Axis First IR PTZ Tested (Q6125-LE)

By: Ethan Ace, Published on Aug 21, 2018

Axis is very late in releasing IR PTZs. While competitors such as Hikvision and Dahua have offered them for years, Axis has just released their first, the Q6125-LE, claiming improvements over competitive models, including more even IR coverage, concealed IR LEDs, and compact size.

tested

We bought and tested the Q6125-LE against Axis' own Q6155-E to see how it holds up to these claims, examining:

  • How even is IR coverage?
  • How well does IR power adjust to fit the scene?
  • Does IR overexpose subjects?
  • How well does the camera focus when tracking subjects?
  • Day and night image quality
  • How does it compare to Axis' non-IR Q6155-E?
  • How does it compare in size to others?
  • How does pricing compare to competitors?
  • How do H.265 and H.264 bitrates compare?

**** ** **** **** in ********* ** ****. While *********** **** *********************** ******* **** *** years, **** *** **** released ***** *****, ********-**, ******** ************ **** competitive ******, ********* **** even ** ********, ********* IR ****, *** ******* size.

tested

** ****** *** ****** the *****-** ******* ****' own*****-*** *** *** ** holds ** ** ***** claims, *********:

  • *** **** ** ** coverage?
  • *** **** **** ** power ****** ** *** the *****?
  • **** ** ********** ********?
  • *** **** **** *** camera ***** **** ******** subjects?
  • *** *** ***** ***** quality
  • *** **** ** ******* to ****' ***-** *****-*?
  • *** **** ** ******* in **** ** ******?
  • *** **** ******* ******* to ***********?
  • *** ** *.*** *** H.264 ******** *******?

[***************]

*******

***** ** *** *****, the **** *****-** *** several ********** ******** ** IR **** **** **** tests:

  • **** ******** ***** ********:*** ***** *********** ** moving ******** ** ~*-* seconds, **** ******* **** many ****** ** *** models ***** *** **** 15-20 ******* ** **** to **** ***** ****** active ******** ** ****** failing ** *****.
  • **** ** ************:*** *****'* ** ************ pattern *** **** ** all **** ****** ******, with ** **** ***** or ****** ******** ***** on **** ** ******.
  • ** ************ ** **** range:*** ***** *** *** overexpose ******** ** **** zoom ****** ** ****** as ***** ** ~**'.
  • ****** ********** ************:*** ***** *********** ******** in *** ********** ** the ***** ****** **** other ** *** ****** we **** ****** ** using ****** ***** **** at **** *** ***** to ****** ***** *** full *****, **** ** hard *** *** ** IR ************ ** *** foreground ***** ** **** other ******.

** *** ******** ****, the ****** *** * severe ****** **** ** daytime ****** ***** **** fine ***** *********** **** difficult ** *******, *** present ** ****' ***** PTZ ****** ** *********** models. **** ** ***** of **** ***** *** plans ** ******* ***** balance ** ******** *******.

Major *** ***** *********** *** **** ****

******** ** ****' ***** 1080p *** ******, *** Q6125 ** * ***** step ** *** ***** performance, **** ********** *** light (~* *** *** below) *** **** **** scenes (models, **** ** *** Q6155 ****** *****, ******** no ****** ****** ***** 0.1 ***, *** ************* higher ***** ** ~*-* lux ******, ******** ******* compared ** *** *****.

Coming **: ****** ********* ************

**** **, ** **** to ***** *** *** Q6125-LE **. *********'* ******************** ** ***** *** *** **** compete.

*******

*** *****-** ***** *** ~$2,700 *** ******, **** higher **** ********** ** 1080p ****** **** ********* and ***** (~$***-*,***), *** close ** ***** ** others **** ** *** Hanwha ***-***** (**** ~$*,***).

Physical ********

** *** ********, *** Axis *****-** ** ****** identical ** ***** *** series ******, **** ** visible ** ****. **** other ****, *** ****** bottom *******/****** ** *** Q6125 ******* **** *** camera ** *****, ******* of *** **** ********* stationary *** *** *** module ****** ****** **. The ******'* ** **** are ********* ** **** sides ** *** ****, only ******* **** ****** on.

** ****** *** ************ of *** ****** ** this *****:

Smaller **** ******* ** ****

******** ** **** ** PTZ ******, *** *****-** is ******* *******, ***** below ******** ** ***** and ********* ****. **** compact **** *** ******* weight ***** ** ****** to ******* ** **** mounts/goosenecks.

Easier *******

*** *****-** ** ****** to ******* **** **** competitive **** *** ** a ***** *****-**** ******** method *** *** **** smaller **** *** ******. Unlike ***** ****** ***** may ** ********* ** mount ** * ******, the *** *** **** be ****** **** *** hand, ******* **** *** mount ***** ***** ** in *****, *** **** screwed ** ** ******. Typical ****** ******* *** camera ** ** **** in ***** ***** ****** are *********, **** **** difficult *** **** **********.

** *********** ************ *********** in **** *****:

Even ** ********

*** *****'* ** ************ was **** **** ** all ****** ******. ****** all *** *** ***, the ***** *** **** slightly **** ******** ** the ****** ** *** field ** ****, *** there ** *** ************ in *** ****** ** the ***** (************ *****).

*** **** ** **** when ****** ** ***** to ********, ***** *****.

Improved ** ***** ******* ******* **** **********

**** **** ****** ** eliminate **** ***** ** various **** ****** ** more ********** *********** ** illumination ** ***** ***** drop *** ** ************ seen ** **** ***** IR *** ******. ***** below, **** ******** *** decrease ********** ***** ***** steps **** ** ***** IR **** ** **** tested ** ** **** the ****** ** *** out.

**** ** ******* ** the ******* *****. **** the ****** ****** ********* into *** *****, ****** range **** **** ** at **** *** ***** in ***** ** ********** the **** ** *** scene, ****** *** ******* easy ** ******.

No ************

************, **** **** ****** in ** **** ***** range (~**' *** *****), the *****-** *** *** overexpose ********.

Stable ***** ***** ********

****** *******, *** *****-** did *** ****** **** severe ***** ****** ***** in ***** ****** ***** tracking ********. ** **** cases *** ****** ******* in **** *-* ******* while ********, **** **** zooming ** **** **** wide.

***** *** ************ **** **** (~** MB .*** ****).

Better ******* **** ***** (****/

*** ***** ******** ****** images ** **** **** dark (low ***** ****** (~* lux) ******** ** *** non-IR *****.

*** *******, ** ~***', the ***** ******** ***** details ** *** ******* and ******* **** ****. By ********, *** ***-** Axis' ***** *** ******** no ****** ***** ** the ******* ** **** chart.

** ~***' ********, *** Q6125 ******** **** *********, with ** ******* *******, while *** ***** ******* effectively *****.

** *** ***** ****** with ******** ***** (~* lux), ******* *** ***** better ** *** *****, which ** **** ***** than *** *****.

*******, *** ***** ******** color *********** *** ***** in *** *****, **** the *******'* ******** ***** recognizable, ***** **** ******* as ***** ** *** IR *****.

Reduced ******* ******* ******** ** *****

** ******* ****** (~* klux *****), *** ***** appears ******** ****** *** moderately ********, ***** *** Q6155 ******** **** *******/**** colors, **** ****** ******** of *** *******'* ****.

** **** *****, ******* of *** ******* *** more *******, *** **** text ** **** ******* in *** ***** (*-* lines **********).

slightly less detail at long range compared to q6155

Bandwidth ***********

*** *****-** ******** *.*** with ****'********* ***** *****, **** *.*** ******** 25-30% ***** **** *.*** in ******* ******** ******. Note **** ***** ******** are ********* ** ******* to *** ***-** **** Q6155-E, ***** **** ***** produced ** ****** ****** at *****.

Test **********

******* **** ****** ***** default ******** ****** ********* noted *****.

******** ******** ****:

  • **** *****-**: *.**.*.*
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Comments (21)

******* ** *** **** ******* **** *** **** **** ***** or ***** ***** *** ** ***'* ********** **** *** ***** two *** ********.

***** **** **** **** ***** ****** ***/*****(** **) *** *** view **** ****** !?

** ** ********* **** *** ****. **'* **** ** *** because ** *** *** **'* *****, *** ***** ** * gap ******* *** **** *** *** ** ****:

** *****, *** *** **** ***** ***** **** *** *****, right? ** ***** ****.

* *** * ********* ****** *** ****, *** *** * physical ********** ** *** **** **** ******** ******. *** *** and ***** ********** ** *** **** ********** **** ****** **** are ********** ********* **** ***** ************. ***** * *** * bit ** ******** ** *** ***** ** *** ***** *****, I ** ******* ** **** *** ***** **** * *** of **** ** ****, **** **** ** **** ****. ********* Axis *** **** ********* ******* ** ******* **.

* *****, * ***** *** **** * ********** ***** ***** is * ***** ******* *** **** *** *** *****. *** we **** **** *** ***** ******** ** ****** * *** is ** ********** *****, ** * ******** ** ***** ** dust, ******* ** ***** *** ********** ***** *** *****... ****'* my **********

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* ***** ****** ****** ** ** *** **'* ** ****** you ***** ***'* ****** *** **. ******* ***** ** (*** best * *** **):

****** *** *** ******** *****. **** ***** ********** **** *** done, *** *****'* ******* *** ***** ** ***** ********. * am ******** ** **** *** ** **** **** ** **** always **** ******** **** *** ** ** ***** ****** *** clean **** ***** ****** ***.

**** ** **** *** ******* ******* **** **** **** ******** as *** ************* ********, **** ********* *** ********* *** **** cohesivity. ********** ***** ** *** **** **** ** * ****** for ***************.

***** ********** ****, **** ** ********* **** ******* *** **** covered *******. * *** **** (*** *** **) ** * sales *********** ** ******* ******* *********** ** ******* **** ***** when ***** ********* ****** *********. **** *** ** ****** *** dome, ** *** ** * **** ********** ******. ** ** experience **** **** ******, **** ***** ***** **** * ***** (most **** **) *** ***** ****** ****** *********** ** **** action. ******* ***** ********* ** *** ***** ***.

******, *** ** ** ********** *** **** "*****" ** *** front ** *** *** ***** ******* ** **** ***** ********** and ** ***-***********. *'* ** ********* ******, *** ** * right ** ******** **** **** *** ***-**** ******* *** ********** or ******* ***** ****** - ******* ** ***** *********?

** ******* *** ****** *** ***'* **** ** ****** **** over **** **** *** ***-******?

** ***** * ****** *** *** ***** ******** *** ********** that **** **** *** *** **** *** **** ** ******* the **** ******* ******* **** ** ***** **** ** ******* to *** ***** **** *******?

** ***** **** *** ****** - *** ****'* ****** ** your **** *****, ** * ****** ****** ** ******* *** camera ***** ****** **** ** *** *****.**** ***** ******* ***** *** ********* ****** *****- **** *** **** **** ******** *******, ** ***** ** simply **** ** *** ***** ** *** **** ****? * accept *****'* * *********** ****** **********, *** *** *********** *** a ***** ********* ** *********** *** ** ******** **** ***.

****** *** *** ****** **** **** **** - **'* ****** an *********** **** * **** ** ********** ** *****.

******* * ********** ***********!

*****, ** ***** *** ****** *** ****** ******* ******* ** are ******* ** *** ****** **** ****** *** *** ****, and **** **** ** **** ****** *** *** ** *** way. ** ****'* ******** ****** **** ** ***** *** *** generally ****** ******* ******** *** *** ******* ***** ******** ******.

******, ***** ****** *** ******** ** **** *** ****** **** falling ** *** ******, ***, *** **'* ***** * **+ pound (*.*+ **) ****** **** *** **** ** **** ** place ***** **********.

**** ***** ****, ***** ******* ** ** *****, *** ******* is *** ***** ***** ** *** *****, ** **'** ***** to **** **** ***** *** *** *******. ****** *** ******** it **.

* ** ********* ** *** ******* ** *** ****** ** night. *** ******* ***** ***** *** ** **** ***** *** night ************. * ** * ****** ********* **** *** ******* of *** *** **** *****. **** ****** ** ** **** such * ********** **** ******** ** *** *****? ** **** something **** *** ** ********* ** *** ****** ********?

* *** * *** ******** ********* **** *** *** ** may ****** *** ******* *** ******* ** *** ** ***** noting **** ***** ******* **** **** ***** ***, ***** ******** lens ***** ******** *** ***** ********.

**** ********! ** **** *** **** **** ** ******* ******* that **** ** ********. ** *** ** ******** ** ******** adjusting ***** *******, **********, *** ***** ********, *** *** **** inaccurate ***** ******* ** ***** ***** ** *** ** *** do **. * ***** ****** ** ** ******* ** ****** firmware, ****, ** **'* *** ** ***** *'** **** ***** Axis **** ****** ****.

** *** **** ********** **** **** *** ******?

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

** *****,

*** *** ***** **** *** ******** **** *** ********? * am ******* ** *** ******* ***** *** *** ******** ***** this ******* *** ********* *** ** *** *** ******** **** addresses **** *****. * ** ******* ** ******** ****** *** Q6125-LE ** *** ****** *** ** *** ***** ***** ****** will ********* ** ********. ****** *** *** ***** ******.

**** ********! * ******* ******* ***** **** *** ***'* *** anything ******** ** **. *'** ******* *** ** **** ******* management ** *** ** ** *** **** ********. ** ** has, ** **** ****** *** ****** ****. *'** ****** ** as **** ** ** **** ****.

** ***** **** **** **** ** *** **** **** *****. It *** *** **** *****, ** ** ******** * ******** refresh *** ****** ** ***** ** ********. **** ****** * hardware ****** ***** **** **** *** ***** ** * *** months.

**** **** *** **** ** ***** ***** *********, **** **** heard ** **** *** ***** ** *** **** *********. **** fixed *** **** *** * ******** *** ******** *******, *** may ** **** ** ** ** ** ** ******* ** issue *** ***.

**** **** *****, ****** *** *** ********!

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