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Below we undertake a comprehensive Amcrest vs Hikvision comparison. We review their most popular models based on Resolution and Field of View, Power & Installation Options, Night Vision, Motion Detection & Audio, and Footage Storage and Streaming.

Bullet Camera Head to Head

Bullet Camera – Amcrest 4K POE Bullet Camera vs Hikvision 4MP Bullet Camera

9.5

Amcrest 4K POE Bullet Camera

4K Resolution

Model(s): IP8M-2597EB-28MM

The Amcrest 4K POE Bullet Camera records 4K resolution videos at 30fps. This is higher than any other bullet camera. It can operate in adverse temperatures too (-22°F ~ +140°F).

Although you can store captured footage on an SD card locally, it also offers the option of storing videos on Amazon AWS servers.

Pros

  • Features a heavy-duty metal weatherproof IP67 housing.
  • Dual H.265/H.264 compression for maximum encryption.

Cons

  • The app can’t be used to control the camera’s rotation.
9.4

Hikvision 4MP Bullet Camera

CMOS Image Sensor
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Model(s): DS-2CD2043G0-I

This model was especially developed to serve an international audience. Using its 1/3″ Progressive Scan CMOS image sensor and 4mm fixed lens, it can capture 4MP (2688 ×1520) resolution videos at 30fps.

Thanks to its 120-dB true WDR technology, it can record objects clearly against strong light.

Pros

  • Water and dust resistant (IP67)
  • Comes with full metal housing.

Cons

  • Does not support a BNC connector.

Resolution and Field of View

Amcrest 4K POE Bullet Camera
9.4
Hikvision 4MP Bullet Camera
9.3

In terms of Resolution and Field of View, both models are equal. The Amcrest 4K POE Bullet Camera can capture 4K (8-Megapixel)) videos at 30fps. On the other hand, the Hikvision 4MP Bullet Camera does 2688 ×1520 resolution recording at 30fp.

However, they differ in the image sensor they use. The Amcrest 4K POE Bullet Camera comes with 1/1.8″ CMOS, whereas the Hikvision 4MP Bullet Camera comes with 1/3″  CMOS.

Power & Installation Options

Amcrest 4K POE Bullet Camera
9.6
Hikvision 4MP Bullet Camera
9.5

Both models are easy to set up and configure. The Amcrest 4K POE Bullet Camera (1.31 pounds) comes with a single PoE wire. To get it up and running, all you need to do is plug-in the wire.

On the flip side, the Hikvision 4MP Bullet Camera supports both a PoE wire and an Ethernet connection.

Night Vision, Motion Detection & Audio

Amcrest 4K POE Bullet Camera
9.3
Hikvision 4MP Bullet Camera
9.4

The Amcrest ProHD Indoor Camera can cover 164 feet at night. The Hikvision 4MP Bullet Camera falls short by covering only 100 feet. It also does not come with a separate IR LED light.

Motion alert is a common feature among all security cameras, and both of these models have it.

Footage Storage and Streaming

Amcrest 4K POE Bullet Camera
9.5
Hikvision 4MP Bullet Camera
9.4

The Amcrest 4K POE Bullet Camera has both local and remote storage features. Moreover, it can stream its footage via the Amcrest App. You can also access its videos via Amcrest Surveillance Pro software on your windows/Mac device. 

On the contrary, the Hikvision 4MP Bullet Camera offers support for 128GB microSD card, NAS, SMB/CIFS, and ANR storage.

Technical Comparison

Amcrest 4K POE Bullet CameraHikvision 4MP Bullet Camera
Night Vision Range164 Feet100 Feet
Video Resolution4K (8-Megapixel)4 MP
Alert typeMotion DetectionMotion Detection
Mounting TypeCeiling MountN/A
Viewing Angle111 degrees360 degrees
Frame Rate30 fps30 fps
Item Dimensions6.9 x 2.7 x 2.7 inches.6.3 x 2.76 x 2.76 inches.
IR LEDs2 built-in IR LEDsN/A
Sources: Amcrest, Hikvision

The Verdict: Amcrest vs Hikvision

The Amcrest 4K POE Bullet Camera is the best bullet security camera. It beats its Hikvision counterpart in terms of video resolution, night vision, and storage options.

The Hikvision 4MP Bullet Camera came very close to beating the Amcrest model in the storage area but failed as it offered no cloud storage option.

Dome Camera Head to Head

Dome Camera – Amcrest 4K Dome POE Camera vs Hikvision 4MP Dome Camera

9.4

Amcrest 4K Dome POE Camera

4K Resolution

Model(s): IP8M-2493EB

The Amcrest 4K Dome POE Camera stands out because of its 16x Digital Zoom. No other model offers such a powerful zoom at such a low price.

Due to its metal weatherproof IP67 housing & IK10 Vandal Resistant Dome, it can withstand adverse climates and continue recording. The Amcrest Cloud remote video subscription lets you store videos on a cloud server.

Pros

  • Multi-View feature. (Max 16 cameras)
  • You can create up to 4 motion detection zones.

Cons

  • The camera needs to be rotated manually.
9.3

Hikvision 4MP Dome Camera

Dual video streams
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Model(s): DS-2CD2142FWD-I

The Hikvision 4MP Dome Camera can record videos at Full HD1080p. Its 120dB Wide Dynamic Range and 3D Digital Noise Reduction technology enable it to capture every small detail.

With its IP66 weather-proof protection, it can record videos in any weather and covers 100 feet.

Pros

  • Can operate perfectly in -30 °C ~ 60 °C weather.
  • Uses H.264 video compression technology.

Cons

  • The package does not come with a mount.

Resolution and Field of View

Amcrest 4K Dome POE Camera
9.3
Hikvision 4MP Dome Camera
9.2

The Amcrest 4K Dome POE Camera offers an ultra-high quality 4K resolution. Moreover, its Dual H.265/H.246 compression allows for maximum encryption.

Whereas, the Hikvision 4MP Dome Camera can record at a 4 MP (2688 × 1520) resolution.

Power & Installation Options

Amcrest 4K Dome POE Camera
9.3
Hikvision 4MP Dome Camera
9.3

Both the Amcrest 4K Dome POE Camera (1.4 pounds) and the Hikvision 4MP Dome Camera (1.1 pounds) are very lightweight and easy to install.

These models require only one PoE (Power over Ethernet) cable for power and data transfer. You don’t have to worry about unnecessary wire clutter.

Night Vision, Motion Detection & Audio

Amcrest 4K Dome POE Camera
9.5
Hikvision 4MP Dome Camera
9.4

The Amcrest 4K Dome POE Camera  covers 98 Feet, whereas the Hikvision 4MP Dome Camera covers 100 Feet at night.

The Amcrest 4K Dome POE Camera supports multiple motion detection zones, meanwhile the Hikvision 4MP Dome Camera comes with multiple IR LEDs and IR cut filter with the auto switch to capture crisp videos at night and in low light.

Footage Storage and Streaming

Amcrest 4K Dome POE Camera
9.6
Hikvision 4MP Dome Camera
9.3

Like all other security cameras, these two models also come with strong local storage so that you don’t have to worry about new footage automatically erasing old ones.

The Amcrest 4K Dome POE Camera  is compatible with MicroSD, Amcrest Cloud, Amcrest Surveillance Pro (PC & MAC), Amcrest NVRs, Synology & QNAP NAS, FTP, Blue Iris. Quite the opposite, the Hikvision 4MP Dome Camera only supports an SD card. (128GB).

Technical Comparison

Amcrest 4K Dome POE CameraHikvision 4MP Dome Camera
Internal Storage128 GB micro SD128 GB micro SD
Night Vision Range98 Feet100 Feet
Video Resolution4K (8-Megapixel / 3840×2160)4MP (2688 × 1520)
Alert typeMotion DetectionMotion Detection, device tampering, and dynamic analysis
Mounting TypeCeiling MountWall mount
Item DimensionsN/A4.37 x 4.37 x 3.23 inches
Free Cloud StorageOnly available in premium subscriptionN/A
Image SensorSony IMX274 Starvis image sensorCMOS Image Sensor
Sources: Amcrest, Hikvision

The Verdict: Amcrest vs Hikvision

The Amcrest 4K Dome POE Camera and the Hikvision 4MP Dome Camera sit very close to each other in almost all four areas. But Amcrest manages to beat its Hikvision counterpart with better motion detection, so it takes the top spot for being the best security camera.

Turret Camera Head to Head

Turret Camera – Amcrest 4K Turret PoE Camera vs Hikvision Turret IP Camera

9.35

Amcrest 4K Turret PoE Camera

4K Resolution

Model(s): IP8M-T2499EW

The Amcrest 4K Dome POE Camera can record videos at a 4K (8-Megapixel / 3840×2160) resolution. You can access the footage using the Amcrest App or the Amcrest Surveillance Pro software on your PC.

You can also listen to the audio. It captures sharp videos using its infrared LED and CMOS 1/2. 5” 8MP progressive image sensor chip.

Pros

  • Dual H. 265/H. 246 compression for maximum encryption.
  • Super-wide 112° viewing angle.

Cons

  • The package doesn’t include a power cord.
9.275

Hikvision Turret IP Camera

Low Light Technology
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Model(s): DS-2CD2342WD-I

The Hikvision Turret IP Camera is capable of recording Full HD1080p videos at 20fps. Using its high-performance EXIR LEDs, it can cover 100 feet at night.

Its 2.8mm/4mm/6mm fixed lens, 120dB Wide Dynamic Range, 3D Digital Noise Reduction, and Backlight Compensation technology, allow it to process sharp and crisp videos, even at night and on a rainy day.

Pros

  • Uses one PoE cable for power and data transfer.
  • Uses H.264/MJPEG/H.264+ for video compression.

Cons

  • Gets heated after continuous use.

Resolution and Field of View

Amcrest 4K Turret PoE Camera
9.3
Hikvision Turret IP Camera
9.2

The Amcrest 4K Turret PoE Camera can record videos at a 4K (8-Megapixel / 3840×2160) resolution. Similarly, the Hikvision Turret IP Camera can capture videos at a 2560x1920p 4MP resolution. 

The Amcrest 4K Turret PoE Camera has a great night vision range. It can cover 164 Feet.

Power & Installation Options

Amcrest 4K Turret PoE Camera
9.3
Hikvision Turret IP Camera
9.3

Both models come with PoE (Power over Ethernet) for power and data transfer. Moreover, the Amcrest 4K Turret PoE Camera (1.85 pounds), and Hikvision Turret IP Camera (1.65 pounds) are both easy to set up for their lightweight buildup.

Night Vision, Motion Detection & Audio

Amcrest 4K Turret PoE Camera
9.4
Hikvision Turret IP Camera
9.3

The Amcrest 4K Turret PoE Camera can cover 164 Feet, whereas the Hikvision Turret IP Camera falls behind by only covering 100 Feet at night.

With the Amcrest 4K Turret PoE Camera, you can adjust certain zones for motion detection, schedule the detection and sensibility levels. Also, this model comes with the Two-Way Audio feature.

Footage Storage and Streaming

Amcrest 4K Turret PoE Camera
9.4
Hikvision Turret IP Camera
9.3

The Amcrest 4K Turret PoE Camera comes with both a 128 GB internal storage capacity and cloud storage. It also features Dual H. 265/H. 246 compression for maximum encryption.

Although the Hikvision Turret IP Camera does not have a separate slot for SD cards, it supports NFS, SMB/CIFS storage.

Technical Comparison

Amcrest 4K Turret PoE CameraHikvision Turret IP Camera
Internal Storage128GB Class10 MicroSD CardNFS Storage
Night Vision Range164 Feet100 Feet
Video Resolution4K (3840 x 2160)1080p
Alert typeMotion DetectionMotion Detection
Viewing Angle112 degreesN/A
Frame Rate15 fps20-30 fps
Item Dimensions8.00 x 6.00 x 6.00 inches6 x 6 x 5.5 inches
Zoom16x Digital ZoomN/A
Sources: Amcrest, Hikvision

The Verdict: Amcrest vs Hikvision

Both the Amcrest 4K Turret PoE Camera and Hikvision Turret IP Camera are easy to set up.

However, the Amcrest 4K Turret PoE Camera beats its Hikvision counterpart in all comparison areas and snatches the winner trophy.

PTZ Camera Head to Head

PTZ Camera – Amcrest WiFi PTZ IP Camera vs Hikvision Outdoor PTZ Camera

Model(s): IP2M-858W

The Amcrest WiFi PTZ IP Camera captures 1080P videos at 30fps. It offers a lot of other top-notch features at a reasonable price.

It comes with 360° pan and 90° tilt capacity. On top of that, you get a 25x Optical Zoom feature. Furthermore, it stays protected from rain thanks to its IP66 weatherproof metal housing.

Pros

  • 25x Optical, and 16x Digital Zoom.
  • Enhanced Night Vision with BLC mode.

Cons

  • You need to buy the screws and anchors separately.
9.27

Hikvision Outdoor PTZ Camera

Object Counting technology
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Model(s): DS-2DF6336V-AEL

The Hikvision Outdoor PTZ Camera is a true gem thanks to its R&D from Hikvision.

Along with motion detection, this camera is also capable of detecting facial recognition, smart tracking, and object counting technology. It also comes with auto and manual focus, as well as digital zoom(16x).

Pros

  • Uses High-PoE&24 VAC, Max.60W power supply.
  • Supports up to 128GB Micro SD card.

Cons

  • Costly than other identical models.

Resolution and Field of View

Amcrest WiFi PTZ IP Camera
9.4
Hikvision Outdoor PTZ Camera
9.2

The Amcrest WiFi PTZ IP Camera captures videos at 1080P and 30fps. Its Sony STARVIS IMX290 image sensor and Ambarella S3LM chipset make sure it captures sharp videos too. Moreover, it has a whopping 328 feet of view sight. 

Meanwhile, the Hikvision Outdoor PTZ Camera can record 3MP videos.

Power & Installation Options

Amcrest WiFi PTZ IP Camera
9.3
Hikvision Outdoor PTZ Camera
9.3

Both models are very easy to setup.

On your Amcrest Security Camera, you can stream recorded video using the View App. Setting up this app is very simple and takes only a few steps.

Night Vision, Motion Detection & Audio

Amcrest WiFi PTZ IP Camera
9.5
Hikvision Outdoor PTZ Camera
9.3

The Amcrest WiFi PTZ IP Camera comes with Sony Starvis 1/3” progressive image sensor and built-in IR LEDs. Thanks to these advanced specs, it can cover 329 feet in front. The Amcrest WiFi Outdoor PTZ IP Camera comes with two-way- audio, whereas the Hikvision Outdoor PTZ Camera has 16x Digital Zoom that only takes 4.5 seconds to respond.

Footage Storage and Streaming

Amcrest WiFi PTZ IP Camera
9.4
Hikvision Outdoor PTZ Camera
9.3

The Amcrest WiFi PTZ IP Camera Camera supports MicroSD Card, Amcrest NVR, Amcrest Cloud, FTP, NAS. 

The Hikvision Outdoor PTZ Camera supports 128GB SD Card as well as Edge Recording. It also comes with H.264 / MJPEG technology.

Technical Comparison

Amcrest WiFi PTZ IP CameraHikvision Outdoor PTZ Camera
Night Vision Range329 feetN/A
Video Resolution1080p3MP(2048*1536) resolution
Viewing Angle2.4° to 59.2°360°
Frame Rate30 fps60 fps
Free Cloud StorageOnly Available with Cloud Subscription.N/A
Pan/Tilt Angle360° pan and 90° tilt360° pan and -15°-90° tilt
Image SensorSony Starvis 1/3” progressive image sensor1/3’’ HD CMOS sensor
Zoom25x Optical36X
Sources: Amcrest, Hikvision

The Verdict: Amcrest vs Hikvision

The Amcrest WiFi PTZ IP Camera takes the winner spot. It is the best security camera in this category as it has good video resolution, versatile storage options, and great night vision.

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