There's not a lot of innovation in PTZs these days but Axis's new P5414 offers a number of novel incremental features. While it does not break ground in resolution or zoom, it has the potential to improve aesthetics, ease of installation and long term reliability. Here's Axis' marketing video for an overview:
Very cool looking, and I like that fact that its a P-series PTZ, as it should be much more in line with the budgets of our customers/market. Another great product by Axis.
Does Panasonic or JVC already offer a direct drive PTZ? Axis has a lot of "firsts", but I dont think this would be one of them... maybe it is though (I didnt watch the video if he mentions it on there)?
I find it somewhat interesting the 'horizon line' of the dome is biased a few degrees outboard. This makes sense for a wall mounted PTZ, because it gives a greater degree of visibility away from the wall without being obstructed by the housing.
The 'direct drive' component needs more clarification, IMO. Axis clearly states this is a benefit due to less moving parts; but how? Direct drive typically means that there is no gearbox or axle between the motor and the part that moves. It appears then Axis has connected two stepper motors to the housings (one for each axis of movement?)
This is Domenic Locapo, the North American Public Relations Specialist at Axis. John alerted me to your question.
I can confirm from the press release that, "The camera has a hidden junction box that supports two-way audio, a memory card slot, four configurable inputs/outputs to external devices, and the option to use either 24 V DC or Power over Ethernet Plus (IEEE 802.3at)."
FYI, we don't release data sheets until the product is officially shipping, butI checked with our PTZ team and they have conveyed that power consumption is about the same as AXIS P5534 when using 24V DC.