Buyer’s Guide: Network Camera Comparison Chart

Are you wondering how you should go about choosing the right network camera for your home? Network cameras (or IP cameras) are the most important components of a CCTV security system, and you need to make sure you select cameras that are suited to the areas you want to monitor in and around your home.

There are so many network cameras out there, all with a dizzying array of features, not to mention applications. This is why we decided to build the ultimate comparison table for IP cameras. The table below lets you compare the features of the most popular IP cameras from manufacturers such as Hikvision, Dahua, etc. You can filter using the feature dropdown boxes, search for a specific feature such as built-in IR, or sort these cameras by any column. So you can quickly narrow the list down to the IP cameras that have the features you are looking for. We have also explained the comparison criteria in detail just below the table.

We think the most important features that you should look for in an IP cameras are in the comparison table below. Just below the table, you will also find detailed explanations of each of the columns of this table. Let us know if we can improve this tool in any way!

IP Camera Comparison table/matrix:

Start by filtering the table by using the dropdown boxes or the search box. Simply click on the required column header to sort by that criteria. To reset the table, just reload this page by clicking your browser’s refresh button or pressing F5 on your keyboard.

CategoryPriceCompanyModelMPIRLensPoEAudio In/OutAlarm In/OutWiFiSD CardWDRWeatherproof
Fixed Focus BulletCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2032-I3Ring LEDFixedYesNoNoNoNoNoIP66
Fixed Focus BulletCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2012-I1.3Ring LEDFixedYesNoNoNoNoNoIP66
Fixed Focus BulletCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2042WD-I4Ring LEDFixedYesNoNoNoNoYesIP66
Fixed Focus BulletCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2022WD-I2Ring LEDFixedYesNoNoNoNoYesIP66
Fixed Focus BulletN/AHikvisionDS-2CD2012F-IW1.3Ring LEDFixedYesNoNoYesYesNoIP66
Fixed Focus BulletCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2032F-IW3Ring LEDFixedYesNoNoYesYesNoIP66
Fixed Focus DomeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2112F-IWS1.3Ring LEDFixedYesYesYesYesYesNoIP66
Fixed Focus DomeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2112F-IS1.3Ring LEDFixedYesYesYesNoYesNoIP66
Fixed Focus DomeN/AHikvisionDS-2CD2122F-IWS2Ring LEDFixedYesYesYesYesYesNoIP66
Fixed Focus DomeN/AHikvisionDS-2CD2122F-IS2Ring LEDFixedYesYesYesNoYesNoIP66
Fixed Focus DomeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2122F-I2Ring LEDFixedYesNoNoNoYesNoIP66
Fixed Focus DomeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2132F-IWS3Ring LEDFixedYesYesYesYesYesNoIP66
Fixed Focus DomeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2132F-IS3Ring LEDFixedYesYesYesNoYesNoIP66
Fixed Focus DomeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2132F-I3Ring LEDFixedYesNoNoNoYesNoIP66
Fixed Focus DomeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2142FWD-IWS4Ring LEDFixedYesYesYesYesYesYesIP66
Fixed Focus DomeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2142FWD-IS4Ring LEDFixedYesYesYesNoYesYesIP66
Fixed Focus DomeN/AHikvisionDS-2CD2122FWD-IWS2Ring LEDFixedYesYesYesYesYesYesIP66
Fixed Focus DomeN/AHikvisionDS-2CD2122FWD-IS2Ring LEDFixedYesYesYesNoYesYesIP66
Mini-domeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2512F-I1.3Ring LEDFixedYesNoNoNoYesNoIP66
Mini-domeN/AHikvisionDS-2CD2512F-IW1.3Ring LEDFixedYesNoNoYesYesNoIP66
Mini-domeN/AHikvisionDS-2CD2512F-IS1.3Ring LEDFixedYesYesYesNoYesNoIP66
Mini-domeN/AHikvisionDS-2CD2512F-IWS1.3Ring LEDFixedYesYesYesYesYesNoIP66
Mini-domeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2532F-I3Ring LEDFixedYesMicNoNoYesNoIP66
Mini-domeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2532F-IW3Ring LEDFixedYesMicNoYesYesNoIP66
Mini-domeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2532F-IS3Ring LEDFixedYesMicYesNoYesNoIP66
Mini-domeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2532F-IWS3Ring LEDFixedYesMicYesYesYesNoIP66
Mini-domeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2542FWD-I4Ring LEDFixedYesNoNoNoYesYesIP66
Mini-domeN/AHikvisionDS-2CD2542FWD-IW4Ring LEDFixedYesNoNoYesYesYesIP66
Mini-domeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2542FWD-IS4Ring LEDFixedYesYesYesNoYesYesIP66
Mini-domeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2542FWD-IWS4Ring LEDFixedYesYesYesYesYesYesIP66
Mini-domeN/AHikvisionDS-2CD2522FWD-I2Ring LEDFixedYesNoNoNoYesYesIP66
Mini-domeN/AHikvisionDS-2CD2522FWD-IW2Ring LEDFixedYesNoNoYesYesYesIP66
Mini-domeN/AHikvisionDS-2CD2522FWD-IS2Ring LEDFixedYesYesYesNoYesYesIP66
Mini-domeN/AHikvisionDS-2CD2522FWD-IWS2Ring LEDFixedYesYesYesYesYesYesIP66
EXIR LEDCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2212-I51.3EXIR LEDFixedYesNoNoNoNoNoIP66
EXIR LEDCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2232-I53EXIR LEDFixedYesNoNoNoNoNoIP66
EXIR LEDCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2312-I1.3EXIR LEDFixedYesNoNoNoNoNoIP66
EXIR LEDCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2332-I3EXIR LEDFixedYesNoNoNoNoNoIP66
EXIR LEDCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2322WD-I2EXIR LEDFixedYesNoNoNoNoYesIP66
EXIR LEDCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2342WD-I4EXIR LEDFixedYesNoNoNoNoYesIP66
EXIR LED Low-lightN/AHikvisionDS-2CD2T12-I31.3EXIR LEDFixedYesNoNoNoNoNoIP66
EXIR LED Low-lightCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2T12-I51.3EXIR LEDFixedYesNoNoNoNoNoIP66
EXIR LED Low-lightCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2T12-I81.3EXIR LEDFixedYesNoNoNoNoNoIP66
EXIR LED Low-lightCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2T32-I33EXIR LEDFixedYesNoNoNoNoNoIP66
EXIR LED Low-lightCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2T32-I53EXIR LEDFixedYesNoNoNoNoNoIP66
EXIR LED Low-lightCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2T32-I83EXIR LEDFixedYesNoNoNoNoNoIP66
EXIR LED Low-lightCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2T22WD-I32EXIR LEDFixedYesNoNoNoNoYesIP66
EXIR LED Low-lightCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2T22WD-I52EXIR LEDFixedYesNoNoNoNoYesIP66
EXIR LED Low-lightCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2T22WD-I82EXIR LEDFixedYesNoNoNoNoYesIP66
EXIR LED Low-lightCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2T42WD-I34EXIR LEDFixedYesNoNoNoNoYesIP66
EXIR LED Low-lightCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2T42WD-I54EXIR LEDFixedYesNoNoNoNoYesIP66
EXIR LED Low-lightCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2T42WD-I84EXIR LEDFixedYesNoNoNoNoYesIP66
Varifocal DomeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2732F-I3Ring LEDVariableYesNoNoNoYesNoIP66
Varifocal DomeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2732F-IS3Ring LEDVariableYesYesYesNoYesNoIP66
Varifocal DomeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2712F-I1.3Ring LEDVariableYesNoNoNoYesNoIP66
Varifocal DomeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2712F-IS1.3Ring LEDVariableYesYesYesNoYesNoIP66
Varifocal DomeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2632F-I3Ring LEDVariableYesNoNoNoYesNoIP66
Varifocal BulletCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2632F-IS3Ring LEDVariableYesYesYesNoYesNoIP66
Varifocal DomeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2612F-I1.3Ring LEDVariableYesNoNoNoYesNoIP66
Varifocal BulletCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2612F-IS1.3Ring LEDVariableYesYesYesNoYesNoIP66
Varifocal DomeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2742FWD-I4Ring LEDVariableYesNoNoNoYesYesIP66
Varifocal DomeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2742FWD-IS4Ring LEDVariableYesYesYesNoYesYesIP66
Motorized Varifocal DomeN/AHikvisionDS-2CD2742FWD-IZ4Ring LEDMotorized VariableYesNoNoNoYesYesIP66
Motorized Varifocal DomeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2742FWD-IZS4Ring LEDMotorized VariableYesYesYesNoYesYesIP66
Varifocal DomeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2722FWD-I2Ring LEDVariableYesNoNoNoYesYesIP66
Varifocal DomeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2722FWD-IS2Ring LEDVariableYesYesYesNoYesYesIP66
Motorized Varifocal DomeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2722FWD-IZS2Ring LEDMotorized VariableYesYesYesNoYesYesIP66
Varifocal BulletCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2642FWD-I4Ring LEDVariableYesNoNoNoYesYesIP66
Motorized Varifocal BulletN/AHikvisionDS-2CD2642FWD-IZ4Ring LEDMotorized VariableYesNoNoNoYesYesIP66
Motorized Varifocal BulletCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2642FWD-IZS4Ring LEDMotorized VariableYesYesYesNoYesYesIP66
Motorized Varifocal BulletN/AHikvisionDS-2CD2622FWD-IZ2Ring LEDMotorized VariableYesNoNoNoYesYesIP66
Motorized Varifocal BulletN/AHikvisionDS-2CD2622FWD-IZS2Ring LEDMotorized VariableYesYesYesNoYesYesIP66
Fixed focus CubeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2412F-I1.3EXIR LEDFixedYesYesYesNoYesNoNone
Fixed focus CubeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2412F-IW1.3EXIR LEDFixedYesYesYesYesYesNoNone
Fixed focus CubeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2432F-I3EXIR LEDFixedYesYesYesNoYesNoNone
Fixed focus CubeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2432F-IW3EXIR LEDFixedYesYesYesYesYesNoNone
Mini PTCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2F42FWD-I4Ring LEDFixedYesNoNoNoYesYesN/A
Mini PTN/AHikvisionDS-2CD2F42FWD-IS4Ring LEDFixedYesYesYesNoYesYesN/A
Mini PTN/AHikvisionDS-2CD2F42FWD-IWS4Ring LEDFixedYesYesYesYesYesYesN/A
Mini PTN/AHikvisionDS-2CD2F22FWD-I2Ring LEDFixedYesNoNoNoYesYesN/A
Mini PTN/AHikvisionDS-2CD2F22FWD-IS2Ring LEDFixedYesYesYesNoYesYesN/A
Mini PTN/AHikvisionDS-2CD2F22FWD-IWS2Ring LEDFixedYesYesYesYesYesYesN/A
Motorized Mini PTN/AHikvisionDS-2CD2F12F-IZS1Ring LEDMotorized VariableYesYesYesNoYesNoN/A
Motorized Mini PTN/AHikvisionDS-2CD2F12F-IZWS1Ring LEDMotorized VariableYesYesYesYesYesNoN/A
Mini PTN/AHikvisionDS-2CD2Q10FD-I1Ring LEDFixedYesNoNoNoYesNoN/A
Mini PTN/AHikvisionDS-2CD2Q10FD-IW1Ring LEDFixedYesYesNoYesYesNoN/A
Mini Fish-eye DomeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2942F-I4Single LEDFixedYesNoNoNoYesNoN/A
Mini Fish-eye DomeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2942F-IS4Single LEDFixedYesYesYesNoYesNoN/A
Mini Fish-eye DomeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD2942F-IWS4Single LEDFixedYesYesYesYesYesNoN/A
Motorized Varifocal DomeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD4112F-IZ1.3Ring LEDMotorized VariableYesNoNoNoYesNoN/A
Motorized Varifocal DomeN/AHikvisionDS-2CD4112FWD-IZ1.3Ring LEDMotorized VariableYesNoNoNoYesYesN/A
Motorized Varifocal DomeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD4124F-IZ2Ring LEDMotorized VariableYesNoNoNoYesNoN/A
Motorized Varifocal DomeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD4132FWD-IZ3Ring LEDMotorized VariableYesNoNoNoYesYesN/A
Motorized Varifocal DomeN/AHikvisionDS-2CD4135FWD-IZ3Ring LEDMotorized VariableYesNoNoNoYesYesN/A
Motorized Varifocal BulletN/AHikvisionDS-2CD4212FWD-IZHS1.3Ring LEDMotorized VariableYesYesYesNoYesYesIP66
Motorized Varifocal BulletCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD4224F-IZHS2Ring LEDMotorized VariableYesYesYesNoYesNoIP66
Motorized Varifocal BulletCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD4232FWD-IZHS3Ring LEDMotorized VariableYesYesYesNoYesYesIP66
Motorized Varifocal BulletN/AHikvisionDS-2CD4635FWD-IZHS3EXIR LEDMotorized VariableYesYesYesNoYesYesIP66
Motorized Varifocal BulletN/AHikvisionDS-2CD4A35FWD-IZHS3EXIR LEDMotorized VariableYesYesYesNoYesYesIP67
Motorized Varifocal DomeN/AHikvisionDS-2CD4312FWD-IZHS1.3Ring LEDMotorized VariableYesYesYesNoYesYesIP66
Motorized Varifocal DomeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD4312F-IZHS1.3Ring LEDMotorized VariableYesYesYesNoYesNoIP66
Motorized Varifocal DomeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD4332FWD-IZHS3Ring LEDMotorized VariableYesYesYesNoYesYesIP66
Motorized Varifocal DomeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD4324F-IZHS2Ring LEDMotorized VariableYesYesYesNoYesNoIP66
Motorized Varifocal DomeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD4535FWD-IZH3Ring LEDMotorized VariableYesNoNoNoYesYesIP66
PTZ Varifocal DomeN/AHikvisionDS-2CD4312F-PTZS1.3NoneMotorized VariableYesYesYesNoYesNoIP66
PTZ Varifocal DomeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD4312FWD-PTZS1.3NoneMotorized VariableYesYesYesNoYesYesIP66
PTZ Varifocal DomeN/AHikvisionDS-2CD4324F-PTZS2NoneMotorized VariableYesYesYesNoYesNoIP66
PTZ Varifocal DomeN/AHikvisionDS-2CD4332FWD-PTZS3NoneMotorized VariableYesYesYesNoYesYesIP66
Motorized Varifocal BulletCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD4A26FWD-IZHS2Ring LEDMotorized VariableYesYesYesNoYesYesIP67
Motorized Varifocal BulletN/AHikvisionDS-2CD4026FWD-AP2NoneAuto Back FocusYesNoNoNoYesYesNone
Motorized Varifocal DomeN/AHikvisionDS-2CD4126FWD-IZ2Ring LEDMotorized VariableYesNoNoNoYesYesNone
Motorized Varifocal DomeN/AHikvisionDS-2CD4526FWD-IZH2Ring LEDMotorized VariableYesYesYesNoYesYesIP66
Motorized Varifocal BulletN/AHikvisionDS-2CD4626FWD-IZHS2EXIR LEDMotorized VariableYesYesYesNoYesYesIP66
Motorized Varifocal BulletCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD4A25FWD-IZHS2EXIR LEDMotorized VariableYesYesYesNoYesYesIP67
Motorized Varifocal BulletN/AHikvisionDS-2CD4025FWD-AP2NoneAuto Back FocusYesYesYesNoYesYesNone
Motorized Varifocal DomeN/AHikvisionDS-2CD4125FWD-IZ2Ring LEDMotorized VariableYesYesYesNoYesYesNone
Motorized Varifocal DomeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD4525FWD-IZH2Ring LEDMotorized VariableYesYesYesNoYesYesIP66
Motorized Varifocal DomeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD4625FWD-IZHS2EXIR LEDMotorized VariableYesYesYesNoYesYesIP66
Motorized Varifocal DomeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD4A65F-IZHS6EXIR LEDMotorized VariableYesYesYesNoYesNoIP67
Varifocal BulletCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD4065F-AP6NoneAuto Back FocusYesYesYesNoYesNoNone
Motorized Varifocal DomeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD4165F-IZ6Ring LEDMotorized VariableYesYesYesNoYesNoNone
Motorized Varifocal DomeCheck priceHikvisionDS-2CD4565F-IZH6Ring LEDMotorized VariableYesYesYesNoYesNoIP66
Motorized Varifocal BulletN/AHikvisionDS-2CD4665F-IZHS6EXIR LEDMotorized VariableYesYesYesNoYesNoIP66
Fixed Focus BulletCheck priceDahuaIPC-HFW4300S3Ring LEDFixedYesNoNoNoNoNoIP66
Fixed Focus DomeCheck priceDahuaIPC-HDW4300C3EXIR LEDFixedYesMicNoNoNoNoIP66
Mini-domeCheck priceDahuaIPC-HDBW4300E3Ring LEDFixedYesYesYesNoNoNoIP66
Motorized Varifocal BulletCheck priceDahuaIPC-HFW2300R-Z3Ring LEDMotorized VariableYesNoNoNoNoNoIP66
Varifocal BulletCheck priceDahuaIPC-HFW2300R-VF3Ring LEDVariableYesNoNoNoNoNoIP66
Motorized Varifocal DomeCheck priceDahuaIPC-HDBW2300R-Z3EXIR LEDMotorized VariableYesNoNoNoNoNoIP66
Varifocal DomeCheck priceDahuaIPC-HDBW2300R-VF3EXIR LEDVariableYesNoNoNoNoNoIP66
Mini PTCheck priceDahuaIPC-HDB4300F-PT3NoneFixedYesYesNoNoYesNoIP66
Mini-domeCheck priceDahuaIPC-HDW4300S3Ring LEDFixedYesNoNoNoNoNoIP66
BulletCheck PriceReolinkRLC-4104Ring LEDFixedYesNoNoNoNoNoIP66

IP Cameras – Explanation of technical terms:

Category: We have grouped the IP Cameras into categories so that you can easily drilldown to the exact type of camera you are after.

Price: To provide you with up-to-date prices, we have linked the cameras to Amazon. Please note that this is an affiliate link which will provide us a commission if you decide to buy from Amazon.

Company:This is the camera manufacturer – we have listed cameras from Hikvision, Dahua and Reolink at the moment.

Product line:Manufacturers often use distinctive titles for their product families – this can be a useful way to filter out cameras that do not appeal to you.

Status:Tells you whether the camera is a current model or has been phased out.

Model:Each manufacturer has their own system of nomenclature. Here is a guide to the naming system used by Hikvision.

MP:The number of megapixels the camera’s sensor has.

IR:IR stands for infrared, most of the cheaper cameras use ring style LEDs but the EXIR LEDs are brighter and have a higher range.

Focus:This column refers to the amount of flight the camera lens has, this maybe either a fixed iris, a manual iris which can be changed, an auto iris which is motorized and responds to the light levels in the scene, or the most desirable P-iris(precise-iris) which uses a motorized lens with additional software to improve the video quality.

PTZ:Indicates whether the camera has a Pan Tilt Zoom feature.

PoE:Indicates whether the camera supports Power-over-Ethernet.

Snapshots:Indicates whether the camera supports taking image snapshots.

IR-cut filter:Good quality cameras have an automatic IR cut filter, which lets the camera produce true colour video during the daytime and high quality night time videos. A camera without this filter can only ever have one of the two, not both.

WDR:Stands for Wide Dynamic Range. WDR is desirable as it enhances the darker parts of the scene without blowing out the brighter parts of the scene.

Hikvision IP Camera Model Naming Convention

Please refer to the Hikvision product guide to understand the model naming convention.

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  1. which hikvision would u reccomend for driveway?

  2. Hi Daniel, I am after a 4 cameras DVR kit with expectations below:
    – Cameras to be atleast 1080p if not better
    – 1 or 2 TB or bigger?
    Would 4 channels be good enough
    – Do I need POE as not sure if I can supply separate power to each unit
    – would you recommend wired connection?
    – better night quality recording capabilities
    – weatherproof as its for outdoors
    – any other feature which you would recommend?

    Really confused with so many camera out there and don’t want to spend £1000 on it so looking for reasonable all around kit please. Appreciate your guidance in this.

    • Hi Puneet,

      You are on the right track with the requirements you have set – I would recommend at least 1080p preferably 3MP resolution, at least 2TB of storage and an 8 channel kit. 1TB is barely enough for 10 days storage with 2 cameras at 1080p resolution. I say 8 channel because once you get used to the 4 cameras, you may want to add more which you cannot do if you start with a 4 channel NVR.

      I would suggest wired because its one less thing to go wrong – you can have issues with range and dropouts on WiFi. You need your CCTV to be reliable and rock stable – WiFi cannot deliver that yet.

      For sure, go with PoE – saves you running two sets of cables and increases compatibility with cameras you may want to add in future.

      So I would recommend an affordable kit like this one:


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