Axis 'Best' Q3517-LVE 5MP Camera Tested

Author: 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.

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