The 4MP Shootout - Dahua vs Hikvision

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Sep 30, 2015

4MP cameras are an important emerging trend in video surveillance, aiming to replace 1080p.

This is being driven by new sensors from OmniVision that deliver almost twice the pixel count of 1080p at the same 16:9 aspect ratio. These sensors also include true WDR. They are completely unrelated to the 4MP effort from ACTi from a few years ago.

The diagram below shows the difference in pixel count:

The two companies most aggressively pushing these 4MP cameras are the Chinese mega-manufacturers, Dahua and Hikvision. Not surprisingly, they are offering these cameras at extremely low prices - 4MP, integrated IR, true WDR fixed focal domes for under $300.

We bought 4MP  models from both, the Dahua IPC-HFW4421S and the Hikvision DS-2CD2042WD-I, and shot them out against 1080p equivalents and leading WDR models from Axis and Samsung to see how they stack up in wide day time scenes, low light, WDR, and bandwidth consumption.

*** ******* *** ** ********* ******** ***** ** ***** ************, aiming ** ******* *****.

**** ** ***** ****** ***** ******* **** ************** ******* ****** ***** *** ***** ***** ** ***** ** the **** **:* ****** *****. ***** ******* **** *********** ***. **** *** ********** ********* ** *** *** ****** **** ACTi **** * *** ***** ***.

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

*** *** ********* **** ************ ******* ***** *** ******* *** *** Chinese ****-*************, ***** *** *********. *** ************, **** *** ******** these ******* ** ********* *** ****** - ***, ********** **, true *** ***** ***** ***** *** ***** $***.

** ****** ***  ****** **** ****, ******** ***-*********** ************ **-*********-*, *** **** **** *** ******* ***** *********** *** ******* WDR ****** **** **** *** ******* ** *** *** **** stack ** ** **** *** **** ******, *** *****, ***, and ********* ***********.

[***************]

Potential ******

**** ****** *** *********** *** ******** ******* ** ***** ****** at ******* *** **** **** ** *** **** *****, *** cameras **** *** ********* ** ******* * *********** ****** ** 1080p *******.

** *** ***** ****, *** *********** ******** **** **** **** we *** ******** * ***** ***** *** ******* ****** **** will *** *** **** ** * ********* ********** **** ********* pixel *****.

Key ********

  • *** ****** ****** ******** ****** ********* ** ******* *** **** ***** details ********* *** ***** ****.
  • *** ***** *********** ** *** ***** *** *** ******* ** ****** than *** ***** ******, *** *** ********* *** ***** ******** from ** ************.
  • *** *********** ** *** *** ****** *** ******* ** ******* (expensive) **** *** ******* ***** ******* ********. ********** *** ******** to ***** ******* ****** ******** *********** ** **** *** *******, with *** ********* ********** **** ** *** ****** ** *** test ***** ***** ********.
  • **** ***** ********* *********** ****** **** ***** ********** ****** ** ~100% ** *** ***** ******* *** ~**% ** *********.
  • *** ***** ********* ** *****'* *** *** ******** ****** **** 1080p, ***** *********'* *** ****** *** **** ***** **** *** 1080p **-*******-*, ~*.* **/* **. **.

*******

******* *** *** ****** ** ********** ****** **** ***** ** 3MP ***********, ****** **** ***** *** *********'* *** ****** **** an ********* ****** ***** ***** $***.

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

******** ** **** **** *** *******, ********* $***+, **** ** at ***** **% *****, ** *** ****.

Physical *******

**********, ********* *** *****'* *** ****** *** ****** ********* ** low ********** ******, **** *** **** ******** *** ** *********** construction. We **** ** *** ******** ************ ** **** ** **** video:

Image ******* ***********

** ***** ******* ** *** ****** ********** **** *****, **** below:

** **** *****, *** *** ****** *** ******** ******* ** the ***** ***********, **** ****** ********* **** ** ******* ** our *******, ** *** ** **** ** **** ***********.

***** ***** ** *** **** ***** *** ********** **** ******* in *** *** ******. 

** *** *****, *** ********* *** ***** ****** *** *** subject *** **** ***** ********. *** ***** ****** ******* *********, with **** ******** **** ******* ** *** *** *****.

**** ***

** ****** **** *********** ** **********, ** ****** *** ******* in **** ***** ***, **** *****. ** **** *****, *** drops ** ~** ** *** *** ****** *** ~** ** 1080p.

*** *** ******* ********** ****** ****** ******* ** *** *******, and *-* **** ******* ***** ** *** **** ***** ** this *****.

WDR ***********

****, ** ****** ******* ***** ** * ********* ***** **** open ******** ****, **** *****: 

 

**** ******* ******* **** *****-******** ***, ** ******** ** ******* enhancement, ***** ** * *-*** ********** ** *** ******'* *** interface, **** * ******* ** "**." 

********** *** *** ******* ** *** ********* *********** ** **** cameras, **** ********** ** *** ********* *** *****. *******, ********** **** setting ** *** ***** **** ************ ******* ****** *********, *** increases ******* ***** ** *** **** ******* ** *** *****, both ***** *****:

***** ***** ********* *** ********, *** ********* *** ****** ******** the **** ******* ***** ** *** ****** ** *** ****, with ******* ******* ****** ******* **** ******* ********* *** ** the **** **** ****** *** ****. *** ***** *** ******** similar ******* ******* *********, *** ** ********** ***** ** *** areas.

 

Bandwidth ***********

*** ******** ** **** ***** *** ****** **** ***** ***** counterparts. *** ***** *** ***** ******** ***** ***% **** ********* than *** ***** ********, ***** *** ********* *** *** ***** 25% ******.

** *** *****, *******, *****'* *** ******* ** **** ******** higher **** *** ***** *****, *** *********'* *** ****** ******** only ***** .* **/*, ****** ** *** ******* ** *** test. *** ********* **-*******-*'* *** ***** ******** *** *********** ****, hitting *** ******'* *** ** ** **/*, ** ***** ** **** *****.

 

Test ***********

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

  • *****: *.***, ** ***, * *-*****/****** (** ***)
  • ***********: ~** ************
  • ******* *****: */*** *******

***** **** ***** *******, ******* **** ****** ***** ******* ******** unless ********* *********.

********/******** ********

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

  • ***** ***-********:*.***.****.**.*, *****:****-**-**
  • ***** ***-********:*.***.****.*.*, *****:****-**-**
  • ********* **-*********-*: **.*.* ***** ******
  • ********* **-*******-*: **.*.* ***** ******
  • *********** ************: **.*.*****

Comments (11)

** *** ** ** *** **** ** **** *** *** end ****** *** *** ***, *** ** *** ***** ***'** seeing ************ ** *** ***? *** *** **** ****** **** the ** ******** ** ***? * *** ******* ** ***** to ** * *********** **********. ****, * ** ********* *** these ******* ** **** *** ********.

** ***** **** *** *** ******* *** ***** **** **** by *******. ***** ** * **** ****** ***** *** *** use ** ****** ****** ****, ***** ***** ***** *** ************, but *** **** ****** *** ***** *********.

***********, *** *** ******** ******* ** *****, *** *****, ** starts ** ****** ** ****** *****. * ***** **** *** have ** ** **** ***** *** *** *** **** ** in *****. ********** **** ** ***** ****** ******* **** ****** improvement.

** *** ** ********* ** **** *** ********, ******* ****** have ** ** ***** ** **** ***** *****, ** ** left **** ***. *** ******** ** ******* **'** ****** **** really ***** ***** *** **** ********, *** ****'** **** *-** more ********* **** ***** *******.

***** * ****** **** **** * ****** **** *****. * was **** ******** ** *** *** ********** ******* *** ******.

* **** **** *** **** ********* ******* ** ******* ** view ***** ********. *** *** ***** ******* ********** **** ****** from * ****** ******( ****** ** **********) ** ****** ******?

****** ****** ** **********, ** ******* **** * **** ***** in *** ****** ** ******* **. ***** ****** *** ****** are ***** (**’* ****** **** *** ****** *** ** **** down *** ****** ******). * *** ****** * *** ******* no *******, ********* ** *** ** * ******** ** * move ** *** **** *** *** ******* *** * *** usually *** * **** ****** *******. * *****’* ***** *** one ** ***** *** *** **** **** * ** ** there * **** **** *** ** *** ****.

**** ******* *** **** ****** *** **. ******* ** * few ********* ***** *** *** *** *** *****. ** **** wondering *** *** **** **** **** ** *****? ******* ** was * ****. *** ** *** **** *** ******* ** legit!

********* *** ***** **** ******** ** ** **** ********** ** pricing. **'* ** ********** ** **** ***** ******** **** ************ that ** ******** *** ******** ****/*.***/***** ******* ***** ****.

** ***** **** ***** * **** **** ************&*********'* *** ** *** @ *** **********, *************'* *** ** *** @ *** **********.

* ****** **** ***** *** ******* ***** **** ** **** if **** ***** ****** * **, ** ***, ** ****/***** into *.*** ** **** ****?

**** ** *** ********* *** *****@***? * ***** **** ** pay *** **** ******* *** ***** ****** **** **** ****** would ***** ** ****.

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

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

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

* ***** **** ***** ** *** *** ***** *** ********* compared ** ***** *** *** *****. **** ******** ********* **** have ******** ***** **** ******** **** **** ********* ** *** and ********* ************ ******* ***, ******* *** ****

Login to read this IPVM report.
Why do I need to log in?
IPVM conducts unique testing and research funded by member's payments enabling us to offer the most independent, accurate and in-depth information.

Related Reports

Dahua 4K HD Analog Cameras Announced on Feb 23, 2017
HD analog has been gaining popularity (even if Axis hopes otherwise). Last year, HD analog's max resolution doubled from 1080p to 4MP (see our 4MP...
Uniview (UNV) IP Cameras Tested on Feb 22, 2017
"We're #3," in China says Uniview (UNV). While the company significantly trails Hikvision and Dahua in total sales, one notable difference is that...
Hikvision Ezviz Mini 360 Plus - $80 Autotracking Camera Tested on Feb 21, 2017
Autotracking, integrated IR, local storage, full HD, cloud access: $80. That is the claim of Hikvision EZVIZ's new Mini 360 Plus. But for this...
Arecont Vision MicroDome Duo Tested on Feb 14, 2017
Arecont Vision is back with another multi-head camera, this time thinking smaller with the MicroDome Duo, a two-imager model, with the tagline...
Hikvision PanoVu Multi Imager Tested on Feb 08, 2017
Hikvision has entered the multi-imager market with their 180° PanoVu DS-2CD6986F-H, an 8MP, 4-imager model equipped with ~1/1.8" imagers and...
Axis 15MP Multi-Imager Tested (Q3708-PVE) on Feb 07, 2017
Axis continues to expand in the multi imager market, adding to a segment started with the 33MP Q3709. We bought the Q3708-PVE and tested it...
Sony Favorability Results on Feb 06, 2017
Sony is one of the largest brands in the world and a long term provider of both video surveillance imagers and cameras. But, like all incumbents,...
LAST DAY - Camera Course Winter 2017 on Feb 02, 2017
[NOTE: Today, Thursday is the last day to register.] Learn video surveillance and get certified. IPVM provides live online classes, recorded...
Invisible IR Camera Tested (Vivotek) on Jan 30, 2017
Integrated IR is everywhere in surveillance, from high-end long range cameras to even the lowest cost models. But this IR usually comes with a...
Panasonic Extreme H.265 Cameras Tested on Jan 26, 2017
Panasonic has released their latest generation, the i-Pro Extreme series, with enhanced compression (smart H.265) enhanced WDR and secure...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Hikvision Pyronix Releases 'Huge' New Panel on Feb 27, 2017
Hikvision's 2016 acquisition Pyronix has been touting their 'huge' new large system panel. Indeed, the new Euro 280 claims features that are better...
Bosch Favorability Results on Feb 27, 2017
Bosch is one of the most well known brands in the industry and they have combined recently with Sony in video surveillance. But how has Bosch...
ADT CEO: My Daughters Better At Installs Than Most 20 Year Techs on Feb 27, 2017
Times have changed. At the Barnes Buchanan conference, ADT's CEO Tim Whall made an interesting and, surely to some, controversial observation....
Avigilon Favorability Results on Feb 27, 2017
One of the fastest growing companies has turned into one of the rockiest, as cooling growth, management turnover and a roller coaster stock price...
Honeywell Sues Alarm.com For Violating Anti-Trust Laws on Feb 24, 2017
Is Alarm.com about to dominate the smart home software market? That is what Honeywell alleges in its new lawsuit, first reported by...
Axis: "Everything is IP" - False on Feb 24, 2017
Axis is congratulating itself, with executive Fredrick Nilsson declaring: "Now the conversion is all done and everything is IP and analog is...
Advertising Like Avigilon at the ISC West Airport on Feb 24, 2017
Avigilon has grabbed a lot of attention over the last few years advertising at the Las Vegas airport when attendees fly in. But how does that...
Artificial Intelligence Robot Assistant (ACTi) on Feb 23, 2017
Has artificial intelligence come to the video surveillance industry? ACTi has released 'SARA' which it bills as an 'AI assistant that brings...
Cutting Costs 70% Using Milestone With HD Analog on Feb 23, 2017
HD analog and enterprise VMSes are often thought of as being on opposite sides of the spectrum, with HD analog best for small jobs due to its low...
Dahua 4K HD Analog Cameras Announced on Feb 23, 2017
HD analog has been gaining popularity (even if Axis hopes otherwise). Last year, HD analog's max resolution doubled from 1080p to 4MP (see our 4MP...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact