GW Security GW8555-MIP 4k Security Camera vs Lorex

GW8555MIP is one of 4k Security Cameras introduced by GW Security. This product is designed with bullet model in addition of GW Security GW8571 4k security camera with dome model. There are couples of competing product such as Lorex LNB8973BW. We’ll show you head to head spec comparison table between the two products.

What this product does

Like the first 4k security camera offered by GW Security gw8571 dome model with 3.3~12.0mm varifocal lens, GW8555mip is also designed with the same 3.3~12.0mm varifocal lens providing around 3~4 optical zoom. The optical zoom is motorized instead of manual zoom adjustment, this is to allow you to customize the view angle by software.


GW8555-mip vs GW8571-mip

The apparent difference is the model’s design, the bullet vs the dome. Normally dome model offers wider view angle compared with the bullet model camera, however both GW security cameras offers  the same varifocal lens ranging 3.3~12 mm providing up to 3.6x motorized optical zoom and the same variations of view angle ranging from 22~115 degree view angle.


GW8555-mip offers audio interface ports both Input and Output as well as alarm In Out, but GW8571 doesn’t.

Both models of GW 4k Security cameras are IP66 and IK10 vandal resistant, ideal for outdoor placement like other business grade outdoor cameras like Lorex or Amcrest.

gw security 4k camera


  • 4k / 8mp (3840 x 2160) recording resolution @30 fps
  • Varifocal lens 3.3~12.0 mm with Progressive Scan Starvis Back-illuminated Sensor
  • 6x motorized optical zoom lens
  • Varifocal Field of view angle ranging from 22° to 115°
  • 265 compression format
  • 40pcs IR LEDs illuminating darkness up to 145ft (45m) with IR reflection design
  • Digital Noise Reduction (DNR) & WDR (wide dynamic range)
  • Onvif and P2P technology
  • POE and optional non-POE power
  • Two way audio interface and alarm In/Out
  • IP66 weatherproof and IK10 vandal resistant

Both GW Security 4k security cameras are tagged with the same price around $299.99. can this product compete with other similar products in the market including Lorex, Hikvision or Amcrest?

GW Security vs Lorex

Let’s take one of high grade security cameras offered by Lorex – Lorex LNB8973 4k security camera which is designed with bullet model in additions of dome model like LNB8974 turret dome 4k security camera.

For business grade cameras, both GW Security GW8555 and Lorex LNB8973 are ideal solution to support your business need, monitoring more detail, large area to cover with sharper and larger image results.

Lorex LNB8973 4k security camera

Lorex LNB8973 4k security camera


Technically both GW Security and Lorex offer similar varifocal lens with slightly different range of focal length and providing nearly equal optical zoom, motorized zoom lens. however, GW8555 offers higher frame rate 8mp @30 fps instead of Lorex with 8mp @15fps (only up to 2k @ 30fps).


With slightly longer focal length variation between 2.7 ~ 12 mm focal length, Lorex offers 4x optical motorized zoom compared with only up to 3.6x optical motorized zoom by GW Security. moreover, Lorex add another 16x digital zoom in addition of optical zoom. If 4x optical zoom is not enough, you may choose other more optical zoom cameras such as Amcrest ip2m-853 with 12x optical zoom, or Imporx with 30x optical zoom.

Night vision

Another benefit what Lorex offers is the CNV (color night vision) technology applied to lnb8973 camera like other Lorex high end security cameras which allows you to view color night vision instead of black and white view in ambient light. However, in full darkness it shifts to black and white video view like normally other night vision cameras.

Have a look more detail to spec comparison table between GW Security and Lorex

Table 1 GW Security vs Lorex

Model GW Security GW8555 Lorex LNB8973
Camera lens Built-in 3.3~12mm varifocal lens 2.7~12mm varifocal lens with Sony Exmor R™ CMOS front illuminated image sensor
Recording resolution 8mp /4k (3840×2160) @30 fps 8mp / 4K (3840×2160) @ 15fps

4mp / 2K (2560×1920) @ 30 fps

Zoom 3.6x optical motorized zoom 4x optical motorized Zoom; 16x digital Zoom
FOV ranging 115 degree (wide) ~ 22 degree (Tele) degree view angle 102 degree (wide) ~39 (Tele) degree view angle
Compression format H.265; H.264 H.265, H.264
Day & Night Yes, 40pcs IR LEDs range up to 145ft (44m) Yes, CNV (color night vision) technology in ambient light ~175 ft

and up to 250 ft in full darkness

Storage No local memory storage; NVR storage Store to connected NVR storage, local memory storage is N/A
POE Yes, also available for non-POE power interface Yes, 12V DC 802.3af
Audio Yes, In-Out interface and In-Out alarm N/A
Onvif Yes Yes
Outdoor support IP66 weatherproof and IK10 vandal resistant Yes, IP67 weatherproof housing with aerospace-grade aluminum housing
Price (Aug 2018 Amazon) $299.00 $227.99

GW Security offers faster frame rate, real time video stream @4k resolution compared with Lorex. While Lorex offers color night vision in ambient light. Choose one of them which one is best suited to your business need. See more spec and manufacturer’s details below, current price and rating in Amazon.

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