Hikvision vs Exacq VMS

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Jun 15, 2016

Hikvision and Exacq are two of the most commonly used recorders in the market, but how do they really match up? With Hikvision so much less expensive than Exacq, what features, if any, are users giving up? 

In this report, we look at Hikvision's iVMS-4200 CMS with NVRs versus ExacqVision to see how they compare, analyzing more than 20 different aspects from our tests, including:

  • Price
  • Custom layouts
  • Saved views
  • Instant replay
  • Mapping features
  • Event management
  • Timeline use
  • Event search
  • Smart/pixel search
  • Multi-camera playback
  • Export
  • Camera discovery
  • Third party camera support
  • ONVIF support
  • Camera VMD/analytic support
  • Enterprise viewing
  • Enterprise management

Inside, see our results with image examples for these and other factors and full analysis.

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What ***** ****-****?

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Key ******** ********

**** ***** ********* *** *** ******** **** *** *********** *****:

Pricing: ********* *********

*********'* ********* *** ************ **** ********* ** **** *** *** *** high **** ******** ** *****, ** **** ** **-**%. *** example:

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Live ****: *******

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Saved *****: ****

**** ******* ***** ***** ** **** ******** ****** *****, ******* in *** "*****" **** ** ***** *** ***** "****** ****" in ****.

Custom *******: ****

**** ***** *** **** ***** ******** ** ****** *******, *******/********* panels ** *** ******** ****** **************. ***** ** ******** **** flexible ** *** **** *** ** *****/******* ** ***** ** niche *******, *** **** *** ********* *******.

*****:

 

****-****:

 

Context **** ******: ****

*** ********** ***** ***** *** ******* **** ******** ** ***** clicking ** * ****** ** ***** *** ****-****, ************.

**** ******* *** *** ****, **** **** ****** **** ****** to ********** ******* (****/*****), ******* ****, *** ******* ******.

*******, ****-**** ******** ****** ********* ****, ***** ***** *****. ***** may *** ** * ****** ********* ****** **********'* "****** *****"******* ********** ** ****** ********, *** ***** ** ** ****** recording ****** ** *******.

Instant ******: ********* *****

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Mapping: ****

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Event **********: ********* *********

***** *** ****-**** ****** ****** **** ***********, **** *********'* ******** more ********** **** *** **** ****** **** *****. 

*********

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Camera *********: ********* *****

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Third ***** ****** *******: ********* *****

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Camera ***** ***********: ********* *****

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Timeline *********: ********* *****

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Event ******: ****

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Smart ******: ********* *****

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Export: ********* *****

***** ****** ***** ** ****** ******** ******* **** * ************ standalone ********** ******, ***** ********* ********* ** *** **** ***** client *** ********. **** ******* ***** ***** ********* (***** ** the ********) *** ****** ** .*** ****.

 

********* ****** **** *** ****** ** ** ******** ** * time, ****** *****-****** ************** **** **** *********.

Synchronized ********: ********* *****

***** ****** ******** ** ***** ** ************ ** *******, **** no *** ** **** ************ *****. ** ****-****, ******* *** displayed ************** ** ******* *** ***** **** **** * ****** to *********** ****. *******, ** *** *****, ******* ********* ** synchronous ******** ** ****, ************ ***** *** ***** *** ************, especially ****** **** ******* **** ******** *******.

Multi-Server *******: ********* *********

****-**** *** ******* ** ******** **** ******* ********** *********. *** client ** ********* ** * **** ******** **** *********'* *******.

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Enterprise **********: ********* *****

***** ****** ***** ** ********* ***** *** ****** ******** ****** multiple ********* ** ***** ************ *******. 

 

** ****, ******** *** ** ******* ** **** * ****** recorder ** ****, **** ** *** ** ********* ***** ** rights ****** ******** ********. ************, **** ******** ** ****-**** ** configured **********, **** ** ******* ******. ***** **** ****** * settings **** *** ****** ** ** ***** ******* ** ***** settings.

Comments (22)

** ***** ** ***** *** *** *************** ** **** ******, but *******, ** *** **** ********* ** ***** ******** *** covered ****, *** ** **** ** *** ********!

**** **** ******, **** **** **********. * **** ****** ******** some ** ***** ******. ** **** ********* **** ** ******** of ********* **** *** **** * ***** *** **** **** major ************ **** **** ****. *'** ***** ******** ********* ** IVMS ** ** ********* ****. ** **** ****** *** ** our ********* **** *** ******* (********* ** ***** ***) **** ease.

** ******* *********, ******* ** *** * ****** ** ** NVR ** **** ** *********** ** **** ******...**** * ****. Many ** *** ********* **** **+ ******* *******. *** ** the *** ******* ** ******** ** ******** *** ** ***** this *******.

*** ******* * ***** ****, ** * ***** ******* ** IVMS *** *** ********* ******* ****** ******** *******.

****, **** ******** ***** ****, *** *** ** *** ** about **? * **** ******* **** **** *** ******* * couple **** *** *** ****'* *** *** ******* *** ******** multiple ******* ** *** ****** ** *************.

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*** ****** ******** **** ****.************.*** **** **** ****** *** *** most ** ** **** ********. **'* ** ***** **********, *** get ** ** ** *** **** ******. *** *** *** the "**** **" ****** ** **** ** ******** ****.

*************, ********* ****** **** *** ******* ******* *******! :(

*'** ***** ** ***.

**** ****, *****!

**** *** ***** ***** *** **** "**** ******* - ****** layouts - ****** ****** *********", **** **** **** **** ****** layouts **** **** **** *** ****** ****** ** ******** ** live ****?

**** ***** ** *** ***********.

** * *** ****** ****** ****** ********* **** * ***** view ** * *** *******?

*** **** *** ******* *** ******* ****** **** ************ *******, fixed ***.

******* -- **** *** **** ****** ****** ** *** **** being *** *** ** *****-***** ******, *** ****** ***** *********** when ****** ** ***** **** ****** ** *** ** *****?

*** *** ****** **** ****** **** *** ******** *** *** from **** **** ** *** *** ******* ********** ** ****** no *** **** *** ****** ******** **** ****.

***** ** ** ***** **** **** ******. ** ******** (*** have ********** *** *** **** * *****) *** ******* *** 256 ******* ***** ***** ******* ***** ********* **** *********. ** channel ** *** *** *** ** *** ****.

******** ******* ** ******** ** **** ** * ******! ** are ******* ******* *.*.* ******** ** *** ***/*** ********, ********* versions *** ******* ** *** ***** ***** ** *** ** channel ********, **** ******* *** *** ***** *** **** *****?

* ****** ** *** ******* ****** * ***** **** ****** and ** ** **** ** **.

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***'** ***** ** *** ***/*** ******. **** *** * **** on ** ****.

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* **** ** ***** **** ***** ** **** ***. * feel **** ******** ******* **** ** * ****. ******** ** the **** ** ****** **** *** * **** ** ** work **** ** *** ****** ***. ** **** ** **** this **** ******* **** **** ** ***** ***** ********.

*** ****** ******* ** ********** *** ******* ** *** **** with ********. ** ** ********* ** ***** *** ******** ** accomplish ****. *** ******* *** ** ** ***** **** *** camera *** **** ******, ******** ** ******. ** **** ** in * ****** ** *** * *****, ***** *** ******** must ****. ** **** *****, ** **** ***** ** ******** mp4 *****. *** ******** ****** ** *********, ***** ****** ******* and ********** ** ***** *****, ** **** ** *** **** where ** ****. *** *** *** *** ***** ******* ** obtain * ****** ****. * **** *** ***** *** ************* related ** ************** ** *** ***** *** **** * **** lawyer *** *** ***** ****** ***. ***** ****** ************** ****** directly **** *** ******.

** *** **** *** ******* *** ***** *** **** * new ****** *** *****. ******** ***** **** ** ** ******* for *** *** ****** *** ** ***** ****** **** **** to *** *** ****** ***** ******. **** ** *** **** to **. ***** *** * ********* *** **** ******, ** I **** ***** ***** *****.

** ***** *****, ** ** **********, ** **** **** *** the ******** *******, ***** ** ** *** ** ******* **** in *** ****** ****. * ******** *** * * ** the **** ****** ** ***** ****. ***** ******** * ****** authentication **** *** ****, *** * *** *** ** ******** that **** ****** ** *** **** ******, ***** ** * concern (*** *** ****** ****** ** *** *** ******).

*** ************/*********** ******* ** **** ********. **** *** ******, ** jumps *** ** *** ********* ** *** **********. **** *** hit ****, *** **** ** ****, ** ********* *****. * wish **** ***** ******* ** ***********. ** **** *** ********, once *** **** ****** **** ** *** ******* *** *** tricks, ** ** *** *** ***. ** * *** ****, it ** ***********, *** ****** ** ***** ***** ** *** nvr ********, **** ********, ******** ********, *** ****** *** ******** is **** **********.

*****, *** *** ***** **********, ** *** **** **** **** they ********** ******* ***** ****** (********** *** **** ** ******, which ** *** ***** ****** ** *** ***** ** *** first *****) ***** *** *** ******** *** ******* **** ********** in *** ********.

**** *** ***** **** ****** ** *** ********* ******* **** in **** ************ ****? **** *** ********* **** ******** ********* engineering ******* ***** ***** ********?

**** *** *** ****** ******** ** *** *** ** **** from *********?

********* ****** ********* *******, *** *** **** ** *** *****!

***** ****** *** *** ******* ** **/*** ******** ** *** system, *** ** **** *****, *** ******* ** ***** * new ****** *****. (***** *****, ******** ***** ********* "*** ** I ****** *** *** * **** ** *** ******" - difficult ** ******* **** *** *****). * ****** ** ****, the .*** ******* **** *** **** ** ******* ***** *******, but **** ** *** *** *** ******* *******. (**** **** play ** ***** ******* **** ***). ** *** ******** ** see .*** **** ********** ******* *** *** **** ******, ** go ***** **** ******* **** **********, ***. *** ********. ***** standard ******* *** ******* ***** ** **** *****. * *** notice **** *********** **** ********** ** .*** ****** *******, ** this ****** *** **** **** ** *******.

* ** ********* **** **** ** ***** ******** ** * test *** *** **** ******* *** ****/***** ******** ** *** a ******** ** *** ********** .*** (******** ** ******* ******** players) **** ***** ** ******** ******** ** ******/***.

* ** *********** ***** **** ******* *********** ***** *** ********* so **** * *** **** **** ***** *** *****-******** ** reference. **** ***** ** * ***** ******** **** ********* *** could *******, ********** *** ************ ** ****** *** ****** ** a ******** ** (** ** ********* ** ****** *** ***). That ** *** **** ** **** **** **.

* ***** **** *** ***** ******* (**** ** *** ************ are *********** **** ********* ****** ********). ** ** *******. ***** we **** **** *** ********* **** ***** ***** ***********, **** may ** *** **** *** ** **** **** ** ***** issues ** **** *** **********.

**** ******* *****. *** **** ***** **** ****** **** ** that *** *** ******* *** ****** ******* ************- **** **** and ****.

******** ****** *** *** **** *** ** ********* *** ******** feature. ** **** ****?

**** ** * ***** ****** ***** *** ****.

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

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*** *** ***** ****** ****** ** *****?

**** *** **** ****** ***** ****, **** ***** ****? *** I ***** * ***** ****** *******?

*** **** *** ***** ********** ***** ************* ****? ** ** capable ** *** **** ***** **** * ****** ***** ** has * ******* ***** *********

*** *** ****** ***/**** ****** ****** *** ***** *********** ***..

*** *** ****** ** ********* ** ********* *********** *** ******** or ********* **********?

**** ***** ******** ******* ** ******* **** ** ******* ******, or */* ** ******?

*** **** */* ****** ******* ** ***** ******* ** *** presets, *****?

***** ******** *** *** ***** *** ***'* ******* **** ************, how **** *** ****** ****? ***** **** **** **** ********* software *** ********* ********,, ****** **** **** ******** ** * feature **** ***** ****** ********* ********.

*** ** *** ****** *********** ** ***, *** ****** ** worse **** *****?

*** *** ****** **** ******* ****** **** ******?

**** *** ***** **** ********** **** ** *** ****** ***** with *********** ****** ******, ********, *****, ***?

*** ** *** **** ****** * **** **** ** **** on ** * ******** **** ** ***** ** *** ***** at ***** *** ****** *** *****, ** * **** ********* I *** ***** *** ***** **** *** **** *** *** open *** ******* ******* ** * ****** ** ******* **. Minutes **** ***** ****** ****, *** **** **** *** ***** up ** ****?

*** **** *** **** ****** ******** ********? **** ** ******* Drag *** **** ******* ****?

**** *** **** * ***** **** ********** **** ****** *******?

***,

* **** **** ****** ***** ** **** ****** ** ****** a *** ** ***** *********. **** ** **** **** ********* with ****** ******* *** *** ** ******** **** ** ******* at ***** ******* ***** ***/** **** ******.

* ***** ********* ***** **** ** *** ***/****** **** ** the ****** *** **** **** **** ***** **** ***********. ** budget ** ** ****** ** **** ***** ** * ******** end ** *** **** ********. ** * *** ** ****** a ***** ********** ******** ******* * ***** ** ****** ***** (think *** ******** *** *******) * ******'* **** **** ** an ***** ***** **** ***. ** * **** ******** ***+ sites + * ***** **** ******** * ***** ** ***** or ******** ****** ******* *** **** ********** ** ******.

**** ****-**** ******* ********* * *** **** **** *** ** the ****** *****, **** ** ***.*** ** *******.*** ** **** one ** *** *****? * **** **** ******** ** ** some ***** ***'* **** *********, *******, *** *****, *** *** Exacq.

**, ** *****'*. ***** ******* **** ** *******. **** *** on * ******** ***, ** ****. ** **** *******.

****** *****. ***** ******* ** *** ***.

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