Axis vs Avigilon vs FLIR vs Hikvision vs Samsung Camera Pricing

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Feb 03, 2016

The 'race to the bottom' is a big issue, with average prices dropping sharply over the past few years. But who is racing the hardest? And how do manufacturers compare?

To find out, we compared cameras from Avigilon, Axis, FLIR, Hikvision, and Samsung, across seven categories:

  • Entry level dome cameras
  • Entry level bullet cameras
  • Entry level PTZ speeddomes
  • High end box cameras
  • High end outdoor dome cameras
  • High end bullet cameras
  • High end PTZ speeddomes

We used our industry leading Camera Finder, BestMatch and Camera Comparison tools to analyze these results.

Inside, we break down the results.

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** **** ***, ** ******** ******* **** ********, ****, ****, Hikvision, *** *******, ****** ***** **********:

  • ***** ***** **** *******
  • ***** ***** ****** *******
  • ***** ***** *** **********
  • **** *** *** *******
  • **** *** ******* **** *******
  • **** *** ****** *******
  • **** *** *** **********

** **** *** ******** ************* ******,****************** *************** ** ******* ***** *******.

******, ** ***** **** *** *******.

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****** ********* ** ****** ****** ** *** ****** **** ***** manufacturer, **** *** ************ ***** **** ********* *** ********** ******* categories.

********* ****** **** *** ****** ***** ********* ** ****** *** categories, ****** *** **** *** *****, ***** ******* *** ******** lower. ************, *********'* **** *** *** ****** *** *** ***** expensive ** *** */*" ***** ****** ****** ** **** **********.

**** *** ****** ******* ** **** ** ***** **********, **** only *** ******** (***** ***** ****) ** ***** **** **** not **** ********* ** ****** ****.

**** ** ***** *************: ** *** ***** ** ****** **** to ***** ********* *** ******* **** **** ***** ** ********** used ***/** *** ****** ********* **** *** ****** *********. **** free ** **** *********** ** *** ********.

Entry ***** **** *******

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

  • ****/*.***:*** ****** ******** **** **** ** *.***
  • ***** ****:*** ****** **** ***** ****** ****.
  • ****** ****:*** ****** **** ****** ****
  • ********** ** ********, *** ********:**** *** **** ****** ******** ********** ** (**** *** ****** cost *****).
  • ******* ** ****** *****:*** ****** **** ******* ***** ****** *** ********* **-********, ***** is ****** *******. *********'* ******* ***** ****** *** **** ***** and **** *********.

**** ***** ***** *** ***** ******** ** ***** ***** *****, from $** ** $***.

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

Entry ***** ****** *******

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

  • **** **********:********, ****, *********, *** ******* *** ***** ****/*.*** ******, ***** the **** *****-** *** ***** (** **** ** *** ***** a **** ******).
  • ***** ****:***** **** ****** **** ******** ** *********, *** **** **** for ****, *********, *** *******. ******** *** **** ****** **** motorized **** ******, ** ** ***** **** ******* *** *******.
  • ********** **:*** ****** ******* ********** **.

**** **** ******** *** **** ******* ******** ******** ** ***** models, **** ** **** *** *** ******** **, ***** ****** do *** *******. **** ***** ** ***** ****/***** *** ***** level ******.

**** ****** ***** *** ***** ****** ******* ****** *** ******* in **** *******, **** $** ** **** $***.

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

Entry ***** ***** *****

**** *** *** ******** ** **** ** ****** ***** ***** speeddomes:

  • ****/*.***:**** **** **** *** ***** * ****/*.*** *****, **** ***** lowest **** *** ***** *****.
  • *** ******** ********:** ******** ****** ******* ******** ******** **** ** ***** ** IR (***** ** **** **** *** ******, *****) ** ***.
  • **** ***** ******:**** ****** **** ****** ***** ****** ******, ** *** *-**** range ** *******, ********* *** **** ***** ** ******** *****. The **** ***** *** **** * *** *****, **** * 5-60mm ****.

****** ** ***** ***** ***** ***** ****** **** **** *********** than ***** ********, **** *** $*** *** $*** **** *** Hikvision ****** ** ****** $*,*** *** *** ******* ***-****.

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

High *** **** *******

** **** ***** ******** *** ******* ** *** **** *** dome *******:

  • *****/***:***** ********** *** *********, ****** *** ********. **** ************* ******** top ***** ******** **** ** *** ******* ** *****.
  • **** ***:*** ****** ******* **** *****-******** ***.
  • ********** **:********** ** *** *********. **** **** *** *** ******* ** in *** *** ***** **** (**** *** **** ********* ** this **********)
  • ****/**** *****:*** ****** **** **** ***** ** ****** *** ******* *** and **** ****** *********.
  • ********* ********:****** *** ******** *** *********, *** ******* *** **** ******* analytics, **** ** ******* ********, ********* *********, ***., ****** **** that** *** *****, ******* *** ****** *************, *** ** ********* ********* ** tested ** ***** ** ****** **** **** ******** *****.

**** *** **** ****** ****** **** $*** (****) ** ****** $1,000 (****), **** *** **** ** *** $***-*** *****.

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

High *** ****** *******

**** *** *** ******** **** *** **** *** *******, **** similar ** **** *** *****:

  • *****/***:***** ********** *** *********, ****** ** **** *****, **** ************* include *** ***** ******** ** ***** *** ****** ******* ** 1080p.
  • ********** **:********** ** *** ******** ** *** ******.
  • **** ***:*** ****** ******* **** *****-******** ***.
  • **** *****:*** ****** **** **** ***** ** ****** *** ******* ***.
  • ********* ********:****** *** ******** *** *********, *** ******* *** **** ******* analytics, **** ** ******* ********, ********* *********, ***.

**** *** ***** ****** ****** ** **** ********, ** $*** USD, **** *** ***** ****** ****** ** *** $***-*** *****.

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

High *** *** *******

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

  • ***** *********:***** ********** *** *********, ****** ******** ****** *** **** ** their *** *****.
  • ***** ****** *********:****,*********, ***************** ***** ~*/*" ***** ****** ******, ***** ******** **** ***.
  • **** *** ********:**** *** ** ******** ** *** ******.
  • **** *****:**** ****** **** ** *****, ***** ******** ******** ** ********** motorized **** ****.

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

****** ** *** ******* ****** **** $*** (********) ** * whopping $*,*** (****).

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

High *** ***** *****

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

  • ***** **********:*** ****** **** *****.
  • ********** ** *********:****, *********, *** ******* ******* ********** ** ** ***** **** end *** ******. ******** *** **** ** *** ***** ****.
  • **** *** ********:*** *** ******** ** *** ****** *** ****.

****** ** **** *** ***** ***** ****** **** $*,*** *** (FLIR, *****) ** $*,*** (**** *** *******).

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

Comments (30)

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******! **'** **** * ****.

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** * *********** ** *** ******** (****** *******) ** *** above ********* ********, * ***** *** **** **** ** *** an ******** **** **********. ***** ******** ****** ** ******** ** camera *******.

*, ****** *** *** ********.

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***** *** *** ******** ******* ******** **** *** ***** *** other ***'* ** ****? * ****** *** ** ******** **** would **** **** ** **** **** ******* *** *** ******* because ** **** *** ********* **** * ****** ** *** integrators *** *** ******** **** ** ***** ****** *** ***** prices.

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"* ****** *** ** ******** **** ***** **** **** ** post **** *******"

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

*****, * ***** **** ***** *** ******** ********** ** ********* pricing ***** ******* ******** ******, **********, ***.

*** **** ***** **** ** *** **** ******. **** ****, their ********* *** **** ***** *** ******. *** ***** ************* offer **** ********* *** ** ****. ******* **** ***** **** Axis **** **** ******, ******** **.

** ***** *** ******** *********** *** ******* *** *********, ****** say ****. *** *******, *** ***** *** ***** * ***** low *** ***** * ***** ****. ** *** ********* ******* specific ******.

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

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** ** ******* **'* *** ***** *** ***** ****** ** this ****. ** **** ** **** ******** *** ***** ******** in *** ******** ** **** ******* **** **** ******* *** a *** *** * ******** **** **** ***** ******** ***** is ** ** ****** **** **** *** ** **** ** with ******* * **** ***** *** * ******* *** **** low **** **** *** * ********** *******.

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"** *** **** ********* **** **** *** *** *** **** great"

*** *** * **** ****. * *** ** ******* **** that *** ********* *** ********.

** ** **** **** ****, ** ***** **** ********** ***** Axis *** ***** **** *********** **** *** **** ****. **** what ** ** **, **** ******* ******, *** *** ***** are *** **** *** **** ** **** ******. ** *** trying ** ***** **** *********.

"** * *** ******** ******* * *** **% ** **** off **** ** ***** ** *** *** **** *********** ** a ******** **** **** *** **** ** **** ****** **** what * *** **** ** ***."

*** **** ****** ***** * ****** *** *** *** *** when ****** ****** *** ** **** ** **** ** ** the ********. *** ** *** **** ** ** ******* ******* they **** **** ** ***** *******. ****** *** ***** ***** on *** **** (*** ***), ** *** ** **** ** $***. *** ******* *****, Google ******** **** ****** **** ******* '****' ***** *** **** **** ***** ** ~$***. *** ******** *** ****** *** '****', ** *** **** reflecting ****.

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

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

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***** ******* *'* ** ***, *** **** ** * **** just ******* **** ***** ** $*** ** ****** ***** = $572, **** *****'* **** **** ***** ** ***** **** ** purchase ** **** *** **** *********** ** ***.
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******, ** ********* ********* ****, *************, ********** ***** ************ ***** tend ** *** *** **** **** ********* *** ****** *** equipment (*** ********** ** ********). **** ******** ** **** ** US ******* *** *** ** ******. ****, ** *****, ** general, ********* ******* ** *** ****** ******** ***** *** ***.

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* ** **** *****, * *** *** ****** *** ***** day.

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