reolink vs hikvision

Various Models of Best Value Reolink vs Hikvision Security Cameras

Do big vendors like Hikvision always win the middle class business share when compared to similar products from mid-sized vendors such as Reolink?

If your budget is limited to purchase security camera system like the one offered by major vendor such as Hikvision, you may consider similar product offered by Reolink. With specs and features that are almost the same as those offered by Hikvision, reolink provides solution with more economical budget.

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In fact, almost the security camera products released by Hikvision are sold at higher price than some products with similar specs and features from other vendors such as Reolink. Although this is not always true, because most Hikvision cameras have couple of specs and features that are not available in similar products offered by Reolink, so the price is higher.

Comparison models

Now let’s see few flagship products offered by Hikvision with various security camera models including dome, bullet, and surveillance kits and find comparison products offered by Reolink with specs and features close to Hikvision.

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1. Hikvision vs Reolink Bulet Cameras

Let’s take one of new bullet security camera model Hikvision DS-2CD2085G1-I, one of value series of 4k bullet security camera. The equivalent product that we can compare from Reolink is RLC-810A.  Both security cameras are new series 4k security cameras with fixed lens and are also outdoor / indoor usage with weatherproof protection housing.

Reolink RLC-810a vs Hikvision DS-2CD2085G1-I
Reolink RLC-810a vs Hikvision DS-2CD2085G1-I

Camera & Resolution

You can see spec comparison between the two products in the following table 1 below. See that both are 4k resolution with nearly the same frame per second (fps). The higher fps factor is smoother, more responsive video. Hikvision offers three fixed focal length options you may select which also come with fixed view angle, not varifocal lens with certain numbers of optical zoom you can customize by zooming in and out on the fly.

Another spec you may also consider is that Hikvsion comes with true WDR (wide dynamic range) feature instead of HDR (high dynamic range) which is typically processed by the software after the image / video is captured. WDR is used to challenge both high contrast lighting condition with dark / shadow condition within the frame.  

Smart features

Significant difference you may consider is the smart features offered by Hikvision ds-2cd2085g1 which is equipped with smart features including face detection and other behavior analysis including line crossing detection, intrusion detection and still more. On the other hand Reolink rlc-810 features only people and vehicle motion detection, no behavior analysis feature.       

See on the table that one of cons offered by Hivision is no audio available for audio recording, compare with Reolink rlc-810a that comes with built-in microphone for audio recording.   

Table Hikvision ds-2cd2085g1 vs Reolink rlc-810a

Bullet  model  cameraHikvision DS-2CD2085G1-IReolink RLC-810A
Resolution8MP (3840 x 2160 Resolution) @ 20 fps with H.265 supportsup to 8MP (3840 x 2160) @25fps with H.265 support
Minimum illuminationColor: 0.016 lux @ (f/1.6, AGC on), 0 lux with IR0 Lux (With IR Illuminator)
Lens2.8mm fixed lens / 4.0mm / 6.0mmF=4.0 mm f/2.0 with IR Cut filter
Field of view angle2.8 mm, H FOV: 102°, V FOV: 55°, D FOV: 120° ;
4.0 mm, H FOV: 78°, V FOV: 43°, D FOV: 92° ;
6.0 mm, H FOV: 50°, V FOV: 27°, D FOV: 59°
Horizontal: 87° ; Vertical: 44°
Night Vision100 ft (30 m) EXIR 2.0 RangeIR LED: 18pcs /14mil/850nm range up to 100ft (30 m)
AudioN/AOne way audio, built-in microphone
Smart featureFace Detection and behavior analysis including Line crossing, intrusion detection, unattended baggage etcMotion detection, People and vehicle detection  and smart alerts
StorageBuilt-in microSD/SDHC/SDXC slot, up to 128 GBBuilt-in microSD slot, up to 256 GB
Power12 VDC ± 25%, PoE (802.3af, class 3), 5.5 mm coaxial power plugDC12V & PoE (IEEE 802.3af) 48V active
Housing ProtectionIP67 weatherproof and IK10 vandal resistantIP66 weatherproof  with metal aluminum housing
Price in Amazon$159.00$84.99

With smart behavior analysis features, Hikvision ds-2cd2085g1 is ideal for business offices or process plants areas. Click the product links below to shop the products in Amazon (#ads).

2. Hikvision vs Reolink Dome Cameras

Hikvision has released many replacement products with fresher models and there are one or more additional features, one of which is the Hikvision DS-2CD2183G0-I. As a comparison, we take a similar product recently released by Reolink, the RLC-820a dome model camera. Both cams come with the same 4k resolution; however the frame rates are slightly different. Please refer to the following table 2 that represents spec comparison table between the two products.

Hikvision vs Reolink Dome cams
Hikvision vs Reolink Dome cams

Dynamic range

To challenge the contrast lighting environment, each cameras use different approach to challenge this lighting situation for perfect image / video clarity. Hikvision with true 120dB WDR is much better feature as opposed to digital WDR (aka HDR).

Smart features

Unlike the Reolink d800 series which only provides motion detection, the Reolink rlc-820 series provides additional smart features with person and vehicle detection, not just motion detection. Of course, this is another great feature to be able to compete with Hikvision products that comes with face detection and behavior analysis features.

Housing protection

In addition to the IP67 weatherproof rated, Hikvision also features an IK10 rated housing protection that provides strength against any impact and physical violence to the camera. This is very good for placement in public areas such as offices, project infrastructures and also process plants areas. Compare with Reolink rlc-820 that only comes IP66 weatherproof housing protection.

Table 2 Hikvision vs Reolink Dome model cameras

Dome cameraHikvision DS-2CD2183G0-IReolink RLC-820A
ResolutionUp to 3840 x 2160 Resolution @ 15 fps ; 3.6MP(2560 × 1440) @30 fps H.265+/H.265/ H.264+/H.264 support4k / 8.0 MP (3840 X 2160) at 25 frames/sec
Minimum illuminationColor: 0.028 Lux @ (f/2.0, AGC on)Unspecified
Lens2.8 mm fixed lens f/2.0 with manual focusf=4.0mm fixed; F=2.0, with IR-cut filter
Field of view anglehorizontal FOV: 102°, vertical FOV: 53°, diagonal FOV: 124°Horizontal: 87°; Vertical: 44°
Night VisionIR range up to 100ft (30m) with Day/night/auto/scheduleNight vision with 18pcs IR LEDs, 14mil/850nm; range up to 100ft (30m)
WDR120 true WDR; 3D DNRHDR
AudioN/AOne way audio, built-in microphone
Smart featureFace Detection, and Behavior Analysis: Line crossing, intrusion detection and RoIMotion detection, Person detection, Vehicle detection and support Google Assistant
StorageBuilt-in microSD/SDHC/SDXC slot, up to 128 GBMicroSD card slot (Max. 256GB)
Power12 VDC ±25%, Φ5.5 mm coaxial power plug; PoE (802.3af, class 3)PoE IEEE 802.3af, 48V Active DC Power: DC 12.0V⎓1A, <12W
Housing ProtectionIP67 weatherproof and IK10 with metal body and plastic bubbleIP66 weatherproof

With the additional features of true 120dB WDR, smart features and IK10 vandal resistant, presumably the price of Hikvision DS-2CD2183G0-I is more expensive than Reolink rlc-820a. Please choose wisely which one suits your business needs, click the product link below to shop for products on Amazon (#ads).

3. Hikvision vs Reolink 16 Ch Kits

Hikvision has released various models of NVR systems ranging from 8 channels up to 32 channels and even more channels. Meanwhile, Reolink has just released two models of NVR systems: RLN8 for 8 channels NVR and RLN16 for 16 channels, each of which has two versions, either for 4k and 5MP versions.

Hikvision with ERI-K216-P16 NVR + (12) ECI-D24F2 Cameras
Hikvision with ERI-K216-P16 NVR + (12) ECI-D24F2 Cameras

Hikvision Eki-K164d412

Let’s take new 16 channel security camera kit offered by Hikvision – the Hikvision Eki-K164d412, a new 4k NVR value express kits which is a cost effective solution with 12pcs 4MP security cameras. To support your large office up to 16 monitoring zones, this value series of Hikvision 16 channel system kit is appropriate.  


  • It comes with 16 channel 4k NVR system plus 12pcs 4MP @30 fps dome Security cameras
  • New model of Hikvision ERI-K216-P16 16-channel 4k NVR system with built-in 16-port POE switch and incoming bandwidth up to 160Mbps
  • Supports 2 SATA interfaces, 6TB each disk
  • All the dome cameras are Hikvision ECI-D24F2 4MP dome outdoor POE security camera
  • Features 120dB true WDR and 3D DNR, fixed 2.8mm focal length f/1.6, 103 degree view angle
  • Minimum illumination Color: 0.018 lux @ (ƒ/1.6, AGC on), 0 lux with IR, night vision range up to 98ft (30m)
  • 1 fixed region of interest with basic motion detection

IR LEDs will be used when the light environment is fully darkness, and you can add illumination not to drop below minimum illumination to keep record color night vision. This Hikvision 16 channel security kit is tagged around $1,960.00 in Amazon.  

Reolink RLK16-800D8

 Now, let’s compare with affordable Reolink RLK16-800D8 that comes with 16 channels RLN16 4k NVR system with preinstalled 3TB hard disk, plus 8pcs of 800D dome 4k security cameras. You still have 8x more POE ports when you need to add more cameras to meet your business need.

Reolink RLK16-800D8 16 channels with 8pcs 4k cameras
Reolink RLK16-800D8 16 channels with 8pcs 4k cameras

This Reolink kits costs around $ 900 in Amazon, half the price that the Hikvision kit offers with 12pcs dome 4MP cameras. With Reolink kits, when you add 8 more cameras to full 16 cameras deployment, you will save up to $ 400 more compared to Hikvision with 12 cameras.

Comparison table

16 System KitHikvision Eki-K164d412Reolink Rlk16-800D8
NVR systemERI-K216-P16 NVR 16 channel 4k NVR with built-in 16-port POE portsReolink RLN16 4k 16 Channels with built-in 16-port POE
Decoding formatSupports up to H.265+ / H.265/ H.264+Supports up to H.265 / H.264
HD storage2 SATA interface up to 12TB2 SATA interfaces up to 12TB, preinstalled 3TB hard disk
Included cameras12pcs Hikvision ECI-D24F2 dome 4MP outdoor POE security cameras with three axis rotation adjustment8pcs Reolink 800D 4k dome outdoor POE security cameras
Camera resolution4MP (2688 × 1520) @30 fps3840 x 2160 (8.0 Megapixels) at 20 fps
LensFixed lens 2.8mm f/1.6Fixed lens 4.0mm f/2.0 with IR cut filter
View angle103 degree horizontal87 degree horizontal view angle
WDR120dB true WDR and 3D DNR3D DNR
Night vision850nm IR LEDs range up to 98 ft(30m)18cps IR LEDS range up to 100ft (30m)
AudioN/ABuilt-in microphone for audio recording
Memory storageBuilt-in microSD/SDHC/SDXC slot, up to 128 GBN/A
PowerPoE (802.3af, 36 V to 57 V), 0.2 A to 0.1 A, maximum 7.5 W / 12 VDC, 0.5 A, maximum 6 WPoE IEEE 802.3af; 48V Active; DC Power DC 12.0V ⎓ 1A; < 8W
Housing protectionIP67 weatherproof and IK10 vandal resistantIP66 weatherproof
Price in Amazon$1,959.99 (with 12pcs cameras)$899.99 (with 8pcs cameras) / $1,489.99 (plus 8pcs more cameras)

Now you can see clearly that Reolink offers affordable 16 channel security camera kits (with 8pcs 4k dome cameras) compared with Hikvision (with 12pcs 4MP cameras). Click the link below to shop the kits in Amazon (#ads).

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