Axis New IP Camera Web Interface

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Jun 29, 2016

Axis is rolling out a new and substantially improved IP camera web interface.

This is first being released in the Companion V dome which we just tested and will gradually replace the legacy web interface across the Axis line.

The 3 main improvements are

  • Responsive design: The design of the web interface is responsive, allowing it to adjust to fit various resolutions, including tablets and smart phones. Note that H.264 video does not work in iOS due to OS limitations, but MJPEG video functions normally.
  • No plugin H.264: The new web interface does not use plugins for H.264 video, requiring no ActiveX or other browser plugins common in the past Axis web interface as well as others. This allows video to be properly shown in Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and other browsers which do not support ActiveX.
  • Live video during configuration: Where the past Axis interface (and many others) did not display live video while configuration changes were made, it is always prominently displayed in the new interface. This makes it easier/quicker to see changes in CODECs, image quality, overlays, etc., as they are made, without using a second window.

Here is a video from our testing that shows these differences:

We think this is a step in the right direction for the industry and hope that it spurs on rivals to improve their web interfaces, many of which are archaic.

Update: Rolling Out

Axis says they have begun rolling out firmware for the new web UI. A few dozen cameras are scheduled to have new firmware with the UI (7.2.0) in June 2017.

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