Dahua vs Reolink vs Hikvision PTZ Cameras

We have discussed in the previous article Dahua vs Reolink vs Hikvision dome cameras, you can find that Dahua and Reolink offer more economical price compared with Hikvision. Now, this article will compare Dahua vs Reolink vs Hikvision PTZ camera products.

PTZ Cameras

When do we need PTZ Camera? PTZ Camera allows you to control the camera remotely via the NVR system or via your mobile device with the existing app to pan horizontally endless 360 degrees or tilt vertically up to 90 degrees and also zoom in / out capability. In general, PTZ cameras are sold at a higher price than cameras in general knowing that the mechanical parts of the PTZ camera are very complicated especially the auto tracking ptz cameras.  

Dahua vs Reolink vs Hikvision

We take Reolink RLC-423 PTZ camera as the only PTZ camera offered by Reolink so far, and compare it with Dahua SD59430U-HNI – one of PTZ cameras offered by Dahua and one of Hikvision PTZ products – the Hikvision Ds-2de4a425iw-De. With features and specs to suit your business needs, these three products can represent your need for PTZ cameras to monitor your property 360 degrees with just one PTZ camera.

Table 1 represents spec comparison between Dahua and Reolink, and table 2 shows you spec comparison between Dahua and Hikvision.

Of course not all detailed specs are compared, only few main specs need to be compared. To learn all the specs in more detail, please click the product link at the end of the article including a link to shop at Amazon.

Table 1 compares Dahua and Reolink ptz cameras, of course these two products are not comparable given the features differences between the products are very far away as well as the price difference is up to threefold.  However, there is a consideration, when someone only needs a value of 10 feature score for a product to meet business need; there is no need to buy a product with a value of 30 features score while the price is three times more expensive. See also Reolink vs Foscam outdoor POE cameras.

Unlike the comparison between Dahua and Hikvision as presented in table 2, the two products are rich of smart features that are not much different, while prices difference is not so much too. Both of these two Dahua and Hikvision PTZ cameras support intelligent smart features including auto tracking, face detection, abundant / missing objects etc.

Dahua SD59430U-HNI Auto tracking ptz camera
Dahua SD59430U-HNI Auto tracking ptz camera

Optical zoom

The large optical zoom capability gives your camera the ability to capture objects in a long distance to be very close by zoom in all the way up to 30x optical zoom with detailed and sharp image results especially if the camera resolution is also large, 2k or 4k.

When you compare Reolink vs Hikvision and Dahua you see that Reolink RLC-423 with only 4x optical zoom is not comparable compared with Dahua with 30x optical zoom and Hikvision with 25x optical zoom. Reolink is ideal for home needs, while both Dahua and Hikvision are supposed to support businesses including parking area, airport and seaport, mining or marine projects etc.

Reolink RLC423 POE PTZ camera with 4x optical zoom
Reolink RLC423 POE PTZ camera with 4x optical zoom

Night vision

See that all the three cameras with minimum illumination can provide still color view in low light condition or with the addition of ambient light and switch to black and white night vision with completely darkness. Dahua SD59430U-HNI offers the farthest IR distance up to 330ft, while Reolink RLC-423 is not much difference with Hikvision.

Intelligent features

Intelligent features are a combination of the software / app of the camera system to drive the camera’s mechanical system to take intelligent actions such as following the moving person being monitored automatically until the person exits the monitoring zone. This is what we call an auto tracking PTZ camera which is one of intelligent features offered by Dahua SD59430U-HNI and Hikvision Ds-2de4a425iw-De outdoor PTZ cameras, however Reolink RLC-423 doesn’t support this auto tracking feature.

Hikvision Ds-2de4a425iw-De  auto tracking PTZ camera
Hikvision Ds-2de4a425iw-De auto tracking PTZ camera

Dahua introduces lots of network camera with IVS (intelligent video system) features, intelligent features to add new levels of security system such as face detection, tripwire, intrusion, abandoned / missing object, people counting, heatmap, etc.

Now, pay close attention to the following two tables to make it easier for you to distinguish specs differences (if any) from the three cameras. Table 1 shows dahua vs reolink and table 2 shows dahua vs hikvision. From both of these two spec comparison tables you can easily understand the difference between Reolink vs. Hikvision.

Table 1 Dahua vs Reolink PTZ camera

ModelDahua SD59430U-HNIReolink rlc-423
Resolution4MP (2592 x 1520)  @30 fps5.0MP  (3072×1728) @25 fps
Camera lens4.5mm ~ 135mm with max aperture f1.6 ~ f4.4½.9” CMOS sensor varifocal lens 2.7~12mm
Field of view angleH 60° ~ 2.2°98° ~ 33° horizontal view
Zoom30x optical motorized zoom 16x digital zoom4x optical zoom
Minimum illuminationColor: 0.05Lux@F1.6; 0Lux@F1.6(IR on)0Lux (With IR Illuminator)
Night vision4x IR LEDs up to 328ft (100m) distance6pcs IR LEDs range up 190ft (60m)
PTZPan: 0° ~ 360° endless; Tilt: -15° ~ 90°,auto flip 180° Manual Control Speed Pan: 0.1° ~300° /s; Tilt: 0.1° ~200° /s Preset Speed Pan: 400° /s; Tilt: 300° /sPan & Tilt Range: Pan: 360 degree , Tilt: 0 degree ~90 degree Pan Speed: 2.5 degree -180 degree /s (Speed can be set) Tilt Speed: 1.5 degree -90 degree /s (Speed can be set) Preset: 64
AudioAudio I/O: 1/1Audio IN interface
AlarmAlarm I/O: 2/1N/A
Local Memory StorageMicro SD card up to 128GBN/A
HousingIP66 weatherproof  with metal casing  IP66 weatherproof
IntelligenceAuto tracking IVS Tripwire, Intrusion, Abandoned /Missing, Face Detection, Heat MapMotion detection with preset detection zone
OnvifYesYes
Price (Jun 2020)$629.99$229.00

Table 2 Dahua vs Hikvision PTZ camera

ModelDahua SD59430U-HNIHikvision Ds-2de4a425iw-De
Resolution4MP(2592 x 1520)  @30 fps4MP(2560  x 1440)  @30 fps
Camera lens4.5mm ~ 135mm with max aperture f1.6 ~ f4.44.8mm ~ 120mm with aperture range f/1.6 ~ f/3.5
Field of view angleH: 60° ~ 2.2°Horizontal: 57.6° ~ 2.9° (Wide to Tele)
Zoom30x optical motorized zoom 16x digital zoom25x optical motorized zoom 16x digital zoom
Minimum illuminationColor: 0.05Lux@F1.6; 0Lux@F1.6(IR on)Color: 0.005 Lux @ (F1.6, AGC ON) B/W: 0.001 Lux @ (F1.6, AGC ON) 0Lux with IR
Night vision4x IR LEDs up to 328ft (100m) distanceIR distance up to 165ft (50m) with smart IR
PTZPan: 0° ~ 360° endless; Tilt: -15° ~ 90°,auto flip 180° Manual Control Speed Pan: 0.1° ~300° /s; Tilt: 0.1° ~200° /s Preset Speed Pan: 400° /s; Tilt: 300° /s(Pan: 360° endless Pan Speed: Configurable, from 0.1°/s to 300°/s, preset speed: 350°/s Tilt From -5° to 90° (auto-flip) Tilt Speed: Configurable, from 0.1°/s to 160°/s, preset speed: 200°/s
AudioAudio I/O: 1/11-ch audio input and 1-ch audio output
AlarmAlarm I/O: 2/12-ch alarm input and 2-ch alarm output
Local Memory StorageMicro SD card up to 128GBMicro SD Card slot up to 256GB
HousingIP66 weatherproof  with metal casing  IP66 standard, TVS 4,000 V lightning protection, surge protection, and voltage transient protection
IntelligenceAuto tracking IVS Tripwire, Intrusion, Abandoned /Missing, Face Detection, Heat MapRich of smart features: event detection, smart detection, unattended baggage detection, object removal, smart tracking, smart recording ANR etc
OnvifYesYes
Price (Jun 2020)$629.99$504.99

If you require PTZ camera to support your home security system, or your small business security system, Reolink rlc-423 is appropriate while the price is affordable. To support higher level of security system for your property or projects you need to consider either Dahua SD59430U-HNI or Hikvision Ds-2de4a425iw-De that come with IVS.

To learn more specs detail each of the camera, click on the following product link, which also includes link for shopping on Amazon.

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Dahua offers more economical products with rich of features compared with other big vendors. See also comparison between Dahua vs Lorex network cameras – the featured products each of bullet, dome and PTZ cameras. You may also like Annke and Reolink which also offer affordable prices compared with others. See Annke vs Reolink security cameras.

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