Axis IR Multi Imager Camera Tested (P3717-PLE)

By: Rob Kilpatrick, Published on Feb 18, 2019

Axis has released their first IR multi imager, the P3717-PLE, a repositionable model listing 360° IR illumination and flexible positioning, addressing major limitations of their first generation P3707-PE. We bought and tested the P3717-PLE to see how it performs, examining:

  • axis-p3717-ple-multi-imager-tested2Has aiming/positioning improved since their first generation?
  • How flexible is imager positioning?
  • How does it compare in size to Axis' original multi imager and competitors?
  • How do low light/IR and daytime details compare to others?
  • Is IR coverage even and does it reach its specs?
  • How do bitrates compare to the first generation model?
  • How well is its VMS integration to Avigilon, Exacq, Genetec, Milestone and NxWitness (+ Hanwha/DW)? How many licenses does it use?

This is the second in a series of new repositionable multi imager testing. Readers should also see our test of Hanwha's PNM-9000VQ and look out for an upcoming test of Avigilon's H4 multi sensor.

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  • axis-p3717-ple-multi-imager-tested2*** ******/*********** ******** ***** their ***** **********?
  • *** ******** ** ****** positioning?
  • *** **** ** ******* in **** ** ****' original ***** ****** *** competitors?
  • *** ** *** *****/** and ******* ******* ******* to ******?
  • ** ** ******** **** and **** ** ***** its *****?
  • *** ** ******** ******* to *** ***** ********** model?
  • *** **** ** *** VMS *********** ** ********, Exacq, *******, ********* *** NxWitness (+ ******/**)? *** many ******** **** ** use?

**** ** *** ****** in * ****** ** new ************** ***** ****** testing. ******* ****** **** see *** **** ********'* ***-********* **** *** *** an ******** **** ** Avigilon's ** ***** ******.

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***** ** *** ***** the **** *****-*** ******* solid *********** ******** ** Axis' **** ************** *****, the *****-**, ** **** as *********** ******, **** several *** *********:

  • **** ***********:*** *****-***'* *** ***** the ******* ** ******** of ***** ****** ****** tested, **** ********, ****, and ***** *** ****** moved **** *** ****. This ** ********** ** improvement **** ****' ***** generation ***** **** ********* to ***/***** ****** ********* lenses.
  • **** ******** ******:*** *****-*** ****** ******* to ** "*******"/******* ** place ** ******* ** narrower ** ***** ****** than ******* ************** ****** allow, ***** ********* ****** issues ****** ** *** larger ********* ********* *******. especially ****** *** ****** two ** ***** ******* in *** **** ******* direction.
  • **** ** ********:*** ****** *** *** specified ** ***** ** ~50', **** **** ******** in ***°, ******* ************ subjects ** ******* *** edges.
  • *** ***** ***** ********:***** ***** *.*** ******** were ***** **** ******* for ***** ****** ****** tested, ******* ** *** P3707-PE ****** *** ***, though ****** ** ***** as *** ***** ******** no ****** ****** ***** 1 ***, ****** ******* dark.
  • ***** *** ***********:*** *****-*** ********** **** Avigilon, *****, *******, *********, and ******* ***** *****, using **** * ****** license ** *** *** Avigilon *** ******* *****, and ********** *** *** analytics ** *** *** Avigilon, ***** ********* **** VMD.

*** ******'* **** ********** is ***** *****, ******* to ***** ** **** imager, ***** **** ***********, such **********,******, **************** ***** ** *** imagers/20MP *****.

*******

*** **** *****-*** ***** for ~$*,*** *** ******, about $*** **** **** the ***** **** *****, which *** *** ******* integrated **, *** ********* zoom/autofocus. **** ******* ** similar ** ********* ***-************ **** *** *** imagers (~$*,***), ****** ****** than *********'* *** *****,*** **-**********-****, ~$*** ******.

Size **********

*** **** *****-***'* **** factor ** ******* ** the *****-**, ****** **** some ******* ** *** housing, *** **** *******, a ***** ** **** on *** ****** ** the ******. *** *** are ******* ** ****** and ********. ** ******** to *** ****** ***-******, it ** ******* *******, though **** ******* ** diameter.

similar size to original axis p3707-pe

Physical ********

*** *****-*** **** * similar **** ****** ** the *****-**, ****** **** some ******* ** *** backplate *** ********. *** camera **** ******** * large ** **** ** the ****** ** *** camera, ***** ********* ******* a ******** ******* ** the ****.

*** ***** ******** ********* focus/zoom ****** ******* ** the ********* ** ****** manual ****** ***** ** the *****, ****** ** simpler ** *** ** the *****. ** ********, the ***** **** *** suffer **** *** ** degree **** ********** ***** in *** ***** *****, making ** **** ****** in **** ************.

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

Imager "*****" / ****** **** ********

** ******** ** ******* around *** ******** ***** of *** *****-***, ******* may ** ******* ** twisted ** *****. **** may **** *********** ** some ****** ******, ** multiple ******* *** ** aimed ** *** ********* more ******* **** **** multi ****** ******.

*** *********** ******* ******* this **********, ****** ** is ***** ** **** of*******'* ************* **** ******.

Strong ********** ** ***********

*** *****-*** ******** ****** better ******* ** **** scenes **** *** *********** the *****-** *** ** its ********** **. ** ~20' ********, *** ***** produces ****** *******, ** contrast ** *** *****, which ******** ** ****** images ** **** ***** level, *********** ***** *****.

************, ** ******** *** even ********** *** *****, with ** ************ ** the ******* ** ** walks **** ~**' ** the ****** ********, ***** below (**** *** *** nighttime ****** ***** *****):

Details ****** ** *** ***** (~* ***)

*** *****-*** ******** ******* closer ** *** *****-** in * ******** ~* lux *****, **** ***** details *******, ****** *** clear, ** **** *******.

details closer at 1 lux

Similar ******* ***** *******

*******, ** **** *****, (~200lx), *** *****-*** ****** roughly ******* ******* ** the *****-**, ***** ***** at ~**' ********/~** ***.

daytime details similar 20

Example ******

** ****** *** **** P3717-PLE ** ****** *** outdoor ****** ** **** potential ************* ***** *** motorized **** ****** *** integrated **.

*****, ** *** ****** warehouse *****, *** ******* were *** ** ** cover ******* ***** ** interest **** ** ******* areas, **** *****, *** entrances, **** *** ***** imager ** ******** **** covering *** **** ** the *********. *** ****** was **** ** ***** the ****** **** ******* noticeable **********.

*** ******* ***** ***** the **** ***** ** low *****, ~*.***, **** the **** *********** **** by *** ********** ** of *** ******. ** reached *** ********* ~**' range *** ***** ******* each **** ******* ************ or **** *****.

*******, ******* *** ****** was ***** ******* ** cover *** ******** ********, parking ****, **** ** building, *** ******** ** the ***. ******* **** zoomed ** **** ******* detail ** *** ******* entrance *** ***** ****, and ******* ******** ** other *****.

***** *** ******** ***** sample ***** (******** *******, ~190MB .*** ****).

*********

*** *****-***'* ******** **** similar ** *** ***** P3707-PE ** ******* ****** (~200 **), ****** ******* higher ** *** ***** with ** **. ***** the ***** ******* *********** black, **** ** ****** images, *** ********* ******** are ***** *** ** is *** *********.

************ **** ***** **** moderate ****** ** *** scene (******** *******), **** Zipstream ******* (****) *** Dynamic *** ****** ** (set ** ***).

bitrate comparison

Broad *** ***********

*** **** *****-*** ********** with ***** *** ** tested ****, **** ********* one ******* *** *********** camera **** *** *** ACAP ********* ** *****, Genetec, *** *********. ******* Optix ********** **** *** VMD, *** ******** **** licenses, *** *** ******. The ****** ********** ******** in ******** ******* ******, as ****, *** **** camera **** *** *** supported, *** **** ******** required.

VMD4 ***********

** *** *******, **** rejected ***** ****** **** common ******* **** ** blinking ******, *******, ******* light *******, *** *** not **** *** ********** on ****** ** *** scene, ******** ** *** alert ** ******* ******* in *** ***** **** with *** ******* *** swaying ******* ***** ***.

Made ** ******

*** *****-*** ***** *** country ** ****** ** Mexico, *** ***** ****** we **** **** ** do **, **** ** otherwise. **** ****** **** they *** *********** ******* products ** ******, *** that ** ** ** "interesting ************* ******** ***** forward."

Versions ****

*** ********* ******** ******** were **** ** *** test:

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

Comments (15)

***** ******* ***. * set *** ** ***** up ** *** ****** and *** *** *********** system *** ****** ***** and **** ** ****** good *** ****** *****. Much ****** **** ******** 30 ******* * ****** hoping *** *** **** image ** **** ** focus **** *** ******* down *** ***** *****.

**** ****** ***.

*******, **** ******* ** indicated ** *** *.*** checkbox?

**** ** **** ******** h.264 ******* *********, ** the ******* ** *.***, or?

** ***** **** *** H.264 ****** ********* *** streamed ******** *** ***** configuration *** ********* **** the ***. ** **** clarify **** ******* ** these ****** ***** *******.

*** *** **** ** clarity, ** ** ******* if *** ****** ******** h.265 ** ***. *** Axis ************* ** ******* as ****.

********* ** **** ***, ** ** *.*** **** *********. *** datasheet ***** ***** *********.

***********, * ****** ** Axis ** ******** ******** upgrades ** *.***, **** seem ****** ** ****. Guess ** **** **** out ***** ***** ** ISC ****

* **** **** **** any ****** ******* ** adding * *** ***** with * ******** ******. It ** ***** ** the ******** ************.

*********, * ****** **** been **** ********, * am ******* **** *** encoder ******* **** ** spec'ing ** *** ******* isn't ******* ** *.***. I *** *********** **** it **, *** ** would *** ******** ****** to ******.

* ** ******* **** the ******* ******* **** is ****'*** ** *** cameras ***'* ******* ** h.265.

********, ** **** *** seen **** ******** **** of *.*** (**** ** have *.*** ** * few *** ******) ***** a *********** *****. *** example, ********* ********** ************ ***** covering ******* ** ********** ***** that. * ** **** some ****** *** **** as ** ********* *** it ***** ** ** limited.

**** ******* ** ** Witness *** **** **** only ******** *** *******?

****** *** ******** **** out. *** ** ******* version (*.*.*.*****) *** ********* the ****** ** ****** check ********* ************. ** does ******* *** ******* per *******, *** *** per ****. *'** ******* the ******* *** ***** above.

** *** ******* **, they *** *** *** temporary ******** *** *** extra ******** ***** **** can ******* * ***** update ** ********* ****** a *** ***** ****** with * *******.

**'** ***** * ***** section ** *** **** after ******** *** *****:

Made ** ******

*** *****-*** ***** *** country ** ****** ** Mexico, *** ***** ****** we **** **** ** do **, **** ** otherwise. **** ****** **** they *** *********** ******* products ** ******, *** that ** ** ** "interesting ************* ******** ***** forward."

** ****** *** **** other **** ****** **** in ******, ** ***** brands, **'* ** ********** to **** **.

*** ***** ** *** SOC ****?

******:

***** * ******* ********** VMD4 ***********.**** ******** ***** ****** from ****** ******* **** as ******** ******, *******, drastic ***** *******, *** did *** **** *** detections ** ****** ** the *****, ******** ** did ***** ** ******* foliage ** *** ***** even **** *** ******* for ******* ******* ***** out.

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