Amcrest vs Hikvision 4K Security Camera System

When the requirement of high resolution 4k security camera system exists to support your business, select the NVR system that supports 4k cameras available in the market such as Amcrest and Hikvision.

With high resolution of 4k security camera (aka 8MP cameras) you can get high resolution image detail 4 times as high resolution as 1080p so that’s why it is known as 4k ultra HD resolution security cameras.


Amcrest vs Hikvision

Why Amcrest or Hikvision? Both vendors offer wide range of surveillance systems including 4k security camera systems. In this article I take one surveillance kits from each of  the vendor to help you decide which system is suitable to meet your business need.

Take one of newly launched product offered by Amcrest –the Amcrest NV4108E-HS plus eight IP8M-2493E outdoor POE 4k security cameras and compared with Hikvision DS-7616NI NVR system plus eighth DS-2CD2385FWD-I outdoor cameras with turret model.

Both NVR system and the included cameras support 4k recording resolution. To help you understand the spec differences between the two surveillance kits, table 1 shows you main spec comparison between Amcrest and Hikvision NVR while table 2 shows you spec comparison between the cameras.

NVR systems

The good thing with IP camera and the network video recorder unit is that you can use existing computer network together with surveillance system, you can connect the camera to any port of the network switch (with POE injector) or direct connect to the built-in POE switch embedded with the NVR unit.

Amcrest 8 channel 4k security camera


Number of channel the NVR unit can support is essential for future expansion.  16 channel NVR system is preference than 8 channel should you require more channel in line with expanding your business requirement. With 8 camera security system having 16 channel NVR system is more advantage than 8 channel system. Hikvision DS-7716 is a 16 channel system with maximum bandwidth 160Mbps, while NV4108 is an 8 channel system with bandwidth 56Mbps and is cheaper.

Hikkvsion 16 channel 4k security camera


See that Hikvision 7616 supports up to 4x SATA ports with maximum capacity 6TB each HDD for total 24TB, large enough for 16 channel 4k video resolution. Amcrest NV4108 is 8 channel system with maximum 6TB.

For 8 camera security system, Hikvision with maximum disk gives you larger space capacity and even with full channels the disk capacity is appropriate for business.

Remote view

Most surveillance vendors apply their products capability of being viewed remotely via internet and QR Code scan is feature for easily viewed remotely using your mobile devices. P2P technology is an easy feature to configure remote viewing and QR code scan is part of its feature. no complication of configuring your home’s router something like port forwarding etc.

Both Amcrest and Hikvision support remote viewing with P2P technology.

Table 1 Amcrest vs Hikvision 4k NVR system

Model Amcrest NV4108E-HS Hikvision DS-7616
Recording resolution Up to 4K (8MP) @15 fps Up to 12MP, Max. 8MP(3840 × 2160) @20fps
Channel # 8 channel 16 channel
Bandwidth 56Mbps 160Mbps
POE ports 8x built-in POE ports Built-in 16 Ethernet ports
Storage SATA up to 6TB 4x SATA interface for 4 HDD Up to 6TB capacity for each HDD
Compression H.265 H.265, H.265+
Remote view Yes, QR Code scan Yes, P2P technology
MIC in / out 1x In; 1x Out 1x In; 1x Out
Price with 8 cameras $1,260.00 $2,090.00



All the included cameras are POE cameras with solid weatherproof housing, ideal for outdoor usage.

Recording resolution

Both Amcrest IP8M-2493 and Hikvision DS-2CD2385FWD-I delivers high resolution recording up to 8 megapixel or 4K resolution, 4 times as high resolution as 1080p camera, even Hikvision can record up to 12 megapixel.

However, the frame rate is different. Hikvision can record 4k @20 fps (frame per second), while Amcrest is slightly slower, 15 fps. The real time speed is 30 fps.

See also two new models offered by Amcrest – the Amcrest IP4M-1056EW and Amcrest IP4M-1054EW outdoor cameras with varifocal lens. and one 4k security camera offered by lorex – Lorex LNB8111 4k security camera.


Amcrest IP8m-2493 is built up using fixed lens featuring intelligent digital zoom, providing range of 69~112 degree field of view angle. On the other hand, Hikvision offers 5 variations of fixed lens options: 2.8 mm (102 degree); 4 mm (79 degree); 6 mm (50 degree); 8 mm (40 degree) and 12 mm (23 degree). in this surveillance kit, Hikvision offers 2.8 mm lens with 102 degree field of view angle.

Amcrest is digitally zoomed not like those cameras with optical zoom lens which is much better and sharper result.


Both Amcrest and Hikvision cameras are designed with IP67 rated weatherproof metal housing construction and Amcrest offers IK10 vandal resistant for impact proof.

Other features

The other features are almost similar including night vision, compression format, memory storage micro SD card and more.

The motion alerts Hikvision offers richer features including line crossing, face recognition, unattended baggage, object removal from pre-defined region etc.

Table 2 Amcrest vs Hikvision 4k security cameras

Model Amcrest IP8M-2493 Hikvision
Recording resolution 4K / 8MP (3840×2160) @15 fps 4K / 8MP (3840×2160) @20 fps
Zoom 16x intelligent digital zoom N/A
Lens 2.8 mm fixed lens 2.8mm fixed lens
FOV 69~112 degree 102 degree
Compression H.265 H.265+; H.265; H.264+; H.264
Night vision IR LED range up to 98 ft EXIR range up to 100 ft
Storage Micro SD card, Onvif NVR Micro SD Card, up to 128GB
Audio N/A N/A
Onvif Yes Yes
Housing Metal housing construction with IP67 weatherproof and IK10 vandal resistant IP67 weatherproof
Other features Intelligent motion alerts Smart feature-set including line crossing detection, face recognition etc
Price $180.00 $218.00


To learn more spec details including current price and rating in Amazon, click the link below:


Amcrest with NV4108E-HS 8 channel NVR system plus 8x Amcrest IP8M-2493 4K security cameras offers affordable price than Hikvision with 16 channel NVR and 8x turret model outdoor 4k security cameras. Amcrest cameras offer intelligent digital zoom to allow you customize focal length and field of view angle, Hikvision offers fixed 2.8 mm lens with 102 degree view angle.

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