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

By Ethan Ace, Published Oct 04, 2018, 10:45am EDT

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?

Summary: ** ********** ******/********* **** ********

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

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

************, *** *********** *** similar ******* ******* ** both *****, ******** ****** with *******/******* ***** ** well ** ****** ****** with **** ******** ********.

*******, *** ** ******'* bandwidth *** ************* ****** than *** *** ***** in *** ****** ******, with ********* ** (****) and ******** ****** ** the *****, **** **** standardized *** *********. ******* of ****, *******-********* ***** may **** *** *****'* slight ********** ** *** outweigh *** ********* *********.

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 ** *** *****.

[effects output image]

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

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

** ****** *** ** two *********, ***** * man **** *******/******* **** the ******* ******** ** check *** *** ****** blur *** *** *** camera ******* ** ******* in *****. ** **** scene, **** ******* ********* very *********, **** ***** adjustment ** *** ******* door *** ***** ******* of *** ******* ********** as ** ******.

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 ********* **** ********.

************, *** ********* ** the ***** ******* ******** two ***** ** ****** slack *******. **** ***** to ****** ***** ***** so *** ******* *** be **** ****** ******* from *** *********, ******* of * **** ***** length ** ***** ******** the ******* ********, ** pushed **** **** *** wall/ceiling ***** ** *** tangle.

backplate

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

*******, **** *** *****, the ** ****** **** a **** ** ****** module, ***** ****** ***** into *** ******* *** two ****** *****. ***** this, *** ******* *** be **** ****** ******* and ***-****** ****** ************ without **** ** *** camera ** ****, **** installers **** ******* ** snap ** *** ****** and ****** *** **** afterwards.

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, ***** *****.

  • ******** ******:** ******* *** ******** button ** *** ****** for ** *******, *** camera ****** * *******/******* indication ** **** *** camera ** *****. **** level, *** **** ***** beeping *** ******* ******, and **** ****** ****** turn *****, ***** ** this ****:

Shock *********

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

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

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

Versions ****

*** ********* ******** ******** were **** ** **** test:

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

Comments (8)

Great shootout once again.

There seems to be a duplicate image from Q3518 under "Uneven Illumination In Wide AOVs", I believe the other one should be from Q3517.

Ah, thanks for pointing that out! Somehow I got the same image in there twice.

Do you have any plan to test the Hikvision DS-2CD5585G0-IZHS?

Yes, it's actually sitting on my desk right now. Not sure on test timing, since we are in the middle of moving, but it's on the list.

Any updates regarding test date of DS-2CD5585G0-IZHS?

Which one would work better to capture face at gated entrance? Day/night.  Some lighting. Camera would be installed on security booth.

Love these comparisons. Thanks IPVM.

In the 2 daytime details pictures, the light level is incorrectly listed as "~0.02 lux".  Perhaps a duplication from the low light night shots higher up.

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