Testing Axis High End HD Camera Q1615

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Sep 15, 2014

Axis core focus is the high end of the market. Their newest high end camera, the Q1615, aims to continue that, with claims of industry leading image quality and novel features, such as:

  • Super low light 'Lightfinder' at 1080p
  • A new form of WDR Axis calls 'WDR-Forensic Capture'
  • Auto-rotation
  • Enhanced gyroscope based Electronic Image Stabilization
  • Focus and level assist
  • Barrel distortion correction
  • Shock detection

We bought the Q1615 and put it up against top cameras from Bosch, Panasonic, Samsung, and Sony in multiple test scenes as well as specific tests for all the claims above.

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Comments (10)

I assume the discussion about some of the other camera's being available at well under half the price of this unit has been well covered?

our last pack of 3mp Hikvisions ended up costing $86 USD each.

And Axis sells cameras for 80% less than the Q1615.

In our price comparison above, we are matching up against cameras with similar featuresets - true WDR, varifocal, auto focus, etc.

[Note: Commenter is from Hikvision]

John- a better comparison for Hik would be our DS-2CD6026FHWD-A DarkFighter Camera which is now available. It doesn't have the gyro type functions but it is better low light and WDR than the 4032FWD-A.

To give some context for Hikvision's recommendation, the DS-2CD6026FHWD-A DarkFighter is a camera that is just coming to market and it has a projected street price in a similar ~$1000 range as the Q1615.

Hi John,

A couple comments on this test.

1. For Lightfinder to work, there needs to be residual light in the background of the scene. That light is amplified and used to illuminate closer areas of interest, while retaining colour information. A constant dark scene at < 1 lux is not the intended use case. Maybe it was (can't tell from the picture) but for the comparison to be valid, the camera should be in B/W mode with IR cut filter off.

2. There is a setting in plain config where you can adjust the degree of movement for EIS. By default it is set to 0.5 degrees so this is likely why you only saw significant improvement with small movements.

Hi Shawn,

1. All of these low light models (Axis, Bosch, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, etc.) are designed to amplify light. They were all tested in the above scene at standardized settings, so the playing field was level, and these are the results. Incidentally, Axis rates the minimum illumination of the Q1615 in B&W at 0.04 lux, and we tested above that.

2. Thanks for pointing out the setting for EIS in plain config. For everyone's benefit, these settings look like this:

We weren't aware of it, since it's not located anywhere in standard settings nor referenced in the manual. Which is the first fundamental problem, since most users would never think to look in Plain Config. Second, increasing that setting from 50 (default) to 100 to 300 to 500 had some benefit, but narrowed the field of view significantly as the camera cropped the image to compensate for motion.

We're adding more to the EIS section above showing this.

Does IPVM have or is IPVM planning to do any kind of Lightfinder comparison? Hik Darkfinder version would be one to compare against.

Hi John,

Why are you using an old Bosch camera and not the "Starlight" 8000 series?

This would make the test better in my opinion.

Best regards,

Henri from Xserius (Holland)

Henri, you want us to test a Bosch 5MP camera against an Axis 1080p / 2MP one? yes?

You consider the Bosch NBN-932V camera tested here 'old'? It was just released last year and is Bosch's high end 1080p HDR model.

John, I saw you already did the test with the Bosch 5MP / 8000 series...I missed that! Is this camera not better in many ways than the NBN-932V? Maybe a comparison between these cams and other top models?

Thanks for the quick response!

Henri

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