Axis 'Best' Q3517-LVE 5MP Camera Tested

By: Ethan Ace, Published on Feb 05, 2018

Axis boasts of its Q3517-LVE:

Simply put, AXIS Q3517-LVE delivers the best video quality possible.

But is it really the 'best'?

We bought and tested the Q3517 to see how well it performed.

The Axis Q3517-LVE, their latest generation 5MP model including Lightfinder super low light, true WDR, and features including image stabilization, leveling assistance, and shock detection (below):

Inside, we cover:

  • Physical features
  • Installation issues
  • IR coverage
  • IR range
  • Low light image quality
  • Full light image quality
  • WDR performance
  • Bandwidth
  • Advanced features

Readers should also see our test of the Dahua 5MP starlight dome. Tests of the Hanwha XNV-8080R and Hikvision DS-2CD4565-IZH are upcoming.

**** ****** ** ********-***:

****** ***, **** *****-*** delivers *** **** ***** quality ********.

*** ** ** ****** the '****'?

** ****** *** ****** the ***** ** *** how **** ** *********.

******* *****-***, ***** ****** ********** 5MP ***** ********* *********** super *** *****,**** ***, *** ******** ********* image *************, ******** **********, and ***** ********* (*****):

******, ** *****:

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  • ** *****
  • *** ***** ***** *******
  • **** ***** ***** *******
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******* ****** **** *** our **** ** ******** *** ********* ****. ***** ** ********* ***-***************** **-*******-****** ********.

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*** **** ***** ******** excellent *** ***** ****** both ** ***** **** and **** ** **, as **** ** ****** WDR ***********, ********* ** clear ********** **** ******** 1080p ***********/*** ******, ** well ** *** ******** due ** ********* *** high *** ******** **** as ***** *********, *******/******* leveling **********, *** ***** stabilization.

*******, ***** ********** **** at * *********** *****, as *** ***** ***** for ******* ******* ******* more **** *********** ***/*** models, ****** *** **** likely *** ****-*** ******* where ***** ******* ** more ********* **** ******.

Higher ****** **** *********** ******

*** **** ***** ***** for ~$*,*** *** ******, significantly ****** **** **** models, ********* *** ****** 5MP (~$***) *** ********* 6MP (~$***) ****** ** this ****.

Integrated *** ********

*** ***** ******** ** integrated *** ******* ***** on *** ****** ** the *******, **** **** patterns *** ****** *** double ****, ** **** as ******* *** *" square *****. **** ********** installation, ** ****/**** *********** options ******* * ******** part *** *** ********, an ********** **** *** easily ********* **** ********.

Cable ******* ******

************, *** ********* ** the ***** ******* ******** two ***** ***** ** retain ***** *******. ***** bring ***** ******* *** conduit ******* ** **** of *** *********, **** it, *** ****** ** with ***** ***** ****** entering *** ******. **** helps ** ****** ***** slack ** *** ******* may ** **** ****** removed **** *** *********, instead ** * **** short ****** ** ***** entering *** ******* ********, or ****** **** **** the ****/******* ***** ** may ******.

Snap-In ****** ******

*******, *** ***** **** a **** ** ****** module, ***** ****** ***** into *** ******* *** two ****** *****. ******* of ****, *** ******* may ** **** ****** mounted *** ***-****** ***** to ********, **** ********** only ******* ** **** in *** ****** *** attach *** **** **********.

Physical ********

** ****** *** ******* above, ** **** ** other ******** ******** ** this *****:

Size **********

*** ***** ** ******** larger **** ******* ******* domes, **** ** *** Hikvision **** *** ****** XNV-8080R ** **** ****. Compared ** ****** **** as *** ***** ******* shown *****, ** ** significantly ******.

IR **** ********

******* ***** **** *** small ****, *** ***** exceeds *** ********* *** IR *****. *** **** below ***** *** ******* moving **** ~***' ***** to *** ******, **** illumination ******* ******* ** about ***'/~***, ****** *** specified *****.

Near ***** ************

*******, ** **** **** ranges (in *** **** *****, the ***** *********** *** subject, ******* *** ****** and ******** ********. ***** should ****** ** **** issue ** ******* **** be ******* *****/****** ** subjects.

Even ** ************

** ******** ** **** range, *** *****'* ** illumination *** **** ****** its ***** ** ****, even ** *** ****** angle (**°), **** **** a ****** **** *** in ******* **** *** subject ** *** **** of *** ***** ** view, ***** ** *** comparison *****.

Excellent ** ***** *******

*** *****'* **** ** and ********* ********** ******* drastically ****** ****** ** the ******* *** **** chart **** *** ***** Lightfinder *****, ***** *****. The ******* ** ************, with *-* **** ******* lines ** *** **** chart.

** ******* ********, ********** are ********, *** *** Q35 ***** ******** ****** detection ** *** *******, who ** **** ********* to ******* ** *** P32.

Solid *** ***** *****

****** **** ***** **** in * ******** *****, the *** ***** ******** better ******* ** *** subject *** ********** *** test ***** ***** ******* overexposed ** *** ***. Color *********** ** ********** better ** ****, **** the ***** *** *******'* clothing **** **** ** life.

Full *****

*******, ** * ****-*** scene, ******** ** ** overcast ***, *** ********** details ******** ** *** Q35 *** *****, **** the *******'* **** *** facial ******** **** ****** to ******* **** *** P32.

** *** ** ********** or ******** ** *** edges ** *** ******'* lens ** **** *****, with ******* ******* ** the ****** ** *** lens *******.

Wide ******* *****

** * *** *****, the ***** ******** **** even ****** ** *** subject *** *****, ********** in ****** ***** ** the *****. **** **** cameras ******* **** *****/***** around *** ******* (****** chromatic **********), *** ****** and ******** ******* *** still ****** ************.

Zipstream ********

*** *****'* ******** **** low ** *** ****** with ********* ****** ** (low, *******), **** ******* in ******* ******. ********* bitrates **** ** ** were ***** **** ***** mode, ** ** ***** models, *** ** *** Q35's **** ** ********.

Other ******** ********

*** ***** ******** * number ** ***** ******** features *** ** *** on-board **** ******, **** found ** ***** * series ******* (*** *** test ******' ********** ******** ***** ********, as ****), *********:

  • ***** *********
  • ********** ***** *************
  • ******** ******

Shock *********

*** ***** ******** ***** detection ** ******** ** other ****** ********* *********, which ******* ******* ** the ****** **** ********** sensitivity. *******, *** ****** *** display * **** *******, send ******, *** ****** strings, ** ***** ********* supported ** ****' ****** settings. **** **** ***** alerts *** *** ********** to **** *****, *** are ********* ** ******* and *********.

Electronic ***** *************

*** *****'* ***** ************* was ********** ** ******* video ******* **** ******* to ********** ** ******** shaking/swaying, ***** *****.

Leveling *********

** ******* *** ******** button ** *** ****** for ** *******, *** camera ****** * *******/******* indication ** **** *** camera ** *****. **** level, *** **** ***** beeping *** ******* ******, and **** ****** ****** turn *****, ***** ** this ****:

Versions ****

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

  • **** *****-***: *.**.*.*
  • **** *****-*** ** **: 7.40.1

Comments (12)

**** ******. ***** **** circumstances ***** *** ******** Assistant ** ******? (******'* the **** **** * live ***** **** *** camera ****** ******?)

*********** ****, ***** ***.

* ** *******...*** **** this ****** ******* ******** to *** ******** ***** XNV-6085R, **** *****, **** Q1635, **** *****. *** maybe * ** ****** to ****.

**** ** ***** *****. Thanks ****.

******** ** **** *** Q35, ** ***** **** VE'ed ** *** ***, so **** ********** ** extremely *******.

******, *** ** *** some ********** ***** ******* this ***** *** *** 5MP *****-***?

** **** ******** * shootout ** *** ***** vs. *** *****,*** ******* ****.

******! ** *** ****** seeing **** ********* **** res ******* ** *** moment.

**** **** *** *** 5MP *** ********!

*** ** ** *** discussing *** **** **** the "** **** ********" test ********** ******* *** face ** ***** *****? The ***** ** *** subject ******* ****** *** field *** **** *** lot ** ****** ******* except ** *** ** happened.

**** ********, ******. *'* going ** *** ******* snapshot ** *** ****** calling *** *** **** range ************.

** ** ** *****, for ****, *** **** in **** **** ** the ******** ***** ** is ****** *** *** subject ** ****** **** he ***** ************* ** in **** *************. *** parking *** ***** *** only ~**' **** *** the ******* *** **** mounted ***** *' **** for *******, ***** **** they ***** ******** ** in *** *****.

***** *******

* ******* **** ***. Axis ****** ** **** smart **.

** ***** ** ** this *** ***** ** should **** **** ****** against (** *****) **** other **** *** **** cams.

***** **** *** ******** of *** **** ******. What ***** ************* ******* was **** ****** ******** against. *** ******** ******* to ** **** **** unit ******* *** **** P3225 ***

***** ** * ******** against */*** ****** **** Dahua (********),******, ********************. ** **** *** each * ** *** model ******* *** ************'* 1080p *** *****/*** ********** for *********.

*****, * ****** *** gun. * ******* **** it *** **** **** compared ******* *** ***** 5MP *********. ***** ***** a ****** ***** ** the ****** ** ********** to ******* *** ***** of *** *****.

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