reolink vs lorex security camera

Affordable Security Camera System Reolink vs Lorex Which One is Better

Reolink in general offers security camera systems at affordable prices, cheaper than security camera systems offered by major vendors such as Hikvision, Dahua or Lorex. In this article we discuss how good reolink is compared to Lorex.

Lorex vs Reolink in general

Reolink is a security camera company that was founded in 2009 and is mature enough to take part in the world of security camera systems. If you compare Reolink Company with Lorex, Reolink is relatively new considering that Lorex has experienced in the world of security cameras since 1991. Lorex has a very diverse product inventory and is much more than Reolink.

In general, products released by Reolink are offered at more economical prices than Lorex with comparable specs and features. We will discuss couple of examples, the first product to compare is consumer product Reolink vs Lorex security camera with spotlight. And the second one is comparison of 8 channel NVR system kits.

See also other comparison Lorex vs Reolink 8CH with 4 cameras.

Spotlights / floodlight Camera

So far, Reolink has not released floodlight cameras like other vendors ranging from small vendors (such as Eufy and Victure floodlights cam) to big vendors like Lorex with its Lorex v261lcd-e floodlight cam. So far Reolink releases Reolink Lumus which is a spotlight camera not like Lorex with its floodlight camera.

Reolink Lumus with spotlights
Reolink Lumus with spotlights

Bright illumination

Now we compare these two products, although they may not be comparable, this can help us choose when you need a floodlight security camera or just a spotlight camera. Spotlight cameras don’t provide as bright light as floodlight cameras because the light intensity levels differ greatly.

Note in table 1 below that the spotlight camera offered by Reolink Lumus can only provide spotlight with light intensity of up to 180 lumens. Compare it with Lorex with two floodlights that consist of white LED arrays) with light intensity of 2 x 2000 lumens. Both spotlight and floodlight provide light with the same color temperature of 6500 Kelvin, the white cool light of the same color temperature as daylight.

Stand alone

Either Reolink Lumus and Lorex floodlight cameras can work stand alone without the need of base station, but you need to have internet connection and wifi infrastructure in place for remote access when you are on the go.

Lorex Floodlights camera
Lorex Floodlights camera

Have a look at the table below for more spec details. See that both cameras can provide color night vision when the floodlights or spotlights are triggered ON by motion detection or manually triggered.

Table 1 Lorex vs Reolink cameras

Vendor model  Lorex v261lcdReolink Lumus
Camera modelFloodlight cameraSpotlight camera
FloodlightsLED floodlights 2x 24 white LEDs array
2x 2000 lumens 6500K color temperature
2x white LEDs 1.6W, 180lm with 6500K color temperature
SirenYes, using built-in speakerSiren audio via speaker
Image sensor2 MP 1/2.7″ CMOS1/2.8″ CMOS Sensor
LensF=2.8mm f/2.0f=2.8mm, F=2.0, with IR Cut
View angle114 degree horizontal100 degree Horizontal
Night visionColor night vision with floodlights ON
B/W night vision with IR LEDs range up to 50ft (15m)
Color night vision with spotlights;
B/W night vision with 6pcs IR LEDs range up to 33ft (10m)
Resolution2MP (1920 x 1080) resolution video up to @30 fps.1920 x 1080 (2.0 Megapixels) at 15fps
AudioTwo way audio with built-in speaker and microphoneTwo way audio with built-in microphone and speaker
StoragemicroSD cards up to 256GB (32GB microSD card included)Micro SD Card Slot (support up to 64GB micro SD card)
ConnectivityWi-Fi 4 (802.11n) @2.4GHz bandWireless IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Power100 to 240 VAC at 1 A (40 W)DC 5.0V/2A, <6W
Dimension and weightDimensions: H: 6.8 x W: 12.5 x L: 9.3” /
H: 173.0 x W: 318.0 x L: 236.0 mm Weight     3.97 lb / 1.8 kg.
Dimension: 99 x 91 x 60mm Weight: 185g

The brightness of Lorex’s floodlights is ideal for illuminating front or backyard or driveway, and if there is available ambient light on your property the camera can live view in color night vision. Off course Lorex floodlight cam is more expensive than Reolink Lumus that comes with spotlights.

Reolink vs Lorex 16 Channel 4k Kits

If you feel that one or two security cameras are not sufficient to monitor your large property then use the 8 channel nvr system kit. Lorex and Reolink offer lots of selection of 8 channel nvr system kits with 4 or 8 cameras and 16 channel nvr system kits with 8 or 16 cameras.

Now we compare the two flagship 8 channel kits from both Reolink and Lorex. These two system kits are becoming increasingly popular considering the good performance of these two products at more economical price for your property security needs.

Reolink rlk8-820d 4k kit
Reolink rlk8-820d 4k kit

Reolink RLK8-820D4-A

One of the 8 channel 4k kits offered by Reolink is the rlk8-820d4 which combines Reolink rln8 8 channels NVR with 4pcs of the latest 4k series cameras. You can still add up to 4 more cameras if in the future there is requirement to add more cameras.

In this Reolink 8 channels security camera kit, the 8-channel NVR unit comes with preinstalled 2TB hard disk as storage for all your video footage for the last certain days which is typically using rollback system. The four cameras in this kit are 4k outdoor poe dome security cameras.


  • Reolink 4k 8 channel NVR system kit with built-in 8-port POE switch supports 802.3at
  • Up to 4 channel synchronous playback 
  • Comes with preinstalled 2TB hard disk and you can expand up to 12TB
  •  Comes with 4pcs outdoor POE 4k (8MP) @25 fps resolution camera, 4.0mm lens
  • Night vision supports up to 30m range
  • Supports two way audio and local memory storage up to 256GB
  • Weatherproof resistant for outdoor usage
  • Features AI (artificial intelligent) with human and vehicle detection to reduce false alerts

Reolink offers the 8 channel 4k kit with 4pcs cameras, you can add up to 4 more cameras when the requirement exist. For large homes or small offices, this Reolink 8 channel 4k kit is appropriate. However, this kit doesn’t support active deterrent system like its competing kits offered by Lorex.

Lorex 4k Active deterrent kit

The advantage of security camera system with an active deterrent feature is to prevent further criminal acts when intruders enter your property by giving alerts with spotlights and sirens. With spotlight, the light illumination helps the camera to render color night vision. All the video snapshot sent to your mobile device are in color so that the skin and face color is clearer and the vehicle color is also clearer too.

Lorex 8 channel active deterrent kit
Lorex 8 channel active deterrent kit


  • Lorex 8 channel 4k NVR active deterrent system kit with built-in 8-port POE switch
  • Feature AI (artificial intelligent) human and vehicle detection to reduce false alerts
  • Comes with preinstalled 2TB hard disk you can expand up to 8TB hard disk
  • Comes with 8pcs of 4k bullet outdoor security camera with active deterrent feature
  • All the 8 cameras are equipped with spotlights and built-in siren and two way audio
  • Supports color night vision in ambient light and B/W night vision up to 150ft range

If you compare this Lorex 4k kit is almost the same as Reolink as discussed above except the spotlights and siren for active deterrent system.

Comparison tables

To help you understand which 8 channel 4k kit is suitable to meet your business need, we need to compare both NVR and security cameras in handful spec comparison tables as discussed below.

NVR system

Table 2 below shows you NVR system comparison between Reolink and Lorex. Both have the same 8 channels up to 4k resolution and come with built-in 8-port POE switch so you can run UTP cable from each of POE security cameras to the NVR unit easily, no power cable needed.

Each NVR system kit supports Google assistance for voice commands of smart home integration. The storage is large enough for homes surveillance.

 Table 2 Reolink vs Lorex 8CH

NVR SystemReolink RLN8-410Lorex N841
NVR System4k 8 channel with built-in 8-port POE Switch8 Channel 4K with built-in 8-port POE switch @240 fps all 8 channels @4k
Synchronous playbackUp to 4 channelsUp to 4 channels
Storage  Preinstalled 2TB HDD Supports 2x SATA ports, 6TB each (12TB)Preinstalled 2TB 1 bay hard disk bay up to 10TB SATA disk
Smart homeGoogle assistantSupports Alexa and Google assistant


Each of the system kit comes with security cameras support up to 4k resolution. See that Reolink offers higher frame rate @4 k resolutions.

One thing that Lorex e891ab makes significant different with its rival Reolink 820D is the active deterrent features as discussed above. Other minor differences you can read carefully on the following spec comparison table 2.

 Table 3 Lorex vs Reolink cameras

Security cameraLorex e891abReolink 820D
Recording resolution4K(8MP) @ 15fps, 4MP@ 20fps, 3MP, 2MP @30fps3840 X 2160 (8.0 Megapixels) at 25 frames/sec
Image sensor8MP/4K 1/1.8” CMOS1/2.49″ CMOS sensor
LensFixed lens 2.8mm f/1.6 maximum apertureFixed lens f=4.0mm f/2.0
View angle111 degree horizontal87 degree horizontal
Spotlights and sirenDual smart motion detection triggered white LEDsN/A
Night visionBlack and white night vision range up to 150ft (45m)
with IR LEDs Color Night Vision with sufficient
ambient light and spotlights
Night vision with 18pcs IR LEDs range up to 100ft
(30m) with IR-cut filter and auto switching  
AudioTwo way communication with built-in speaker and microphoneOne way audio recording with built-in microphone
StorageN/AMicroSD card slot (Max. 256GB)
HousingIP67 weatherproof with aluminum alloy housing constructionIP66 weatherproof
PowerPOE support DC12 VPoE IEEE 802.3af, 48V Active DC Power: DC 12.0V⎓1A, <12W

Reolink 8 channels 4k kit with four cameras is tagged with the price around $476.00 in Amazon. You can also find the full kit with 8 cameras is tagged around $815.0. Compare with Lorex 8 channel 4k kit with 8pcs cameras which is tagged with the price around $949.99.

Related Products

Reolink offers similar bundled as Lorex does with the same number of 5MP cameras, click here to read comparison between Reolink vs Amcrest 16 channel security camera system kit. What about Reolink vs Dahua security camera products? Click the following article – Dahua vs Reolink vs Hikvision varifocal cameras.

You may also like to add PTZ cameras to your system such as Amcrest IP4m-1053 Outdoor PTZ Camera or Lorex LNZ44P4B 2K PTZ Camera or Reolink rlk-230

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