Axis 4K Camera Shootout 2019

By Derek Ward, Published on Aug 14, 2019

Axis' 4K Q3518-LVE claims the "best video quality possible", with Lightfinder super low light performance, Axis' high end Forensic WDR, and OptimizedIR.

However, the mid-range P3228-LVE claims all these features, too. So which should users choose? What sets them apart?

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To find out, we bought and tested the P3228-LVE vs. the Q3518-LVE to see how they compare, looking at:

  • How does image quality at full light (~200 lux), low light in color (~2 lux), and dark (~0.02 lux) image quality compare?
  • How evenly does each camera illuminate the field of view?
  • How does pricing compare to that of other 4K cameras currently on the market?
  • How does wide dynamic range performance compare?

Readers should also see our comparison of the 5MP models in this series: Axis 5MP P Vs Q Camera Shootout (P3227-LVE vs Q3517-LVE).

This is the latest in our continued series of updated 4K camera testing, following Bosch's Starlight 8000i, Hanwha Wisenet P, and Hikvision's new Smart & Performance series, with Avigilon, Dahua, Vivotek, and more coming soon. Suggestions? Let us know what other 4K cameras we should test.

Summary: ** *-****** **. *-******

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*******, *** *** ******* noticeably ******** ** *******, with ****** ****** ** longer ***** **** *** P32 ** ******, ***** appeared ****** *** **** more ******* ******* *****.

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Size **********

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Physical ********

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Even ** ************ ****** ***

** *** *****, **** the *** *** *** cameras ******** **** ** illumination ****** *** ***** of ****, **** **** slight ****** **** ** the *****, ***** ** the ***** ** **** below.

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Q35 ****** ** *******

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Near ***** ** ************

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Similar **** ***** ***** ******* (~*** ***)

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Similar *** ***********

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*** *********** *** ******* in **** *******, **** the ******* *** **** chart **** ******** ******* the ****** *********, ** well ** ** *** darker **** ****** *** open ****.

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*********

**** **** ****** ******* H.264 ************, *** ** *** support *.*** *********. *** Q3518-LVE's ******** **** ********** lower ** *** ***** and **** ****** **** the *****-***, ***** *** P3228-LVE *** ******** ***** in ******* *****.

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**** **** ***** ************ were ***** **** ******** motion ** *** *****, with ******** ******* **** the ******.

VMS ***********

**** **** ** ******' H.264 ******* *** ****** side ****** ********* ********** with ********, ***********, *******, Milestone, *** ******* ***** VMSes. ****** **** ********* (e.g.***** *****,********* ********) **** ********* ** all ***** ****** ****** Avigilon, ***** ********* **** VMD.

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Q3518-LVE ******** ********

**** ***** *** ******, the ***** ******** * number ** ******** ******** due ** *** **-***** gyro ******, *********:

  • ***** *********:*** ***** ** ******* of ********* ******* ** the ******, ***** *****, with ********** ***********.** *****, *** ****** may ******* * **** overlay, **** ******, *** serial *******, ** ***** functions ********* ** ****' events ********.

  • ********** ***** *************:*** ***'* ***** ************* was ********** ** ******* video ******* **** ******* to ********** ** ******** shaking/swaying, ***** *****.

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Test **********

******* **** ********* ***** to ******* **** *** adjustments ** *********** ******** as **** ** ********:

  • *** *** ******* ****** WDR ******* ****.
  • ****-******* *.*** *** **** (No *.*** *********).
  • ********* *** ******* (****), Dynamic *** ** (****).

Versions ****

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Comments (5)

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****** **** ****** ** meaning

*** **** **** *** of **** ** ** poor *********** ********* **** high ********** ******

*** ***** *** ******* would **** ****** ***** Axis ********?

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