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Best Value Lorex Fusion 8 Channel 4k Kits vs Reolink 16 Channel 12MP Kits

lorex 16 channel kits

Mostly small to medium businesses implement security surveillance systems using 8 channels or 16 channel security camera system kits either with wired POE security cameras or wifi cameras. Lorex with its fusion collection released few models of 8/16 channel 4k kits with active deterrent system to prevent further crime act. With fusion collection, you can combine nvr fusion system with both wired and wifi security cameras and you can manage them via Lorex Home App.

When the requirement of 8 channel kits exists and your budget is limited you may consider similar products offered by Reolink.

What this Lorex Fusion Does

The ease of managing smart home devices using mobile devices and the appropriate apps is very helpful and extremely practical. You name it security camera system at home, floodlight camera, video camera doorbell, security system kit and still more and each is managed with a different app via your mobile device. This is exceedingly inconvenient because if there are five different smart devices at home then you need five different apps on your mobile device.

For this reason, Lorex introduces various models of Lorex Fusion collection which can combine NVR Fusion, security cameras wired POE or wireless camera models, video camera doorbells, other security kits and still more that can be united using single Lorex Home App.

Now let’s take one of lorex fusion 4k kit and compare it with one of new reolink 12mp 16 channels kit and see which one is best value to your business.

Lorex Fusion 4k kit
Lorex Fusion 4k kit

Lorex Fusion 4k Camera Kits

Lorex N8442-8AF8SK is one of 8 channel security camera system kits with 4k high resolution active deterrent camera system. It consists of Lorex N8442 8 channel NVR system with preinstalled 2TB hard disk and eight Lorex E893AB-E bullet model 4k resolution security cameras with active deterrent features.

With all the equipment in this package, Lorex offers this kit for around $ 1000. Another option you may consider is Reolink 16 channel 12MP kit with 8pcs of 12MP dome active deterrent cameras.

See also Reolink vs Lorex 16Ch security camera kits, with different NVR models.

Active deterrent

One of the advantages of this Lorex 8 channel system kit is the active deterrent feature applied both on the NVR system and also on the security cameras, which if enable can expel uninvited guests entering your business property and prevent further criminal acts.

Lorex N8442

Lorex N8442 is 8-channel NVR system that supports up to 8MP security camera and it comes with built-in 8-port POE switch you can connect up to 8 POE security cameras. However, if you need to connect wifi cameras, you can add up to 2 wifi security cameras and 6pcs POE cameras. 

This NVR system is equipped with a panic button which in certain emergency situation you can press this button so that all security cameras with active deterrent features such as spotlights and sirens will become active which indicates an intruders get into your business facility so that everyone is alerted. Most competing products including Reolink 16 channel system don’t feature such kind of this panic button.

Lorex E893AB-E

In addition to the panic button on the recorder unit, Lorex in this 8 channel kit comes with 8 units of Lorex e893ab 4k security camera with active deterrent feature as well. The e893ab is equipped with two spotlights that will be turned on when there is motion detection and the built-in siren that you can trigger remotely from your mobile device with Lorex home app installed. With spotlights turned on and siren is triggered, this can deter intruders from entering your property further to commit criminal acts.

Lorex Fusion vs Reolink Kits

Now we compare what makes great price difference between the two kits Lorex and Reolink 16 channel security camera system in addition of active deterrent feature difference as discussed on the above paragraphs. 

Reolink 12MP 16 channel kits
Reolink 12MP 16 channel kits

NVR

You can refer to table 1 below that shows you spec comparison table between Lorex and Reolink. See that Reolink offers Rln16 NVR system that supports up to 12MP resolution security cameras, while Lorex N8442 supports only up to 8MP resolution cameras.

Reolink offers larger maximum storage than Lorex unit as shown on the storage row in the table. Both are equipped with two channels SATA interface for hard disks with different maximum disk capacity. And both NVR systems support Google assistant for smart home.   

Table 1 Lorex vs Reolink NVR

Recording unitLorex N8442Reolink Rln16-410
NVR Model8 channels with built-in 8-port
POE switch; You can add up to
two wifi fusion compliant cameras
(8POE cam and
2 wifi cams)
16 channel 12MP (4096 x 3840) with 16-port POE switch
Simultaneous playbacksynchronized playback of up to
4 cameras
1~4 Channels 12MP  @15fps
Storage2TB preinstalled HD, maximum capacity
8TB
3TB preinstalled, 2x SATA up to 6TB /each  (Max 12TB)
Smart featuresPanic button to enable all lights
and sirens of active deterrent
cameras at one time Supports
person & vehicle detection Fusion capabilities Supports Amazon alexa
& Google Alexa
Human and vehicle detection supports Support Google assistant 

Included cameras

Both Lorex fusion 8 channel and Reolink 16 channel kits come with the same number of 8pcs active deterrent security cameras. The good thing with reolink is that you can add eight more security cameras when more cameras are required to expand. As reference table 2 below shows spec comparison difference between the camera models.

Video resolution

What you can expect from a security camera is the wider coverage and more details. Reolink d1200 is the first line of reolink camera with 12MP video resolution to cover larger area with more detail. Video resolution is smooth with 20 frame rate per second (fps).

When you compare with lorex e893ab, reolink is superior with 12MP resolution as opposed to lorex e893ab which is only 8MP @15 fps. Reolink d1200 with 12MP @20 fps is more advantage than lorex 4k @15fps. However, for home surveillance system lorex 4k camera is more than enough like other 4k camera in general so far.

Color night vision

The latest Lorex security cameras feature CNV (color night vision) technology. This feature makes the camera record color night vision when there is sufficient ambient light. Moreover, with the addition of spotlights triggered ON the camera delivers sharper color night vision. When the ambient light is not enough to render color night vision, the camera will switch to black and white night vision with IR LEDs.

What about reolink d1200? This camera comes with wide aperture lens (f/1.2) that performs much better in low light conditions. With the addition of high power spotlight assures color night vision, even night vision with IR LEDs is extremely sharp and detail with 12MP resolution.

See also Reolink Argus 3 with color night vision.

Smart features

Both Lorex E893AB and reolink d1200 feature better motion detection with human or vehicle detection. Lorex E893AB and lorex fusion system with smart motion detection plus gives you option to detect face or just human and vehicle to trigger the alerts.

Definitely with face detection provides better accuracy, considering that the camera must capture the human face that facing the camera to trigger the alerts. Compare with human detection in general, when the camera detects someone passing by, the camera will trigger the alert.

Reolink d1200 doesn’t feature face detection, however human and vehicle detection only. Lorex with smart motion detection plus feature gives you more accurate alerts than standard human detection.   

Have a look at more details on the following spec comparison table between lorex and reolink active deterrent cameras.

Table 2 Lorex vs Reolink security cameras

Camera modelLorex E893AB-EReolink D1200
Image sensor8MP/4K 1/2.8” CMOS1/2.49″ CMOS Sensor
Recording resolution4K(8MP)@15fps, 5MP@30fps, 1080p@30fps, 720p@30fpsDefault: 4512 x 2512 (12 Megapixels) at 20 frames/sec
LensFixed Lens type 2.8 mm F2.0f=2.8mm; F=1.6, with IR-cut filter
View angle108° horizontalHorizontal: 118° Vertical: 66°
Night visionIR LEDs 150ft (45m)/ 98ft (30m) Color Night Vision™ with spotlightsNight vision range up to 30 Meters (100ft) (LED: 2x IR LEDs 28mil/850nm)
Spotlights and sirenYes, two spotlights and built-in siren with remote activated1pcs/4.3W/6500K/700 Lumens
AudioTwo way audio with built-in speaker and microphoneTwo way audio with built-in microphone and speaker
Local memorySD Card slot is readyN/A, needs to connect to the NVR
PowerPoE Class 802.3af / 12V DCPoE 802.3af; 48V Active DC Power: DC 12.0V ⎓ 1A; < 8W
HousingIP67 weatherproofIP66 weatherproof  with metal aluminum housing
Smart featuresFace detection or Person and Vehicle DetectionMotion detection/ Person detection/ Vehicle detection
# camera in the kit8pcs Lorex E893AB-E8pcs of reolink d1200 cameras
Surveillance kit Price$999.99$1,299.99

Lorex fusion 8 channel 4k camera system kit with 8pcs of active deterrent cameras is offered with the price around $1,000 in Amazon, while Reolink 16 channels 12MP system kit is tagged around $1,300. Note that prices are fluctuating by time, click the link below to see current price and get the best deal in Amazon (#ads).

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