Lorex Security Company was establishment in 1993 in Toronto Canada and has released large numbers of security camera products including recording units either for home surveillance system needs or for business offices.
Product competition is getting tighter when newcomer products from Reolink released to the security camera market at more economical prices. How good Reolink products are compared to Lorex?
Lorex vs Reolink
In general, Lorex products are sold more expensive than products from newcomer vendors such as Reolink which was founded in 2009. In general, Reolink products with almost the same spec and features are sold cheaper than products from big vendors such as Lorex, Hikvision etc.
In the following paragraphs we will compare several Reolink product models that are popular in the market today and compare them with products with similar specs and features from Lorex. See also GW Security cameras vs Lorex.
1. Lorex W261aqc vs Reolink
One of the Lorex products for home is the Lorex W261aqc which is sold in the market at almost the same price as the Reolink e1 zoom which is becoming more popular in the market than similar products. There are few specs difference when you compare it with Lorex that you can learn from the following spec comparison table.
Note that reolink e1 zoom excels in camera resolution, twice as high resolution as camera offered by Lorex. And one more thing that is more beneficial to Reolink is the 3x optical zoom feature, which is rarely a similar product for a home wifi camera equipped with 3x optical zoom except for digital zoom.
The two camera models are the home wifi ptz camera model where connecting to your internet network is through wifi connection. Note that Reolink is equipped with dual band wifi instead of single band as on lorex. With dual band wifi, your camera can connect to dual band wifi networks that are common today, especially wireless ac or wireless ax networks that use dual bands and your camera can choose 5 GHz radio band which is clearer than 2.4 GHz. Certain wifi router models feature smart connect that push 5GHz capable connected devices to connect to 5GHz radio band automatically.
Table 1 Reolink e1 zoom vs Lorex
|Wifi Home ptz camera||Lorex W261aqc||Reolink|
|Image sensor||1/2.7″ 2MP CMOS Sensor||1/2.7″ 5MP CMOS Sensor|
|Lens||Fixed lens 2.8mm f/2.0||Varifocal lens 2.8~ 8 mm Autofocus, f/1.6, with IR Cut|
|View angle||Horizontal 112°; Diagonal 135° Vertical 59°||Horizontal: 48° – 98°; Vertical: 37° – 75°|
|Recording resolution||1920 x 1080 / 1080p @30 fps||2560 x 1920 (5MP) @20 fps|
|Zoom||Digital zoom||3x optical zoom|
|Night vision||IR LED range up to 33ft (10m)||12 Meters (40ft) (LED: 10pcs /14mil /850nm)|
|Audio||Two way with built-in microphone and speaker||Two way communication with speaker and microphone|
|Wifi||802.11b/g/n single band @2.4GHz||802.11a/b/g/n dual band 2.4GHz / 5GHz|
|Storage||Micro SD Card up to 256GB||Micro SD Card|
|Price||$54.99 (MSRP: 69.99)||$55.24 (MSRP $79.99)|
Reolink e1 zoom with 5MP resolution and 3x optical zoom and dual band wifi is more advantage as opposed to Lorex W261aqc with only 2MP, no optical zoom and single band wifi.
Now, we will discuss 8 channel security camera kit that comes with 4pcs of cameras bundled along with its compatible 8 channel PoE NVR and then compare with 8 channel 4k POE NVR system kit released by Lorex, the new released of 8 channel kit with four 4k cameras.
In this bundle, Reolink offers RLK8 4k 8 channel POE NVR system that comes with 4pcs of D800 dome model 4k security camera. We have discussed the nvr unit before, or you can later read in spec’s detail in the product link below, and this time we will discuss more about the Reolink D800 4k security camera that accompanies this product bundle. However, for better understand the difference between the 8 channel poe nvr system, take a look at the following table.
Table 1 Reolink vs Lorex 8 Channel POE NVR
|NVR model||Reolink RLK8||Lorex N841|
|Model||8 channel 4k with built-in 8-port POE switch||8 channel 4k with built-in 8-port POE switch|
|Hard disk||2TB preinstalled hard disk, expand up to 4TB /port – maximum capacity 8TB||1TB preinstalled hard disk, up to 10TB|
|Synchronous playback||1ch @8MP; 4ch @4MP||4ch @8MP|
|Smart features||N/A||Smart feature: person and vehicle detection; active deterrence; Google assistant and Amazon alexa support|
|Price with 4pcs camera||$660.00||$530.00|
Reolink offers 2TB preinstalled hard disk, compared to Lorex that comes with only 1TB hard disk. And the good things with Lorex N841 are person / vehicle detection and the smart features to support your smart home including supporting Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. See also the smart Google Nest Cam IQ with Google Assistant.
D800 4k Camera
The D800 is designed with a dome model, similar to a turret camera model such as the Amcrest ip8m-t2499 or the newer model Amcrest ip8m-mt2544. This camera is not a turret model that is generally designed to be able to provide further night vision range than the dome models in general. This camera supports night vision with 18pcs IR LEDs to illuminate up to 100ft range.
This camera is not a PTZ camera that can be controlled remotely for horizontal panning or vertical tilting in a motorized way via your NVR or your mobile device, but you can adjust the position manually because this camera can be rotated horizontally up to 360 degrees as well as vertically up to 70 degrees as needed in the right direction. See also best PTZ outdoor security cameras.
Comparing with the bullet cameras in the Lorex 8 channel POE NVR bundle in this comparison, the camera cannot be adjusted manually either horizontal or vertical direction. Then you have to put it in the right position within the frame where the camera will cover.
Both models of cameras are offering up to 4k resolution, however different frame rate. Reolink D800 offers 4k resolution @20 fps. On the other hand Lorex offers 4k resolution @15 fps, or 2k resolution @20 fps. See that with the same frame rate @20 fps, Lorex offers lower resolution @ 2k.
In terms of night vision, the advantage of Lorex with its color night vision capability outperform Reolink which can only view and record in black and white even though there is ambient light. In a full darkness, Lorex can provide a longer range than Reolink.
Briefly, the differences between the two 4k cameras in each of the 8 channel PoE NVR bundle kits can be presented in the following comparison table.
Table 2 Reolink vs Lorex 4k security camera
|Camera model||Reolink D800||Lorex E861AB|
|Resolution||4k @20 fps||4k @15 fps / 2k @20 fps / 1080p @30 fps|
|FOV||87 degree||111 degree|
|Lens||4.0mm f/4.0 fixed lens with ½.7inch 4k CMOS image sensor||2.8mm f/1.6 fixed lens with 4k 1/1.8inch CMOS image sensor|
|Night vision||18pcs IR LEDs range up to 100ft||Color night vision in ambient light, darkness with IR up to 130 ft|
|Rotation adjustment||~ 360 degree horizontal, ~70 degree vertical with manual adjustment||Fixed|
|Audio||Microphone for audio recording||N/A|
|Onvif||Can work with Reolink 4k NVR system||Onvif|
See that individual price each of the camera is different; Lorex E861ab is tagged with twice as much bucks as Reolink D800.
From the camera side which one is suitable to meet your needs, if in ambient light you still hope to be able to view in color then the Lorex bundle is your choice.
Click the following product’s link to learn more detail as well as link to shop in Amazon.
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