Testing HikVision's IP Camera 2010

Author: Benros Emata, Published on Feb 08, 2010

Hikvision is one of the fastest growing video surveillance manufacturers in the world. Already a leader in their home market of China, Hikvision is aggressively expanding direct sales efforts throughout North America and Europe.

While HikVision is best known for its analog products (DVRs, cameras, etc.), they are growing an IP video portfolio (such as IP cameras and VMS software). In this test, we examine HikVision's 2MP box camera - the DS-2CD852MF-E.

Key findings from the test include:

  • Acceptable video quality and detail in well, evenly lit areas
  • Poor video quality in both low light (1 lux or lower) and wide dynamic range scenes (such as sunlight facing a doorway) [Note: this camera does not have a mechanical cut filter, a different model (DS-2CD852MF-ICR) does but it is not publicly listed on Hikvision's website]
  • Cumbersome configuration process with key steps undocumented

While the camera is inexpensive, prudent users should carefully consider the impact of various limitations and issues.

Compare to 9 other megapixel camera tests. Of the cameras we have tested, the Vivotek 2MP camera is the closest for overall price / performance.

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