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“Reputable” Sellers on Amazon for Hikvision/Dahua?

So im looking at getting a few IP cameras. I originally looked at Unifi cameras (all my other network equipment is Unifi and I like it) but I feel their camera’s are quite expensive for what they are (I mean the pro is almost 400 dollars on amazon).

I really don’t want to go through some authorized reseller and pay a large markup. However I do see that there is a “Hikvision Reseller” literally named “Hikvision” on amazon. Is this the actual company selling the cameras now?

I think im just worried about “Support” which I would get with Unifi….Im not getting more than 2-3 cameras (our area is small) but wondering if it’s worth paying the price premium for Unifi unless there is a reseller for Hikvision I can use where they aren’t CRAZY overpriced.

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14 Thoughts to ““Reputable” Sellers on Amazon for Hikvision/Dahua?”

  1. longtermthrowawayy

    FYI I have the ubiquiti NVR and PoE router. It does not support 3rd party cameras.

    1. JeanLucTheCat

      Even though I have a USG, and Unifi APs, the fact I cannot use a generic IP camera will keep me from using the Unifi NVR. Not a fan of Synologys pay per camera system, but at least I have more of a selection of cameras and devices.

    2. mercfh85

      That’s the other thing. But I suppose I could do 3rd party NVR and Unifi….maybe? (Like Blue iris? or zoneminder?)

  2. kheszi

    Which cameras do you want? Laview sells Hikvision OEM cameras direct, no reseller needed. For less than half the cost of the Unifi Pro you can get the 4K (8MP) IP PoE dome camera model #LV-PDK50802C for $189, and the 4MP model #LV-PD514028C for only $115. They have a two year warranty, free shipping, and there is a 15% off coupon at the top of their website. You can even get an additional 10% off if you buy 4 cameras.

    https://www.laviewsecurity.com/build-your-kit-business.html

    https://www.laviewsecurity.com/files/datasheet/LV-PDK50802C.pdf

    https://www.laviewsecurity.com/files/datasheet/LV-PD514028C.pdf

    1. mercfh85

      That’s not a bad deal. I have no problem with OEM ones….I just want to make sure they can get english upgrades. Cause the Unifi one is expensive.

      Are you personally involved in the company (Not that it matters, im just curious).

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      What are the Hikivision equivilants for these?

      1. kheszi

        I have no affiliation with them, but I’ve installed several of their systems.

  3. defendityourself

    I can help you with [Hikvision OEM](https://defendityourself.com/collections/all). I have some listed on Amazon but have not ported the whole catalog yet you can find it under defendityourself Hikvision on Amazon but if you go through my website use code “Reddit10” and get 10% off

    Louis from [DefendItYourself](https://defendityourself.com/)

    1. mercfh85

      Thanks, are these all US cameras that can be upgraded with english firmware?

      1. defendityourself

        Yes they all have English firmware and ship same business day from Dallas if ordered before 1:00 central time

  4. Speeling_Matters

    You will find a lot of recommendations for EmpireTecAndy on ipcamtalk.com. He also has an Amazon store. You can be confident that you’re getting an International version, not a language-hacked Chinese market version.

    The latter are cheaper, but they will usually fail to firmware update or brick entirely, which means you’re stuck with vulnerabilities or trying to find a way to revive hacked firmware on your busted camera.

    1. mercfh85

      I assume the international versions will accept english firmware?

      1. Speeling_Matters

        Yes absolutely. The Chinese market versions use slightly cheaper hardware which is what makes them incompatible with International/English firmware, and that extra profit margin is what makes them desirable to resell outside China.

        Some people purposely buy the cheaper cameras, knowing that they should always be on their own isolated network and can’t be upgraded with new features or bug fixes.

      2. Speeling_Matters

        Yes absolutely. The Chinese market versions use slightly cheaper hardware which is what makes them incompatible with International/English firmware, and that extra profit margin is what makes them desirable to resell outside China.

        Some people purposely buy the cheaper cameras, knowing that they should always be on their own isolated network and can’t be upgraded with new features or bug fixes.

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