Taiwan Lilin NDAA Compliant Cameras Tested

By Rob Kilpatrick and Derek Ward, Published Aug 13, 2020, 12:37pm EDT

Taiwan-based manufacturer Lilin is taking direct aim at Dahua and Hikvision with their latest NDAA compliant cameras. But how well did these new models perform in our first Lilin test in a decade?

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We bought and tested 3 Lilin cameras, the Z2 Series 1080p Z2R6422AX-P, P2 Series 5MP P2R6552E2, and P5 Series 5MP P5R6552E2, examining:

  • How does image quality compare in full light (~300 lux), low light (~2 lux), and dark (~0.02 lux) scenes?
  • How does it perform in WDR scenes?
  • How do Lilin's "HDR" and "WDR" modes compare?
  • How well does it integrate to common third-party VMSes?
  • How do H.264 and H.265 bandwidth compare?
  • How does is compare to Dahua and Hikvision?

Executive *******

***** ** *** *****, Lilin's ****-********* ** *** Z2 ******* **** ********* against *****, ******** ******* competitive **** ** ****** than ***** *** ********* in **** *****, *** light (~* ***) *** low ****** *** ******, but *** ** ***** lagged ** ****/** (~*.** lux) *** ** ** overexposure *** **** ******* produced **** ******* ** higher ******/******** *** ******.

*****'* ** ***** ******** from ***** ******* ****** not **** ** *** Lilin **/** ******, **** weaker *********** ** *** light *** **, *** lacked **** *** (****** HDR ** **/** ******).

*******, *****'* ******* ******** performance *** *****, **** Advanced *** ********* **** some ***** ****** ** animals *** ***** *******, but *** ** ******* or **********, ****** ** other ***-** ********* ** have ******. ****** ******** included ** *** ** and ** ****** (******** on ******* ** ***** price *****) ********* ****** in ****-*** ****** *** occasionally ********* ** ******* or **** ****** **** turned ** ** ***.

Performance **. ***** / *********

** *** *******, *** 5MP ***** ********* ********* similarly ** *** ***** and ********* ******, ****** with ******** **** ****** due ** ************. *** Z2 ****** ******** ****** details ******* ** ***** Hikvision *** ***** ******, with ******** **** ***** detail.

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** *** ******, ***** produced ****** ******* ******* and ****** *** *** background **** **** ***** and ********* ** **** 1080p *** *** *******.

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*******, ** *** ***** (~2 ***) **** ******* forced ** ***** ****, the ** *** ** Lilin ******* ******* **** against **** ***** *** Hikvision, **** *** ***** cameras ********* **** ***** and ********** ** ****** subject ******.

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Made ** ****** / **** *********

*** ***** ******* ****** were *** **** ** Taiwan.

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*******

*****'* ***** ********* **** dome *********-* *** *** most ********* ** *****'* models ******, **** ** estimated ****** ***** ** ~$400-450 ***. ******** ** similar ***/**** *** ********* domes **** ***** *** Hikvision ~$***-***, **** ** notably **** *********.

*******, *****'* ***** **** turrets *** **** *********** in *****, **** ** estimated ****** ***** ** ~$250 *** *** *** 5MP *********, *** ~$*** USD *** *** *** P5R6552E2. ***** *** ********* turrets ** **** ***** go *** ***** *** same, ~$***-$***.

P2/Z2 ********: *** **** ** **. ***

*****'* **/** ****** *** both **** *** ******, referred ** ** "***" by *****. ******** *** (off ** *******) ******** users ** ****** "***** Enhance ****" ** ***. Doing ** ******* **** other ***** ******* ********, shown *****. ******* **** as *-**** ****, ******** shutter ******, **** *******, and ** ************ ********* (discussed ** **** ****** below) *** ********** **** the ****** ** *** to ***.

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**** ** *** ****** in *********** ******, **** configuration ******* ********* ********* similar **** *** ** turned ** ** ***.

IR ************ ******

** *** *****, *** IR ************ ** *** three ***** ******* *** uneven, **** ************ ** close ********. ***** *** able ** ******** ****** the ******* ** *********, but **** ****** *** cameras ** * ************, as ****** ** ******* subjects *** ** *** under ** ***********.

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*** *******, ** *** subject ********** *** *******, he ******* ****** *** and ******* *** **** from ~**' ****. **** occurred ** *** ***** cameras ******.

Lilin ** *********** ******** ******

** ***** ***** ***** this *** **** *********** one ** *** *******:

  • ******** ****** ** *****: Users *** *** ** power ** * ***** of *-*** ** ***** overexposure. *******, **** *** result ** ****** ****** at ******* ********* *** should ** ********* ****.
  • ****** ************ ************: ************, the ****** ******** ** "Overexposure ************" ******* (*****), but ** ***** ** practical ********** ** *********** with **** ******* ******* or ******** ** *** tests.

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** *** *******, ** found *** ******** ** strength ** ~** ** the *-*** ***** *********** reduced ************ ******* ********* the ********** ***********, ***** below. ** ********* ********* this ******* ** ***** cameras ** ************ ** present.

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*******, ** ***** **** Overexposure ********* *** ****** to ** ****** ** our *******. ***** *****, with *** ******* ** and *** (*******), ***** details *** *********** *** same.

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IR ***** ******* (~*.* ***)

** *** ****, **** IR **, ** ~**' distance, *** ** *** P5 ******* *** **** to ******* ********** ** the **** ***** **** to **** *, ***** the **'* ******* ** illumination *********** *** ******* and *****. **** *** P2 ******** ****** ******* in **** *****.

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Low ***** ***** *******

** ***** *** ***** (~2 ***), *** ** and ** ***** ******* were **** ** ******** solid ***** *** ****** details ** ~**' ********. However, *** ** *** notably ******, ******** ******* details.

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HDR **. *** ***********

** ****** *** *** WDR *********** ** ** exterior ******* *****, **** strong ********* *** ***** measurement ******* **** ~** lux ** ~*,*** *******.

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*** ***** ** *** P2 ******* ****** **** two "***" *****, *** (true *****-******** ***) *** WDR (******* ***). *********** using *** "***" (*******) mode *** ****, **** with ****** *** ******** completely ****, ** *** exterior ***********, **** **** missing *** ******* *** chart ** *** **** or *** *****.

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*******, **** *** **** enabled ** *** ** and **, **** ******** of *** ***** *** exposed, ********* ******* ** our ******* *** **** chart. **** **** *** P5 **** *** **** an *** **** *** uses ******* *** ****.

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***** *** **** ******** details ** ****** *** scenes (**** ***** **** or ******* *******), *********** in ****** **** ******** lighting *** ****** ******** was ******. *** *******, below, ******* ** *** subject's **** *** ******* as ** ****** *** door, **** ***** ******* and *** ********** ** washed ***.

******, ***** *** ** color *** ***** ****** be *******, ** ********* noise *** ********* ******* image ******* *** ********** colors, ***** *****. ** asked ***** ** *** mode ***** ** *********, to ***** **** **** no.

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Full ***** (~*** ***)

** **** *****, *** Lilin ******* **** **** to ******* ***** ****** of *** ******* *** test ***** ** ~**' distance.

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Advanced ****** *********: ******** *********** *** ***** ******

*** ***** ***** ******* tested ******** ***** *** as **** ** "******** Motion *********" ***** ***** describes ** ***** * "four-pass ******" ** ******** valid ****** **** ***** alerts ****** ** ***** or *****-***** *******.

** *** *****, ******** MD ********* **** ****** than ******** ***, ***** triggered ** *********** *** small ****** ** *** scene. *******, *** ****** still ******** **** ***** alerts ** ******** *******, including ***** ******* *** birds ********:

** **** ** ****** turning ** *** *** indoors:

*******, ** *** *** trigger ** ******* ****** in *** *****, **** when ******-******:

**** *********** **** ** moderately ***** ******** ****** intrusion ********* ** **** tested, **** ** *****, Hikvision, ** *******, ***** suffer **** ******* ***** alerts. *******, ** **** behind **** ******** ********* such ** **** ****/****** Guard ** **-***** ********* like ********, *****, ** Dahua's *********+, ***** ** not ******* ***** ****** on **** *******.

People ******** *********** **/**

*******, *** **/** *******' people ******** ******* ****** well ** ******* ****** (~200 ***), *** ******** from ********** ****** **** multiple ******** ******* *** counting **** ** **********:

************, ****** ******* ** or *** ********* ********* counting, ***** *****. **** turning *** ****** ***, "Out" ** *********** **** 18 ** **, *** "In" ** *********** **** turning ****** **** **.

*******, ** ****** ******** applications, ******** ** ****** to ** ******** *** more ****, ******** *** impact ** ***** ******.

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

*****'* *****-***** *** *********** is ****** **** **** competitive ******, **** *.*** currently ********* **** ** Exacq, *** *** ** camera ******* ** ****** H.264 ** *******.

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***** ****** **** *** H.264 *** *.*** ********* of *** ** *** Z2 ******, ******** *** P5 *** ******. *.*** streaming ************ ******* ***** ~5 ******* *** * few *******, ********* **** in *** ******** ** seen *****.

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***** **** **** *** actively ******* ** ******* VMS *********** ****** **** these ***** *** ******, and ******* ***** ******* to ** ********** ********* in *** **** ******.

Event ***********

*****'* ******** ****** ********* events **** **** ********** into ***** *** ********* in *** *****. **** simply ******** ***** ****** as ****** **** ***, which ***** ** **** in *** ******** *** searched *** *** ***:

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Similar ************ ** *********** ***** / *******

*** ***** **, **, and ** ****** ******* are ******* ** **** and ************ ** ******* competitive ***** *** *******. Like ***** ***** **** models, *** ***** ******* include***** ** ***** *****.

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Bandwidth **********

** *** *******, *****'* "Smart" ********* **** ******** bitrates ******* ** ***** 1080p *** *** ****** with ***** ******. ******** were ~**-**% ***** **** smart ****** ******* **** without, ** *******.

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Lilin *** ********* *** *-****

*** ***** **** ********* cameras ** ****** **** either ********* ** *-**** SOCs, ** **** *****.

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Test **********

******* **** ********* ***** to ******* **** * few *********** ** *********** settings **** **:

  • ***/*** **** **** ** WDR ******* *** *** called *** **** **** elsewhere.
  • ****-******* *.*** *** **** for *******.
  • ************ ** ~**-** *** used ** * ******** similar *********** *****.

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

*** ********* ******** ******** were **** *** *******:

  • ***** *********-* (*.*.**.****)
  • ***** ********* (*.*.**.****)
  • ***** ********* (*.*.***.****)
  • ***** ******* (*.***.******.**)
  • ***** **-***-**********-*** (*.***.*******)
  • ********* **-**********-*** (*.*.*)
  • ********* **-***********-*** (*.*.*)

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**** *** *** **** to ******** **** ****** is ******** **** ** the ******** ** ***** anyway....so * ******** ****** isn't *********.....**** *** *** 3166-2 ******.

*** ***, **** ** a ******* *** * country - **** **'* considered ** *** ***** by *** ** (****** the******** *********é** ****) ** ******** an ****** *'** *** with, **** ** **** John **.

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*** ** ********** ****** as * *******, *.*., on ****** ********** ******* ****:

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****** ** * ******* on **** ****, ***** (PRC) ** *** ** the ****.

*** ****** ******** *** not ******* ** *** China *** *******, ***.

** * ****** ** practice, ****** ** ******* recognized ** * ******** country. ** * ****** of *********, ** ** obscured ******* ** *** PRC's *****.

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**** *.*** ********* ********* only ** ***** *** Network

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*****, ****** *** ******** that. *** ******* ** correct, ***** *** *** confusion.

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***** ***** ** **** up ***** ************ ****. One ** *** ******** distributors ** ***** **** no ****** ******* ***** product, *** *** ***** I ***** ** **** me * ***** **$1,400 *** * ***** *** fps ****-******. ******* ** say ** *** *** buy ***.

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**** ****** ***** ** exorbitant ** $*** ***... $1400 ** ******.

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****** ******. *** ****** gives ** ******** ****** price *****.

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***** ********** #*, * am ***** ** **** your ******** **********. ** Canada ** **** ******* as *** ************ *******. They **** *** ***** pricelist. ****** *** **** any ********* ****** **** free ** ******* ***** directly ******@**********.**

****** *** **** *******!

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****** ******. *** ***** to **** **** *** as ****? ****'** *** primary ********.

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** #*, *** ***, we **** **** ******* on ** !

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