Lorex 8ch Active Deterrent Camera System vs Reolink

Lorex released a new 8-channel security camera system bundled with 8pcs of active deterrent security cameras with 4K resolution for crisp and detailed image quality. Forget your 1080p security camera and replace it with a 4x as high resolution as standard 1080p security camera.

Lorex 8 channel 4k Active Deterrent Camera System kit
Lorex 8 channel 4k Active Deterrent Camera System kit

What this product does

Should you have a security camera system requirement for up to 8 monitoring points for your large house or small business offices, and you are not satisfied with your existing 1080p image quality camera system, it’s time to replace it with new Lorex 8-channel POE NVR system kit with 8pcs of active deterrent cameras. You can compare it with similar surveillance kit products, for example the popular Reolink 8 channel 4k system kit which is also sold at the same price.

The Reolink system here consists of RLK16-410 16-channel NVR system plus 8pcs of 4k dome security cameras.

With 1080p resolution security camera you can live view or playback your footage via your mobile devices will look sharp enough. However, if you try to zoom in, the image quality is reduced and tends to have a lot of noise. Compare if the quality of your image or video has 4 times as high quality as 1080p resolution, your image and video quality is sharp even though you are fully zoomed in.

Reolink 16 channel 4k system camera kit
Reolink 16 channel 4k system camera kit

Lorex N841

In this package Lorex introduces a new N841 8-channel NVR system which also supports camera systems up to 4k resolution and comes with a built-in 8-port PoE switch so there is no need to buy a separate POE switch. Indeed this should be an NVR system with a built-in POE switch in general, and the same as those offered by Reolink and other vendors.

In general, both NVR systems offered by Lorex and Reolink have the same features and specs and you can see in the spec and features comparison table in table 1 below. However, the apparent difference physically lies in the number of PoE ports that come with the recording unit (NVR system). So with Reolink, if you still need an additional 8 camera connections, this system can still accommodate them, but Lorex N841 cannot which only has 8 channels.

Smart Home support

More and more home devices will support smart home environments in the future; for that Lorex ensures that this Lorex 8 channel NVR system kit supports Alexa and Google assistant. Wherever you install your camera around the house, by giving command via your voice, the system will understand and execute your command. Reolink doesn’t support this smart home. See also Ezviz LC1C with floodlight cameras or Amcrest ASH26 floodlight cameras that also work with Alexa.

Take a look at the following NVR comparison between Lorex and Reolink.

Table 1 Lorex 8 channel nvr vs Reolink

ModelLorex N841Reolink RLK16-410
# Channels8 Channel16 channel
Recording resolution4K (8MP)/5MP/4MP/3MP/ 1080P/720PUp to 4k (3840 x 2160)
POE switchBuilt-in 8-port POE SwitchBuilt-in 16-port POE Switch / Max. Power Consumption/Port 25W Supported Standard: IEEE 802.3 af/at
Video outputVGA; HDMIVGA (~1080p); HDMI (4k)
Frame rate8ch: 240fps up to 4KUnspecified
PlaybackUp to 4 channels, synchronizedSynchronous 4 channels up to 4k(3840 x 2160)
Bandwidth80MbpsUnspecified
Storage1 Bay up to 10TB SATA Backup USB Flash drive & USB HDD2x SATA Devices HDD (3TB Included) with Maximum Capacity Up to 4TB for Each HDD
Smart featuresSupport Amazon Alexa, Google AssistantN/A

Now we compare the two camera models bundled in each of these surveillance systems.

Lorex E891AB

Take a look at the following table 2 as a reference for spec comparison between Lorex E891AB 4k active deterrent security camera and Reolink D800 dome 4k security camera.

The two cameras come with 4k resolutions with different focal lengths that give different wide view angles, the Lorex E891AB with a 2.8mm lens provides a wider wide view angle than the Reolink 4.0mm lens. And note that Lorex diaphragm (f1.6) is wider than Reolink so that more light is absorbed and faster.

Active deterrent

One of the advantages of the Lorex E891AB compared to Reolink D800 camera is the active deterrent feature with couple of spotlights and siren. If the camera detects motion from a human or vehicle, the siren can be triggered either auto or manually as well as the addition of a bright spotlight that can discourage uninvited guests from going further.

You can also make communication in two way with built-in microphone and speaker with Lorex cameras, but Reolink only gives you one way audio (listen) only.

See also another model of Lorex 16-channel active deterrent camera system.

Night vision

The other advantage offered by Lorex is color night vision. As long as there is still sufficient ambient light around the camera or when you set the camera spotlight ON you can still live view in color night vision. However, when the light is getting very low and spotlight is not enabled, the vision is switched to B/W by using IR LED up to 150ft.  

See also Amcrest ip4m-1048e AI color night vision that features face detection and face recognation, full 24/7 color night vision camera.

Now take a look at the following spec comparison table between Lorex active deterrent camera vs Reolink.

Table 2 Lorex Active Deterrent vs Reolink  

ModelLorex E891ABReolink D800
Camera image sensor8MP/4K 1/1.8” CMOS½.7” CMOS sensor
Lens 2.8mm f/1.6 fixed lensf=4.0mm Fixed, F=2.0, with IR Cut
View angle111 degree HorizontalHorizontal: 87.5 degree, Vertical: 47 degree
Resolution4K(8MP) @ 15fps, 4MP@ 20fps, 3MP, 2MP @30fps3840 x 2160 (8.0 Megapixels) at 20 frames/sec
Dynamic rangeHDRBacklight compensation
Night VisionColor Night Vision with sufficient ambient light and up to 150ft (45m) IR night vision range18x IR LEDs range up to 98ft (30 meter)
AudioTwo way audio with built-in Microphone and speakerOne way audio with built-in Microphone
SirenYesN/A
SpotlightDual motion-activated LED warning lightsN/A
Smart eventPerson and Vehicle Smart Motion DetectionMotion-Triggered Alerts
HousingIP67 with aluminum alloy housingIP66
PowerPoE (Power over Ethernet) Class 0 / 12V DCPoE IEEE 802.3af; 48V Active DC Power: DC 12.0V ⎓ 1A; < 8W
Price NVR + 8pcs Cameras (Sep 2020)$999.99$999.99

With the price offered by each of these surveillance systems is tagged with the same price, although in a certain time Reolink makes a time-deal with a promo price, Lorex still offers several advantages including smart home support to work with Alexa and Google assistant, active deterrent with spotlight and siren, and color night vision. Click the link below to Shop the products in Amazon (#Ads).

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For larger scale of monitoring area of your business offices or process plant, you may consider GW Security 32 channel system kit vs Amcrest. You may also combine with color night vision cameras offered by Amcrest ip4m-106 or Hikvision color night vision security cameras.

See also comparison between Lorex and Reolink 8-channel 4k security camera system kit with bullet camera models.

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