What is the Difference Between Hikvision & Dahua? Which one is better?

Still concerned about what to choose? Hikvision and Dahua are two of the most popular IP camera brands. Hikvision is the world leader in IP cameras with a global market share of 17% forecast in 2017, Dahua comes in second with a forecast of 5.5%.


Both systems are very easy to install, especially PoE solutions which almost plug and play.


Both cameras able to support ONVIF and RTSP protocol, these are two most important features for IP camera. ONVIF ensures that your camera will work with standards-compliant equipment from 3rd party manufacturers. RTSP allows even non-ONVIF equipment (such as software) to access the security camera’s video stream. We would highly recommend choosing the same branded NVR to suit the cameras though. There are different versions on ONVIF, so there may be compatibility issues between the two.

The Apps

Hikvision Apps:

Google Play – https://appstore.hikvision.com/

Apple – https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/hik-connect/id1087803190?mt=8

Dahua Apps:

Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Zhejiang+DAHUA+Technology+Co.,+Ltd&hl=en

Apple – https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dmss/id1493268178

Sound recording

More Dahua cameras feature sound recording vs the Hikvision ones – so if this is important to you, investigate the Dahua Eyeball cameras with inbuilt mics.

AI (Artificial Intelligence)

Hikvision’s Acusense is similar to Dahua’s SMD (Smart Motion Detection). Both do false alarm filtering to trigger upon human / vehicles. If this is important to you ensure the cam you select has this feature.

Night Time Colour

The way both cameras can offer full time colour is for both a special lens and actual LED light when its very dark. If this is important to you ensure that the cam you select offers night time colour.

On average we are finding the sensors on the Hikvision cameras have better low light performance. Check the spec sheets individually to compare.

The Hikvision Colorvu range seem to have the best night time performance


The Prices:

The CCTV Cameras, IP cameras, DVR, NVR, etc offered by Hikvision and Dahua are very close in price, however Dahua is slightly cheaper. As close competitors, Hikvision and Dahua have large variations of the products. Both brands offer really competitive prices compared with other brands nonetheless.


While there are subtle differences between Hikvision and Dahua security IP cameras, comparing them really comes down to personal preferences. You can’t go wrong with either one of them.

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