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Affordable DIY Zosi vs Reolink Security Camera System Which One is Best Value

Zosi was founded in 2006 when at that time was as a startup company then developed into a video surveillance and security industry company with headquarters in Zhuhai City with its manufacturer industry based in Zhongshan City. Like other Chinese products, Zosi competes with other major vendors at more affordable prices without sacrificing the performance. How Zosi cameras compared with Reolink?

Zosi vs Reolink

Zosi releases a wide range of surveillance systems, both analog and network security camera systems. When compared to Reolink; the two vendors are almost the same except that Reolink does not produce analog camera products. And both of them provide surveillance security camera solutions at a more affordable price compared to other big vendors like Hikvision or Dahua.

Zosi vs Reolink Wire-free cameras

So far, Zosi has released two wire-free camera models, namely the Zosi C1 and Zosi C306, while Reolink has released several Argus series and the last flagship product is the Argus 3 Pro series.

The Zosi C1 and Zosi C306 both provide 1080p resolution and are also equipped with light and siren as well as PIR detection. The C306 can use a solar cell power in addition to a rechargeable battery. We take Zosi C1 and compare it with the Reolink Argus 3 pro series.

Take a look at the following spec comparison table between the two products.


Technically the main difference between the two models is the recording resolution spec between the two products. Reolink Argus 3 pro records at twice as high resolution as Zosi c1. However, Argus can only go up to 2k @ 15fps, while zosi c1 is up to 25 fps but @ 1080p.

Zosi C1 1080p wire-free camera
Zosi C1 1080p wire-free camera

Wifi adapter

Zosi c1 is equipped with a standard 802.11b / g / n single band @ 2.4GHz wifi adapter, while Reolink Argus lets you choose either 2.4GHz or 5GHz radio bands for connection to your home wifi network. The ability to be able to connect using the 5GHz radio band is advantageous considering the @ 5ghz radio band is cleaner from signal interference than @ 2.4ghz band. Besides that, today most wifi routers support dual band especially wifi-6 router.

Reolink Argus 3 Pro 2k camera
Reolink Argus 3 Pro 2k camera

Other spec and features are almost the same as shown on the following comparison table.

Table 1 Zosi vs Reolink Wire-free cameras

Wire-free camera Zosi C1Reolink Argus 3 Pro
Recording Resolution2MP / 1080p @25 fps4MP / 2K (2560 x 1440) at 15 fps
View angle90 degree horizontal122 degree diagonal
Spotlights2x spotlights2pcs 230lm / 6500K up to 10m (30ft)
SirenYesYes, plus customized verbal alerts
Night vision6pcs IR LEDs high power range up to 80ft (24m)Color night vision with spotlights / 6pcs IR LEDs up to 33ft (10m)
AudioTwo wayTwo way audio
Wifi802.11b/g/n/single band @2.4GHz802.11a/b/g/n dual band @2.4GHz or 5GHz
Power5200mAh rechargeable battery6500mAh rechargeable battery / optional solar panel
StorageLocal memory storage micro SD Card 128GB / cloud storage128GB local memory storage / cloud storage
IP ratedIP65 weatherproofIP65 weatherproof

Now, Zosi C1 with 1080p @25 fps wire-free camera you have cheaper price @60, while with Reolink Argus 3 Pro you have 2k resolution but higher price. Click the product link below to see current price and current rated in Amazon (#ads).

The two products above can work stand alone and are not connected to a recorder unit (NVR). In the following paragraphs, we discuss two security kits comparison between the two vendors above.

Zosi vs Reolink Security Kit

We take 8EN-2615W8-20-US one of Zosi security camera system kits  consisting of the Zosi ZG2615D 8-channel 5MP nvr system and 8pcs Zosi ZG2615D 5MP bullet model security cameras, this kit is currently received excellent customer rated in Amazon and is sold at an affordable price ideal for large homes or small business needs.

Zosi 8 channel camera kits
Zosi 8 channel camera kits

As a comparison, we take Reolink RLK16-800D8 which consists of Reolink RLN16 16-channel NVR system and 8pcs of dome 4k security camera and this kit is also sold at a more economical price compared to similar products from large vendors. For larger channels, see also GW Security 32 channel system kit.

Both of these surveillance kits come with 8pcs security cameras, but with different specs so it makes sense that the price of Reolink camera model is 50% more expensive than Zosi, and the price of this kit is also different.

Zosi vs Reolink Security camera

Zosi ZG2615D 5MP security camera is tagged with the price around $50, on the other hand Reolink D800 4k security camera is tagged with the price 50% more expensive than Zosi.

Reolink 16 channel 4k kits
Reolink 16 channel 4k kits

Later we will see the difference between these two camera models so it makes sense why the prices are different. We deliberately take different spec comparisons when you require considering higher specs to meet your business.

If we want to be fair, we can compare this Zosi camera with the Reolink rlc-520 which costs the same price as Zosi, or we can compare it with Reolink Rlc522 5MP security camera with 5xoptical zoom which costs the same price as Reolink d800.

Table 1 shows you spec comparison table between Zosi and Reolink D800, the two models of security camera included in each of the kit.


The first spec difference is about the maximum recording resolution which Reolink D800 offers 8MP CMOS image sensor while Zosi does 5MP image sensor. Off course you’ll get more image detail with higher resolution security camera.

Both cameras come with the same fixed lens, no optical zoom feature but digital zoom.

Night vision

Both security cameras support B/W night vision with IR LEDs, when the camera detects low light condition the camera will switch to record in B/W night vision. It is different than security cameras that come with white LED spotlights that illuminate surrounding with bright light to allow the camera recording color night vision such as Annke BR200 color security camera or Amcrest ip4m-1046 color night vision camera.

Another different feature is the one way audio, Reolink comes with built-in microphone for audio recording but Zosi doesn’t.

Table 1 Zosi vs Reolink Security camera

ModelZosi ZG2615DReolink D800
Resolution5MP (2560×1920) @15 fps with H.265+ compression format8.0MP (3840×2160) @20 fps with H.265 compression format
Image sensor½.5” CMOS 5.0MP½.7” CMOS sensor 8.0MP
Lens4.0mm4.0mm f/2.0
Viewing angle100 degree87.5 degree
Night Vision36pcs IR LEDs with ICR Infrared Filter Range up to 120ft (36m)18pcs IR LEDs with IR Cut Range up to 100ft (30m)
PowerPOE, 12V DCPoE IEEE 802.3af; 48V Active
IP ratedIP66 weatherproofIP66 weatherproof
AudioN/AOne way audio with built-in Microphone
Memory StorageN/AN/A

See that the two security cameras are different. Reolink offers higher resolution than Zosi, and is also featuring one way audio feature with built-in microphone.

Now, we need to compare the recording unit between the two product kits.

Zosi vs Reolink Recording unit

If your business needs do not require a high resolution of up to 8mp, then 5mp resolution is very sufficient as offered by Zosi. Unless your business needs really require a resolution of up to 4k, then the Reolink kit is what you need and of course you have to spend a higher budget.

Table 2 shows you features differences between Zosi and Reolink NVR system.

Reolink does not provide 4k NVR system for 8 channels, but for 16 channels (Rln16). Of course, if your need is only for 8 cameras, it’s a good idea to buy a 16 channel NVR system because you don’t know that someday you need one or more cameras in the future. The Reolink Rln16 comes with built-in 16-port POE switch, so with 8 existing cameras you can add up to 8 more cameras if in the future more cameras requirement exists.

Zosi Zr08en00 is 8 channel 5MP NVR system and in this kit it also comes with 8 cameras so that in the future you cannot add more cameras if needed. However, if your camera needs less than 8, then the rest can be saved for future needs or when one of the cameras fails to function.

Table 2 Zosi vs Reolink NVR

Model NVRZosi  Zr08en00Reolink RLN16
# Channel8 channel with built-in 8-port POE
16 Channel with built-in 16-port POE
Recording resolution8* 5.0MP @ 15 fps16* 8MP
Video Output1ch HDMI, 1ch VGA1CH HDMI and 1CH VGA
StoragePreinstalled 2TB, 1 SATA port up to
Preinstalled 3TB, 2 SATA ports up to
4TB each HDD 
# camera in the bundle8pcs Zosi ZG2615D 5MP camera8pcs Reolink D800 4k (8.0MP) camera
Price (Oct 2020)$409.99$899.99

Both NVR system kit come with the same 2TB hard disk and you can expand up to 8TB hard disk maximum.

Now, when Zosi with 5MP system is appropriate to meet your business then you can save up to $490. However, you cannot add more cameras when it comes to add more. Unless Reolink 16 channel NVR system kit with high resolution up to 8MP / 4k should be the preference.

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