Axis M30 Minidome Shootout

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Jul 29, 2013

Minidomes are popular. Their combination of low cost and small size make them a common choice for many surveillance applications. One series in particular, the Axis M30, is mentioned on IPVM frequently, both positively and negatively.

We bought the Axis M3004, M3005 and M3006 and put them to the test, side by side.

Questions we considered:

  • Which model delivered the best 'quality' / details?
  • Did the tilt range of any of the models impact coverage / usability?
  • How easy or difficult was focusing?
  • Which model performed the best in low light?
  • What impact does the FoV difference make?
  • Using the optional 6mm lenses, how did coverage / detail change?
  • How did bandwidth vary and what factors impacted spikes?

********* *** *******. ***** *********** ** *** **** *** ***** size **** **** * ****** ****** *** **** ************ ************. One ****** ** **********, ******* ***, ** ********* ** **** **********, **** ********** *** **********.

** ****** *** **** *****, ***** *** ***** *** *** them ** *** ****, **** ** ****.

********* ** **********:

  • ***** ***** ********* *** **** '*******' / *******?
  • *** *** **** ***** ** *** ** *** ****** ****** coverage / *********?
  • *** **** ** ********* *** ********?
  • ***** ***** ********* *** **** ** *** *****?
  • **** ****** **** *** *** ********** ****?
  • ***** *** ******** *** ******, *** *** ******** / ****** change?
  • *** *** ********* **** *** **** ******* ******** ******?

[***************]

Key ********

**** *** *** *** ******** **** *** ****:

  • ******* ******** ** *** ******* *** **** ***** **** ****** close ****** *** (*) **** ****** **** ********** *********** *********** offsetting *** *********. **** ** **** ******* *** ***** ********** higher *** ************* **** **** *** ***** *** *****. **** is ***** ** **** *** ******* ****** **** ** **** as ** **** ****** *****.
  • *** ****** *** ******** ** ******** ***. ****** *** ********** PPF *** ******* ***** *** *** *********** ******* **** *** M3005, *** *** *:* ********** ****** ** ** **** **** vertical ****, ******* ** *** ** ****** ******* ********* *** better ******** **** *** ***** *** ******.
  • **** ***** *********** *** ******, *** ***** ******** ********** ****** ***** ******* **** *** M3005 ** *** **** ******.
  • ***** ***** ****** ******** ******** ******* ** **** ****** ****** such ** ********, ****** ********** ******** ** ******** **** *** beneath *** ******. *** ********* ** ~*.*** ** *** ***** and ~*.*** ** *** *****.
  • **** ***** ************** *****, **** ****** ***** *** ***********, ********** ******* **** edges ** *** ******* *** **** *****. **** ***** *** not * ***** ********* ** ***** *******, *******.
  • ***** *** *********** ********* ************* ** ****** *******, **** **** ***, * ********** ****** *****.
  • ** *** ****, * *** *****, ***** ** *** *****/***** *** ****, ********* *** ******* of ******* *** **** *****. *** ***** ********* ******** ******.
  • ** **** **** ******,***** * ***, *** *****/***** ******** ** *****, ***** *** ***** ***** provided ********* ** *** ******* *** *****, ****** ******* *******.
  • *** ****** ** *** ***** *** ***** ** ******* ** its **** ***** (**°). **** ****** ***** ********** **** ******* mounted, ** **** **** ******** ** ***** ***** *** ** covered. ******** *** ******* **** ** * **** ********** **** issue.
  • ******** *** ****** ******* ******** *** *********** *** ******* ***** is *********, **** **** ***** *** *****.

*******

*** *** ****** ****** *** ** *******:

********* **** ** ***** *** **** ****/*** *****, **** ** average. ******* **** ** *** ***** ***-******* ($***.** ***) *** *******'* ****** (~$***) *** *****, ***** *****'* ********* ***** **** (~$*** ********* street *****) *** ****'* ***** *** ****** (~$***).

***********

******* *** **** *****, *** ***** **** ***** ******** *** decentralized ******* **** ***** ***. *** ***° *** ***° **** of *** ***** *** ***** *** **** ***** ***** **** the ******** ** *********** *********, *********** ****** **** **** ******** for ****** *****. ************, ***** *** *** ******* ******* **-***** SD *****, **** *** ** **** **** **** ****** ********* to ****** *** **** ************* *******, ******* ** ********* * VMS ** ***.

***** *** *****, *****, *** ***** ********* ******* ****** ** detail ** *** *****, ********* ***** **** ** *** *******:

  • ******** ****:***** ****** ** ******* ** **** ***** *** *** ***** to ***** ******* ******** ****. ***** ***** ***** ******, ****** higher **********, *** ****** ** ****** ***** ** *** ****** covers *****, *******, ** ***** *********** *****. ***** ******* ** cover ****, ****** ***** *** ******** *** ******** *** **** for *** *****/*****
  • *****:***** *** ***** *** ***** *** ********** ***** ** *****, the ******** **** *** ***** ** ***** ** ***********, ~$*** USD. ****** * ******** ***** ** **** **** *** ***** (118° **. ***°), **** ** ***** **** **** *****, *** may **** **** ***** ** * ***** ~**% ****.

******** ** ***********

***** *** *** ****** ******** ****, **** **** ***** ********, readers ****** **** **** ***** *** **** *********** ******* *********. We **** *** ********** ****** *** *** ****** ******* **** of ***** ***********. *******, ***** **** ** *****'* ********, *** *******, ** ***** **** *** *** ***** *********** *** ******** to *** *****-*, ** * ***** ~$***+ ****. ** **** plan ** **** *****'* ******** ***************** ***** ******, ****** ********* ** *** ***.

Physical ********

**** ********** ******* *** ************ ** *** *****/***** *** *****.

Installation ******

** *** *****, ** ***** *** ****** ** ****** *** focusing ***** ***** ****** ** ***** **.

******* ****

*** ** *** ***'* ******* **** ***** ** **°, ***** should ** ******* **** ******** ******* ***** ************ ** *** M3004/M3005. **** ******* **** ******* ** ***** ******** ***** *** off ** ***** *** ******** ** ********** ***** ******. **** screencast ******* ***** ******:

******** **********

** ***** *** ***** *** ***** ********* ** *** ******* throwing *** *** ******'* ***********. ***** *** **** ** ** small, *** ********* ******* ** *** ******, ** ** ********* to **** *** ******** ******* ******** *** *********** ** *** camera. **** ********** ***** *** ****** ******* *** ***** ************:

Indoor ***********

*** ******** ***** *******, ** ****** *** *** ****** ***** with *** ***** ** *** ****** *****. ** **** *****, ~160 ***, ***** ******* ** ****, *** **** ******* ****** of ***** *** *********** **** ** *** *****, ********** ******* at *** ***** ** *** ******* ******* *** ********** ** the ***** *** *****. *** ***** *** **** ********* **** others, **** ******** ********* **********, ***** *** ** **** ** this **********.

******** *** ****** ** ***** ** ***, ******* ***** ********** increases ** *** *** *******, ***** *** ***** ******* ***** the ****. ***** ****** ** ****** *** ******* ** *** subject *********.

** ***** * ***, ***** ** ***********, **** ** ******* of *** ******* *******, ****** ** ** ****** **********. *** M3005 **** ***** * *** **** ** **** *****. **** that **** *** *** ****** ***** ***** ** ***** *** M3004 *** ***** ***** ******** ** *****.



*** *******, ***** * ***, *** ***** *** ***** *** dark. *** ***** ***** ******** **** ****** ** ** ***** of *** ******* *** *********, **** ** *** *** *** in **** **********.



FOV ***********

** **** ********* *********** ******* *** **** ** *** *** cameras, ** *** **** ** ** ** **** ****** **** with ***** ******** ******. **** ******** ***** ***** *** *****, which ****** * **** ****, ********* * ******* (~**' ****) and ******* ****. **** ******* ** **** ******** ** *** sheer ****** ** **** ******* ** *** ***** ***** ***** and ***** **** ******** ** *** **° *****. *** ***** especially ******** * *********** ****, ********* ******* *** ******, ** this **** ****** ** ********* **** **** *** ******* ** other *******.

** *** *** ******* **** ******* *** ****** **** ** test ******* ***** ******* *** ****** ***********. ** **', ****** artifacting ******** ****** ******* ** *** ******* ** *** *****/*****. The ***** ** ******** ******, ****** ***** *** ********* *** still *******. ***** *********** * **** ** **** ***** ** **** *** **********.

** **'

** *** *** *** ** *** **** (~**'), ******* *** lost *** ** **** *** *** ** **** ** ****** backlighting ****** ******* *** ******* *****. **** **** **** ** the *** ****** ******* **** **** ***, ******* ********* ********** WDR, ***** **** ***** "******* ********", ***** ** **** ***** essentially ***********.

6mm ******

** ******** ** *** *.*** ****** *** ***** *** ***** ship ****, **** ****** *** ****** *** ******* ****** ** view. **** ***** ***** ** ******** ** * **** **** office ***** (~**') ***** **** ***** *.*** ****** *** *** 6mm ********* ****.

*** ********* ***** ***** *** ******* ** ***** *****, ***** 20'.

****, *** ******* ***** ** ****** ******* *** ******, ***** 40'. ******* *** ****** ********** *********** ***** *** ***** ******, while *** ***** ** ***** ******* ** ***** */* ***** the *** ********* ******.

*******, ** **', *** *** ****** ******* ***** **********, ******* the *** ****** ** *** **** *****, ** **** ** details ** *** *******. ***** *** ***** *.*** ******, ********* is ****** ********, *** ** ******* ** *** ******* *** visible.

M3006 **** ***** **. ***** *********

*** ***** ***** ******** ** *** **** *** ****** ***** is *** ***** ********* ******, ***** ** ****** ** *** Panoramic ********. ** *** *** ******* ** ** *** ** our *** *****, *** ** ***** ** **** *** ********** between *** **** ***** (***°) ***** *** ********* *****, ** performed *** ********* *********** ** **** *****.

** **' *****, *** ***** ******** ******* ******* ** *** subject *** **** *****, **** *** ***** ******* **** ** line */*. *** ** *********, *** ******* ** **** ********* wider ** *** *****.

** **', ******* ****** **** ***** ** **** *******, **** the ***** ***** ******* **** ***** ** *** *****. *** stretching ** *** ******* ** *** ***** ** **** **********, as ****.

***** *** ***** ******** **** ******* ** **** ** ***** ranges, *** *****'* *** ********* ** ********* ** ******** ** the ****** ****. **** ***** ***** *** *** ** **** cameras, ******* ** *** ****** ** *** ****, ** ***** 9':

Bandwidth **********

***** *** ***** *** ******* **** **** ****** ********* ********** and ****** ** ****, ******** ********* ********* ** ***********. *******, there *** *** *** ****** ***** ********* ** **** ****:

  • *** ** *** *********** ******** ** ***** *** ********* ** low *****, *** *****-*'* ********* ****** ************ **** *** *** to * ***, **** ~* **/* ** ~** **/*, *** decreasing ************* ** ~*.** **/* ** *** **** *****. *** other ****** *** *** ***** ** * ***.
  • *** *****-* ******** *** ******* ****** ** ********* ** *** test ** ***, ~**.* **/* ** **** *****, *** ******** decreased ** ***** *******, ** ***** ** **/* ***** * lux. ***** ************* *** ********** **** ****, ** ***** **** was ****** ** *** ******* ** *** ****** ** *** facility, ***** ******* ***** ******* ** ***** *********, *** ****** visible ** *** ***, *** ****** ** ***** ******* ********* in *********. ** ****** **** *******, **** ****** ****** **** pronounced, ******** *********.

**** ***** ***** *** **** *****:

Test **********

******* **** ****** ***** ******* ********, *** ******** **** ** cap. *** ********* ******** ******** **** **** ** **** **** (all **** *******):

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Comments (8)

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**** ** **** *** **** *** *******, *** ** *** some *** ******* ** ******** ********* ***** ********. **** **** * ******, *** ***** *** ***** ** good/bad ** *** *****. *** ***** *** ******, *** ***** not *****.

** *** **** *** ****** **** **** **** ***, ***'** probably ******* ** *** *******.

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** *****'* ****** *** *****, *** ** **** ******* ****'* View-DR ***, ***** ********* ******** ****** ****.

****'* * **** ** **+ *********** *** ****** ****** ***** *** ***** ***** **** **** WDR *******. ********* *** *******, *** **** ************, *** ** the ****** ******.

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