Amcrest IP8M-2493 vs Hikvision vs Lorex 4K security Camera

With the increasing number of security camera products on the market, each vendor released several new camera models with higher resolution up to 4k (8.0mp) and of course more sophisticated features and technology. Amcrest offers new 4k security camera – Amcrest IP8M-2493. How it is compared with Hikvision 2CD2185FWD-1 and Lorex LNE8974 4K security camera.

We will discuss the comparison for amcrest ip8m-2493 vs hikvision and lorex LNE8974 vs Hikvision in the following paragraphs. First of all we need to discuss the new model offered by Amcrest.

Amcrest IP8M-2493

When you find that your HD 1080p or 2K security camera doesn’t provide you high quality image detail, you require ultra HD camera – a high resolution 8MP (aka 4K) security camera that connects to high bandwidth 4K security camera system kits.

4k resolution

Amcrest introduces IP8M-2493 ultra HD 8MP or 4K security camera delivers high resolution of up to 3840×2160 pixels @15 fps. This camera is supposed to compete with those 4k security cameras have been around in the market today.

16x digital zoom

Amcrest doesn’t apply optical zoom to this product to reduce hardware complexity and off course to reduce cost since optical zoom add overhead production cost. However Amcrest add 16x intelligent digital zoom provides you range of 69~112 degree field of view angle. Indeed, zooming in camera with digital zoom is not as sharp as optical zoom camera. We’ll see amcrest vs lorex is different with the inclusion of optical zoom for Lorex.

See also similar intelligent zoom features offered by Amcrest IP4M-1056EW and Amcrest IP4M-1054EW 4MP outdoor cameras.

Amcrest IP8M-2493 4k security camera
Amcrest IP8M-2493 4k security camera


  • Superior ultra HD 4k / 8MP (3840×2160 pixels) @15 fps
  • comes with 2.8 mm lens Sony IMX322 progressive scanning image sensor and the Ambarella S2Lm chipset
  • Range of field of view angle 69~112 degree with 16x intelligent digital zoom
  • Night vision 18x IR LEDs range up to 98 ft(30m)
  • POE support
  • IP67 weatherproof IK10 vandal resistant housing
  • Micro SD Card storage (for 2493EB model)
  • Store to compatible Amcrest NVR, Onvif NVR, FTP, 4-hours free Amcrest cloud storage and other storage plan
  • Intelligent motion alerts
  • QR Code scan supports

The listed features are only most important highlights you may need to know, to learn manufacturer’s description click the link below:

Click here to learn more Amcrest IP8M-2493EB

 Amcrest IP8M-2493 vs Hikvision vs Lorex

Today, there are lots of models of 4k security camera available in the market and let’s compare how good the features of Amcrest IP4M-2493 compared with Hikvision and Lorex. Hikvision offers lots models of 4k security camera including DS-2CD2085FWD-I or Hikvision 2CD2185FWD-1 we’ll compare it with Amcrest here. Lorex also offers few models of 4k camera including LNB8005, LNE8111B 4k camera or the LNE8974BW 8MP camera we’ll compare with Amcrest.

Hikvision 2CD2185FWD-1 4k security camera


All the three products offer the same recording resolution of 4K (3840×2160 pixels) but with slightly different frame rates per second (fps). Hikvision offers 4K @20 fps while both Amcrest and Lorex offer the same 15 fps.

Lorex offers varifocal lens 2.8~ 12 mm providing 4x optical zoom, motorized optical zoom you can control remote or locally using your mobile device with app. In addition of 4x optical zoom Lorex apply software based digital zoom, 16x digital zoom. On the hand Amcrest comes with 16x digital zoom with the absence of optical zoom. But Hikvision comes with no zoom feature. See that amcrest vs lorex, same 4k but different @fps and optical zoom, hikvision vs lorex is different in zoom feature.

With varifocal lens optical zoom or digital zoom, the field of view angle can also be customized ranging from 69~ 112 degree view angle for Amcrest and Lorex can also vary ranging from 39~102 degree view angle.

Lorex LNE8974 4k turret model security camera

Night vision

Unlike Amcrest and Hikvision, Lorex applies color night vision (CNV) technology for LNE8974 and some other new Lorex cameras. With CNV technology, you still can still record night vision with color as long as there is still ambient light. However when it is completely dark, it switches to black and night like other camera in general up to 250 ft distance. other competing products can illuminate up to only 100 ft in general.


Both Amcrest IP8M-2493 and Hikvision 2CD2185FWD don’t feature audio, but Lorex LNE8974 comes with built-in audio.

Other features show that Lorex LNE8974 offers richer features including customized  regional motion zones and privacy masking.

Comparison tables

Take a look at the following two spec head to head comparison tables, table 1 shows spec comparison between Amcrest and Hikvision while table 2 shows spec comparison table for hikvision vs lorex, and indirectly you can also see how amcrest vs lorex are different.

Table 1 Amcrest vs Hikvision

ModelAmcrest IP8M-2493Hikvision 2CD2185FWD-1
Recording resolution4K/8MP (3840×2160) @15 fps4K/8MP (3840×2160) @20 fps
Lens4.0mm fixed lens Sony IMX322 progressive scanning image sensor and the Ambarella S2Lm chipset4.0mm fixed lens  ½.5 inch progressive scan CMOS
Zoom16x intelligent digital zoomN/A
FOV69~112 degree79 degree
Compression H.265, H.265+, H.264+, H.264
Night vision18x IR LEDs range up to 98 ft(30m)Range up to 98 ft(30m)
POEYesYes, 802.3af & DC12V
StorageMicro SD Card, Onvif NVR, FTP and optional Amcrest cloud storageBuilt-in micro SD Card up to 128GB
AlertsIntelligent Motion Alerts, Email Alerts/SnapshotsLine crossing detection, Intrusion detection, Unattended baggage detection, Object removal detection
HousingIP67 weatherproof IK10 vandal resistantIP67 weatherproof IK10 vandal resistant

Table 2 Hikvision vs Lorex

Model Hikvision 2CD2185FWD-1 Lorex LNE8974BW
Recording resolution 4K/8MP (3840×2160) @20 fps 4K/8MP (3840×2160) @ 15fps / 2K @ 30fps
Lens 4.0mm fixed lens  ½.5 inch progressive scan CMOS 2.8~12mm motorized varifocal lens Sony Exmor R CMOS sensor
Zoom N/A 4x motorized optical zoom 16x digital zoom
FOV 79 degree 39~102 degree
Compression H.265, H.265+, H.264+, H.264 H.265 / H.264 / MJPEG
Night vision Range up to 98 ft(30m) Long range Night vision up to 250ft infrared night vision, up to 175 ft color night vision (CNV)
POE Yes, 802.3af & DC12V Yes,
Storage Built-in micro SD Card up to 128GB N/A, Onvif compliant NVR, Lorex
Audio N/A Yes, built-in audio microphone
Alerts Line crossing detection, Intrusion detection, Unattended baggage detection, Object removal detection Customized regional motion zones and privacy masking
Housing IP67 weatherproof IK10 vandal resistant IP67 weatherproof with Durable metal aluminum camera housing
Onvif Yes Yes
Price $196.99 $259.99

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For more various comparison between Hikvision and Lorex cameras – click this link hikvison vs lorex POE cameras and various comparison between Amcrest and Lorex – click this link amcrest vs lorex outdoor cameras.

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