Hikvision vs Lorex POE Outdoor Cameras

Hikvision and Lorex are the two major vendors in security cameras today with a variety of camera models both for consumers and businesses. Probably you often find that Hikvision camera products are much more expensive than lorex products, although not always true.

Hikvision vs Lorex

The following paragraphs we will discuss featured products for the dome, bullet and PTZ camera models from Hikvision and compared to similar products from lorex which roughly have the same features as Hikvision. And we’ll see how price difference for lorex vs hikvision  products. Let’s star from featured products for dome model and see how price difference between the products.

1. Dome model

Let’s start from the dome model camera. We take one of the new released products from hikvision with the dome model, one of featured products Hikvision ds-2cd2785g0-izs and we compare it to one of the featured products from lorex namely Lorex lne8974bw. Please refer to table 1.

Hikvision ds-2cd2785g0-izs vs Lorex lne8974bw

Frame rate

Both products provide the same resolution up to 4k, but the frame rate is different. Lorex frame rate @ 30 fps can only provide a resolution of up to 2k, while Hikvision can be up to 5mp @ 30 fps so it is better.

Night vision

One of the advantages of the nocturnal series lorex is color night vision (CNV), as long as there is ambient light this camera can reach up to 250ft distance. Hikvision can only be up to 100ft and not color night vision.

Pay attention to other differences that might be your consideration in choosing the one that suits your needs.

 Table 1 Hikvision vs Lorex Dome camera

Model Hikvision ds-2cd2785g0-izs Lorex lne8974bw
Resolution Up to 3840 x 2160 @ 20 fps; 5mp @30 fps 4K @ 15fps / 2K @ 30fps
Lens Motorized varifocal 2.8mm ~ 12mm lens  f1.4 Motorized varifocal 2.8mm ~ 12mm lens  f1.8 ~ f2.88
Zoom 4x optical zoom 4x optical zoom, 16x digital zoom
Field of view angle 112° (wide) to 46° (Tele)  102° (wide) to 39° (Tele) 
Night vision   Exir 2.0 range up to 100ft (30m) 2pcs IR LEDs range up to 150ft (50m), up to 250ft (76m) ambient light in color (CNV)
Audio Mono sound In/Out interface available 3.5mm Built-in microphone for listen-in audio
Local Memory Storage Built-in microSD/SDHC/SDXC slot, up to 128 GB N/A
Housing IP67, IK10 with material front cover: metal, bottom base: metal, bubble: plastic IP67 with aluminum alloy housing
Price $348.99 $199.95

Note the price difference hikvision vs lorex, see hikvision that is much higher than Lorex with the advantages and disadvantages that might exist. For more details, please click on the following product link and buy on Amazon.

2. Bullet model

The second model to compare is bullet model camera. Now we choose one of the featured products from lorex with a bullet model, we take Lorex lnb9272s and from hikvision we choose Hikvision ds-2cd2683g1-izs which is also a new product. From the price point of view it’s not too far different, hikvision is still more expensive.

Hikvision ds-2cd2683g1-izs vs Lorex lnb9272s

Look at table 2 below to see where the strengths and weaknesses of each product.


In terms of frame rate, lorex is better @ 30 fps at 4k resolution, while hikvision can only be up to 15fps at the same resolution (4k). At speed @ 30 fps hikvision can only provide resolutions up to 3MP.

Long range night vision

The advantage of Lorex here is in the range of color night vision up to 400ft in ambient light, compare hikvision which can only be up to 165 ft. Lorex lnb9272 is indeed one of lorex nocturnal cameras series specifically designed for good nighttime performance or low light capabilities.

On the other hand hikvision has the advantage of a two-way audio interface, lorex does not have audio function.

Table 2. Hikvision vs Lorex Bullet model

Model Hikvision ds-2cd2683g1-izs Lorex lnb9272s nocturnal series
Resolution 4k(3840×2160) @15 fps 4k (8mp) @30 fps
Lens Motorized varifocal lens 2.8~12mm f1.6  ½.5” Progressive scan CMOS Motorized varifocal lens 2.8~12mm f1.8~f2.5 Sony Exmor R CMOS sensor
Zoom 4x optical zoom 4.4x optical zoom
Field of view angle 105° (wide) to 34° (Tele)  102° (wide) to 39° (Tele) 
Night vision   Exir 2.0 IR LED 850nm ~165ft (50m) ~400ft (122m) in ambient light with color night vision
Audio In/Out interface mono sound and alarm In/Out N/A
Local Memory Storage Built-in microSD/SDHC/SDXC slot, up to 128 GB N/A
Housing IP67 with metal housing IP67 with aluminum alloy
Price $330.71 $299.95

See here is that the price difference is not too much, Hikvision is around $30 more expensive than lorex. Click product links below for details including current price and link to shop in Amazon.

3. PTZ model

Business-class PTZ cameras are among the most expensive cameras, considering the complicated mechanical system in capabilities of panning, tilting, optical zooming, patrol system, and many software features besides the complexity of the mechanical system.

Hikvision ds-2de4a425iw-de vs Lorex lnz44p21b

This time we take one of the featured products from lorex, lnz44p12b, and from hikvision we take one of the newly release products as well, Hikvision ds-2de4a425iw-de. Take a look at the comparison of hikvision vs lorex products in table 3 below.

See also 4k PTZ POE outdoor cameras.

Camera lens

In terms of the varifocal lens used clearly hikvision is far superior with 25x optical zoom, compared with lorex which can only be up to 12x optical zoom, half of hikvision. However, lorex frame rate is 4k @ 30 fps real time, while hikvision is 4k @ 25 fps. Not really feel the actual performance different in viewing the video.

Long distance night vision

Lorex performance is very good in night vision with color and long distance night vision, good for industrial plants, parking environments, airports, marine and mining projects etc.


Another advantage of hikvision is in terms of protection for outdoor needs and lightning protection things like TVS 4,000 V lightning protection, surge protection, and voltage transient protection. While lorex is only limited to weatherproof protection.

Another advantage of this hikvision is panning speed that can be up to 300 degree / s, compared with lorex which is only up to 200 degree /second.

Table 3. Hikvision vs lorex ptz camera

Model Hikvision ds-2de4a425iw-de Lorex lnz44p12b
Resolution 2k (2,560×1,440) @25 fps 4mp / 2k(2592×1520) @30 fps
Lens ½.5” progressive scan CMOS  4.8mm~120mm f1.6~f3.5 1/3” motorized varifocal lens CMOS  5.3mm~64mm f1.6~f4.4
Zoom 25x optical zoom; 16x digital zoom 12x optical zoom, 16x digital zoom
Field of view angle 57.6° (wide) to 2.5° (Tele)  54.7°(wide) ~4.54° (Tele)
Night vision   Smart IR ~165ft (50m) ~330ft (100m) total darkness, color night vision in ambient light 
Audio Audio Interface: 1-ch audio In and 1-ch audio Out Alarm Interface: 2-ch alarm In and 2-ch alarm Out N/A
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; -15~90 degree tilting, panning / tilting speed 200 degree/s
Housing IP66 standard, TVS 4,000 V lightning protection, surge protection, and voltage transient protection IP66 rated
Price $605.70 $474.95

In terms of protection and optical zoom, hikvision is far superior to lorex, so the price difference is comparable to superior features.

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