Testing Dahua Cameras 2013

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Jul 08, 2013

You may not know Dahua, but you should. They are the 'other' big Chinese surveillance manufacturer (besides Hikvision) that is aggressively expanding throughout the rest of the world. However, unlike Hikvision, Dahua is much more reluctant to use its own brand outside of China. Instead, North Americans more likely know Dahua from their resellers like Q-See, IC Realtime, EYESurv, Mace, and many, many others, which have become very popular among budget / DIY / entry level IP camera users.

We bought 3 Dahua IP cameras to shootout their performance against leading Western brands to better determine their competitive positioning. The 3 Dahua cameras are:

We choose those 3 models to get a range of performance across price levels and form factors.

The cameras are pictured below side by side in our test rig:

This will be the first of our ongoing coverage of Dahua.

Updates:

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** ****** ***** * ****** ** *** * ***** ** performance ****** ***** ****** *** **** *******.

*** ******* *** ******** ***** **** ** **** ** *** test ***:

**** **** ** *** ***** ** *** ******* ******** ** Dahua.

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*** ******* ********** *** ********* ****** *****, ********** *********** ***** very *** *******. *******, ***** **** ** *** **** *** Dahua ******* * ******* ** ****, *** ****** ***** ***** performance, ***** ******* *** ********** ***** ******.

****** *** ***** ******* ** **** **** ***** *** **** web *********, ******* *********** ****** **** ***** ** *****. ** have ******* *** ******** ***********:

*******

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  • ******* ***** ******* ******** ** *** *** **** *******, ****** many *** **** *******.
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******* *** ******

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  • *** ***** *********** **** *** *** *** ********* **** ** above *******, *** ****** **** *******, *** ******* ****** *** Q1604. 

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

  • *** ***** *********** (* *** *** *****) *** ******** ** the **** *****-*, **** ***** ******* **** ********.
  • ********** **** ****** *********** *** ************ ** levels. ******* *** ******* ** * *** *** *****.

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

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  • ******* *** ** ******** ******* ************** ** ** *********** ****** modestly. 

 

Other *******

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  • ***** **** *** ******* ********* ******* ******** ** *** ***** in ***** *******. **, ** ********** ******* ** *** ***********, tech ******* ** *** *** ***. ** ********* **** ** online ********, ** **** ******* ** *********.

*** ****** ****** ** ***** ** *** ******* ** **** test *** ** *******:

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Physical ********

** **** *****, ** ****** *** **** ****** *** ************ of **** ** *** ***** *******. ***** ****** **** *** following:

  • **** ** *** ******* **** *** ***** ******** **********, ******* being ******* "*******", ** ********.
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  • ** */* ** ***** ** ****** *** ******** ******. *** offers */*, ******, *****, *** ****** ******.

 

Configuration **********

**** ***** ******* *** *** ********* ** ***** *******. *** models ****** ****** * ******* *********, **** *** *********** ********* on ******* *** (***, *****, ***.). **** *** *********:

  • **** ****** ******** *** ********* ** **** *** *******, "**********" and "*****". ***** *** ******* ******* ******** *** ***** ******* settings, ** **** ** *** ***** ********, ****** ** ****** to **** ****** *******.
  • ****** **** *******, ***** ****** * ****** "*******" ******, ******** users ** *** ** *** *** ***** ******** ******, *** switch ******* *** *** ** * ********. **** ***** ***** WDR ** ** ****** *** ** *****, ***** ******** ******* during *** ***, ******** *** **** ******** ** ** *******, and ****. 
  • ** *********** **** ****** ******* ****** **** ** *** *** interface. ******** *** ** ** ******* ******** ***** ****** **** was *******. ***** ****** ****** **** ** ******* ***** ******.

Exposure/Gain ******** **********

***** ******** ******** ******** *****, **** ****** *********** ** **** each ******** ****. **** ********** ******* ***** *****.

  • ****** **** *******, *****'* ******* "****" **** **** *** **** the ******* ** *****.
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  • *** ****** **** ****** ***** ** ******** *** ** ******** range ***** **** ** ************* **********.
  • ******* *** ***** *** *** ****** **** **** ******* ****** 1/30s.
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Box ****** ***********

** ******** *** ******* ******* ***** ******* *** ***** *** WDR ******* ** **** *** ***********. ** **** *****, ** major ******* ****** *** *******. ****** *** ******** ***********, ******* to *** ***** ***-****, *** *** ******* *** ** ******* seen *** **********.

** *** **** *****, ***** * ***, **** *** ** the ******* ******** *********** ** *****, ***** ** **** ****. In **** *****, *** ***** *** **** *** ** *** on, ****** *** ******* ******** */*** ******* ** */***.

******* *** *** *** ********** **** ** ***, *** ******* value, *** ******* ** ****** ****, ****** ******* *** *******. The *** **** ** *** ***** ** ********, *** ****** below *** ***. *** *****, **** *** ***, ***** **** details *** ** *** ******** *****, **** *** ****** **** (FP) ******* ** *** *****. *** ***** ***-**** ** ***** noisy ** *** ******* ** **** ****, ***** *** ******* AV3116DNv1 ***** **** ****** ******, ****** ** ********* ** *********** the *******.

** *** *** *****, ******* ****** *********, *** ******* ******** well, ******* **** ****** ******* **** *** *****, *** ****** details ** *** **** ****** *** *******, ** ****. 

*******, ** *** ***** *** **** **** ** *** ******** door, ***** **** ****** *** ****** *** *** ***-****, **** background ******* **** ********* ** **** ***.

Minidome ***********

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***** * ***, ******* ****** ******** **** ***** ***** ******* settings. *** ***** ** **** ****** ******* ** *** *******.

*******, ********** **** ** *** *******, *** ***** *** ******* are ****** **********, ****** ** ******* *** *********.

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

*****, ** ******* *** ******* ** ***, *** ******* ***** cited ** *** *********'* *****. ** ** ***** **** **** image **** *** *********** ***** *** ************* ****** **** *****.

 

 ****** *******, ~*** ** *** ******** ******** ** ***** *** subject ** ******* ***********.

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** ***** **** ******* *** ** ******* ************ ****** ********, though *** ***********. ** ******** ** ** **** ******* **** of ******** ****** *** ******* ****** ***********. **** **** ***** this ** *** **** ***, *** ******* * ******* ******** adjustment, *** ***** *** *** ******** *******, ***** ** ****** in *** ***** ****** **** ***** **** *****-******** ***.

 

Comments (37)

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** *** ****** ****** **** ******* - **** ******** ** too ***.

* ***** **** ******** ******* ** *** *** ****** ******* the **** ******* ***** ** **** *** **** ***** *** 2013.

*** **/**** *** **/**** *** **** ****. **** ****** **** on *** ******, ******** *** *** ********* ************ (** *** settles ** ~**% ** ****** ****** ** *** ***** *), enables **** **** ******* ***** ******* ******* ********* ** *** mode, ******** ************* **** ***** ******* *, ******** *** ****** detection *********, *** ******** ************* **** **** ******* *** ******.

** ****** *** ******* ******** **** *****, *** **** **** shipped ** ** **** ***** ******** **** ****. *'** *** Ethan ****** *** ******** ********* ** ******** ******* *** ********.

** *** ***** **** ** *** *** ********* ***** "*** Service *.*" ******* ** "** ******" **** **** ******** ******* is *** ***.

** ***** *** ******** ******* ****, *** ** ***** -> Information -> *******

****'* **** *** *********:

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    • *** *******
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**** **** * ***** ** ******** *** ******** ** *** cameras *** ** *** ******* - * ************ ******** ******* things * *****.

*****: "***** ** **** **** ********* ** *** *** *** ***** outside ** *****."

*** **** "***** ** ***************** ** *** *** *** ***** ******* ** *****." *****?

** **** *** "**** ****".

*** **** ** **** **** ***** ****? *** *** ****** maintain ***** ***** ******* ********** *** ********** **** *** *******, say *=******* *** *=*********?

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*** ***** **** *** ***** *** ******** *** ********, **** 03/2013 *** **/**** ********

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

*** *** ****** ** ******** ******, *** ** **** ** show *** *********** ** ***** ****** ** ** ********** ******. I **** * ********** ** **** ***** ******* *** *, 50, *** ***, *** ***** *** * **********, *** *** a ***** **********. ****'** ** ********* ** *** ********** ******. It's *** **** ** ******* ** **** ******* **********.

****: * *** * **** ** *** ******** *** ******* using *** ******* ******* - *** ** * *******-* *** another ** *******. ***** ********* *** * **** * *** not ****** *** ******* *****/********. **** ***** ** ******* *** can **** **** * ****** "******" ** **** *** **** stream (*.*. **** *** *** *** ******* *** *** **** 1080p **** **** ******* ***** *** ******) ****** **** **** advanced ******* *** *****. *** *** ******* *** * ******** 30FPS ** ****** ** *** *****/*** ******.

* **** *** *** ***** * ****** ****** ****** ******* using *** **** *** * *** - **** *** **** with ******* **** ****.

** *** ***, *****'* *** *** *** ********* *** *** the ** ******* ***** ***/***/******* ** ****** *** ******* *********.

**** *** ** ******* ***** ******, ***? ***** ****** *** have ****** ********, ***** *.*. **** *** **** ****** **** Exmor - ***** ********** * **** ***; ********** *** ******** model **** ********* ** * *** ***...

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

"***-********* ** ******:$***.** ******"

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

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

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

******, ** *** **** *** ** *** ***** ******, *** HFW3200S. **'** ** ********* ** **** ** ******* ******, ***** we *** **** **** ** ******* ** **** *** *******.

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

** *****, **'** ******** ** ** **** ********* ******* ****, against ***** *** ***** ******.

*****, **** ** **** *********** *** * ******** *** *** the ********* **** *** **********. *** ***** *** ******. * have ******* ***** ***** ** *** *********** *** ******* ******.

** *** ****** *** ***** **** ***** *** ******, *'* be ***** ** *** *** **** ****.

**,

** *** **** ** **** ***** ***'* *** ****** ***'* in *** ******?

******.

***********, ** *** ******* * **** *** *** ***** ***. I ** *** **** *** ************** **** **** ** ** Dahua **** ** ******* *** ****'* *** **** ***.

***** ****** ********** ** *** *** ******* ** **** ******* the ****** *****:

- ** *** *** ****** *** **** *** ******** ********** when ***** ********* ********* ** ****** ******?

- **** *** ******** ******** ** ***** **** ****** ** improperly ******** *** ** **** ** *****?

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

*********** *: ** **** ******** ***** ** * *******-*/*******-* **** year - **** *** ***** ~*-** ******** - ** **** only *** *** ******* - ***** ****** ****** * **** due ** ****** ***** ******/****. ** ***** ****** ****** **** it ** **** ** ****** **** ****** * ****** ** instead ** ***** *** **** ** ********** ** ***** ********** cases (* *** ** *** **) ***** *** **** ** assignment ****** **** ******* *** ****** ******** ******* ** ** in *** *** ********** ***** ****** ** ********* *** ******** (at ***** ***** *** ******** **** ****). ** **** ******* using *****, ********* *** **** ** ******* ******* *****. ******* the *** ** ****** ******** ** ** ****** **** ***** cameras ** ***** ** **** *********** ** ****** *******/***/*****/*** ********, motion ******, **** ********* *** ****** *******, ***...

** ****** ** ***** **** ** *******, *** **** ****** onece * **** *** "**** ***********" - ** **** **** had * ******* **** ******** ********* **** ******* *** ** it ******* ** **** ** ********* *** *** ********* ** the ******.

****** *: ****** **** *** ** *** ** ******* ***** the "****" ********

* ****** *** *** **** **** ******, **** **** ******. Continius ********* ***** ****, *** ****** ***.

*** ******** **** ***** ***** ********* *** *******. **** ***** the **** ***** *** **** ******* ****** ** **** ****.

***** ** ******* ** *** ****** ***** *** ****** **** it ***** ** ***** ***.

********** *** *** ********* ****** *** ******** ***** *.* **** motion *******. ** ****** *** ****** *** ** **** **** as ****

****: **** ******* *** ********* *** *** ******* ** ***** cameras? ** *** *** **** ***** ******* **** **** *** are *** ** ****** *********?

********** *** ********* *** *** *** *** **** ***********. ** I *** *** ******* **** ***** ******. * *** *** cameras *** ** *****, * ***, **** **** ** *** cameras. ********* ** *** ***** ****** *******, *** **** *** to *** **** ****** ** ** ******, *** ** **** black ***. * ********* **** *** *** ****, *** **** see *** **** *****, **** **** *** ******* *** *** to ***** *** *** *** ***** **********. ** ***** ******* the ***** ****, ** *** **** ** ****. *** *** issue ** **** ** **** **** ****** **** ***.

** **** ** ***** ***** *** **** **** *** ******* all ** ******* ** ****. *** *******, ** *** *** (32) ***** *******. *** *** *** **** ****** (*******) ** to ** *******. *** *** ***** ******* *** *** *******, but ** **** *** ******* *** *** ******* ** ****. Basically, ******* *** *** **** ** ***** *******, *** **** camera **** ****** ***. *** ******* ** **** ***** *** decided ** ****** *** ********** ***** ****** ** *****-******* **** instead ** ******** *** *********. ** **** ******* ** ****** the ********* ** *****-******* **** **** **** ***** ***** ** resolved. ****** *** * ******** *********** ** *** ******. **** you **** **** *****?

****: * **** *** * **** *** **** - ***** question - *** ** *** */*/* ** *** **** *** used?

*** **** ** *** *******. * **** ****** ** **** 22 *******. ** * *** *** **** **** ****** ***** to *** *** **** *****

***** **** *'* *** *** **** *** *** *** ******** a ******* ***** ** ** **** ** * ****** **** "tripod" *** ****** *******!

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

*** ******* **** ** *** ** ******* ****** ***. *** SoC ******** ****** ** ********* ***** ******** ******** ** *** form ** * * ****** ***** **** **** ** *****. In ******** - ***** *** * *** ***** **** *** also ****** **** **** ****** **** (** **** *** **** fps ******...) *** ** *** ****** * ***** ** ****** only **** *** ******* *****. ****** ***** ** **** * SGX530 *** ** ***** ***** *** *** **** ******** ********* but ** ** ******* ***.

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

** **! * ****. **** ******* ****** ************* ** ****. When ** *** ****-*** ********* ** ** ********? * *** wondering *** ***** **** *** ***** ** **** *** ***! Bohan **** ** **** ***** *******, *'* **** ** ******* things ******* *** **** ** ** **** ****** *** **********.

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

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*** "**" ** *** **** ******* ** ** ******** ****** than ***** **********. *** *** **'* ** ******.

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*** *** *******-*** **** ** *** ***** *** **** ****** in *** ******* ** ******, *** *** ** *****, ***** with *** ** ******.

**** ** ****** **** ** ******* *** *** ***** *** when ****** *** *** *** - ****** **** *** ** do ****?

**** *** **** "*** ******* *** ****** ** *** ******** performer ***** *** ***** ***** ******* ******." **** *** ********* to *** ******* ******** ** *** ******* *** ******?

**** *****. **** *** *** ******* ***. *'** ***** ** in *** ****.

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