Hikvision and Uniview Cameras Compared
Let’s begin by comparing the technology on offer from Uniview and Hikvision. Both companies offer a wide range of high-tech IP CCTV cameras that come packed with Smart features and innovative hardware.
Night Vision and Low Light CCTV Cameras
Illuminating low-light settings is a top priority for CCTV camera manufactures. The majority of criminal incidents occur at night, which means CCTV cameras need to be able to detect and record activity in darkness and low light situations to be effective. Alongside traditional infrared tech, Uniview and Hikvision offer several models of CCTV cameras that are specially designed to function in low and ultra-low light environments.
ColorHunter v ColorVu
Both Uniview and Hikvision offer powerful, proprietary solutions to low light situations that can give your security system a real edge.
Hikvision and Uniview both offer a low light camera with full-colour capabilities. In virtual darkness, cameras equipped with these technologies can provide clear, colour images that allow you to see exactly what’s going on. Hikvision’s version of this technology is called ColorVu. The Uniview equivalent is called ColorHunter.
Both use a large, high-quality sensor and powerful, F1.0 lens to provide high-definition colour images in extremely low light situations. The results of these two technologies are fairly similar.
LightHunter V Starlight
Once upon a time, Starlight was the technology of choice for ultra-low light Uniview CCTV cameras. That was until Uniview released its Lighthunter technology that can capture four times as much light.
LightHunter cameras come equipped with an F1.2 aperture, a multi-layered varifocal lens all supported by enhanced signal processing algorithms.
The result is high-definition clear images in near-total darkness.
DarkfighterX v LightHunter
Hikvision’s answer to Uniview’s LightHunter technology is DarkfighterX. Also aimed at ultra low-light situations, DarkfighterX uses two sensors, one focused on night vision the other on capturing colour and detail. Once again, the two technologies are fairly similar and offer comparable results.
The key difference between DarkfighterX and ColorVu is the range each technology is capable of. ColorVu can cover a range of 20m, anything above that and DarkfighterX performs better.
Bullets, Turrets, Domes, and PTZ Cameras Compared
Uniview and Hikvision both supply a wide variety of CCTV camera models, including the usual favourites, bullets, turrets, domes, and PTZs. We could spend all day going into the details between all these cameras, instead, we’ve selected a few of our top picks to explore and compare in detail.
UNV’s New TriGuard Cameras
The new TriGuard series of CCTV cameras from Uniview is one of the most technologically sophisticated options on the market right now. The TriGuard equipped turret is perhaps the most comprehensive, feature-packed turret CCTV camera available. If you’re looking for a CCTV camera with all the bells and whistles imaginable, the TriGuard should be your first choice.
Uniview TriGuard cameras will take your IP security system to the next level with crystal clear super HD images, two-way audio, Smart IR and white light for deterrence and surveillance at night, literal bells in the form of motion detection alarms and prerecorded messages, and flashing lights to scare away intruders and alert security guards. TriGuard also includes ColorHunter technology, giving full colour, detailed images even in the dead of night.
The TriGuard series also includes UNV’s Active Deterrence PTZ, this comes with all the same features as the turret but with the added abilities of panning, tilting, and zooming.
Hikvision 2MP Mini PTZ Dome v Uniview 2MP Internal Mini PTZ
If you’re in need of something smaller, more discreet than the standard-sized TriGuard cameras, both Hikvision and Uniview make mini PTZ dome cameras that are ideal for use in offices and retail environments.
Both feature 2MP definition and built-in microphones, but from there these two neat little cameras differ in several respects. Hikvision’s mini PTZ dome features two-way audio and a night vision range of 15m. Uniview’s camera, although lacking two-way audio, has much more power IR night vision, extending 30m. For a warehouse or large storeroom CCTV installation, the Uniview camera’s extended night vision range could be a deciding factor.
Network Video Recorder (NVR) Shootout
Hikvision offers six types of NVR: Value Express, Q Series, 76/77 Series, 96 Series, Super NVR, and DeepMind NVR. Their top-of-the-range NVR, DeepMind, is compatible with 12MP cameras, uses H.265+ compression, and can handle facial recognition. The Value Express, by comparison, can only manage 4MP and does not support the latest Smart features.
The Uniview NVRs comes in four categories: Easy, Hybrid, Prime, and Pro Series. The Pro can process footage up to 12MP, has up to 128 channels, and supports Ultra 265, H.265, and H.264 video formats. The Easy series can also support 12MP resolutions, giving it an advantage over the Value Express range from Hikvision. What’s more, it supports human body detection, motion detection, and audio detection.
Uniview and Hikvision Cameras and NVRs Conclusion
As you can see, both companies offer excellent cameras with comparable specs. Uniview does have a slight technological advantage over Hikvision in terms of the quality of its NRVs and the range of functions included in some of its camera ranges, particularly in its newer ranges.
Both companies provide solutions to the most common CCTV situations, such as low light, license plate recognition, people counting, strong backlight environments and so on, and both offer a range of camera types.
Source: Source: cctvdirect.co.uk