Dahua Starlight vs Hikvision low light performance

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I've spent hours trying to figure out which cameras are good for low light/night color recording. On this forum, it looks like Starlight is the gold standard, however, looking at specs for Hikvision's EasyIP 3.0 2355 Turret (5MP), the lux ratings are nearly identical. Does that mean hikvision now has same low light performance?

In my city, the local Dahua shop only has 4231T (2MP) and 4431T (4MP) starlight cameras. The only references I found to these model numbers were on aliexpress. Locally, they are priced about same as the Hikvision 2355 cameras, so I'm wondering which ones to go with. Does Hikvision also have Exmor sensor?

Btw, I still have to get the NVR and I had heard that hikvision nvr is better so was planning on getting that, are Dahua NVRs as feature rich as hikvision?
 

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I've spent hours trying to figure out which cameras are good for low light/night color recording. On this forum, it looks like Starlight is the gold standard, however, looking at specs for Hikvision's EasyIP 3.0 2355 Turret (5MP), the lux ratings are nearly identical. Does that mean hikvision now has same low light performance?

In my city, the local Dahua shop only has 4231T (2MP) and 4431T (4MP) starlight cameras. The only references I found to these model numbers were on aliexpress. Locally, they are priced about same as the Hikvision 2355 cameras, so I'm wondering which ones to go with. Does Hikvision also have Exmor sensor?

Btw, I still have to get the NVR and I had heard that hikvision nvr is better so was planning on getting that, are Dahua NVRs as feature rich as hikvision?
Hi @LoinKing

"..local Dahua shop only has 4231T (2MP) and 4431T (4MP) starlight cameras" - someone is pulling a scam - I don't recall seeing any 4MP starlight cameras.

Best not to trust that shop.

Hikvision and Dahua probably measure their lux ratings differently. Better to not rely on that in and of itself - look at the reviews and sample image captures.
 

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With the starlight cameras, you don't need anything more than 2MP. Before you buy from anywhere else talk to our resident Dahua dealer on here.
 

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Image 1 is a Hik 2T55 with a 6mm lens and image 2 is a Hik 2335 with a 2.8MM lens. I think the night vision is fantastic, haven't tried color at nightImage-1.jpg Image-2.jpg
 

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Why mess around with b/w at night when you can have full color with Dahua Starlight?
 

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Does that mean hikvision now has same low light performance?
Hikvision came out with a series of cameras in 2017 called Ultra Low Light. They use the same Sony STARVIS sensors that Dahua uses in their Starlight series.

IMO, Dahua is the most popular on the forum here because there’s a trusted reseller here to buy from, and Dahua seems to have more models with Starlight performance.
 

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I've totally done away with Hikvision to the point where I am a Dahua 5 Star dealer now. To me, Dahua has a better overall product. The Dahua Starlight line blows anything Hikvision has out the water!
Unfortunately the local Dahua shop didn't have any good starlight cameras, as per mat200 the 2MP was and 4MP wasn't a starlight and even those were in Bullet shape only. I asked them why don't they import more starlight models and he said because those are expensive and most people here are content with IR nightvision, so there isn't really any demand.

I've seen references to 'Andy' who ships cameras from hong kong. Can you guys share his info? I might just order Ultra low light Hikvision from him, since I already got the hikvision nvr setup now.

Hikvision came out with a series of cameras in 2017 called Ultra Low Light. They use the same Sony STARVIS sensors that Dahua uses in their Starlight series.
Do you know which cameras are those? Easy IP 3.0 Dark fighter ones?
 

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That is my Dahua 22204TNI. Your Dahua shop guy saying the starlight cameras are expensive is full of crap. He just doesn't want to carry them and continue selling the cheaper cameras that have to depend on ir for a bigger profit. I bet you if he even purchased two for stock and did a demo, they would sell like hotcakes!
 

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I've seen references to 'Andy' who ships cameras from hong kong. Can you guys share his info?..?
Hi LoinKing,

Please see the vendor section, or his profile EmpireTecAndy. ( this week he is on vacation btw )
 

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you have the dahua 22204TNI? that's the starlight 2mp ptz? how much did you buy it for?
 

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Yes it's the Starlight 2MP PTZ. I an a authorized Dahua dealer, so I cannot post my dealer pricing,sorry. I can post what it would cost you and pricing includes 5yr warranty.
 

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Yes it's the Starlight 2MP PTZ. I an a authorized Dahua dealer, so I cannot post my dealer pricing,sorry. I can post what it would cost you and pricing includes 5yr warranty.
Hi Blake,

How much are you asking for the 22204TNI? And how do I buy it from you?

Thanks!
 
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