annke vs reolink

Affordable Annke vs Reolink Security Cameras Which One is Best Value

Annke offers affordable IP security cameras, so does Reolink. How good Annke vs Reolink compare?

When the budget is limited, then the choice of a product will always be associated with an affordable price and certainly with the hope that the product has a spec as good as products from other big vendors whose prices are more expensive. Likewise our business needs for security cameras, with a limited budget you can consider the security cameras offered by Annke or Reolink. Both Annke and Reolink provide security camera products at affordable prices compared to products from other big brands.

How Does Annke Vs Reolink Compete?

We will select several flagship products from each of Reolink and Annke and compare them which of the two models is worth considering for your security camera needs.

1. Annke vs Reolink Color Night Vision Camera

One of the new products released by Annke is the Annke NCA500 full color night vision camera as an add-on camera for your DVR system. We will compare it with one of the Reolink products which can also provide color night vision, the Reolink Lumus.

Camera type

For those of you who need continuous live view, the annke nca500 is perfect, but this camera is an analog model. You need a recorder unit (DVR) from annke or any compatible one. To connect the camera to the recorder unit (DVR) you need a coaxial cable with a BNC connection. So it can’t stand alone.

Compare this product with Reolink Lumus, which can connect directly to your home wifi network with a wifi connection.

Annke NCA500 Color night vision
Annke NCA500 Color night vision


Another difference is the camera resolution; indeed the Annke NCA500 provides a resolution of up to 5mp @ 30 fps. Compare it with Reolink Lumus which is only 2mp @ 15 fps. Annke nca500 is very good with 130db wdr feature which Lumus doesn’t have. Please see in more detail the differences between the two products on the following spec comparison table.

Table 1 Annke vs Reolink Color night vision camera

ModelAnnke nca500Reolink Lumus
TypeAnalog camera / TVI/ CVI/ AHD connect to compatible DVR unitIP Camera – connect direct to your wifi network in home
Image sensor5MP image CMOS sensor½.8inch CMOS sensor 2MP
Minimum illumination0.0005 Lux@(F1.0, AGC On), 0 Lux with White LightUnspecified
Lens3.6mmf=2.8mm, F=2.0, with IR Cut
View angle80.1 degreeHorizontal: 100 degree; vertical: 54 degree
ResolutionTVI: 5MP@20 fps, 4MP@30 fps, 4MP@25 fps, 1080p@30 fps, 1080p@25 fps CVI:
4MP@30 fps, 4MP@25 fps AHD: 5MP@20 fps, 4MP@30 fps, 4MP@25 fps
2MP (1920 x 1080) @15 fps
SpotlightWarm ligt range up to 100ft (30m)1.6W 6500K, 180 lumen
HousingIP67 weatherproof with heavy duty full metal housingIP65 weatherproof
ConnectivityBNCWifi 802.11b/g/n @2.4GHz band
AudioN/ATwo way audio with microphone and
AlertsN/A, live view only full color day and nightPIR motion detection with alerts to
your mobile device with Reolink app (siren, or customized voice alerts)
Dimension68 mm x 70 mm x 168.2 mm (2.68″ x 2.76″ x 6.62″)99 mm x 91 mm x 60 mm
Price in Amazon (Sep 2021)$69.99$49.99

If you already have DVR unit in place, Annke nca500 is ideal, unless Reolink lumus is a preference.

2. Annke vs Reolink Dome Model

One of Annke’s featured products with turret model @ 4k resolution is the Annke C800 which we will compare with Reolink featured product with dome model i.e. D800 @ 4k resolution as well. Basically Annke offered the twin model of bullet and dome C800 POE cameras with 4k resolution.

Both Annke C800 and Reolink D800 cameras allow you to adjust the position in which direction your camera will point to by manually rotating horizontal and vertical positions. It is different from PTZ cameras that can be panned and tilted remotely by software via your mobile device.

Both of these products get good customer ratings at several online shops at affordable prices.

Annke C800 turret 4k camera
Annke C800 turret 4k camera

Better features higher price

These two products as general have the same main feature which is 4k resolution although there is a slight difference in frame rate where Reolink D800 provides 20fps @ 4k resolution compared to the Annke C800 which is only @ 15 fps at the same 4k resolution. The higher frame rate the smoother the video perform, typically the real time speed is @30 fps. See also Reolink vs Lorex 8 channel NVR system which consists of D800 cameras.

Another advantage offered by Annke is the use of Sony Starvis image sensor and EXIR infrared that can provide clearer night vision than others, and you can still record colors in low light conditions up to 0.01Lux in ambient light conditions. See also Starvis color night vision security camera.

Reolink D800 4k camera
Reolink D800 4k camera

One other advantageous feature of Annke compared to Reolink is Onvif compliant which allows you to connect the camera to other third party NVR system with supports Onvif and 4k resolution. Reolink can only work on compatible Reolink 4k NVR system.

Take a look at the following table 2 that shows you spec comparison between Annke and Reolink.

Table 2 Annke vs Reolink Dome camera

ModelAnnke C800 DomeReolink D800
Resolution4k (3840×2160)  @15fps with H.265+3840 x 2160 (8.0 Megapixels) @ 20 fps 
with H.264
Lens2.8mm Sony IMX274 Starvis (1/2.5″ CMOS)
with minimum illumination  0.01Lux@(F1.2 AGC ON)
4.0mm ½.7” CMOS sensor
Field of view angleDiagonal FOV 124°(2.8mm Lens)87°  horizontal view angle
Night vision1 pcs EXIR LEDs / range Up to 100ft/30m18pcs IR LEDs range up to 100ft (30m)
AudioN/AAudio In with built-in Microphone
StorageBuilt-in microSD/SDHC/SDXC slot, up to 128 GBN/A
PowerDC12V;PoE(802.3af)PoE : PoE IEEE 802.3af; 48V Active DC Power: DC 12.0V ⎓ 1A; < 8W
HousingIP67 weatherproof with metal & plastic housingIP66 weatherproof
OnvifYesCan only work with Reolink ELN8 NVR system

With the advantages of Starvis image sensor, EXIR night vision, local micro SD card storage and Onvif, Annke is preference to support your business even though more expensive.

 3. Annke C800 Bullet vs Reolink

Now we take the twin of the C800 series with the Bullet model compared to the bullet model of the Reolink B800 which is also with 4k resolution. The twin bullet and dome model of Annke C800 series are different in few specs.

Annke C800 series 4k bullet camera
Annke C800 series 4k bullet camera

Annke C800 dome vs bullet

There are at least 4 differences between Annke C800 series dome and bullet models including focal length, view angle, IR LEDs, and local memory slot availability. Take a look the following spec differences between Dome and Bullet model of Annke C800 series.

C800 series modelBulletDome / turret
Focal length4.0mm2.8mm
View angle79°124°
Number of IR LEDs2pcs1pc
Memory local storageN/AYes, 128GB

Now back to spec comparison between Annke C800 vs Reolink B800 POE outdoor cameras. To help you see the spec differences (if any), table 3 below shows you spec comparison table between the two products.

Apparently you will find only two spec differences between the two products: the IR LEDs for the night vision and the availability of audio.

Annke comes with 2pcs of EXIR LEDs and the Sony Starvis image sensor for much better night vision performance compared with other IR LEDs in general. As discussed above, with Starvis CMOS you can find the low light condition will perform much better with color view up to 0.01Lux light before switch to black and white in full darkness.

Reolink B800 offers one way audio with built-in microphone, but Annke doesn’t. What else you see here is the Onvif feature Annke is compliant, but Reolink is not Onvif.

Table 3. Annke vs Reolink Bullet

ModelAnnke C800 BulletReolink B800
Resolution4k (3840×2160)  @15fps with H.265+3840 x 2160 (8.0 Megapixels) @ 20 fps 
with H.264
Lens4.0 mm Sony IMX274 Starvis (1/2.5″ CMOS)
with minimum illumination  0.01Lux@(F1.2 AGC ON)
4.0mm ½.7” CMOS sensor
Field of view angleDiagonal FOV 79° (4.0 mm Lens)97°  horizontal view angle
Night vision2 pcs EXIR LEDs / range Up to 100ft/30m18pcs IR LEDs range up to 100ft (30m)
AudioN/AAudio In with built-in Microphone
PowerDC12V;PoE(802.3af)PoE : PoE IEEE 802.3af; 48V Active DC Power: DC 12.0V ⎓ 1A; < 8W
HousingIP67 weatherproof with metal housingIP66 weatherproof
OnvifYesCan only work with Reolink ELN8 NVR system

As general, with Sony Starvis image sensor the security camera provides vivid and clear image results compared with other standard image sensor. Customer satisfaction with this C800 security camera series is very good and you can read their testimonial review on Amazon.

4. Annke vs Reolink PTZ

Now we compare the flagship product of Reolink PTZ camera and one of Annke PTZ camera and we’ll see technically how Annke is more advantage than Reolink. Reolink rlc-423 is one of the flagship products offered by Reolink with the PTZ security camera model.

Look at the following table 4 below; see that technically the Annke cz400 ptz camera has several features and specs that are technically superior to the rlc-423 including true 120dB WDR, two In/Out audio interface, larger micro SD Card memory storage, a complete housing protection against any harsh environment, and richer smart features.

Annke CZ400 PTZ camera
Annke CZ400 PTZ camera

With still available of ambient light at night, both PTZ cameras can still record in color night vision. You can also configure to record in color night vision with the available ambient light.  

Table 4 Reolink vs Annke PTZ camera

PTZ modelReolink rlc-423Annke CZ400
Image sensor1/2.9″ CMOS Sensor1/3″ OmniVision Progressive Scan CMOS
Minimum illumination0 Lux (With IR Illuminator)Color: 0.005 Lux @ (ƒ/1.6, AGC On), B/W: 0.001 Lux @ (ƒ/1.6, AGC On), 0 Lux with IR
Resolution5MP (3072×1728) @30 fps4MP (2560×1440) @24 fps; 3MP(2048×1536) @30 fps
Lens2.7mm ~ 12.0mm , f/1.6 autofocus2.8 mm ~ 12 mm,  f/1.6 autofocus
Optical zoom4x Optical zoom4X Optical Zoom, 16X Digital Zoom
View angle range87 degree (Wide) ~31 degree (Tele), Vertical: 54 degree ~22 degree33° (Tele) – 100° (Wide)
Night vision6pcs IR LEDs range up to 190ft (60m)4pcs IR LEDs range up to 65ft (20m)
WDRHDR (digital WDR)120 dB True WDR
Audio1x Audio In interfaceBuilt-in Mic; Support 1-CH Audio Input and 1-CH Audio Output
StorageMicro SD Card up to 64GBSupport MicroSD Card (up to 256 GB) Local Storage and NAS
Hosing protectionIP66 weatherproof with aluminum housingIP66, IK10, TVS 4,000 V Lightning Protection, Surge Protection, and Voltage Transient Protection
Smart featuresMotion detectionFace detection and line crossing, intrusion, region entrance/exit, unattended baggage, object removal & audio exception detection
Price in Amazon (Feb 2021)$229.99$259.99

With the price difference between Annke and Reolink PTZ camera, Annke offers more advantage features compared with Reolink rlc-423.

5. Annke vs Reolink 16 Channel Kits

Couples of bullet / dome security camera as discussed above are add-on cameras you can add to compliant 4k NVR system. Either Reolink or Annke offers multiple kits of 8 channels or 16 channels options that support up to 4k resolution, bundled with 4; 8 or 16 security cameras in either dome or bullet models. Here we compare two 16 channel NVR system kits with 8pcs dome 4k cameras that we have compared above. See also best 32 channel recording unit.

Reolink Rlk16-800d8

In this Reolink kit comes with Rlk16 4k 16 channel NVR system plus 8pcs of Reolink 800D 4k outdoor POE security cameras. Rlk16 comes with preinstalled 3TB hard disk and you can expand up to 12TB (2 SATA interfaces for 2 HDDs and each disk supports up to 6TB).

Reolink 16 Channel 4k kits

Table 5 shows you spec comparison table between Annke 16 channel NVR vs Reolink, and you can find spec comparison tables between the included security cameras as shown in table 1 as discussed above.

Annke H800

Like Reolink 16 channel kits, Annke released similar security kit H800. In this package Annke combines 16 channels NVR unit with 8pcs dome security cameras, so there are still 8 remaining ports that you can use if there is a need for it in the future.

Annke H800 16CH 4k Kits
Annke H800 16CH 4k Kits

Please refer to the following table for NVR system comparison and use table 1 as discussed above for security camera comparison.

Table 5 Reolink 16 channel vs Annke

NVR ModelReolink RLK16Annke
Channel #16 channel NVR with built-in 16-port POE Switch16 CHN NVR with built-in 16-port POE Switch
Recording ResolutionUp to 4k (3840 x 2160)Up to 8MP (3840 X 2160)
Video compressionH.265, H.264H.264+ /H.264 /H.265 /H.265+ /MPEG4
Video outputVGA (1920 x 1080) , HDMI (3840 x 2160)HDMI up to 4K; VGA up to 1080p
Storage2 SATA interfaces, 6TB each HDD (12TB)2 SATA up to 2x 6TB hard disk (12TB)
POEMax. Power Consumption/Port 25W Supported Standard: IEEE 802.3 af/at≤15 W (Without HDD and PoE) PoE: Max 25.5 W for Single Port
Price (with 8ocs cameras)$899.99$999.99

Both of these 16 channel security camera kits are tagged with not much different price. Click the link below to shop the product in Amazon (#ads).

Related products

To support your large property to cover you may consider Auto tracking POE PTZ cameras including Bioxo and Dahua with face recognition, or for your homes you may consider Amaryllo biometric auto tracking camera or try Amcrest ip2m-866 PTZ camera or Argus.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.