Axis M30 Series Cameras Tested (2021)

By Derek Ward, Published Nov 01, 2021, 12:12pm EDT

Axis has cited improvements to its entry-level M30 series since we initially tested it in 2020.

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We tested both the 1080p Axis M3065-V and 4MP M3066-V using firmware version 10.7.3, in this report, we examine:

  • Claimed low-light performance improvements
  • The addition of Axis Motion Guard to these cameras
  • Any other improvements or degradations in performance
  • How these models compare to competitors in 2021

Changes ** ***********

*** ******* ****** *** following ******* ** ***********:

  • **** *** *** ***** improvements **** ******* **** motion **** *** ********** reduced ****** ********** ******** similar.
  • **** ***** ****** ***** to *** ******, ****** the *********** ** ****** Guard *** *** **** as *** ****** **** in *** *******.
  • ********* *********** ********* ** color *** ***** ******, consuming **** ~*.* **** on **** ******* ******** to **** ** ********* measured ** *** **** tested (******* ~*-* ****).

Compared ** ***** *** *********

*** ******* ***** **** the ******* *** **** cameras ******** ** ***** and ********* ** *******:

  • ***: ***-**** ******* **** similar, **** ***** ******* facial *** ***** ******* among *** ******* ******.
  • ***-*****: ***** *** ********* had ******** ***-***** ***********, even **** ***** ** illumination ********, ******** ** Axis, ********** ******* ****** image *******.
  • ***: *** *********** *** roughly ******* ******* *** models ******.
  • *********: ********* *********** *** similar ** ***-**** *** WDR *** **** *** higher **** ***** *** Hikvision ** ***** *** light ** ** (~*.***** for ****, ~* *** for ***** *** *********).
  • *****: **** ****** *** roughly ***** ** ********* as ***** *** *********.

Color *** ***** ********

********* **** ~* *** color *** ***** *** the ******* ~**' ****, both ** *** **** M30's ******** ****** ******* on *** ******* *** clearer **** ***** ******* compared ** ********* *** Dahua *******. *******, ***** fidelity ** *** ********* DS-2CD2725FHWD-IZS *** **** ******* of ***** ******.

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**** ~**' **** ** ~2 ***, ****** *** chart ******* ** *** 4MP **** *****-* *** Dahnua ******* ****** *******, though *** *****-* ** noticeably ******* ******** ** the ********* *********** ******.

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**** *** ******* ******* through *** ***** ** ~2 ***, ****** ******* are *********** **** ~**' away *** ****** ** both **** *** ****** cameras.

******** ******** ** ~* lux, *** **** *****-* is *** ******** *** of *** ******* ******, though ****** ******* ******** were ********** ******* *** cameras ******.

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**** *** ******* ~**' away ** ~* ***, the **** *****-* ** the ********, **** *** Hikvision *********** ****** ****** producing *** **** ******* color ********.

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**** *** ******* ******* through *** ***** ** ~1 ***, ****** ******* are ****** ** ******* on **** ******* *** to ********* ***** *** motion ****, **** *** Axis *****-* **** ********* to ****.

Axis ****** ***** / **** ******** ***** *******, ******* *** ********

** **** ****** *** latest ******* ** **** Motion *****, ***** **** produced ******* ****** ********* results ** **** ** our **** *** *****.

****** ******* ******* ******* the ***** **** *** missed ** **** **** their *** ******* *** detection **** *** **** within ******** ********* ***** distance (~***', ********* *****).

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******** ******* ******* *** scene **** ********** *** consistently ******** **** *******.

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******** ******** **** ******** on **** *******, ** demonstrated *****.

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** ******* *** ** Axis *** ******* ********* differences ******* **** ****** Guard *** ****, **** the ********** ********* ***** defined *****:

***** **** ********* *** based *** *** ****** of ****** **** ***** see ******* ******** , however *** *** (****) ** ******** **** trigger ***** **** *** other (****** *****) ** ********* ************.

****** *** ****** ***** we *** **** **** to *** *********** ****** the **** ** ******** to **** **** *** false ****** ** ***** objects , ***** ** in **** ** ***’* have **** ******.

**** *** ** **** in "***** *******" *************, where ***** ** ******** for ****** *****, *** VMD4 **** *** **** to ****** * ***** and ****** *** ********* of ***** *******. *******, this *** ** ****** on *** ***** *** well *** **** ***.

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Detection **** ~***' ****

**** **** *** ******* were **** ** ****** a ****** ******* ~***' (~10 ***) **** ** our ******** **** *** scene ***** ****** ***** or ****.

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No ***** ****** ** ***** ***** *******

******* **** ****** ***** or **** ********* ** massive ******** ******* (****** on **. ***) ****** testing.

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False ****** ** ****** *******

*******, ****** ******* ** color *** ***** ********* false ****** ** **** Axis *** ******* ***** either ****** ***** ** VMD4.

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** ********* **** ********* the ****** ***** *****, to ***** **** ****'* offer * ********, ****** they ******** *******:

*************, **** ** * shadow **** ** ******* the ****** ******* **'* an ********* **** ** based *** *** ****** / ******** ** ******. Should ***** **** **** a ********** ****** ** could **** **** ******* differently.

No ********* ** **** *******

****** *******, * ***** door ******* **** ~**' away *** *** ******* an *****.

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********* ** *** ****'* situation, **** ***** ** seen ** * ******** (i.e. ** ******** ****** of ****** **** ********) or * ******** (*.*. the **** ****** ** closed **/* ****** ***** is ** *********). ** reached *** ** ****, which *********:

**** *** **** *****, but ************* ***** ** not ****** ***** ****** and ******** ****** ***** (the ******* ******* *****'* been ****** ** *** movement ** ******), *** the ******** ** ****** and *******.

** **** **** ** try ********* *** ******* filters *** **** *** detection **** "******* *****", though ** ********** ********* after ********* ******** ** either ****** ***** ** VMD4.

High ********* *********** ** ***** *** *****

*** **** *** ****** cameras ********* *********** ** full, **** ***** (~*** lux) ****** **** *.*** / ********* "****" *******, was ~*** **/* ** the *****-* *** ~*,*** Kb/s ** *** *****-*. However, *** ***** **** ~2-5x ** ~* *** ~1 *** ***** *** light *** ** ***** and ****** *********.

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WDR ***********

*** ******* **** **** shot ** *** *** mandoor *****, ** ***** below, **** * ******** of ~**** *** (~** lux ******, ~*,*** *** outside).

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*** *********** ** *** Axis ***'* *** ********** to **** ** ****** Hikvision ** ***** ****** tested, **** ***** ******* and ***** ******* ** either *** ***** ** dark ******** ** *** scene.

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** *** ******* ***** through *** *** **** WDR *******, *** **** M30 ******* ****** ** exposure *******. **** *** provide ******* ** *** subject ***** *** ****** without *** ******* ******** that **'******* ** ***** ***-**** NDAA *******.

Full ***** *****

*******, ** ****, **** lighting (~*** ***), *** Axis *** ****** ******* produce ***** ****** *** chart ******* **** ~**' away.

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** ~**', ******* *** chart ******* *** ***** perceivable.

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Vs. *****

**** *** **** *****-* and *****-* *** **** compliant, *** ******** ******* details ** **** ***** and *** ******** ** Hikvision *********** ****** *** Dahua *** ****** *******.

*******, ***** **** ******** is *****, ** **** M30 ****** *** ****** well ***** *****/*********. **** M30 ******* **** *** ~$270-$370 ***, ***** ******* low-cost ***** *** ********* cameras **** *** ~$***-$*** USD. **** ******* ** also ****** **** ****** such ** *** ***** IPC-HDBW2231E-S-S2 (~$*** ******) ** Hikvision **-**********-*(*) (~$*** ******), both ** ***** *** outdoor ***** *** ******* IR ************.

****** *** **** ****, low-cost ********* *** ***** cameras **** ********** ** illuminators. ************, *********'* *********** Series ****** *** **** defined ***** ******** **** either **** *** ****** in ~* *** ~* lux ***** *** ***** testing.

Strong *** ***********

******* ** ***** **** cameras, *** *** **** integrated *.***, *.***, *******/****** ***** ****** ** all ***** ******.

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Ambarella *** *** ****

**** *** **** *****-* and *****-* *** ** Ambarella ***, *** ******.

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Made ** ******

*** **** *****-* *** Axis *****-* **** **** in ******. *******, ** noticed * **** **** the **** *****-*, ** it ** ******* *** "-V" ** *** *** of *** ****** ***** name. ** ********* **** about **** ***** *** will ****** **** ****** when *** ******* ********.

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Test **********

******* **** ********* ***** to *******, **** * few *********** ** *********** settings **** **:

  • ******* ****** ***** *** VMD4 ********** **** ****** specified.
  • *** *** ** **.
  • ********* *** *** ** High, **** ******* *** set ** **, ******** of **** (*******).
  • ******* *** *** ** 30 (************ ~**).
  • *** *** ******* **** during *** *******.

Firmware ******** ****

*** ********* ******** ******** were **** *** *******:

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

Comments (6)

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

***** *** ** ***** the ***** ** *** similar *****/***, *** ** places ***** ****** *** size *******, *** ********** is *****. ** ** hard ** **** * better *********** ** ******- price-quality **** **** *****.

**** ***** ** *********.********* DS-2CD2145FWD ** *******.***** ******* is ****.

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* **** **** **** this, ***** ****-*** ** among *** **** ** the ********. **** **** clearly ************ ***** **** that ***** ****** ** inferior ***** ***** ***** times *** *****, ***** integrators ***** *** ** laud ** ** ********.

* **** ***** ******, Dahua's ******* *** ***** the ******* ** *** industry!

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***** **’* **** **** western ****** ***** *** IP ** ***** ** we *** *** **** comparative **** *** ***** cameras.

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*** **** ** ********? I ***'* *** ******* patented ********. ** **** do *** ******* **** bother **** *******, ***** they **** **** ***** ass **** ****?

*'** **** ******* *** a ******* ************ ** ante ** *** **** even **** * ****** bit ***** ** *********, but ***** **** **'* something ********* **** ****. Overpriced *** ***************. **** should ** *********** **** they're ****** ****** $*** for ****.

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* ***'* *** ******* patented ********.

********* ** **** **** white ***** **** ** not ****** *******. ** be *****, * ***** white ***** **** *** a **** **** *** Axis ** ** *** foolish *** ** ***** it.*** ***-*** ************* ****** Release ***** ***** ********** * ***'* ***** it's *** ***** ************* invention, *** ** ** sound ********.

** **** ** *** Chinese **** ****** **** patents

**** **. **** **** more ******** * ***** emphasis ** ****** *******, e.g.,***** ******* **** **** U.S. ** ****** ******* filings, *.*. **** | Reuters

*** ******** ** ********** those ******* ***, **** like ** ** ** the **, ** * valid ********.

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*** ******* ***** *** M3066 ** **** ****** for **** ***** ** replace *** *** ********* height ******. **** *** small ****** *** **** black ****** *** ***** domes, **** ***** ** perfectly. **** ***** **** the ***** *******.

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