Dahua Security Camera vs Amcrest vs Hikvision

Dahua is one of the security camera vendors with a large variety of products like its competitors Hikvision, Lorex and also Amcrest. Amcrest is mostly popular in United States, Canada, the UK, Germany and France and Amcrest provides free after-sales support and local warranty services to all of its customers in their local countries. Lorex is from Canada while the first two vendors Dahua and Hikvision are from Mainland China with worldwide customers.

Dahua vs Amcrest vs Hikvision

Here are some products from Dahua that we will compare with similar products from Amcrest and Hikvision.

1. IPC-HDW2831TM-AS-S2

One of the Dahua products with the Turret model is the Dahua IPC-HDW2831TM-AS-S2 which is one of several Lite-series released by Dahua. This camera is designed with a fixed lens with video resolution up to 4k @ 15 fps, or 2k @ 30 fps.

This product is a middle-class Turret model with a tagged price of around $ 100. In the same class we can compare it with the products released by Amcrest namely Amcrest ip8m-t2499 and also Hikvision DS-2CD2385FWD-I, one of the Turret camera products from Hikvision.

Dahua IPC-HDW2831TM-AS-S2 Turret 4k camera
Dahua IPC-HDW2831TM-AS-S2 Turret 4k camera

Highlights

  • Video resolution up to 4k @15 fps or 2k @30 fps
  • Optional Fixed 2.8mm/3.6mm lens with H.265 compression format and Min. Illumination 0.009 Lux @F2.0
  • Field of view angle @2.8 mm is 105° horizontal, and @ 3.6 mm: Pan 87°
  • Built-in 2x Lite IR Eyeball with range up to 98ft (30m)
  • 120dB WDR and 3D DNR noise reduction
  • Built-in Microphone for audio recording
  • Local SD memory card storage up to 128GB
  • IP67 with metal housing

When you compare with Amcrest IP8m-t2499 4k turret camera you can find that Amcrest offers further infrared range up to 164ft (50m), 20m further than Dahua. Amcrest comes with one 2.8mm fixed lens with 112 degree view angle. Other features are the same including resolution, WDR, and more. The prices between the products are nearly the same around $100.00 in Amazon.

Please refer to table 1 that shows you spec differences between Dahua and Amcrest 4k turret cameras.

Table 1 Dahua vs Amcrest 4k turret

ModelDahua IPC-HDW2831TM-AS-S2Amcrest IP8m-t2499
Resolution4k (3840×2160) @15fps, 4MP(2688×1520) @25/30 fps4K @15fps, 3MP @30fps.
Minimum illumination0.009 Lux @f2.0Unspecified
View angle105 degree112 degree
Night vision2pcs IR LEDs range up to 98ft (30m)1x IR LED range up to 164ft (50m)
Local storageMicro SD card up to 256GBMicro SD card up to 128GB
Price$116.00$109.99

This Amcrest 4k turret camera is very popular with excellent high customer rated among other Amcrest turret cameras. Click the product link below to learn more spec details and link to SHOP in Amazon.

Click here to SHOP Amcrest ip8m-t2499 turret cameras

What about this Dahua turret 4k camera series is compared with Hikvision DS-2CD2385FWD-I? Hikvision offers 2.8 mm / 4 mm / 6 mm / 8 mm Fixed Lens Options with video resolution up to 4k @20 fps or 5MP @30 fps. Hikvision comes with richer features including line crossing detection, intrusion detection, unattended baggage detection, object removal detection.

Table 2 Dahua vs Hikvision 4k turret

ModelDahua IPC-HDW2831TM-AS-S2Hikvision DS-2CD2385FWD-I 2.8mm
Resolution4k (3840×2160) @15fps, 4MP(2688×1520) @25/30 fps4k (3840 x 2160) @20 fps, 5MP @30 fps
Minimum illumination0.009 Lux @f2.0Color: 0.01 lux @(F1.2, AGC ON), 0 lux with IR
View angle105 degree102 degree
Night vision2pcs IR LEDs range up to 98ft (30m)1x IR LED range up to 98ft  (30m)
Local storageMicro SD card up to 256GBMicro SD card up to 128GB
AudioOne way audio with built-in MicrophoneN/A
Price$116.00$139.99

Hikvision offers more expensive than Dahua 4k turret camera even though Hikvision doesn’t come with audio feature and minimum illumination is slightly higher.

2. Dahua-Ipc-Hfw2831t-Zas-S2

One of the bullet models released by Dahua with 4K resolution is the Ipc-Hfw2831t-Zas-S2 one of the Lite series which also uses varifocal lens ranging from 2.7mm up to 13.5mm with minimum illumination is 0.008 Lux@F2.0. Varifocal lens with motorized optical zoom camera is more expensive than other fixed lens camera. However, Dahua offers you lower price than competing Amcrest and Hikvision products.

 Dahua-Ipc-Hfw2831t-Zas-S2
Dahua-Ipc-Hfw2831t-Zas-S2 with 5x optical zoom

Highlights

  • 8MP (4k) video resolution @15 fps, 4.0MP (2k) @30 fps with H.265 support
  • Varifocal 2.7mm ~ 13.5mm lens with minimum illumination 0.008 Lux@F1.5
  • Field of view angle 113 degree ~ 31 degree
  • Support BLC / HLC (Backlight / Highlight Compensation)
  • 3D DNR and 120dB WDR
  • 4pcs IR LEDs range up to 196ft (60m)
  • Local memory SD Card up to 256GB
  • Intelligent detection: Intrusion, tripwire and abnormality detection: Motion detection, video tampering, no SD card, SD card full, SD card error, network disconnection, IP conflict, illegal access,voltage detection
  • IP67 weatherproof
  • Onvif

Take a look at the following two spec differences between Dahua and Amcrest (table 3) and table 4 is spec comparison differences between Dahua and Hikvision.

See that Dahua with 5x optical zoom @4k resolution and lower mnimum illumination is tagged with cheaper price than the other two produtcs Amcrest ip8m-mb2546e and Hikvision DS-2CD2683G1-IZS. Dahua delivers richer features than Amcrest and Hikvision including longer distance of IR range, 5x optical zoom, and the local memory storage is twice as high maximum capacity as Amcrest and Hikvision.

Table 3 Dahua vs Amcrest Varifocal  

ModelDahua IPC-HFW2831T-ZAS-S2Amcrest ip8m-mb2546ew
Resolution4k (3840×2160) @15fps, 4MP(2688×1520) @25/30 fps4k (3840 x 2160) @15 fps
Lens2.7mm ~ 13.5mm  with 5x optical zoom2.7mm~12mm With 4x optical zoom
Minimum illumination0.008 Lux @f1.5Color: 0.05 lux @(F1.4, AGC ON), 0 lux with IR
View angle113 ~ 31 degree110 ~ 40 degree
Night vision4pcs IR LEDs range up to 196ft (60m)4x IR LEDs range up to 164 ft  (50m)
Local storageMicro SD card up to 256GBMicro SD card up to 128GB
Casing  IP67 with metal housingIP67 and IK10 vandal resistant
Price$179.00$254.99

Table 4 Dahua vs Hikvision Varifocal  

ModelDahua IPC-HFW2831T-ZAS-S2Hikvision DS-2CD2683G1-IZS
Resolution4k (3840×2160) @15fps, 4MP(2688×1520) @25/30 fps4k (3840 x 2160) @15 fps
Lens2.7mm ~ 13.5mm  with 5x optical zoom2.8 ~ 12mm with 4x optical zoom
Minimum illumination0.008 Lux @f1.5Color: 0.01 lux @ (f/1.2, AGC on), 0.018 lux @ (f/1.6, AGC on), 0 Lux with IR
View angle113 ~ 31 degree105 ~ 34.5 degree
Night vision4pcs IR LEDs range up to 196ft (60m)850nm IR LED range up to 165ft (50m)
Local storageMicro SD card up to 256GBMicro SD card up to 128GB
Price$179.00$389.90

Click the link below to learn more spec details and link to SHOP ini Amazon.

Click here to SHOP IPC-HFW2831T-ZAS-S2 bullet camera

3. Dahua SD59430U-HNI PTZ

Dahua and Hikvision have a very complete PTZ outdoor camera inventory, unlike Amcrest which only offers a few PTZ camera models. We take one PTZ camera with 30x optical zoom, namely Dahua SD59430U-HNI.

Dahua SD59430U-HNI is one of premium product with auto tracking feature and is designed with 4MP high resolution @30 fps or up to 1080p @60 fps, faster frame rate smoother video performance.

Dahua SD59430U-HNI Auto tracking PTZ Camera
Dahua SD59430U-HNI Auto tracking PTZ Camera

Highlights

  • Auto tracking PTZ outdoor camera with high 4MP resolution  @30 fps, 1080p @60 fps
  • Varifocal lens 4.5mm ~ 135mm with variation of 60° ~ 2.2° field of view angle
  • 30x optical motorized zoom and 16x digital zoom
  • Night vision support with 4pcs IR LEDs with range up to 328 ft(100m)
  • High speed Pan: 400° /s; Tilt: 300° /s with 5 patters, 8 tour, auto pan and auto scan
  • event triger including Motion detection, Video tampering , Scene changing, Network disconnection, IP address conflict, Illegal Access, Storage anomaly
  • 120 dB WDR and BLC/HLC backlight and highlight compensation
  • Support Micro SD card up to 256GB
  • Support Audio In/Out and alarm I/O 2/1
  • IP66 weatherproof with metal casing

This Dahua PTZ outdoor camera is tagged with the price around $630.00 in Amazon. To learn more spec details you may follow the product link below or shop in Amazon.

Click here to Shop Dahua SD59430U-HNI PTZ outdoor camera

Now, we can compare with one of Amcrest PTZ camera – the Amcrest IP4m-1053 4MP PTZ camera which offers the same 4MP resolution @30 fps, however it only comes with only 12x optical zoom and this camera doesn’t support auto tracking like Dahua as discussed above. And the price is half of Dahua auto tracking camera.

With almost the same price as Dahua PTZ camera, we take Hikvision Ds-2de4a425iw-De as a comparison. It has lower resolution 3.6MP @20 fps compared with the other two PTZ cameras above. However, Hikvision offers minimum illumination of 0.005Lux @f/1.6 for color. The other difference is that Hikvision features 25x optical zoom with range of 4.8mm up to 120mm focal length.

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