Axis Lowest Cost Outdoor IR Camera M2025-LE Tested

Author: John Scanlan, Published on Apr 24, 2017

Axis has lagged offering low cost IR cameras while their Asian competitors have made IR standard even in their most entry level cameras.

Recently, Axis has added the M2025-LVE, a 1080p outdoor, integrated IR camera that sells online for $300 or less. We bought and tested this camera.

In our tests, we matched up the M2025-LE bullet low cost IR model to the Hikvision DS-2CD2022WD-I and Hanwha Wisenet Q.

Areas we tested / compared:

  • Full light video quality performance
  • WDR video quality performance (outdoor opening / direct sunlight)
  • Low light video quality performance
  • Dark video quality performance
  • IR coverage width quality
  • IR distance delivered (close vs mid vs far image quality)
  • Bandwidth consumed

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Summary

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  • ****, ******** ** ********: ***** ****** *** ********* ****** **** ********* *** ******* IR ***** (************ *** *** *** ** ****' ***), **** had *** ******* ** ********, *** **** **** ***** ******** and ******* ********** ****** ***** ******* ***** *** ***** *** low ***** ******* *** ******* **** ****** ***.

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Physical ********

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IR *********** ***********

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*** *****-** *** *** **** **** ******** ******* ** ******* tested, **** * ******** ****** *** **** *** ******** **** edges, ***** ****:

*******, ** ***** ** *** ********** *****, *** ***** *** the **** **** ******** ** ******* ** **** ****. *** Hanwha **** *** * **** ******** ****** *******, ***** *** Hikvision ****** ******** **** *********** ***** ****** *** *** ***** and ****** *****.

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

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Wide ******* *****

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Full ***** ***********

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Test *********

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Comments (14)

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4K ******: **-********-*** - We have used this model and have been very happy with the low light ability. I think this would be our default outdoor camera if every budget allowed.

4MP ******: **-*********-** - This may be the one you already have? This is a good default camera for outdoor scenes where it can be mounted out of the reach of vandals. Has 120db True WDR as well.

2MP *********** ******: **-**********-**** - This model has a longer lens option and I am curious about the low light disadvantage (if any) if the lens is zoomed to the full 32mm setting. The 8~32mm lens is rated at f/1.4, the same value for the 2.8~12mm lens. That seems unlikely to me.

4MP ******: **-*********-* - Bonus testing of the turret model to see if its EXIR performs as well as the bullet model. The bullet is rated at 50m and the turret 30m, but more importantly, which performs better in near field, more than overall range.

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