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Following the acquisition of Axis by Canon back in 2015, the Q1659 launch reveals the first Axis IP camera to feature Canon’s professional photographic imaging technologies.
This innovative model will combine a high-performance image sensor, Canon EF/EF-S lenses and a host of advanced security features from Axis – offering high performance video surveillance with exceptional image quality.
Looking back at 2016, it was an interesting year in the IP camera market with a surge of interest in Hikvision cameras (despite some controversial press coverage on the Chinese brand) and the response of other brands to this rise in popularity. We saw brands such as Axis release a flurry of new products during the latter part of 2016 and our Bosch camera category also grew exponentially with new high quality units. New 4K resolution cameras continued to appear through 2016 and whilst the adoption of this resolution has been slow, we can see that advances in compression technology and hardware accelerated image processing is helping make 4K more viable while users wait for network infrastructure and available bandwidth to catch up.
Conventional PTZ cameras may take longer to autofocus in difficult lighting conditions and this can result in a loss of detail during the time taken to achieve optimum focus.
Using Axis’ innovative laser focus technology, in combination with a host of other advanced features, the new Axis Q6155-E offers clear imaging as well as faster and more precise focusing – even in the most demanding conditions.
Laser focus utilises the camera’s integrated laser to measure the distance between the camera and objects of interest – regardless of lighting conditions. This method is much more exact than the auto-focus techniques currently used in most other cameras and the measurement is taken instantly too. This means the unit is always optimally focused and delivers clear images at all times. Laser focus is not currently available in other PTZ domes on the market today. However, if the technology stands up to claims of offering improvements in PTZ performance and instant identification of people or objects – we can see it being rolled out in the next generation of high-end PTZ units by Axis.
Axis has expanded and updated their Q35 fixed-dome series to include a range of advanced features such as increased light sensitivity and improved WDR capabilities. By combining these new technologies with the existing features of the Q35 range, such as IK10+ vandal-resistance and continuous operation in temperatures as low as -50°C, the new Q35 models continue to stay ahead of the pack – delivering improved IP CCTV performance in the most demanding applications.
All models in the series now include Axis’ powerful wide dynamic range (WDR) – Forensic Capture technology that ensures details are visible in both bright and dark areas. Increasing the ability to identify persons or objects in high contrast scenes like this can be particularly useful if the footage is ever required for evidential purposes. In addition to this, Axis’ award winning Zipstream technology is also supported throughout the series – providing optimal compression with preserved image quality.
The development of advanced imaging technologies and increased low-light performance has been a welcome trend in the IP camera market during the last couple of years, but it comes at a price.
Some small business users may have found cameras featuring this technology have been just beyond their budget but Axis is now bridging the price gap with their already popular P32 fixed dome series. Their newly released Mk II models deliver clear, HD resolution video in all light conditions – whilst remaining at an attractive price point.
Axis products using firmware 6.3 or above will now support not only ONVIF Profile S for streaming video and audio, but also ONVIF Profile G for edge storage and recording.
This is good news for anyone using an Axis IP camera with Video Management Software (VMS) that uses ONVIF standards to support Axis cameras rather than a specific Axis driver. We see this scenario sometimes with a CCTV system that has expanded over time using components from a variety of manufacturers.
Zipstream has been around for a year now. In that time it’s already proven itself as a game-changing technology, able to lower bandwidth and storage requirements by an average of 50% or more without sacrificing important details.
Development has continued and earlier this year Axis enhanced Zipstream so it could adapt to PTZ camera movements. Now, just when you may have wondered if could get any better, Axis announced another enhancement – dynamic frame rate.
If you’re a small business or home user seeking a simple CCTV solution, you’d probably like to be able to mount your new IP camera in a suitable location, connect it to your network and then use a free app on your mobile phone or tablet to access live video and recordings whilst on the go. That’s it – safeguard your business or home with no complicated set-up and configuration. Some might call this approach “Plug and play”.
Until recently, it’s not been that easy and as a minimum, a PC was still required during the installation of the IP camera. Now it’s possible to do using just a mobile app and although we probably wouldn’t use the phrase “Plug and play”, the solution is certainly very straight forward.
Both Axis and Hikvision support this app-based approach and we’ll outline how to get up and running, weigh up each brand’s offering and consider the limitations.
The latest Q60 PTZ cameras from Axis will include features for improved performance and efficiency, ensuring this top-of-the-line series continues to be a reliable choice for demanding video surveillance applications.
The Axis Q6052/-E and Q6054/-E introduce focus recall which provides instant focus in predefined areas and the Q6055/-E comes with several Axis video analytics applications already built-in for greater efficiency and added value for the user.
Ever the innovators, Axis are always looking for ways to make the installation of their IP cameras more efficient. Having recently announced the introduction of an intelligent CS-mount lens for accurate optical adjustment during installation, Axis has now made physical adjustment of the lens even easier.
The new Q36 series will offer exceptional image quality and uniquely, remote pan/tilt/roll/zoom (PTRZ) will greatly reduce the time it takes to set the view during installation. The cameras’ PTRZ function also means that should surrounding conditions change and adjustments to the view are required, a site visit may not be necessary. Axis has also included a smart conduit connection and cable management but there’s more to these new cameras than quick and reliable installation.