Axis Camera Station 5 VMS Tested

By Ilya Ignatenko, Published Dec 23, 2021, 10:23am EST

Axis Camera Station has moved into unified VMS and access control, offering a "powerful and simple to operate" solution. But how well does it perform?

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In this report, we examine the features and performance of ACS 5, including:

  • What new features were added since our last test 5 years ago?
  • How well does Secure Entry work?
  • How broad is third-party camera support?
  • How does it compare to other VMS offerings?
  • How does live and playback streaming work?
  • How well does appearance search perform?
  • What is the streaming latency through remote and local connections?
  • How well does the mobile app work and what features are missing?

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** *** ****, ** found ******** ********* *** improvements ** **** ****** Station, ****** **** *** unified ********* **** ***** support *** **** ********:

  • ******* ***/****** **** **** Products:****'****** **************** **** ***** ********** is ****** ********* *************** configuration *** ********** ** access *******.
  • ***** ******* ********:****** ******* **** *** lack *********** *** ********** and ***** * ****** of ***** ******** **** as *******, *****-******* *********, and ****** ***** ******.
  • ********* ***** ** ***********:****** *******'* *********** ** generally ****** *** ********* for **** ********. ******, there *** ****** **** third-party ******* *** ******* features.
  • ****** ***** ******:****** ****** ************** * ***-******* ****** connection ** *** ****** Station ****** **** * remote ** ** * mobile ******.

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***** *** ********** **** third-party ****** ******* *** advanced ***** ****** *********:

  • ******* *****-***** ***********:*****-***** ****** ******* ** a ******* ***** **** cameras *** ** ***** supported *** ****** ***'* without * ***** *******.
  • ************* ****** ********* **** Third-Party *******:******** *** *****-***** ******* are $*** ******** ** $79 *** **** ********.
  • ****** **** ***** ********* Search:****** ***** ****** * is ***** ** *******, the ************** ** ******* and ****** ***** ******** and ***********.
  • ******* ****** ***:*** ****** *** ** limited ** **** *******, playback, *** ***** ******. No ******/****** ******** *** be ******* ******* *** app.

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***** **** ****** ******* is * **** ****** for ***** ** ***-***** systems **** *** **** hardware, ********* ****** * wider ***** ** ********* and ******** ****** ************* options, **** ************* ******** third-party ****** *** ******-***** analytics ************.

**** ****** ******* ******** third ***** *******, *******, integration ** ******, ***** some ******* *** ********* and ****** *** *** with ** ***** *******. Moreover, ********* ************** **** ************* *** ********** *********, offering ******* ************* *** feature ******* *** **** hardware ** ****' *** VMS.

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***** **** ****** ******* and *********** ****** *** systems, ****** ******* ****** an ******* *** ******* UI, ************ **** **** with **** ********. ******* to *********, ***** ****** significantly ***** *** **** consistent ******* *** *****-***** cameras *** ***** ******* integrated ********* ******** *******. Both ***** ****** ***** monitoring, *** ***-**-*** ****** and ******/******* ******** *********.

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**** ****** ******* *** two ******* ***** *** Axis ******* *** *****-***** cameras:

  • **** ****** ******** *** Axis ******** - $** MSRP
  • ********* ****** ******** *** third-party ******* - $*** MSRP

******** **** ******* *.** of *** ***, **** removed *** ********** ** 32 **** ****** ******** per ****** ***** ******** to ******** ********* ******** for ***** ********** ****** past **** *****.

************, **** *** *** S22 ********* **** **** Camera ******* ******** ******** for *** ***** ********.

Overview *****

** *** ********* *-****** video, **** ******* *** user ********* ** **** Camera ******* *** ******** new ******** ***** ***** our **** ****:

Access ******* (****** *****) ***********

** ******** ****,**** ******** ****** ********** ********** ****** ******* with ***** ********** ** Camera *******. **** ****** Camera ******* ******** *****-***** cameras, ****** ***** ** only ********** **** *-****, PoE+**** ***** ****** ***********.

*********** ** ****** ******* with ****** ******* ** simple *** ********* *****, and *** ****** ************* process ** **** ****** of *** ***, ***** doors, *****, ****** *****, etc. *** ** *** up. * **** **** with *** ****** ******* dashboard *** ** ******* where *********** ** *** last **** ************ *** door ******** *** *********. Users *** **** ********* each **** **** * single ****** ** * view **** ******** ******** cameras.

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*** ******* ****** **** there ** ******* ** negligible **** ******* ***** access ** *** **** and ****** ******** ** the ********* ***********. *******, having **** *** **** latest ************ ********* *** be ************ *** ***** with **** ********/******* *******.

*** ********* ***-****** ***** goes **** *** ****** Entry ************* *** ****** event ******* ** ****** Station:

Limited *****-***** ****** *******

**** ****** ******* ****** third-party *******, *** ** is ********* *** **********. Instead ** ****** * device ************* **** ** its *******, **** ******** users **** *** ****** Station ****** ************* ****, in ***** *****-***** ******* are ****** *** *****, audio, *********, *** ***** handling ************* **** ****** Station.

*** *******, **** ** cameras **** ******** *************, (including ********, *****, *****, Hanwha, *********, *** ******) showed **** *** ******* connected *** ******** ** Camera *******. *******, ** percent *** *** ****** with ******* ******* ******** and ******** *****-***-***** ************* with ********* ********* ******* settings ** ******* ***** streams. ******, ******** *** encoder ***/** ******** ****** in *** "********* ********" menu ***** *** ******** of *** ******.

********, ********* *** ******** cameras **** *** **** manufacturer *** ** *** not ** ********* ** Camera ******* *** ***** was ** ******* ********.

**** ********* ** **** regarding *** *****-***** ****** support ******:

... ** ** **** to ******* ** ****** covering *** ******** ***** reasons *** ********** ****** with ***** *******. ** the ******* *** ***** to **** ****** ******* but ** ***** *****, you ***** ****** *** encoder ***** *** ****** profile ********. ***** ******* that ** *********** ** the **** *** *** example ******** ******** ** analytics ***** *** *** part ** *** ***** Profile-S *********.

*******, *** ************* ** third-party ******* ** ****** Station ** ******* ** streaming ******* ******** *** recording *********. ** **** not ******* *** *** image ******** *** *****, since ****** ******* ******* non-ONVIF **********.

**** ********* ** ***** conformance, *******:

... *** ******* ***** of *****-***** ****** ******* has ****** ** ****, but ** *** ******* seeing ** ********* ******** interest *** ***** ******* S ****** ***********. **** is ****** ********* ** support ******* **** *** moving **** ** *** and **** ** ** a ********** *** ******* their ******** ******* **** Axis *******. ** **** cases **** ******* *****, but ** ********** **** formal *********** *** ******** confidence ** *** ********* support. ** ****** *** new ***********, ** **** monitor ****** ***** *** aim ** ** *** things **** ***** **** value ** *** *********.

Added: *** ******* **** *****-***** *******

****** *** *****-**********, **** added *** ******* **** third-party ******* *** *** it ** ******** ** configure ****** *** ******* recordings ***** ** ****** detection. *******,*** ************* ********* **** ******** **** simply ******** ********* ** motion *** ** **** through "****** *****".

** *** *******, ** encountered ****** **** **** the ***** ******* ******, where ****** ********** ***** break *** ****** *** stop *** ********* *** ~1 ******:

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Solid *********** **** **** ****** *** **** ********

**** ****** ******* ******** integrates * ******* ** Axis ******** **** ** radars, *********, *** ******* speakers.

******, **** ****** *****-**, ******* ** ****** Station ** ******* *** support ********* ****** ** trigger ********** ** **** alert *************.

**** **** ** **** stations ********* ** ****** Station *** *** "**** Door" ****** *** ***** controls. ** ******* ** the **** ******* ******* *****-***** ******* ** ***** below.

Secure ****** ******

** ****** *********, ****** ****** ****** allows *** ****** ********** to *** ****** ******* server **** *** *** mobile ******* *** ** enabled ** ******* ** with ** **** *******.

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*******, ***** *** *** monthly *** ***** ******* limits ** *** ****** Remote ****** ***. *** 5GB **** ******** ***** resets ** *** ***** day ***** *****. ** more **** ***** ** relayed **** ******* ****** Remote ****** *** *******, Axis ********** ******* ** a *** ********** ** the ******.

UI/ *********** ******

** ~* ***** ** testing, **** ****** ******* showed *** *********** ****** which **** ****** ********** with *****-***** *******.

** *** ********* *****, the ***** ******* ****** had ******** **** ~*-****** gaps ** ********** ** motion ******. ************, ************ issues **** **** **** the ****** ***-***** ******.

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UI / *********** ****** **** **** ***** ********

*******, ******** ** ****** were ***** **** **** cameras **** ********* ** the **** ***** ********. Note **** *** ******* of **** ******** ** Camera ******* *** ** the ******* ***** ** the **** ** ******* and, *****, *******. *** full **** ** *********** of *** **** ***** integration **** ****** ******* is ****** ** ************.

******* **** ** *** cameras ********* ** *** S3008 ******** ** *** displayed ** ****** ****** Monitoring:

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***, *******, ********** "****** Recording" ****** **** ******** for *** ******* ********* to *** ***** ********. However, ***** ****** **** false *** *** *** affect *** **********.

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Added - ***** ****** ******* / ************ ********

*** ************* *** ***** to *** ***** ********* process***** *** **** **** 5 ***** ***. ***, ******** ******** streams *** ** ****** simultaneously ** **** **** Player, ****** ** ** limited ** **** *******.

************, **** ***** * new ***** ****** ****** which ****** ***** ** draw ******** (*******) ***** around ********. **** **** those ***** *** ** autogenerated *** **** ******* with ******* ********* ****.

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*** ********* ***-****** ***** overviews *** ***** ****** and ****** ** ****** Station:

Smart (**********) ****** * *********** *****

******* *** ******* **** was ***** ******** ** Axis ****** ******* ** Smart ****** *. ***** Search * **** * combination ** ****** *** server ***** ********* ** classify ****** *** ********.

********* ** ****, ***** Search * ***** ** the ********* - ******** boxes **** ******** **** cameras *** ******** ** the ******, ***** ************** on *** ***** **** the ******* ******** *** is *********.

**** ** ** *************** on *** ****** ****, we **** ** ************** based ** *** *******. From *** ****** ** receive * ******** ** object ***** ******** *****. From ***** ***** ** currently **** ****** *** largest *** *** ** classification ** **.

*** *********** ** *** appearance ****** ** *****. On *** ****, ** ~2 ***** ** *******, it ********* ********** ******** colors ** **** ******** conditions,

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*** ********* ********** ******* types, **** **** **** are ********* ********.

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*******, ***** **** ******** misclassifications ***** ****** **** classified ** ********** ** bike ******,

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*** ****** ** **** person's **** **** ********** as * *****.

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************, ***** **** *************** with ***** *************: ***** color ******** *** ********** as ***** **** **% confidence *** ** ****** with **% ********** * minute *****:

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** ***** **** ***** Smart ****** * *********** and **** ************ *** the ****** **** ** encountered **** ***** ****** 2 *** ******:

**** ** *******: ***** search ** *** ** beta. ** *** ** public *******, *** **** before ****.

Added: *******

******* ******* **** **** has ***** ** ****** Station ** *******. ********* views ** ******* *** be ******** ** ******** the ***** **** *** cameras. *******, ***** ********** are *** ****. ************, if ****** ********** *** enabled, * *** *** is ********* ** *** of *** ****** **** when ****** ********* ** in *******.

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Mobile *** *******

****** ******* ****** *** gives ***** ****** ** live *********, ***** ********, and ***** *********. ***** can **** ******* *** and ******* *******. ************, the *** ******** ******** tile ************ *** ******** and ********* *******.

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*******, *** ****** *** features *** ********* ******** to *** ***** ****** with ** ******* ** change *** ****** ** device ********.

Low ****** ********* *******

** *** ****, ** found **** ****** ******* has *** ******* ********* and ************ ******** ~*.* seconds ** **** **** viewed **** * ****** PC ******* ****** ****** Access:

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*** ********* ******** ******** were **** ****** *******:

  • **** ****** *******: **.**.***
  • **** *****: ***.*.*

Comments (9)

**'** **** ********* ** Camera ******* ********. *** areas **** ******** ** were:

  • ****** ****** - **** one ****** ******* *** be ******** ** * server, ** *** ***** must ***** * ****** account **** ***** *** app (**** ******* ** a *** ****). **** Companion **** ** ******** similarly. *'** ***** **** Axis ** ******** ** change *** **** ***** in * ****** ******, maybe * ****** ***.
  • ******* - ** ***** to *** **** ********, you **** ** **** a ****** **** ** all *****. **** ** bizarre - ***'* ****** most ************ ** ***** a **** ** *** disk ** *********. **** is **** ******** ** improve *** ******* ****** as ****.

***** **** ****, **'** been ******* **** *** application ** * *****. Clean **, **** ***********.

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#*, ****** *** *** feedback! **** ***** ** clients *** *** ***** Camera ******* ***? ******* camera ****** ** ******* verticals? * ** ****** to ****** ********** **** Camera ******* ** **** vs ***** *****.

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********* ******* ********* **** less **** ** *******. It ***** **** ** you **** * ****** server. ** *** **** separate *******, *** **** to *** ** ***** and ********** ** *** servers **********, ****. *'** heard **** **** ****** use ** ** ********** situations, *** **** ***** like * *** **** to **. ** ***'** going **** **** ******* and ***** *** *** many ******* *** *********, but *** ****** ** require ******** *******, * think **** ** * very ********** *********** ** the **** *********** ***'*.

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**** ******* *** ******** for " ***** (**********) Search * "?

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*******, ** ** ***, Axis ******** **** ******* from ******** *.**. *******, there ** * **********:

**** ******* **** * single ***** ******* *** supported. *******, ***** ******** with ******** ********, ******** or ******* ****** ******* are *** *********.

**, ** ***** *** multiple ***** **** *** same ****** ***** ** Camera *******, ** ***'* be *********. ** ***** to *** ******* *** multi ****** ******* ** Smart ****** *, *** they **** ********* *** only *********** **** ***** ******* was ***** ** *** system.

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**** ** * ****** informative ******. *** *********:

  1. **** *** * ********* any ****** ***********?
  2. ** ** ******** **** button ** *******, **** it **** ***** ******** to ******?
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*****, **** *********!

*. ****** *********** ***'* be ******** ** ***** in ****** ***** *** it *** **** ********* cards *** ****. *******, 2N ********* **** ******* mobile ************** ** ********** **** Camera *******, ****** *** *** configuration ***** **** ** be **** ******* **'* portal *** *** *** Secure *****.

*. ***** *** ******* and ****** ******** ***** remotely ***** * ****** device ** * ****** client.

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*** *** ****** **** improved **** *** **** few *****. ** ** now ** ******* ******** for ******* ********.

*'* **** ** *** what ***** *****' ********** has **** ***** *** in * ******, *****-****** deployment? * **** * client **** *** **** using *** ** * smaller ****** **** (~** cameras), *** ***** **** to ********* *** ** their **** ******** ** well (~*** *******). **** really **** *** **** interface, ****** ***, ***. Most ** ***, **** enjoy *** ********* ********* and **** *******.

***** * ** ***** to ** ******** **** them, * ** ******* that *** *** *** be ***** ***** *** a *** ****** ******... Does ****** **** *** experience **** **** * deployment? *** *** **** the ******* ***** ** Axis' ******** ************** ** 64 ******* *** ******? How ***** *** ********** aspect (* *** **** mentioned *****)?

*** ********** ** **** own *********** *** ***********.

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**** *** ****** *** support **** ************* *** events **** ** *********/**** crossing **** * ***** or ******?

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