Axis Low Cost Spring 2011 Product Releases Examined

Author: John Honovich, Published on Apr 05, 2011

In the past month, Axis has announced 5 new series of low cost IP cameras: M31-VE, P5522-E, P5512M11-E, Q6035 and the M50.  While the sheer number is somewhat overwhelmingly, this is an important expansion that impacts the overall market. This provides Axis with a broad low cost product portfoilio that will significantly increase their competitiveness for budget applications.

Let's start with a summary of key features for each product.

  • M31-VE - fixed mini-domes that are outdoor and vandal resistant; $599 MSRP for 720p version, $100 less for SVGA
  • M11-E - fixed box outdoor cameras; $649 MSRP for 720p version, $100 less for SVGA
  • M50 - ePTZ mini-dome indoor; $599 MSRP for 720p version, $100 less for SGVA
  • P5522-E - SD 18x PTZ indoor and outdoor options; $1499 MSRP indoors, $1899 MSRP outdoors
  • P5512 - SD 12x PTZ indoor and outdoor options; $1099 MSRP indoors, $1499 MSRP outdoors

The most important practical limitation is that all of these cameras are color only (i.e., lack a mechanical cut filter), except for the P5522 18x PTZ series. Despite most models outdoor support, low light monitoring could be a problem.

That noted, the pricing for PTZs especially is quite low and will be competitive with even the 'cheap' options from Sony, Panasonic, Canon, etc. Prior to these releases, Axis had limited options in low cost PTZs with the outdated 214 and 215 being the main options.

Unlike most manufacturers who expect 3rd party outdoor housings to be used, Axis is clearly making an effort to provide a broad range of outdoor ready cameras. The M31 and M11 releases are basically extensions of the existing indoor line, adding in integrated outdoor support. The outdoor fixed camera versions generally have a $100 MSRP premium over the indoor versions. This is generally justifiable as eliminating the cost and time to add an external housing is worth $100.

Of these, we find the M50 to be the most novel as it brings pan tilt capabilities to HD imaging at a remarkably low cost.

3 reports cite this report:

2011 Mid Year Video Surveillance Review on Jun 11, 2011
The first half of 2011 featured a number of important shifts within the video surveillance industry. In this report, we provide an overview of the...
Winners and Losers Spring 2011 on Apr 12, 2011
Now that the dust has settled from the numerous new announcements of the last month, we can better understand the impact on the overall video...
New Surveillance Products Spring 2011 Final on Apr 06, 2011
In this report, we provide a single source listing new video surveillance products announced in Spring 2011 and in conjunction with ISC West.For...
Comments : PRO Members only. Login. or Join.

Related Reports on Low Cost

Toughest Manufacturer Competitors 2018 on May 07, 2018
150+ integrators answered: Which manufacturer, when offered by rival integrators, is toughest to compete against? Why? The...
Top 4 Biggest Problems Selling Access Control 2018 on Mar 23, 2018
We received 150+ responses from integrators when we asked them "What is the biggest problem you face when selling electronic access control?...
Camera Form Factor Guide on Mar 16, 2018
When selecting surveillance cameras, users may choose from a number of different form factors, each with its own unique strengths and weaknesses,...
Hikvision IR Bullet Camera Shootout on Jan 08, 2018
Hikvision's widely used Value Plus line claims 30m/~98' IR illumination range, on multiple lens options ranging from wide angle (100°+) to...
$800 Axis Thermal Camera Examined on Jan 02, 2018
Axis is releasing two of the lowest cost thermal IP cameras ever. But will low cost be enough to spur adoption? In this note, we examine the 2 new...
Hikvision NVR 4.0 Tested on Nov 14, 2017
Hikvision has released firmware version 4.0 for select NVRs, touting two years of research and development, and claiming "the new generation GUI...
Milestone XProtect Essential+ Free VMS Tested on Nov 09, 2017
Milestone continues to expand its aggressive free and low-cost offerings, with this year, Milestone releasing XProtect Essential+, part of their...
Cisco Falling - Favorite Network Switches 2017 on Oct 20, 2017
1 major manufacturer fell and 1 outsider manufacturer gained as integrator favorites for network switches from more than 140 votes / explanations...
Exacq M Series Low Cost NVR Tested on Oct 12, 2017
With recent cyber security issues hitting NVRs and cameras from low cost leaders Dahua and Hikvision, users are increasingly seeking alternatives...
Geovision 4MP Super Low Cost Turret Tested (EBD-4700) on Sep 29, 2017
~$100 cameras, even for 4MP, are now expected by many dealers, as price cuts and ongoing sales have set this expectation. At the same time, many...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Stealth / UCIT - Remote Video Monitoring Provider Profile on May 18, 2018
Can 2 remote video monitoring companies, Stealth Monitoring from the US and UCIT from Canada combine to impact the market and compete in a changing...
Cybersecurity for IP Video Surveillance Guide on May 18, 2018
Keeping surveillance networks secure can be a daunting task, but there are several methods that can greatly reduce risk, especially when used in...
Forced Entry / Duress Access Tutorial on May 17, 2018
Even though access control normally keeps people safe, tragedies have revealed a significant issue. If users are forced to unlock doors for...
ADT Stock Drops 50% Since IPO on May 17, 2018
It has been a brutal 4 months for ADT. They first expected to IPO at ~$18. They IPOed at $14, dropping immediately to $12.39 And now, not even...
Dahua 12MP Fisheye Camera Tested (NK8BR4) on May 16, 2018
Continuing our coverage of 12MP sensor fisheye cameras, we bought and tested the Dahua NK8BR4, examining: Default vs. Optimized...
Worst Manufacturer Technical Support 2018 on May 16, 2018
5 manufacturers stood out as providing the worst technical support to 190+ integrators in new IPVM results. These integrators answered: In the...
Installing Cameras in Plenums Tutorial on May 15, 2018
There is often confusion about plenum ceilings, with misinformation about what is required when running cables through them and mounting cameras...
Top Benefits Of Attending Trade Shows (Statistics) on May 15, 2018
150 integrators told IPVM: What are the top benefits of going to trade shows? The clear top 2 responses in order: (1) Networking (2) New...
Measuring For Security Installation Guide on May 15, 2018
Accurate measurement is a fundamental skill, yet many installers do not know how to do it. Using these tools are a key skill needed for security...
Arecont Files Ch.11, Agrees To Sell To Turnaround Specialist on May 14, 2018
The long-anticipated sale of Arecont Vision is finally happening. After raising $80 million in debt in 2014, a failed sale in 2017 and the...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact