Axis IR Multi Imager Camera Tested (P3717-PLE)

By Rob Kilpatrick, Published Feb 18, 2019, 09:43am EST

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

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*** **** *****-*** ***** 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 .*** ****).

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*** *****-***'* ******** **** 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:

  • **** *****-***: *.**.*
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Comments (16)

Great article Rob. I set one of these up in our office and the new positioning system and remote focus and zoom is really good and really quick. Much better than spending 30 minutes a camera hoping you get each image to stay in focus once you tighten down the thumb screw.

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Good report Rob. 

Curious, what exactly is indicated by the h.264 checkbox?

Does it mean baseline h.264 without zipstream, or the absence of h.265, or?

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It means that the H.264 stream connected and streamed properly and basic configuration was available from the VMS. We will clarify that wording in these charts going forward.

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For the sake of clarity, it is unclear if the camera supports h.265 of not. The Axis documentation is unclear as well.

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Currently it does not, it is H.264 with Zipstream. The datasheet lists codec specifics.

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Interesting, I wonder if Axis is planning firmware upgrades to H.265, they seem behind on this. Guess we will find out their plans at ISC West

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I have neve seen any camera capable of adding a new codec with a firmware update. It is based on the hardware capabilities. 

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Apologies, I should have been more specific, I am shocked that the encoder chipset Axis is spec'ing on the cameras isn't capable of h.265. I was speculating that it is, and we would see firmware update to enable.

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I am shocked that the encoder chipset Axis is spec'ing on the cameras isn't capable of h.265.

Nicholas, we have not seen Axis relative lack of H.265 (they do have H.265 on a few new models) being a competitive issue. For example, our recent integrator favorability study covering Axis had no complaints about that. I am sure some people see that as an objection but it seems to be limited.

 

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What version of NX Witness was used that only required one license?

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Thanks for pointing this out. Our Nx Witness version (3.2.0.20839) and connected the camera to double check licensing requirements. It does require one license per channel, not one per unit. I've updated the summary and chart above.

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If you contact nx, they can get you temporary licenses for the extra channels until they can release a patch update to correctly handle a new multi imager with 1 license. 

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We've added a short section to the test after noticing one thing:

Made In Mexico

The P3717-PLE lists its country of origin as Mexico, the first camera we have seen to do so, Axis or otherwise. Axis states that they now manufacture several products in Mexico, and that it is an "interesting manufacturing location going forward."

If anyone has seen other Axis models made in Mexico, or other brands, we'd be interested to hear it.

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But where is the SOC from?

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Update:

Added a section explaining VMD4 performance. VMD4 rejected false alarms from common sources such as blinking lights, shadows, drastic light changes, and did not miss any detections on people in the scene, although it did alert on swaying foliage in the scene even with the setting for swaying objects maxed out.

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Has there been any testing integrating the camera using Onvif and did the VMD analytic work via Onvif?

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