Axis M30 Minidome Shootout

By: 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?
  • ********* *** *******. ***** combination ** *** **** and ***** **** **** them * ****** ****** for **** ************ ************. One ****** ** **********, the**** ***, ** ********* ** IPVM **********, **** ********** and **********.

    ** ****** *** **** M3004, ***** *** ***** and *** **** ** the ****, **** ** side.

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

    • ***** ***** ********* *** best '*******' / *******?
    • *** *** **** ***** of *** ** *** models ****** ******** / usability?
    • *** **** ** ********* was ********?
    • ***** ***** ********* *** best ** *** *****?
    • **** ****** **** *** FoV difference ****?
    • ***** *** ******** *** lenses, *** *** ******** / ****** ******?
    • *** *** ********* **** and **** ******* ******** spikes?

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

    Key ********

    **** *** *** *** findings **** *** ****:

    • ******* ******** ** *** subject *** **** ***** were ****** ***** ****** the (*) **** ****** with ********** *********** *********** offsetting *** *********. **** is **** ******* *** M3004 ********** ****** *** theoretically **** **** *** M3005 *** *****. **** is ***** ** **** our ******* ****** **** as **** ** ** open ****** *****.
    • *** ****** *** ******** is ******** ***. ****** its ********** *** *** viewing ***** *** *** drastically ******* **** *** M3005, *** *** *:* resolution ****** ** ** view **** ******** ****, meaning ** *** ** tilted ******* ********* *** better ******** **** *** below *** ******.
    • **** ***** *********** *** ******, *** ***** ******** moderately ****** ***** ******* than *** ***** ** the **** ******.
    • ***** ***** ****** ******** superior ******* ** **** narrow ****** **** ** hallways, ****** ********** ******** of ******** **** *** beneath *** ******. *** increases ** ~*.*** ** the ***** *** ~*.*** in *** *****.
    • **** ***** ************** *****, **** ****** noise *** ***********, ********** evident **** ***** ** our ******* *** **** chart. **** ***** *** not * ***** ********* to ***** *******, *******.
    • ***** *** *********** ********* substantially ** ****** *******, even **** ***, * ********** ****** scene.
    • ** *** ****, * lux *****, ***** ** *** M3004/M3005 *** ****, ********* all ******* ** ******* and **** *****. *** M3006 ********* ******** ******.
    • ** **** **** ******, ***** * ***, *** *****/***** ******** no *****, ***** *** M3006 ***** ******** ********* of *** ******* *** chart, ****** ******* *******.
    • *** ****** ** *** M3004 *** ***** ** limited ** *** **** angle (**°). **** ****** their ********** **** ******* mounted, ** **** **** subjects ** ***** ***** may ** *******. ******** the ******* **** ** a **** ********** **** issue.
    • ******** *** ****** ******* changing *** *********** *** viewing ***** ** *********, even **** ***** *** hands.

    *******

    *** *** ****** ****** out ** *******:

    ********* **** ** ***** low **** ****/*** *****, this ** *******. ******* such ** *** ***** IPC-HD2100N ($***.** ***) *** *******'* ****** (~$***) *** *****, ***** Bosch's ********* ***** **** (~$315 ********* ****** *****) and ****'* ***** *** higher (~$***). 

    ***********

    ******* *** **** *****, the ***** **** ***** coverage *** ************* ******* most ***** ***. *** 118° *** ***° **** of *** ***** *** M3006 *** **** ***** angle **** *** ******** of *********** *********, *********** making **** **** ******** for ****** *****. ************, since *** *** ******* include **-***** ** *****, they *** ** **** with **** ****** ********* to ****** *** **** decentralized *******, ******* ** requiring * *** ** NVR.

    ***** *** *****, *****, and ***** ********* ******* levels ** ****** ** our *****, ********* ***** down ** *** *******:

    • ******** ****:***** ****** ** ******* to **** ***** *** M30 ***** ** ***** desired ******** ****. ***** wider ***** ******, ****** higher **********, *** ****** in ****** ***** ** the ****** ****** *****, ceiling, ** ***** *********** areas. ***** ******* ** cover ****, ****** ***** may ******** *** ******** 6mm **** *** *** M3004/M3005
    • *****:***** *** ***** *** M3005 *** ********** ***** in *****, *** ******** from *** ***** ** M3006 ** ***********, ~$*** USD. ****** * ******** field ** **** **** the ***** (***° **. 135°), **** ** ***** very **** *****, *** may **** **** ***** at * ***** ~**% less.

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

    ***** *** *** ****** performs ****, **** **** novel ********, ******* ****** note **** ***** *** many *********** ******* *********. We **** *** ********** tested *** *** ****** against **** ** ***** competitors. *******, ***** **** ** *****'* minidome, *** *******, ** ***** **** its *** ***** *********** was ******** ** *** M3004-V, ** * ***** ~$100+ ****. ** **** plan ** **** *****'* recently ***************** ***** ******, ****** ********* ** the ***.

    Physical ********

    **** ********** ******* *** construction ** *** *****/***** and *****.

    Installation ******

    ** *** *****, ** found *** ****** ** aiming *** ******** ***** users ****** ** ***** of.

    ******* ****

    *** ** *** ***'* maximum **** ***** ** 45°, ***** ****** ** careful **** ******** ******* mount ************ ** *** M3004/M3005. **** ******* **** results ** ***** ******** being *** *** ** above *** ******** ** relatively ***** ******. **** screencast ******* ***** ******:

    ******** ********** 

    ** ***** *** ***** and ***** ********* ** aim ******* ******** *** the ******'* ***********. ***** the **** ** ** small, *** ********* ******* to *** ******, ** is ********* ** **** for ******** ******* ******** the *********** ** *** camera. **** ********** ***** the ****** ******* *** these ************: 

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

    *** ******** ***** *******, we ****** *** *** series ***** **** *** Q1604 ** *** ****** scene. ** **** *****, ~160 ***, ***** ******* is ****, *** **** greater ****** ** ***** and *********** **** ** the *****, ********** ******* at *** ***** ** the ******* ******* *** background ** *** ***** and *****. *** ***** was **** ********* **** others, **** ******** ********* coloration, ***** *** ** seen ** **** **********.

    ******** *** ****** ** about ** ***, ******* noise ********** ********* ** the *** *******, ***** the ***** ******* ***** the ****. ***** ****** to ****** *** ******* of *** ******* *********.

    ** ***** * ***, noise ** ***********, **** no ******* ** *** subject *******, ****** ** is ****** **********. *** M3005 **** ***** * red **** ** **** level. **** **** **** was *** ****** ***** level ** ***** *** M3004 *** ***** ***** produced ** *****.



    *** *******, ***** * lux, *** ***** *** M3005 *** ****. *** M3006 ***** ******** **** enough ** ** ***** of *** ******* *** detection, **** ** *** red *** ** **** comparison. 



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

    ** **** ********* *********** between *** **** ** the *** *******, ** set **** ** ** an **** ****** **** with ***** ******** ******. This ******** ***** ***** the *****, ***** ****** a **** ****, ********* a ******* (~**' ****) and ******* ****. **** obvious ** **** ******** is *** ***** ****** of **** ******* ** the ***** ***** ***** and ***** **** ******** to *** **° *****. The ***** ********** ******** a *********** ****, ********* beneath *** ******, ** this **** ****** ** emergency **** **** *** visible ** ***** *******.

    ** *** *** ******* walk ******* *** ****** area ** **** ******* image ******* *** ****** performance. ** **', ****** artifacting ******** ****** ******* of *** ******* ** the *****/*****. *** ***** is ******** ******, ****** noise *** ********* *** still *******. ***** *********** * **** ** this ***** ** **** for **********.

    ** **' 

    ** *** *** *** of *** **** (~**'), details *** **** *** to **** *** *** as **** ** ****** backlighting ****** ******* *** outside *****. **** **** none ** *** *** series ******* **** **** WDR, ******* ********* ********** WDR, ***** **** ***** "dynamic ********", ***** ** have ***** *********** ***********.

    6mm ******

    ** ******** ** *** 2.8mm ****** *** ***** and ***** **** ****, Axis ****** *** ****** for ******* ****** ** view. **** ***** ***** an ******** ** * long **** ****** ***** (~90') ***** **** ***** 2.8mm ****** *** *** 6mm ********* ****. 

    *** ********* ***** ***** the ******* ** ***** range, ***** **'. 

    ****, *** ******* ***** to ****** ******* *** office, ***** **'. ******* are ****** ********** *********** using *** ***** ******, while *** ***** ** still ******* ** ***** 3/4 ***** *** *** accessory ******.

    *******, ** **', *** 6mm ****** ******* ***** advantages, ******* *** *** letter ** *** **** chart, ** **** ** details ** *** *******. Using *** ***** *.*** lenses, ********* ** ****** possible, *** ** ******* of *** ******* *** visible.

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

    *** ***** ***** ******** in *** **** *** series ***** ** *** M3007 ********* ******, ***** we ****** ** *** Panoramic ********. ** *** not ******* ** ** all ** *** *** tests, *** ** ***** to **** *** ********** between *** **** ***** (135°) ***** *** ********* M3007, ** ********* *** following *********** ** **** light.

    ** **' *****, *** M3006 ******** ******* ******* of *** ******* *** test *****, **** *** chart ******* **** ** line */*. *** ** dewarping, *** ******* ** also ********* ***** ** the *****.

    ** **', ******* ****** less ***** ** **** cameras, **** *** ***** still ******* **** ***** of *** *****. *** stretching ** *** ******* in *** ***** ** more **********, ** ****.

    ***** *** ***** ******** more ******* ** **** of ***** ******, *** M3007's *** ********* ** providing ** ******** ** the ****** ****. **** image ***** *** *** of **** *******, ******* in *** ****** ** the ****, ** ***** 9':

    Bandwidth **********

    ***** *** ***** *** cameras **** **** ****** different ********** *** ****** of ****, ******** ********* bandwidth ** ***********. *******, there *** *** *** points ***** ********* ** this ****:

    • *** ** *** *********** increase ** ***** *** artifacts ** *** *****, the *****-*'* ********* ****** dramatically **** *** *** to * ***, **** ~3 **/* ** ~** Mb/s, *** ********** ************* to ~*.** **/* ** the **** *****. *** other ****** *** *** spike ** * ***.
    • *** *****-* ******** *** largest ****** ** ********* in *** **** ** far, ~**.* **/* ** full *****, *** ******** decreased ** ***** *******, to ***** ** **/* below * ***. ***** investigating *** ********** **** Axis, ** ***** **** was ****** ** *** pattern ** *** ****** in *** ********, ***** created ***** ******* ** small *********, *** ****** visible ** *** ***, but ****** ** ***** massive ********* ** *********. As ****** **** *******, this ****** ****** **** pronounced, ******** *********.

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Comments (8)

John,

We recently spec'd the M3006 for the inside of our elevator's. We plan to install 11 of these in the next 30 - 45 days. Eventually if we like it we may install more of them in other elevators.

Good tests...I have been waiting for the M30 shootout for a long time.

Were the cameras for the 6mm lens test wall mounted? I have experimented with the 6mm lens on these cameras, the FOV get extremely narrow for a celling mount. Also, why do you think the M3005 delivers a more saturated image?

I have to say the Axis M30 series is definitely one of my favorites, the low cost and small form factor makes them a popular choice of our clients.

I bought the M3005-V to test because of the wide viewing angle last year. I figured I could pickup both hallways at a corner. However as you reported the maximum tilt angle is a real drawback of these camera's. I had to mount the camera at a about a 30 degree angle to get the desired view which looks like hell. Otherwise it would be a nice low cost wide-angle camera.

New accessories available.

Being able to connect to electrical back boxes is a big plus for us.

The tilt angle limitation is ridiculous, IMO.

Any tests with performance of WDR?

None of them are true WDR cameras, but we did some WDR testing in our Bosch Flexidome Micro shootout. From what I recall, the M3005 was about as good/bad as the M3004. The M3006 was better, but still not great.

If you want the lowest cost Axis true WDR, you're probably looking at the new M11s.

Thanks for the tips. I was thinking the SNC-XM631 might be a better fit. Thoughts?

We haven't tested the XM631, but it does include Sony's View-DR WDR, which generally performs fairly well.

Here's a list of 50+ cameras from the Camera Finder which are small domes with true WDR support. Hikvision and Samsung, not very surprisingly, are at the lowest prices.

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