Hikvision VS Dahua:Comparision of IP cameras

When it comes to video surveillance IP Camera products, the top two brands will be – Hikvision and Dahua.

There are pros and cons of two different IP Camera products of the two brands in the same class.

Hikvision DS-2CD2143G0-IS

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Dahua IPC-HDBW1431E

Let us compare Hikvision’s and Dahua’s newest offerings IP camera-

 Hikvision IP Camera DS-2CD2143G0-IS 
 Dahua IP Camera IPC-HDBW1431E

Main component of surveillance – the IP Camera

The image sensors for both the Hikvision (DS-2CD2143G0-IS) and the Dahua (IPC-HDBW1431E) are the same i.e. 1/3” 4 MP progressive CMOS, which means that you get top-notch sensors with both the products. The shutter speed range is also the same (1/3s to 1/100000s), thus allowing each camera to capture higher quality images in low light with slow shutter speed. The Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) again is the same (120 dB), rendering perfect light balance to the image.

The only difference between the Two cameras will be the intensity of minimum illumination

-With the Hikivision, you get slightly better low light benefits given that it offers 0.01  Lux @(F1.2, AGC ON), 0.018 Lux @ (F1.6, AGC ON), and 0 Lux with IR. 

-The Dahua isn’t far behind with its 0.08Lux/F2.0 (Color,1/3s,30IRE), 0.3Lux/F2.0          (Color,1/30s,30IRE), and 0 Lux/F2.0 with IR on.

The Lens of the IP Cameras

The major difference between the two lenses lies in the variety of focal lengths offered. Apart from the regular 2.8mm lens, the Hikvision IP Camera DS-2CD2143G0-IS offers 3 additional focal lengths – 4mm, 6mm, and 8mm; whereas the Dahua IP Camera IPC-HDBW1431E only has one additional lens of 3.6mm.

Thus, the Hikvision DS-2CD2143G0-IS grants better portability options if you decide to change the position of the camera.

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The Alarm Trigger Ranger

Both cameras trigger the alarm for motion detection, video tampering, network disconnection, IP address conflict, illegal login, and storage anomalies. One of the advantages is that Dahua IP Camera IPC-HDBW1431E has over the Hikvision IP Camera DS-2CD2143G0-IS is that the Dahua IPC-HDBW1431E alarm triggers even during a change of scene. 

Video Compression of the IP Cameras​

The main compression specs of the two devices are the same viz. H.265/H.264H/MJPEG with smart codec support. However, the Hikvision DS-2CD2143G0-IS trumps the Dahua IPC-HDBW1431E to a greater degree with the former’s three-stream encoding. 

The Dahua IPC-HDBW1431E, on the other hand, offers the regular dual-stream. Thus, the Hikvision DS-2CD2143G0-IS can transmit 3 different resolutions of streams simultaneously. It also offers a slightly higher bit rate with its 16 Mbps maximum than Dahua’s 10 Mbps maximum. 

Thus, though you can experience lag-free streaming in both the products, the quality of the video in the Hikvision IP Camera DS-2CD2143G0-IS will be a little better than the Dahua IP Camera IPC-HDBW1431E.Audio Compression of the IP Cameras

Network Protocols

The network protocols of both Cameras are similar. Both offer ONVIF and ISAPI compatibility, with the Dahua IP Camera IPC-HDBW1431E being compatible with smartphones as well.

 The Hikvision IP Camera DS-2CD2143G0-IS makes up for it by featuring a wide array of security options like one-key reset, Anti-Flicker, heartbeat, mirror, password protection, privacy mask, Watermark, and IP address filtering.

Miscellaneous Features

The other miscellaneous features of the cameras include operating conditions tagged to withstand any kind of weather, be it hot (up to 60 degrees Celsius) or cold (up to -30 degree Celsius), or even a highly humid one (up to 95%). You can even attach them to the outside wall without bothering to cover them with plastic. Also, both Hikvision IP Camera DS-2CD2143G0-IS and Dahua IP Camera IPC-HDBW1431E offer a vandal resistance feature at the level of IK10.

So, which one to choose? Hikvision DS-2CD2143G0-IS or Dahua IPC-HDBW1431E?

Surprisingly, the Dahua IP Camera (IPC-HDBW1431E) doesn’t feature an audio chip, especially given the number of AV surveillance cameras that are in demand. The audio facility in the Hikvision IP Camera  (DS-2CD2143G0-IS) has a sampling rate from 16 kHz to 48 kHz. It also supports the environment noise filtering component.

Kindly note that this audio compression feature is available in model (Hikvision DS-2CD2143G0-IS), not in (Hikvision DS-2CD2143G0-I). When you order this model, do pay attention to the ending “S” in the model number.

With a bird’s eye view, the Hikvision IP Camera (DS-2CD2143G0-IS) and the Dahua IP Camera (IPC-HDBW1431E) are quite similar. But when you zoom in on the specifics, you will find a few good differences between the two brands. Thus, if you are willing to have a better audio and a better video quality for robust construction and an additional trigger, then go for the Dahua IPC-HDBW1431E.

If best-in-the-class transmission quality and focal length variety matters, then the Hikvision DS-2CD2143G0-IS is the surveillance camera that will be best for you. However, it’s not like the Hikvision DS-2CD2143G0-IS transmits low-quality videos and the Dahua IPC-HDBW1431E breaks with a touch.


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