World's Smallest HD Bullet (Axis M2014)

By John Honovich, Published Mar 25, 2013, 08:00pm EDT (Info+)

Axis announced the M2014-E, what it's calling "world's smallest HDTV bullet-style network camera." While it might sound like a game changer, the details most likely make it a niche product. In this note, we dig into the specifications and pricing, comparing it to other Axis lines (like the covert P12 series) and competitor offerings.

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Comments (11)

What about image quality? Comparable to the M3004?

Ryan, that I don't know but we have bought the P1204 and the P1214 and have them queued up for testing next month. Since the P1214 and the M20 are basically the same on the imaging side, we should be able to give a pretty clear indication of video quality.

An outdoor camera from one of the big names at this price seems like a pretty big deal to me. There are cheaper outdoor options out there, but not from the big names.

James, good point. It looks like the next two closest Axis outdoor options are substantially more expensive (M1114-e and M3114-ve). At the same time, I wonder if this is more an Axis weakness than industry issue. I started a new discussion for this, "What's the Lowest Cost Outdoor IP Camera?"

I don't understand how this can be viewed as an outdoor camera as you still have the dongle that is most certainly not ip66 rated. Am I missing seething here? Did Axis rate the camera as ip66?

Yes, the camera is rated IP66. I believe the box / main unit needs to be placed indoors however, connected via an 8 meter cable.

8 meters? Isn't that like 26 feet? Does the camera come with the 26 ft cable? And even if the camera itself is ip66, I think that the actual outside usage of this camera is just not practical. I am the type of person that needs to see something in my hands to make a final judgement, but to have one have of the attached camera ip66 rated and the other have not ip66 rated to me seems like a complicated exterior dome installation, even with a Bell box and proper installation. Does the main unit fit in a single gang box, or would it require a double gang?

Ryan, according to the P12 user manual (p5-6), "The sensor unit is delivered with a 8 m (26 ft) cable. To shorten the cable, follow these steps. 1. Cut the cable to the desired length. Measure from the sensor unit. 2. Strip the plastic outer coating from the end of the cable. 3. Peel back the shield. 4. Flatten the colored wires in the order described below."

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Ethan has started to test this, so I'll leave detailed comments to him.

Yes, the 8m cable comes with them. It's hardwired to the camera module, with an RJ14 at the other end.

It appears this is not a D/N camera with proper ICR. So even if you can install it outside it will be ineffective at night.

Has any one had a chance to try out to this camera yet, or confirm whether the lens is in fact the same as the p1214?

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