Axis 4K vs. 5MP Camera Shootout (Q3518-LVE + Q3517-LVE)

By: Ethan Ace, Published on Oct 04, 2018

Axis has released the 4K counterpart to their 5MP Q3517-LVE (see our test).

Axis claims of both these cameras:

Simply put, AXIS Q3518(17)-LVE delivers the best video quality possible.

But which one is truly best?

We bought and tested the 4K Q3518-LVE to see how it compares to its lower resolution counterpart, testing in multiple real world scenes, examining:

  • <1 Lux image details with IR on
  • Low light (2-3 lux) image details in color mode
  • Outdoor full light daytime images
  • WDR performance
  • Integrated IR coverage evenness
  • Integrated IR range
  • Bandwidth performance
  • Physical features comparison
  • Installation issues
  • Advanced hardware/software features
  • Pricing comparison

Note: This is the first in a series of updated 4K camera tests, leading to a shootout in the coming months. We also plan to test new models from Dahua, Hikvision, Vivotek, and others. Let us know what we should test in our discussion: What 4K Cameras Should We Include In A Shootout?

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******* *** ** *****-*** producing **% ******* ***** density, ***** ******* *********** in *** ***** **** fairly *******.

*** ** ***** ******** slight ** ******** ***** in ******* ******** ** the *** *****, **** notably ** ***** ***** at IR ** *** ******* well *** ******, **** only ****** ************* ** low ***** (*-* ***) color *******.

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Pricing **********: ~$*** ******* **** *** *****

*** *****-*** ***** *** $1,250 *** ******, ***** $100 **** **** *** 5MP *****-*** (~$*,*** ******).

***** ******* ** ******* to **** ** ***********, such ** *** ********* **-*********-****(~$*,***), *** ******* ****** than******'* ***-*****(~$*** ******).

Physically **** *******

*** ***** ** ******** very ******* ** *** Q3517, ***** *** **** housing *** ******, **** the **** ***, *****, power, *** */* *****, and ********* ** **** apart, ***** *****.

******* ** ***** ************, those ******** **** ***** Q35 ******* **** **** few *********** ** *** hardware ******** ** *** Q3518. ** ****** **** details ** *** ***'* construction ** *** *** of **** ******.

Both ******* ****/****** ** **** *****

** *** *****, **** the ***** *** ***** met ***** ********* ***/~***' IR *****, **** ************ visible ** **** ********. However, ************ *** ********** weak, **** **** ********* possible, *** ******* *********** due ** *** *** (~10 *** ** ***** widest ***, ~** *** at **** *********). ******* are ***** ** *********** below.

Q3518 ****** ************ ** **** ****

*******, *** *****'* ************ was ******* **** **** than *** ***** ** wide ****** ** ****, with *** ***** ** the ***** ** **** significantly ****** **** *** center.

** ******** ****** ** view, ************ *** **** in **** *******, *** noticeably ******** ** *** edge ** *** *****.

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Better *****/** ******* ** ***** ***** (~*.** ***)

** ***** ** * ~0.02 *** *****, *** 4K ***** ******** ******** better ****** ** *** subject **** *** *****, with ****** ****** ****** and *-* ********** ******* lines ** ****.

q3518 slightly better ir details at close range

No ********* ********** ** ***/**** ***** (*****, ~*.** ***)

** ****** ******, *** Q3518 ******** ******** ****** clarity ** *** ******* and **** *****, *** does *** ******* *** additional ****** ******* ******** to *** *****.

similar performance at mid range

*******, ** *** *******' max ** *****, ~***'/***, details *** ***** *******, with *** ** ***** slightly ****** **** *** Q3517.

similar performance at long range

4K ***** ****** ******* **** *** ** ***** ****, ~* ***

** ~* *** ** color ****, *** ***** suffers **** ****** ****** of ******* ***** *** artifacts, ********* ******** **** clarity ** *** *******'* face **** *** *** model. *******, * ********** text ***** *** ******* in *** ***** ******** to *** *****, ***** appears ***********.

4k worse details in color mode 30

** ~**' *** ******, details *** *********** ******* in *** *** *******, with ** ****** ******* of *** ******* *** no ******* ******* ****.

4k worse details in color mode 60

Slight ******** ** ******* *******

** ***** *****, ~**' distance ** * **** field ** **** (~**°), the ** ***** ******** slightly ******* ******* ** fine ******* ******** **** as **** *** ****, as **** ** *** additional **** *****.

4K Slightly Better Daytime Details At Close Range

*** **** ** **** at ****** ********, ~**', with *** ******* *** text **** *********** ** the *****, ****** **** rough ******* *********.

4K Slightly Better Daytime Details At Long Range

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axis-q3518

******, ** ******* *********** in * ****** ********* scene **** **** ******** door, **** ******** ******* from ~**,*** *** ******* to ~** ******, **** a **** **********.

wdr test field of view

** **** *****, *********** of *** *** ******* is *******, *** ******** better ** *** *** Q3517, ***** ******** ****** images ** *** ****** area ****** *** ****.

wdr comparison

Bitrate **********

*****-*** ** ******** **** drastically ****** **** *** Q3517-LVE *** **** *** and *****, **** ********* bandwidth **** ****** **** of *** *****.

axis q35 bitrate comparison

*******, **** ********** ** bitrate *** *********, ******* bitrates *** **/* *** nearly *** **** ** both ******. *** ***** delta ******* ***** ******** remains, *******.

bitrate per megapixel

Integrated *** ******** / ***** *******

*** ***** ******** ** integrated *** ******* ***** on *** ****** ** the *******, **** **** patterns *** ****** *** double ****, ** **** as ******* *** *" square *****. **** ********** installation, ** ****/**** *********** options ******* * ******** part *** *** ********, an ********** **** *** easily ********* **** ********.

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backplate

Snap-In ****** ******

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Physical ********

** ****** *** ******* above, ** **** ** other ******** ******** ** this *****, ***** **** our **** ** *** Q3517:

Other ******** ********

**** *** *****, *** Q3518 **** ******** * number ** ******** ******** due ** *** **-***** gyro ******, **** ***** on ***** * ****** cameras, *********:

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

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

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Shock *********

*** ***** ******** ***** detection ** ******** ** other ****** ********* *********, which ******* ******* ** the ****** **** ********** sensitivity. ** *****, *** camera *** ******* * text *******, **** ******, TCP ****** *******, ** other ********* ********* ** Axis' ****** ********. **** that ***** ****** *** not ********** ** **** VMSes, *** *** ********* in ******* *** *********.

Electronic ***** *************

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Versions ****

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Comments (8)

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** *** **** *** plan ** **** *** Hikvision **-*********-****?

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