Axis 5MP P Vs Q Camera Shootout (P3227-LVE vs Q3517-LVE)

By IPVM Team, Published Apr 02, 2019, 10:56am EDT

While Axis' Q3517-LVE tested well, it is one of Axis' most expensive dome cameras, over $1,000 USD. Because of this, members asked us how it compares to Axis' "mid range" P3227-LVE, their P series 5MP option.

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To find out, we bought and tested the P3227-LVE vs. the Q3517-LVE to see how they compare, looking at:

  • How do full light (~300 lux) details compare?
  • How do nighttime (~0.01 lux) details compare with IR illumination on?
  • How evenly does each camera illuminate the field of view?
  • Do both cameras meet specified IR range?
  • How does color low light (~2 lux) performance compare?
  • How does wide dynamic range performance compare?
  • How do day and night smart codec bitrates compare?

See our full results inside.

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***** ** *** *****, the ******* *********** ********** between *** *** *** Q35 *** ****** ** low *****, **** *** Q3517-LVE ******** ******* *** advantages ** *** ***** and **** ****** (~*.** lux):

  • ****** *******/**** ******* **** IR **:** *** *********, *** Q3517 ******** ******* ******* of **** ********' ***** as **** ** **** chart ****, **** ******* text ** ****** ***** than *** ***** (**' vs. **').
  • ****** ** ********:*** *****'* ********** ** covered *** ***** **** evenly, **** **** ** a ******* ******* ***** caused ******** ************ ** the *****, *** ******** images ** *** **** of *** ***** ** view.
  • ******* ***** *** ***** performance:*** *****-*** ******** ********** dimmer *** ****** ****** than *** *****-*** ** ~2 *** **** ** off ** ***** ****
  • ***** ********:*******, *** ** *** better *** ***** ***********, the ***** ******** ***** bitrates ** **** ****** with ** **. ******* bitrates **** **** ******* to *** *****.

** **** *** ******* (~200 *** *** **) and *** ******, **** Axis *** ****** ******* similarly, **** ** ******* details *** **** **********.

*** ****** **********, ***** looking *** ******** **** performance ***/** **** *** features (********** ********, ***** detection, ***** ******, ***.) may *** ********** ** the *****-***. ****** ******* for * **** ** from ***** *** ****** better ****** ** *** less ********* *****-***.

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*** **** *****-*** ***** for ~$*** *** ******, ~$350 **** **** ****** *****-******** ***** *** ~$*,***. P3227-LVE ******* ** ***** the **** ********'* ***-*****************'* **-*********-****, **** ~$***-*** ******.

5MP ******* ******* *******

** ~***** *** ~**'/** PPF ** *******, *** P3227-LVE ****** ******* ******/***** details ** *** *****-*** with **** ******* ******* than *** ***** *****-***.

Similar 5MP Daytime Details

*********, ** ~**'/~** *** the *** *** ******* perform *********, **** *** practical *********** ** *****/****** details.

Similar 5MP Daytime Details At Mid Range

Night/IR ***** ******* (~*.** ***)

** *.**** *** ~**'/~** PPF, *** *** *****-*** and *****-*** **** ***** similar ***** ******* *** facial ******* *** ****** in *** *****-***. **** that *** ****** *** properly *******, *** ****** checked ****** *******. ** in ******* *****, *** P3225-LVE **** *********** **** the ******** **** *** chart.

Q3517-LVE IR Details Clearer At Close Range

** ****** *********, ~**' shown ***** (~** ***), the *****-*** **** *** provide *** ****** ******* or ******* ***** ****, while **** *** ***** recognizable ** *** *****-***. At **** ********, *** subject ******* **** ********* to ******* ******* *** background ** *** ***** resolution *****.

P3227-LVE Details Rough At Mid Range

*******, ** ~**'/** *** all ******* **** ***** detection ** *** *******. However, ********* ** **** easier, **** **** ***** details ** *** ******* in *** *****, *** possible ** *** ****, with *** ******* ******** into *** ********** ****.

Easier Detection In Q3517-LVE At Low PPF

IR ********

** ******** ** *** P3227-LVE *** ****** **** across *** ***** ** view, ************ *** ******* at **** *** ****** and **** ** *** scene, ****** **** **** noticeable ******* ** *** edges ** *** ***** of ****.

IR Illumination Comparison

******* ** *** **** of *** ***** ** view **** ******, ***** here:

P3227-LVE Center Vs  Edge IR Illumination Comparison

Low ***** ***** ******* (~* ***)

** * *** *****, at ~*** *** ~**'/~** PPF *** *****-*** ****** better ****** ******* **** the *****-***, ****** *** subject ** ************ ** both.

P3227-LVE Moderately Weaker Color Low Light

*******, ** ~**'/~** ***, neither *** ****** ******** recognizable ****** *******, ****** the ***** ******** **** legible ***** ** ****.

Color Low Light Details Weak At Longer Range

WDR **********

*** *** ****** ******* backlight ** ~*,*** ***, ~20x ******** **** *** darker **** ****** *** warehouse, ~*** ***.

WDR Field Of View

*** ******* ********* ********* in *** *** ***** with **** *** *****-*** MkII ******** ******** **** facial ******* ** *** backlit *****.

WDR Performance Similar On All Cameras

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******** ** *** *** 5MP ******* **** ******* in ******* ******, ******** higher ** *** *****-***. However, ********* ******** **** much ****** ** *** P3227-LVE *** ** *** dimmer ****** *** ********* noise ******** ** *** Q35.

Bitrate comparison

P3227 ********** ******* ** ***** ****

*** *** *****-*** ** physically **** ******* ** other *** ******, **** the **** *******, ******, and ****. *** **** visible ********** ******* ** and *** ***** ***** P3225-LVE **** ** *** layout/construction, **** ******* **** and * ********* ******** used ** *** *****. Both ******* ******* (*** achieve) ***/~**' ** *****.

Infrared LED Differences

Competitive **** **********

*** *****-*** ** ******* in ******** **** *** Axis * ****** ****, more ******* ** **** to *** ****** *** Hikvision ***** *****.

Dome Size Comparison

Country ** ******

*** *****-*** *** *****-*** were **** ** ******.

*** *****-*** *** **** in *** ***** ********:

Versions ****

*** ********* ******** **** used ****** *******:

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Comments (8)

Good stuff guys. Thanks so much for publishing this.

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Where are they manufactured?

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Axis makes product in numerous places.  It's been a few years since I requested the list for international work but from what I recall one model of camera could be made in two or three different places.  It was a fairly broad list.

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The P3227-LVE and Q3517-LVE were made in Poland.

The P3225-LVE was made in the Czech Republic:

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What this post does not take into account is that the cameras rating for the Q3517 is IP6K9K.  Which doesn't really matter to most users until you are talking about environments with wash-down areas where you need the high pressure steam rating. That is where the extra cost lies. 

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I love reading your shootout articles, but I was wondering if you could also do movement tests? I don't know how often an intruder would stand still, looking at the camera. Could you do a walking/running test for shootouts?

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I just fell out of love with my P3225-LVE... 

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Great report, thanks- would REALLY love to see this cam (or the q3515) vs the newest p3245. Also would like to see motion tests added to all future reports (ie best snap of subject in motion in day light, and low light VS each camera. Its very rare for an intruder/subject to be standing still when we pull evidence).

thanks again, love ipvm!

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