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Various Models of Amcrest Vs Lorex Security Cameras Which One Gives You Better Value

Amcrest has become a big brand in security cameras, and the products released are no less competitive with similar products from Lorex. Lorex has a big name in security camera after being acquired by Dahua the giant security camera from China. How good is amcrest camera compared to Lorex?

Amcrest vs Lorex

Both Amcrest and Lorex provide a variety of security camera products either for home security system needs ranging from doorbell cameras, indoor wifi home cameras, and outdoor floodlight cameras to office or industrial business needs including security camera kits, recording units (DVR /NVR) and appropriate add-on cameras.

What types of Amcrest vs Lorex security camera models to discuss in this article?

  • Home wifi camera
  • Fixed lens add-on camera
  • Varifocal lens add-on camera
  • 8 channel security camera kits

We will start by comparing home wifi cameras which generally can work stand alone without connecting to recorder unit or base station. 

1. Wireless ptz home camera

One of the most popular products released by Amcrest for home camera security systems is the Amcrest ip4m-1051, while a similar product released by Lorex is Lorex w261aqc. How do these two products compete in the market and which one suits your needs.

Amcrest IP4m-1051
Amcrest ip4m-1051 4mp wifi dual band camera

These two camera models are popular home wifi cameras that can connect to your home wifi internet network without having to go through the base station or recorder unit (NVR). So they can work right away and can join smart homes like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant for voice command.

Take a look at the following table 1 that shows you spec comparison table between Amcrest and Lorex home wifi cameras.

Recording resolution

The main difference between these two products is the recording resolution; Amcrest provides a resolution up to 4mp @ 20 fps while lorex only up to 2mp full HD @ 30 fps. However, note that Amcrest can only go up to 3mp @ 30 fps, while with the same frame rate (fps) Lorex is only up to 2mp. Actually they are not much different with the same fps.  

Lorex Home wifi Camera W261aqc
Lorex Home wifi Camera

Wifi adapter

Each of the security cameras comes with built-in wifi adapter to connect to the wifi network in place. The Amcrest ip4m-1051 comes with a dual band wireless ac wifi adapter (802.11ac) so it can connect to dual band wifi ac or wifi ax router using the @5ghz radio band for cleaner connection than the @2.4ghz band which has a lot of interference. Lorex only comes with single band @2.4Ghz radio band wifi.

Table 1 Amcrest vs Lorex Home wifi camera

Home wifi cameraAmcrest ip4m-1051Lorex W261aqc
Image sensor1/2.9″ progressive scan CMOS1/2.7″ progressive scan CMOS
Lens2.8mm f/2.0Fixed lens 2.8mm f/2.0
View angle120 degree diagonal130 degree diagonal
Zoom16x digital zoom16x Digital zoom
Minimum illumination1.08Lux / F2.0Unspecified
Resolution4MP (2688 x 1520) @20 fps; 3MP @30 fps2MP (1920 x 1080) @30 fps
Night vision12pcs IR LEDs range up to 32ft (10m)IR LEDs 850nm range up to 33ft (10m)
AudioTwo way audio with built-in speaker and microphone with noise cancelling algorithmTwo way audio with built-in speaker and microphone with noise cancelling algorithm
StorageNAS, FTP, Local PC, MicroSD Card (128GB)Up to 256 GB microSD, Class 10 or Higher
Wifi adapterDual band 2.4GHz(802.11b/g/n), 5GHz(802.11ac/a /n)2.4GHz single band
PTZ360 degree pan and 90 degree tilt and digital zoom via the appPan and tilt and digital zoom controlled by the mobile app
Smart home supportsAlexaGoogle assistant and Alexa

With a price difference of around $ 20, Amcrest ip4m-1051 is preference model with higher resolution of up to 4MP @ 20 fps and also supports dual band wifi to be able to connect more flexibly with the 2.4Ghz radio band or 5GHz band which is cleaner from signal interference. Click the link below to shop the product on Amazon (#ads).

There still more security camera models that commonly deploy in homes and don’t need to connect to base station or NVR unit such as Floodlight security camera. See also Lorex floodlight camera vs Amcrest.

2. Fixed Lens add-on camera

Security cameras with fixed lenses are widely available in the market compared to security cameras with varifocal lenses. This is understandable considering the price of security cameras with varifocal lens is much more expensive than fixed lens cameras because the technology and mechanical design of security cameras with varifocal lenses are more complicated.

Amcrest ip8m-t2669ew-ai
Amcrest ip8m-t2669ew-ai

Amcrest ip8m-t2669ew-ai is one of fixed lens security cameras offered by Amcrest that supports AI (artificial intelligent) technology. How this product is compared with one of new products offered by Lorex with fixed lens, the Lorex e841cd-e. Both cameras are turret model with 4k resolution for outdoor / indoor placement. Please refer to table 2 below for spec comparison table between the two fixed lens security cameras.

4k @30 fps

Both of these products provide the same resolution of up to 4k (8MP) but the frame rate is different. The Amcrest ip8m-t2669ew delivers a maximum fps @30 fps @4K, while the Lorex E841CD-E only delivers half the frame rates of the Amcrest @4k resolution. The higher the frame rates of the camera the smoother the video footage.

Lorex e841cd-e
Lorex e841cd-e


When two lighting conditions both bright and dark are in one frame, then your camera will work hard to be able to produce a good balanced image. For this reason, the camera is equipped with a WDR (Wide dynamic range) feature so that the camera can display a balanced image when two light conditions exist in the same frame. True WDR combines hardware and software to challenge this two light conditions in the frame. While camera with HDR (High dynamic range) feature is a software feature only without hardware device like on true WDR feature camera.

AI feature

Amcrest ip8m-t2669ew features AI (artificial intelligent) you can enable to support face detection, human and vehicle detection, and also perimeter protection including tripwire and intrusion detection. However when you enable this AI feature (enabled by default) your camera can go maximum @20 fps @4k resolution.

Table 2 Lorex vs Amcrest fixed lens camera

Home wifi cameraAmcrest ip8m-t2669ewLorex E841CD-E
Image sensor1/2.8″ 8MP Progressive CMOS8MP/4K 1/2.7″ CMOS
LensFixed lens 2.8mm f/1.4Fixed lens 2.8mm f/2.0
View angle108 degree horizontal105 degree horizontal
WDR  120dB true WDRHDR
Minimum illumination0.007 Lux @F1.4Unspecified
Resolution4K @30fps (4K @20fps when AI is enabled, AI is automatically enabled).4K(8MP)@15fps, 5MP@30fps, 1080p@30fps, 720p@30fps
Night vision2 IR LEDs range up to 98ft (30m) with auto/ manual On/Off controlColor night vision with ambient light; IR LEDs range up to 130 ft(40m)
AudioOne way audio with built-in microphoneOne way audio with microphone
StorageFTP, NAS, MicroSD Card (Up to 256GB)NVR storage, no local memory storage
Power12V DC / PoE (802.3af)PoE (Class -802.3af)/12V DC
Housing protectionIP67 weatherproof with metal housingIP67 weatherproof with aluminum metal housing
Smart features  Face detection, Perimeter Protection Tripwire,
Intrusion of human and vehicle detection
Motion detection

The price difference between the two models is only $10. With Amcrest ip8m-t2669ew-ai you have 4k @20 resolution with AI feature and true WDR as opposed with Lorex. Click the link below to see more details and shop the product in Amazon (#ads).

Now, we shift to varifocal lens add-on security cameras.

3. Varifocal lens add-on cams

The security camera model with a varifocal motorized lens allows you to zoom in/out remotely through your camera software. Unlike a camera with manual varifocal lens which you can adjust the zoom / the view angle manually, you cannot adjust the zoom in / out remotely via the app.

Have a look at the following spec comparison table 3 that represents varifocal lens comparison between Amcrest ip8m-vt2879ew-ai and Lorex Lne9292. Both of these two camera models come with varifocal lens with motorized zoom you can control remotely via your mobile device while you are on the go.

Amcrest ip8m-vt2879
Amcrest ip8m-vt2879

4k @15 fps

Unlike Lorex Lne9292, Amcrest only provides frame rates up to 15fps @4k resolution. See that provides twice as fast fps as Amcrest @4k resolution. However, Lorex is not equipped with 120dB true WDR feature to challenge two extreme bright and dark lighting conditions, except for software-based HDR.

Local memory storage

Amcrest ip8m-vt2879ew-ai comes with available memory SD Card slot you can insert up to 256GB memory capacity. You can either use this camera alone and controlled by using Amcrest pro app or Blue Irish pro software or connect to compliant Onvif NVR system. you can store all the video footage and other snapshot alerts in the local memory storage if you don’t connect it to the NVR unit.

Lorex lne9292 turret camera
Lorex lne9292 turret camera

With Lne9292 you cannot store data to local memory storage on the camera, but you can use the compliant NVR system. see more detail on the following spec comparison table below.

Table 3. Amcrest vs Lorex Varifocal lens cameras

Varifocal lens cameraAmcrest ip8m-vt2879ew-aiLorex Lne9292
Image sensor1/2.8″ 8MPCMOS Starlight technology4K (8MP) 1/2.8″ CMOS
LensVarifocal Lens 2.7mm ~ 13.5mmMotorized Varifocal lens 2.7mm to 13.5mm F1.5
Zoom5x optical motorized zoom4x optical motorized zoom
View angleH: 113 degree ~ 36 degree/ V: 58 degree ~ 17 degree/
D: 138 degree ~ 36 degree
H: 113 degree ~ 31 degree
WDR 120dBHDR (high dynamic range)
Minimum illuminationUnspecifiedUnspecified
Resolution4K (8-Megapixel / 3840×2160) resolution  4K @15fps.Up to 4K (8MP) @30fps
Night vision2pcs IR LEDs range up to 131.2ft (45m)Color night vision with ambient light; Night vision with IR LEDs range up to 150ft (46m)
AudioOne way audio in with built-in MicrophoneOne way audio in with built-in Microphone
StorageMicro SD Card up to 256GB, NVR, Cloud, NASN/A
PowerPOEPoE Class -802.3af /12V DC
Housing protectionIP67 weatherproof with heavy duty metal housing
IP67 weatherproof with metal aluminum alloy housing
Smart features Face detection; Perimeter protection, tripwire and
intrusion with built-in IVS features Smart motion detection by enabling human and vehicle detection 
Face detection, human and vehicle detection

Now, you judge which one is suitable to meet your business. Click the link below to read more detail and see the current price in Amazon (#ads).

The following paragraphs will discuss the 8 / 16 channel security camera system kits between the two vendors.

4. 8 / 16 Channel camera system

For small offices or homes with up to 4 monitoring zones, both Amcrest and Lorex offer various models of 8 channels NVR system kits with 4pcs of security cameras, and you can add up to 4 more add-on cameras when you need to expand in the future. For businesses should you require larger scale surveillance system, consider 32 channel NVR system such as Lorex and GW Security 32 ch NVR system kit

Let’s take Amcrest Nv4108e-Ip5m-T1179ew4-2tb kit that comes with 4pcs of 5MP turret model outdoor POE cameras and take one of popular Lorex 4AKAD8 Kits active deterrent security camera system kits as comparison.

Amcrest Nv4108e-Ip5m-T1179ew4-2tb

In this security camera kit, Amcrest offers Nv4108e 8 channel 4k NVR system with built-in 8-port POE switch to let you connect up to 8pcs POE security cameras up to 4k resolution. In this bundle, Amcrest also add 2TB hard disk storage as pre-installed hard disk and you can install total capacity up to 6TB hard disk.

Amcrest 8 channel security camera kit with preinstalled 2IB hard disk and 4pcs of outdoor turret model 5MP security cameras is ideal for homes with up to four cameras requirement and you can easily add up to more 4 cameras in the future when you need to expand.

Amcrest Nv4108e-Ip5m-T1179ew4-2tb
Amcrest Nv4108e-Ip5m-T1179ew4-2tb

This bundle is tagged with the price around $430.0 in Amazon.

Now we need to compare this Amcrest 8 channel security camera kits with similar product offered by Lorex 4AKAD8 Kits.

Lorex 4AKAD8 Kits

If the 5MP resolution offered by Amcrest is not high enough to meet your needs, then your choice is 4k resolution security camera system, twice the resolution offered by Amcrest. Lorex offers 8 channel security camera kit with 4k resolution cameras. Not just higher resolution camera, Lorex offers security camera with an active deterrent feature that can trigger the sirens and spotlights due to motion detection. With siren and spotlight triggered can prevent intruders from further pursuing criminal acts when entering your property.

Lorex 4AKAD8 Kits
Lorex 4AKAD8 Kits

Unlike Amcrest that uses IP network cameras that allows you to use UTP network cable for wired POE connection from the cameras to the recording unit (Amcrest NV4108E NVR unit), with Lorex the technology used is analog that uses coaxial cable for camera connections to the DVR unit with BNC interfaces.

Comparison tables

To make it easier for you to choose which of the two bundle kits suit your business needs, the two tables below present a comparison table between Amcrest and Lorex 8 channel security camera kits.

Table 1 represents recording units each of the security kits. The main difference between Amcrest NV4108E and Lorex 4AKAD8 is the recording technology used, see that Amcrest is an NVR (network video recorder) system, while the Lorex is a DVR (digital video recorder) system. We don’t discuss more detail what the difference between NVR and DVR system is, you can find more details by Googling on the net. With NVR you use UTP cable for connecting the network cameras to the recording unit which typically comes with built-in POE port switch. On the other hand, with DVR the connection between each of the analog security camera to the recording unit uses coaxial cable. 

Table 4 Amcrest vs Lorex Recording Unit

Recording Unit SystemAmcrest NV4108ELorex 4AKAD8
Recording typeIP Network (NVR)Digital (DVR) analog
Channels8 channels NVR with built-in 8-port POE switch8 channels DVR with built-in 8x BNC ports
Recording resolutionUp to 4K (8MP) /each channel supports H.265Up to 4K (8.0MP)
Disk storageSupports up to 6TB hard disk Preinstalled 2TB hard diskComes with 2TB preinstalled hard disk Up to 8TB storage
Incoming bandwidthUp to 80MbpsUnspecified

Table 5 below shows you spec comparison between the security cameras included in each of the bundle kit.

Amcrest ip5m-T1179ew is an IP camera with 5MP (1440p) resolution @20 fps with fixed 2.8mm lens and wide 103 degree field of view angle. While Lorex C881DA is analog camera with high resolution 4k, fixed lens 2.8mm and 98 degree view angle.

Table 5 Amcrest vs Lorex security camera

Security cameraAmcrest ip5m-T1179ewLorex C881DA-E
Camera typeIP network cameraAnalog HD (CVI)
Resolution5MP @20fps High resolution, 2560 x 1440P4k (8.0MP)
Lens2.8mm fixed lens2.8mm fixed lens f/1.6
Field of view angle103 degree horizontal98 degree horizontal
Night vision2pcs powerful IR LEDs range up to 98ft (30m)Color night vision with ambient light IR LED
range up to 135ft (41m) 90ft (28m) total darkness
Siren and spotlightN/AYes and light alerts
Compression supportsH.265 / H.264N/A
AudioOne way audio with built-in MicrophoneSpeaker, no microphone
Local memory storageMicro SD Card up to 256GBN/A, need DVR unit with storage
Housing protectionIP67 weatherproof withIP67 weatherproof  with polycarbonate body construction
Price$430.00 (NVR with 4 cameras)$440.0 (NVR with 4 analog cameras)

Now you decide which of these Amcrest and Lorex kits suits your business needs. The two module kits are sold at almost the same price in Amazon, the differences have discussed on the above paragraphs. Click the link below to shop the product in Amazon (#ads).

Related products

For single or couple floodlight security cameras, Amcrest released ASH26 and Lorex released V261lcd. Which one is better? Click the following link for spec comparison between Lorex V261lcd floodlight security camera vs Amcrest ash26.  

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