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

By: IPVM Team, Published on Apr 02, 2019

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.

*********' *****-*** ****** ****, ** ** *** of ****' **** ********* dome *******, **** $*,*** USD. ******* ** ****,******* ******* *** ** ******** to ****' "*** *****"*****-***, ***** * ****** 5MP ******.

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** **** ***, ** bought *** ****** *** P3227-LVE **. *** *****-*** to *** *** **** compare, ******* **:

  • *** ** **** ***** (~300 ***) ******* *******?
  • *** ** ********* (~*.** lux) ******* ******* **** IR ************ **?
  • *** ****** **** **** camera ********** *** ***** of ****?
  • ** **** ******* **** specified ** *****?
  • *** **** ***** *** light (~* ***) *********** compare?
  • *** **** **** ******* range *********** *******?
  • *** ** *** *** night ***** ***** ******** compare?

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

  • **** *****-*** ****: *.**.*
  • **** *****-*** ****: *.**.*
  • **** *****-***: *.**.**

Comments (7)

**** ***** ****. ****** so **** *** ********** this.

***** *** **** ************?

**** ***** ******* ** numerous ******. **'* **** a *** ***** ***** I ********* *** **** for ************* **** *** from **** * ****** one ***** ** ****** could ** **** ** two ** ***** ********* places. ** *** * fairly ***** ****.

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

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

**** **** **** **** not **** **** ******* is **** *** ******* rating *** *** ***** is ******. ***** *****'* really ****** ** **** users ***** *** *** talking ***** ************ **** wash-down ***** ***** *** need *** **** ******** steam ******. **** ** where *** ***** **** lies.

* **** ******* **** shootout ********, *** * was ********* ** *** could **** ** ******** tests? * ***'* **** how ***** ** ******** would ***** *****, ******* at *** ******. ***** you ** * *******/******* test *** *********?

* **** **** *** of **** **** ** P3225-LVE...

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