GW Security is a surveillance company based in the USA, however many people believe that its products are OEM China. Meanwhile, Lorex, which used to be owned by Flir, has now been sold to Dahua, a giant China company in security cameras like Hikvision which sell the products globally. Which of GW Security and Lorex provides the best value for your business.
GW Security vs Lorex
In general, GW Security is sold at a lower price than Lorex for products with almost the same specs and features. This time we will compare some of their flagship products from various models, we will find that GW security sells their products cheaper than Lorex.
We will compare three featured products from GW Security and three products from Lorex including dome 4k cameras, bullet cameras, PTZ cameras and 16-Channel security kit. See also
1. GW Security vs Lorex Dome Camera
Let’s take the dome model featured product from one of dome model cameras offered by GW Security (GW Security gw8571) and compare it with lorex lne8974. Both products are sold at the same price on the market even though the factory price was initially 40% more expensive than the promo price on the market.
Take a look at table 1 below, both camera products are equipped with 2.8 ~ 12mm varifocal lens with the same 4k resolution, but the GW Security frame rate is twice as high (@ 30 fps) as lorex. With the same frame rate @ 30 fps lorex records and view at 2k resolution.
Color night vision
In terms of night vision, gw security vs lorex differs in the ability of color night vision when there is ambient light within the frame. If totally darkness then the view will shift with IR light for black and white night vision view.
On the other hand, Lorex is equipped with a built-in microphone to record sound at once.
Table 1 GW Security vs Lorex Dome Camera
|Model||GW Security gw8571||Lorex Lne8974|
|Resolution|| 8-Megapixel with 3840×2160 Resolution |
|4K (3840 x 2160) @ 15fps / 2K @ 30fps|
|Lens||Varifocal lens 2.8~12.0 mm Sony’s Image sensor||Varifocal lens 2.8~12.0mm|
|Zoom||4x optical motorized zoom||4x optical motorized zoom; 16x digital zoom|
|Field of View angle||115° ~ 22°||102° ~ 39°|
|Night vision||30pcs IR SMD LEDs range up to 140ft||2pcs IR LEDs with color night vision in ambient |
lights – range up to 150ft (50)
|IP rated||IP67 weatherproof||IP67 weatherproof|
Slower in frame rates, but superior to color night vision and the built-in microphone Lorex Lne8974 is superior to GW security. To shop on Amazon, click the product link below, the current price may be different with the price listed here.
2. GW Security vs Lorex Bullet camera
Now switch to one of GW Security featured products with bullet model – gw8755mip outdoor camera compared to one of the lorex products with the bullet camera model, which is Lorex lnb9272. Use the following table 2 below as a reference for comparison of gw security vs lorex.
Take a look at table 2 in the spec comparison of gw security vs. lorex below and you see that they have almost identical technical specs, both with a resolution of 4k @ 30 fps, both also use varifocal lens with 4x optical zoom.
Except the ability of color night vision on Lorex in ambient light, and night vision with Infrared is further up to 350ft if there is no ambient light available.
On the other hand, GW security gw8755mip has advantage with IK10 vandal resistant rating protection, Lorex is not equipped with IK10 protection, only IP67 weatherproof.
Table 2 GW Security vs Lorex Bullet Camera
|Model||GW Security gw8755mip||Lorex lnb9272|
|Resolution||8.0Megapixel (3840 x 2160) @30 fps with H.265||4k @30 fps|
|Lens||Varifocal lens 2.8~12.0 mm Starvis technology – Sony’s image sensor|| Sony Exmor R CMOS sensor, motorized varifocal |
fixed 2.8~12 mm with back illuminated pixel technology
|Zoom||4x optical zoom||4.4 optical zoom|
|Field of View angle||115° ~ 22°||102° ~ 39°|
|Night vision||40pcs IR SMD LEDs range up to 200ft with split glass design||high powered infrared LEDs with color night vision (CNV) technology range up to 350ft (107m)|
|Audio||Audio in/out(RCA),Alarm in/out||N/A|
|IP rated||IP66 Waterproof and IK10 Vandal proof housing||IP67 weatherproof with aluminum alloy metal housing|
See that the price difference is around $70 with Lorex is more expensive, comes with high quality Sony’s Exmor CMOS image sensor and superior in color night vision and longer distance IR night vision. However, lorex lnb9272 is lack of IK10 vandal resistant and no audio interface. You judge which one is suitable to meet your business gw security vs lorex. Click product link below and shop in Amazon (#ads).
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3. GW Security vs Lorex PTZ
The third spec comparison gw security vs lorex is the PTZ camera model. This time we take GW Security gw5501 PTZ outdoor camera and Lorex lnz44p12 PTZ camera. See also comparison between Lorex lnz44p12 vs Amcret.
Look at table 3 below, there is a big difference between the two products in terms of varifocal lens completeness which produce a much different optical zoom. The Gw5501 PTZ camera comes with 20x optical motorized zoom, while lorex is only 12x optical zoom.
The ability of color night vision on lorex is still an advantage on lorex cameras with CNV technology.
GW Security has prepared this gw5501 ptz camera to be installed outdoor on a tower at a height with lightning protection, and protection against extreme weather changes and harsh outdoor environment. While lorex only complements the IP66 weatherproof protection which also exists on GW.
Table 3 GW Security vs Lorex PTZ camera
|Model||GW Security gw5501 PTZ||Lorex lnz44p12 PTZ|
|Resolution||5.0 Megapixel HD-IP 1920P (2592 x 1920) @30 fps||4.0Megapixel (2592 x 1520) @30 fps|
|Lens||Varifocal lens 4.7~94.0mm||Varifocal lens 5.3mm ~ 64.0mm|
|Zoom||20x optical zoom||12x optical zoom, 16x digital zoom|
|Field of View angle||115° ~ 22°||54° ~ 4.54°|
|Night vision|| 8pc IR LEDs with multiple angle; range ~328ft |
|an incredible IR night vision range up to 330ft (100m) in total darkness. Ambient light will record in color|
|Panning and Tilting|| 360° endless panning speed 0.6~200°/s; 90° tilting |
|360° endless panning speed ~200°/s; 90° tilting speed ~120°/s|
|Housing, IP rated|| IP66 weatherproof; Using lightning protection, |
waterproof, anti-fog, anti-obscure, anti-shock, anti-surging, Aluminum alloy housing, good heat
dissipation effects, dust prevention
No wonder that gw security gw5501 ptz camera is tagged with higher price than Lorex with the strengths of more optical zoom and better harsh outdoor environment protection. However, lorex is still superior with its color night vision. Click the link below to shop the product in Amazon (#ads).
4. GW Security 32 Channel Kit vs Lorex
One of the most widely used security kit requirements for business offices, industrial manufacturing and small to medium-sized projects is 16 channel NVR security kits. For larger businesses you may require larger channel security cameras, even if your current need is 16 cameras you may consider 32 channel nvr system in case your business expanding in the future. The following paragraphs compare two 32-channel security camera kits you may consider.
32CH GW Security 5MP Kit
What GW Security offers here is a 32 channel 4K NVR kit with 32 pcs 5MP AI outdoor security cameras that support smart AI features including human and vehicle detection. Besides, this camera features AI (artificial intelligent) that supports human and vehicle motion detection and also come with built-in microphone for one way communication for both video and audio recording.
32CH Lorex Security 4k kit
Lorex kit here comes with 32 channel 4k NVR system kit with 16 pcs 4k security cameras, nocturnal series of Lorex security cameras. unlike GW Security that doesn’t come with built-in POE switch, Lorex comes with built-in 16-port POE switch. Both Lorex and GW security add separate POE switch to support up to 32-channel POE ports.
Lorex vs GW Security NVR
Table 4 below shows you spec comparison between Lorex and GW security NVR systems. Both NVR systems are 32 channel systems; however the separate POE switch is needed to get the full 32 POE ports. GW doesn’t come with built-in POE switch, but Lorex does with built-in 16-port one so Lorex adds separate 16-port POE switch. On the other hand, GW comes with separate 24-port POE switch so if you need to get full 32-channel you need to purchase separate 8-port POE switch. See also Lorex vs GW Security 8 channels kit.
Both system supports 2x SATA with each port supports 10TB hard disk, so total hard disk is 20TB large enough to support your business.
Table 4 GW Security vs Lorex NVR system
|NVR Model||GW Security GW4232e||Lorex NC4K8-3216|
|NVR System||32 channel 4k NVR||32 channel 4k|
|Built-in POE||N/A; Comes with separate 24-port POE Switch||Built-in 16-port POE Switch; Separate 16-port POE Switch|
|Video output||VGA 1080p and HDMI 4k||VGA 1080p and HDMI 4k|
|Resolution||Up to 4K 8MP/5MP/4MP/3MP/2MP 1920p/1080p @30fps |
real time each channel
|Up to 4k|
|Storage||Preinstalled 8TB; 2x SATA 10TB each (20TB)||Preinstalled 8TB; 2x SATA 10TB each (up to 20TB)|
GW Security vs Lorex Camera kit
The following table shows you spec comparison between Lorex and GW Security cameras included in the system kits.
In this package, GW security offers 24 pcs of 5MP bullet model security cameras (GW Security GW5037ip) that is suitable to an additional 24-port POE switch. If you need full additional up to 32 cameras then it is necessary to add an additional 8-port Poe switch. It’s a shame why GW security doesn’t come with a 32-port poe switch instead of only 24 ports. See also Lorex 32 channel kits vs gw security.
In contrast to Lorex, which already has built-in 16-port POE switch and additional 16-port PoE switch, you have a total of 32 PoE ports for full 32 channels. The included cameras are 16 pcs of Lorex e841ca 4k security cameras.
Take a look at the following table, see that the main difference is the resolution of the cameras. Other features and specs are almost the same.
Table 5 Lorex vs GW Security cameras
|GW Security GW5037ip||Lorex E841CA|
|Lens||Fixed lens 2.8mm||Fixed lens 2.8mm|
|View angle||100 degree||105 degree|
|Resolution||5MP (2592 x 1944) @15 fps; 4MP @20fps; 1080p @30 fps||4K @30 fps|
|WDR||HDR (digital WDR)||HDR|
|Night vision||24pcs SMD IR LEDs Range up to 100ft||Color night vision in ambient light; Night vision range up to 130 ft|
|Audio||One way audio with built-in microphone||One way with built-in microphone|
|Outdoor||IP66-rated weatherproof||IP67 weatherproof with aluminum alloy housing|
|Event alerts||Human and vehicle detection||Motion detection|
|# Cameras||24 pcs 5MP gw5037ip bullet outdoor cameras||16 pcs. 4k bullet model cameras E841CA|
|Price in Amazon (Nov 2021)||$2,999.99||$2,245.00|
With 24x 5MP cameras and 8TB hard disk storage, GW security offers the price around $3,000. You may compare with Lorex kit that also come with the same NVR configuration and if you add with more 8 cameras the total price is around $3,064.98. The price of 4pcs of Lorex E841CA 4k cameras costs around $409.99, and when you add 8 more cameras the total costs is around 2,245 + 820.0 ($3,064.98).
See that Lorex kit with 4k resolution is more economical than GW Security that only come with 5MP resolution cameras. Click the product’s link below to read more details and shop the product in Amazon (#ads).
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