Honestly Hikvision has dominated the security camera market globally and the variety of its products is very large, ranging from IP cameras, analog cameras, recording systems and the resolution is ranging from 2mp to 12mp. GW Security is not as big and popular as Hikvision and probably their products are popular only in America, Canada and surrounding areas, but GW security offers products with higher features at the same price or even cheaper than Hikvision.
However, GW security does not provide good data specs like Hikvision does with comprehensive website support.
GW Security vs Hikvision
I will compare few popular camera models or new products from each of these two vendors, from dome, bullet, ptz or wifi camera models. Let’s start from the dome model.
1. GW Security vs Hikvision Dome Camera
We will take a dome camera model from GW Security GW8787MMIC and compare it with one of the new dome models from Hikvision – the Hikvision DS-2CD2183G0-I. Take a look at the following table 1 that represent spec comparison between the two products. You may also like few comparison models between Hikvision and Lorex outdoor cameras.
Both dome cameras come with the same resolution up to 8mp, but the frame rate is different. For speed @ 30 fps GW Security can still provide resolutions up to 6mp while Hikvision with the same fps only reaches 3.5mp resolution.
One more thing that makes it different is that Gw8787 is equipped with a varifocal lens with 3x optical motorized zoom. While Hikvision offers three fixed lens option either 2.8mm; 4mm or 6mm.
Table 1 GW Security vs Hikvision dome camera
|Model||GW Security GW8787MMIC||Hikvision DS-2CD2183G0-I|
|Resolution||8MP(3840×2160) @15 fps, 6MP(3072×2046) @30 fps||8mp(3840 x 2160) @12.5 fps, 3.5MP (2560 x 1440) @30 fps|
|Lens||1/2.5” 8Megapixel progressive scan STARVIS CMOS with 2.8~8mm motorized lens||Option fixed lens, 2.8/4/6 mm|
|Field of view angle||35-120°||102° (2.8mm); 79° (4mm); 50° (6mm) with manual adjustable panning ~355° and tilting ~75°|
|Zoom||3x optical optic||N/A|
|Night vision||18pcs of SMD LEDs for clear night vision, IR distance up to 82ft||IR LEDs 850nm with range up to 100ft (30m)|
|Audio||Built-in audio||1 audio input (built-in microphone), mono sound|
|Storage||N/A||Built-in microSD/SDHC/SDXC slot, up to 128 GB|
|Housing||IP67 weatherproof||IP66 weatherproof and IK10 vandal proof|
See that the price is a bit difference, GW security GW8787MMIC is cheaper with richer features including faster frame rate and 3x optical motorized lens.
Now we take another comparison with bullet model camera.
2. Hikvision vs GW Security Bullet model
For the bullet camera model, we take it from each camera vendor which is still relatively new in the market, GW Security GW8755MIP and Hikvision DS-2CD2685G0-IZS. Both of them come with 4k resolution for high quality image detail. You may also like spec comparison between GW Security vs Lorex cameras.
With a price difference of almost $ 100 more expensive, we notice in Table 2 how the two specs are different. First is the frame per second at the same resolution is different, GW Security offers spec resolution of 4k @ 30 fps while hikvision at the same frame rate only reaches 5.3MP resolution.
On the other hand GW Security emphasizes the use of high quality lens from Sony Starvis to show the quality level of the products it offers. The other features are nearly the same except that GW security doesn’t provide local memory SD card storage.
Table 2. Hikvision vs GW Security bullet camera
|Model||GW Security GW8755MIP||Hikvision DS-2CD2685G0-IZS|
|Resolution||4k @30 fps||Up to 3840 x 2160 Resolution @ 20 fps; 5,3MP (3072 × 1728)@30 fps|
|Lens||1/2.5” 8 MP progressive scan STARVIS CMOS Varifocal lens 2.8mm ~ 12mm||1/2″ (8 MP) Progressive Scan CMOS with 2.8 to 12 mm Motorized Varifocal Lens|
|Field of view angle||Unspecified||Horizontal FOV: 112° to 46°|
|Zoom||5x optical motorized zoom||4x optical motorized zoom|
|Night vision||5pcs IR LEDs range up to 200ft (70m)||Exir 2.0 with 850nm IR LED range up to 165ft (50m)|
|Audio||In/Out interface||1 input (line in/mic.in, 3.5 mm), 1 output (line out, 3.5 mm), mono sound|
|Storage||N/A||Built-in microSD/SDHC/SDXC slot, up to 128 GB|
3. GW Security vs Hikvision PTZ camera
For PTZ camera models, we present two high end products from each vendors with high optical zoom capability as well. For Hikvision we compare one of the superior PTZ camera products with 25x optical zoom (ds-2de4a425iw-de) and GW Security with a product that has been released for quite a long time around mid-2017 (GW550IP). See also other products with 25x optical zoom including Amcrest ip2m-858 PTZ camera and see also few comparison models between Amcrest vs Hikvision cameras.
There is a very significant difference with the use of varifocal lens on each camera used to produce a different optical factor as well. Note that Hikvision provides 25x optical zoom compared to 20x optical zoom in GW security.
The GW Security GW550IP is equipped with 8pcs IR LEDs illuminating up to a range of 328ft which is suitable for parking areas or at airports or in mining projects. Compare this ptz camera with Hikvision, which only covers half the distance that GW Security can illuminate.
On the other hand Hikvision provides very sturdy housing protection as a camera device that is safely placed outdoors, it is not enough to just being complied with ip66 rated weatherproof. In addition it comes with TVS 4,000 V lightning protection, surge protection, and voltage transient protection, ideal for mounting on a tower.
Table 3. Hikvision vs GW Security ptz camera
|Model||Hikvision ds-2de4a425iw-de||GW Security GW550IP|
|Resolution||3.6MP (2,560×1,440) @25 fps||5MP (2592 x 1920) @30 fps|
|Lens||½.5” progressive scan CMOS 4.8mm~120mm f1.6~f3.5||motorized varifocal lens CMOS 4.7mm~94 mm|
|Zoom||25x optical zoom; 16x digital zoom||20 x optical motorized zoom|
|Field of view angle||57.6° (wide) to 2.5° (Tele)||Unspecified|
|Night vision||Smart IR ~165ft (50m)||8pcs IR LEDs range up to 328ft (100m)|
|Audio||Audio Interface: 1-ch audio In and 1-ch audio Out Alarm Interface: 2-ch alarm In and 2-ch alarm Out||Audio Interface: 1-ch audio In and 1-ch audio Out|
|Local Memory Storage||Built-in memory card slot, supports microSD/SDHC/SDXC, up to 256 GB||N/A|
|PTZ||360 degree endless, panning speed ~300degree /s; tilting -5~90 degree; speed ~160 degree/s||360 degree endless; ~90 degree tilting, panning speed 200 degree/s; tilting speed ~75 degree /s|
|Housing||IP66 standard, TVS 4,000 V lightning protection, surge protection, and voltage transient protection||IP66 rated|
To learn more spec and manufacturer’s detail, click the product link below:
4. GW Security 16CH Kit vs Hikvision
GW Security offers a wide variety of security camera kits, from 8 channels to 32 channels ranging from 1080p to 12MP resolution. One of the surveillance system kits offered is a 16 channel NVR system plus 16pcs spotlight 4k POE outdoor cameras.
GW Security Kits
In this kit GW offers GW5516NPG 16 Channel NVR system with preinstalled 4TB hard disk, you can expand later when larger storage is required in the future up to 24TB disk storage. The included cameras are 16pcs of bullet model 4k outdoor spotlight security cameras (GW8538IP). For details of what in the box you can follow the product links later below. This bundle is tagged with the price around $2,370.5.
We’ll compare this GW Security kit with Hikvision value series.
Meanwhile, Hikvision has released huge variations of recording units, both DVR and NVR and large various models of security cameras. You can choose a suitable recording unit either DVR or NVR and add several add-on security cameras accordingly. However, Hikvision doesn’t offer large number of surveillance system kits. And one of the products offered in the kit is the value series, one of them is the Eki-K164t412 which consists of 16 channel 4k NVR unit plus 12pcs of 4mp turret dome security cameras (Hikvision ECI-T24F2).
With included 12pcs of cameras, this bundle is tagged around $1,934.99. For 16cps cameras you need to add four more cameras ($396) for total price is around $2,330.00, nearly the same price as offered by GW Security kit.
Which one is suitable to meet your business need? The following two spec comparison tables will help you decide which one is better choice. Table 4 represents spec comparison between GW Security NVR system vs Hikvision.
At a glance not much difference between the two NVR system, however you can find that the maximum storage capacity offered by GW Security is twice as large as Hikvision.
Table 4 GW Security NVR vs Hikvision NVR
|NVR System||GW Security GW5516NPG||Hikvision Eki-K164d412|
|Recording resolution||up to 4K 8MP/5MP Real-time each channel||Up to 8 MP Resolution Recording|
|Compression format supports||H. 265||H.265+/ H.265/ H.264+/ H.264/ MPEG|
|POE ports||Supports up to 16-port POE interfaces||Built-in 16-port POE switch|
|Storage||Preinstalled 4TB hard disk 2 SATA for 2 HDDs, Up to 12TB each, total 24TB Hard disk storage||Up to 2 SATA Interfaces / 6TB each disk (12TB maximum)|
|Video output||1 HDMI (up to 4K), 1 VGA||HDMI Output 1-ch, up to 1920 x 1080p VGA Output 1-ch, 1920 x 1080p|
|Playback||Synchronous Playback 16-ch; Display 4K /2ch real-time, 4MP: 4ch real-time, 2MP: 8ch real-time||Synchronous Playback 16-ch; Capability 1-ch @ 8 MP / 4-ch @ 1080p|
Table 5 below will help you comparison between the add-on cameras. See that the resolution is different; GW is 4k camera model with spotlights while Hikvision is 4MP resolution cameras, no spotlights. The other thing you need to note is the AI features including human face and vehicle detection to reduce false alerts.
The other thing that Hikvision is better in challenging the contrast lights condition is true 120dB WDR feature as oppose to digital WDR on GW Security.
Table 5 GW Security 4k vs Hikvision 4MP cams
|Security cam model||GW Security GW8538IP||Hikvision ECI-T24F2|
|Image sensor||1/2.3″ 8MP progressive scan CMOS||1/3″ (4 MP) progressive scan CMOS|
|Minimum Illumination||0.1lux @F1.2 (AGC ON), 0Lux with IR||Color: 0.15 lux @ (ƒ/2.0, AGC on); 0.03 lux @ (ƒ/2.0, AGC on), 0 lux with IR|
|Lens||3.6mm / f2.0 fixed lens / M12||Fixed lens 2.8 mm Aperture ƒ/2.0|
|View angle||Diagonal: 104° Horizontal: 87° Vertical: 47°||Horizontal 100°, vertical 55°, diagonal 117°|
|WDR||Digital WDR||120 dB WDR|
|Resolution||8MP (3840 x 2160)||4MP (2560 × 1440) @20 fps|
|Night vision||Color night vision Night vision range up to 65ft||IR Range Up to 100 ft (30 m)/ 850nm|
|Onvif||Yes||Onvif (Profile S, Profile G), Isapi|
|Audio||Two way communication with built-in speaker and microphone||N/A|
|Storage||Supports Micro SD Card||N/A|
|Power||12 VDC ± 10%; POE||12 VDC ±25%, 5.5 mm; PoE (802.3af, class 3)|
|Smart event||AI human face and vehicle detection||Motion detection|
|Housing protection||IP67 heavy duty weatherproof with metal housing||IP67 weatherproof with metal and plastic body construction|
|Included cameras in the kit||16x 4k GW8538IP||12x 4.0MP Eci-T24f2|
Now, with GW Security camera kit you have NVR system with preinstalled 4TB hard disk and 16pcs spotlights 4k resolution security cameras. Hikvision doesn’t come with preinstalled hard disk storage, and the cameras are only 4MP.