******* ** **** ******* ** ***** ***-**** ****** such *********'* **** ******** **** ****** ******* *******************, *** ****** ** *** $**-** *****.

Severe "***** ************ *****" **** *****/************ ******

** *** *****, ******* *** ******* *******' "***** ************ *****" setting ****** ** (*******) ****** *** ****** ** ****** ******** so **** *** ****** ** *** ***** ** **** ** 30-40' *** ***********, **** *** ***** ** *** ***** *** longer ********* ****** ***** *****.

*******, ******* **** ******* *** ******** *********** *******, *********** ******** image ******* ** ********* ** ** ~**', ****** ********* *** possible ** ****** ****** ** ** *** ******'* ********* ***/**' IR *****.

*** ********* ***** ***** *** **** ***** ** **** **** the *** ****** **** ***** ************ ***** ** *** *** to **** **** ********:

smart-supplemental

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******* ** **** ****** ******** ** ****** *** *********, ***** effectively **** ****** ******* ***** ***** ******* ** ****** ********* at **** ***** *** *******. ********** ** ****** ***** ************ Light ***** ****** ****** (*-***) *** *** ****** **** *****, either.

** **** *** ****** ** ***** ***** ************ *****, ** have ******** ****** **** ** ****** **** ** *** *** in ********** ****** *****.

<1 *** ***** *******

***** * *** ** ~**', ***** ***** ************ ***** ******** in ******* ****** *** ***** ******* ** **** *** ***** Express ****** ******* *** *** *********** ****** *******. ******* ***** IR *** *********** *** *******, ********* ** ****** ******* *** only * *** ******* ** *** ***** **** ** *** chart.

1 lux performance - value express vs performance series 10

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1 lux performance - value express vs performance series 30

******* ** ~***' ** ****** ******** *** ****** ******* *** to **** *** ***. *******, *** ***** ******* *** *********** Series ******* ******* ********* ** *** *******

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1 lux performance - value express vs performance series 100

Uneven ** ********

***** ******* ****** *** *** ********** *** **** ***** ** view, **** * *********** ****** *******, ********** ** ***** ************ Light ********.

*** *******, **** ***** ************ ***** **, *** ******* ****** be **** ** *** ** *** **** ** *** ****:

uneven ir coverage - very dark at edges

*******, **** ** ****** *** *** *** ***** ********, *** subject ** ***** *** **** ***********, **** **** ***** ******* visible, ** *********** ********.

uneven ir coverage - center overexposed no details at edge

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***** ******* ****** ** *** ******* **** *** **********, *** found ** *** **** ** ********'* ***** **** *** *********** lines, **** ******* ***. ******* ** ****, **** ******* ********** low ********* (~*,*** *** ** ** ********/***** ***), ******* ******* and ******* ******* ****** ****** ***.

wdr testing field of view

******** ** *** **** *** *********** ****** *****, *** ***** Express ** ********** ****** *** ******* ****** *********, **** ******* details ********* ** *** ** *** **** **** ****** *** door.

poor wdr performance compared to performance series

Day ***** *******

****** *** ***, ** ~** **** *** ***** ******* ****** and *********** ****** ******* ******* ******* *******, ****** **** ** very ******** **** ******* ** *** *********** ****** **** *****.

daytime images similar to performance series 10

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daytime images similar to performance series 30

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*** ***** ******* ****** **** *** ******* *.***, ****** ***** Performance ****** ****** **** ** *** **** ****** ****.

******** **** ******* ****** **** *** *********** ****** ******, ********** at *****. **** **** ***** ************ **** ***** **** ******** motion ** *** *****,*.***+/*.***+**, ** ******* **** ********* ********. ***** ****** *** ** significantly *****.

VMS ***********

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Comments (15)

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