Axis Z-Wave IP Camera Tested Poorly

By: John Scanlan, Published on Mar 20, 2018

Z-Wave is drawing notable interest for video surveillance use. In IPVM's initial coverage, 84% expressed interest in it, with nearly half being very interested. As integrator John Bazyk astutely noted:

Integrating inputs/outputs with cameras has always been a little annoying especially in smaller applications where the customer doesn't want to pay too much. Z-wave will make all of that easier and less expensive.

We bought and tested Axis' recently announced M5065 PTZ camera along with their sensors to see whether this new model with built-in Z-Wave is just a novel idea or effective in real-world scenes.

Inside we look at these questions:

  • How well do Z-Wave device integrate with the M5065?
  • Do third party sensors work?
  • Is there latency in Z-Wave activation?
  • How good/bad is image quality in full light, low light, and WDR scenes?

In particular, we detail multiple areas where the camera worked poorly.

*-**** ** ******* ******* interest *** ***** ************ use. ******'* ******* ********, **% ********* ******** in **, **** ****** half ***** **** **********. As ********** **** ************* *****:

*********** ******/******* **** ******* has ****** **** * little ******** ********** ** smaller ************ ***** *** customer *****'* **** ** pay *** ****. *-**** will **** *** ** that ****** *** **** expensive.

** ****** *** ****** ****' ******** ********* ***** PTZ ****** ***** **** ***** ******* ** see ******* **** *** model **** *****-** *-**** is **** * ***** idea ** ********* ** real-world ******.

****** ** **** ** these *********:

  • *** **** ** *-**** device ********* **** *** M5065?
  • ** ***** ***** ******* work?
  • ** ***** ******* ** Z-Wave **********?
  • *** ****/*** ** ***** quality ** **** *****, low *****, *** *** scenes?

** **********, ** ****** multiple ***** ***** *** camera ****** ******.

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***** **** ******* ****** with *** ***** ** our *****:

  • *** ****** *****:** *** *****, ***** was * ~*.*-* ****** delay ******* * *-**** device ********** *** *** M5065 ****** ** * PTZ ******, *** ****** ** missed ******** ** **** move ******* *** ***** at **** * ****** walking *****.
  • *-**** ****** ********: ****** PIRs ******* * * minute ***** ****** ****** they **** **-*******, ******* subjects ** **** **** during **** ******. **** sleep ********* *** ** configured *** *** *-**** protocol, *** *** ***** does *** ***** **** function.
  • ***** ***** *-**** ****** integration:** *** *****, * third ***** **** ****** did *** ******** **** the *****. *** ****** was ************ *** ********* added ******* *****, *** never *********. *** ****** is ********* ******* **** another *-**** ***. ** the ******** ****, * 3rd ***** ****** ****** did ***** ********* **** Axis.
  • **** *******:**** *****, *** *****, and *** ****** **** poor, **** ******* ******* details *** **** **** in **** *** ******. The ****** ** ***** only, ** ********** *** filter, **** *** **** integrated ** *** **** * **** 1/4.85" ******.

******* ** ***** ***********, users *** **** *** M5065's *********** ************* ** anything ***** **** ****** lit ***** **** ******* controlled ***** ******* ** PTZ *******.

*******

******* ********** ***~$*** *** ******. *-**** ********* ******* ranges **** ~$**-**:

Physical ********

*** ***** ***** ******** a ******** ******** ** the ****** *** *-**** ***********.

**** **** *** ****** includes * *' ***-********* cable **** ***** ********** may **** ********* ** manage, ** ** **** be ****** ** *** ceiling **** ********.

Z-Wave *****

*** ***** ******** * new ****, ******* "******** I/O", ***** ***** *** turn *-**** ** *** off ** **** ** add *** ****** *******.

****** * ****** ***** less **** * ******. Z-Wave ** ******* **** as ***** ******** ** Axis ******* ***** ** enter * *-***** *** to *** *** ****** to *** ******, ***** can ** ******* ** each ******. **** **** is *** ******** *** non-S2 *******, ***** ****** add ** *** ****** once *** ** ********* mode. **** *****, ******* appear ** *** ***** list *** ****** *** may ** **** ** trigger *******, ******, *************, etc. **** ******* ** shown ** **** *****:

**** **** ** ***** to ***** ****** * Z-Wave ****** **** *** M5065 (** *** **********), users **** ** ******* a ******* ******* ***** forces *** ****** ** unlearn *** ********** *** vice *****. *** ****** ****** be ***** ** ******* controller without ********** **** ****.

Z-Wave ***** ******* ** ****** ******

** *** *******, ***** was * ~*.* - 2-second ***** ******* * Z-Wave ****** ********** *** the ***** ********* ** move. **** ***** **** in ***** "******* ***** *** sensor *** * ******* of ****** *.* – 1.5 ******* ********* ***** the ******’* ***** ******." This ***** ******* ** subjects ***** ****** ** they **** ******* *** scene *** *******, ** shown *****. 

***** *** ** **** to ***** ******* ******** by ********* ******* ** wider **** ** ****** them ** *** ********* where ******** *** ****** to ****. *** *******, in *** ***** *****, the ****** ** ****** to ***** ******* ***** two **** *** * door *******. *** ******* is ******** ** *** three ****** *** ** the ***** *** ****, and *** ****** ***** angled **** ** *** direction ** ** ****** to ****.

Z-Wave ****** "*****" ******** **********

**** **** *** **** T8341 *** *** * sleep ****** ** ***** minutes ******* ***********, ******** to ****** ******* *********** due ** ***** **********. However, **** ***** *** not ******* ****, ******* thinking *** ****** ** simply ******* ** ********. *** Z-Wave **** ******** ******* to ****** **** ***** period, *** *** ***** does *** ******* **** ability.

Third ***** ****** *************

** ****** *** ***** with ******** *****-***** ******* with ***** ***********. ******** *********** ******* ******* ***** *** worked ******** ** *** tests.

*******, ***** ******** ****** door/window ******* ****** ******* problem *** *** ***** in *** **** ** Z-Wave ******, **** *** not ******* ****** ** the ******. *** ** ***** sensors **** ****** **** the **** *******.

Poor ***** *******

*** ***** **** * small */*.**" ******, ********* in ***** ******* ****** at *** ***** ******. In **** *****, ******* details *** ******* ** ~60 *** *** ******* by ***** *** *********. In *** ***** *** dark ******, ** ******* are ********, **** **** detection ********** ** *** dark (~*.****) *****.

Full ***** ****

*** ** ***** ******* issues, *** ***** ********* blur **** ** ****-*** ****** (~200-300lx) ** */*** *******, shown *****. ***** *** ********** of *** ***** ******* clear, *** *******'* **** is moderately ******* ** ** passes ******* *** *****, ********* facial *******.

*** ********** ***** ***** the ***** ****** ******-*** ** **, * ****** **** 1080p *****. *** *****-*** does *** ******* *** blur **** ** *** M5065, ******* **** ***** set ** */** ****** max *******, ***** ******* exposure ******** (******** ******* "low *****" *** "*** motion ****" *****). **** that *** ***** *** a *** **** ** 39dB ******** ** **** in *** *****.

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

******** ******* ********* ** ** ********** 'WDR'. *******, ** *** tests ***** * ***** with ***** *****, *** outdoor ***** ** ******** overexposed, **** ** ********** objects *******. 

******* *** ***** ***** (~700lx) *** ****** *** vestibule (~****), ******* ******* are ************** ******* *** strong ******** ****** (~**,*****).

Scream *********

*** ***** ******** ****** analytics, ** ******** ** simpler ***** ***** ******. In *** *****, ****** analytics ******** **** **** levels ***** ****** ** increased ***** ** *** ******'* audio ******. ************, ********* gain *** ****** ** false ********** *** ** other **** ******, **** as ********. 

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*** **** ******* ******** ********* was **** ** *** time ** *******:

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Comments (6)

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