Hikvision Camera Review – We are using 8 Hikvision cameras and 1 Hikvision NVR for about 1 year, during this time we found very little problem to none. We put two cameras DS-2CD2020F-1 in the backyard and second gate in our factory.
Two cameras are exposed to direct sunlight and rain (thanks to IP66 protection) and the other 6 cameras are indoor or at least protected from rain and direct sunlight They are all have IP66 protection, which means they are dust proof and water proof, but not continues submerged in the water.
In this articles we will review Hikvision cameras and NVR because that what we have at the moment.
Hikvision camera DS-2CD2020F-I Review
This camera has 2MB resolution (1920×1080) and more than enough for us, because the higher the camera resolution, the more bandwidth required so most likely we need more bandwidth than we need higher camera resolution.
Infrared LED up to 20-30 meters range, means when no light at all in the room and its very dark, the camera still can see quite clear up to 20-30 meters away.
PoE support, with this feature you only need 1 ethernet cable without power cable to the camera. You will need POE injector with this, for more info how we use this PoE feature, please visit http://yunarwinardi.com/reconnecting-error-code-hcnetsdk-dll91-hikvision-camera-video-lost-problem-solved/
Be careful you will need active PoE injector and not cheap PoE injector without power adaptor, if you are using this type of PoE injector, you will have more problem in the future as we experienced before.
The camera body is from metal, strong and light metal with Ingress Protection IP66, means this camera is dust proof and water proof but not for continuous submersion. The first digits of IP (Ingress Protection) is range from 1-6 (6 is the best) the second digit range from 1-8 (8 is the best) so IP66 is quite good protection from dust and water.
If you need manual guide for camera DS-2CD2020F-I you can get here https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3BPcME1ZlDtSV9vbGI1c2w4c00
Hikvision camera DS-2CD2120F-I
DS-2CD2120F-I camera has doom form factor. Using progressive CMOS image sensor to capture and record video instead of CCD. CMOS has better resolution, low power consumption, smaller size than CCD camera.
Support main stream and sub stream video, you will need main stream for good camera image, but you will choose sub stream for mobile device for bandwidth reason. Main stream requires more bandwidth but will produced clear picture. Sub stream is in contrary require smaller bandwidth with less clarity, but for mobile surveillance it’s more than enough.
3DNR is advance technology of noise reduction to produced much better image and camera DS-2CD2120F-1 has this features built in. If you need manual guide for camera DS-2CD2120F-I you can get here https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3BPcME1ZlDtMlBsUUU4X3lDRWc
Hikvision NVR DS-7608NI-SE
NVR is DVR for IP camera (digital camera), NVR (Network Video Recorder) needed if you want to record video from camera. In IP camera if you only need the live video you will not need NVR. You can directly access to IP address of the camera you want to see.
Different with DVR that is a must in analog system camera, whether live or recorded video, you will need DVR to see the video.
We bought this NVR in August 2016 for IDR 2,400,000 or USD 180 and 4TB WD purple hard drive for the same price so total price for NVR DS-7608NI-SE + 4GB hard drive is IDR 4,800,000 or USD360. This NVR can accommodate 2 hard drive inside.
If you need backup for recorded videos, you will need NAS (Network Area Storage) so you can store or backup video produced by NVR in the NAS. NAS is basically a set of hard drive to store files from NVR. When you need to buy hard drive for surveillance camera you will need to buy special hard drive for this purpose.
Although you can buy ordinary hard drive it not recommended to be used because hard drive for surveillance camera system will spin slower and will have more life time than ordinary hard drive.
NVR DS-7608NI-SE is 8 channel NVR that proven good all this time, we almost never turn it off if we never found problem. The problem we had is sometime we cannot view camera via web browser, we have to restart the NVR to make it work again.
Because we don’t have NAS at the moment, we buy another 4TB hard drive, so our strategy is to replace the hard drive once it full. With one 4TB hard drive we can keep CCTV record up to 30 days, so by having 2 hard drive we can keep record u to 60 days.
Although not an ideal strategy, by replacing hard drive and keep in the safe box, if installed hard drive on the NVR stolen or have other disaster, we still keep the other one despite recorded videos from 2 months ago.
At first we were watch the video from Internet Explorer 11, however as we sometime have problem, like not able to monitor CCTV, or sometime the IE hang because we jump, move from one camera to other too fast and that create problem to the IE. We finally moved from watching camera via web browser to watching it using desktop apps called iVMS 4200 from Hikvision, you can download from here http://www.hikvision.com/en/tools_84.html . We are glad we moved, because the software much more reliable, light, and the most important is we never failed to see camera via this application.
DVR and NVR Prices
DVR is camera recorder for analog camera and NVR is camera recorder for IP based cameras (digital camera). Although we are migrating from analog camera to digital camera there are still many system out there using analog system.
Below are some Hikvision camera, DVR, and NVR prices on Amazon
DVR still have many fans among CCTV users around the world, Hikvision has wide range of DVR system that will fir to your need as below:
Hikvision DVR 8 channel price is from USD 145 to USD 600 click here for more info http://amzn.to/2jPS5aZ
Hikvision DVR 16 channel price is from 379 to 1,700 (complete with cameras) check here http://amzn.to/2inY4Ua
Hikvision DVR 32 channel price is 600 to 7,000 (complete with hard drive and cameras) visit this http://amzn.to/2inVv4q
Hikvision NVR 8 channel price $199 to $1,850 follow this link to check http://amzn.to/2inQzfQ
Hikvision NVR 16 channel price 184 to 1,600 check http://amzn.to/2jIIbnj
Hikvision NVR 32 channel price is 320 to 2,600, check this link http://amzn.to/2inOEYP
Hikvision PTZ camera price is from USD 164 to USD 2,699 you can check here http://amzn.to/2inOEYP
PTZ is abbreviation from Pan Tilt and Zoom. Camera with this function will have higher price then non PTZ camera depend on how far it can see in the dark, how many times it can zoom the picture.
Hikvision mobile app (iVMS-4500)
We are using iVMS-4500 on Android based phones. You can download it from here https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mcu.iVMS&hl=en
This is great apps for Hikvision camera and NVR. Our company policy forbid us from using IP public for CCTV system for security reason. To connect to CCTV from mobile devices we have to connect to VPN first. In this case we are using Cisco Anyconnect https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cisco.anyconnect.vpn.android.avf&hl=en
After connected to our VPN then we can use iVMS-4500 to view the cameras through NVR, the quality is good, very clear as you can see on the picture below:
Hikvision default password
Hikvision camera default username is admin and default password is 12345
However, if you need to reset your forgotten password then you need to send information Hikvsion tech support. Follow procedure from following manual https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3BPcME1ZlDtQzdOVmpVaU5KMTQ
Hikvision Technical Support Number
If you need to get support from Hikvision team, you can contact this number. All this time I never use this number because we never get serious problem.
Hikvision headquater is in Hangzhou, China. However, they have many branch in many region in the world. For USA region you can contact Hikvision USA on below address:
908 Canada Court, City of Industry, California 91748
Toll Free: +1-866-200-6690 (U.S. only)
Refer to below page for more detail tech support in other region.
Ok I hope after reading my review about Hikvision camera you will have better idea about what you are going to implement for your surveillance camera system.