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Axis Q1656-B barebone box IP camera with 4MP resolution, Lightfinder 2.0, Forensic WDR, deep-learning analytics & built-in microphone

£1,177.20 inc VAT
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Offering 4MP recording at up to 50fps, this lightweight barebone model of the Axis Q1656 comes without a lens for maximum flexibility. Suited for indoor installations with Forensic WDR and Lightfinder 2.0 for tackling challenging lighting conditions.

  • 4MP sensor for up to 2688x1512 HD resolution
  • Fully customisable with lens choices to meet different requirements
  • Lightfinder 2.0 and Forensic WDR for improved video capture
  • Built-in microphone & support for two-way audio
  • Supports advanced analytics and deep-learning
  • Axis 5-year warranty, firmware support until 31/12/2033
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Overview of the Axis Q1656-B barebone IP camera (02164-031)

  • 4MP HD resolution and up to 50 fps
  • Barebone model with choice of lenses and mounting options for full flexibility
  • WDR and Lightfinder 2.0 optimises images with demanding lighting
  • Features ARTPEC-8 chipset with deep learning capabilities
  • Built-in cybersecurity features for safeguarding your system

The premium Q-line of cameras from Axis deliver exceptional video image quality, in addition to advanced analytics based on their deep learning capability, and the Q1656-B follows suit. This barebone model of the powerful Axis Q1656 comes without a lens and mounting options, allowing the user full flexibility to create a customised unique camera tailored to meet specific requirements. This network camera provides smooth HD resolution images at a high-framerate, making it ideal to capture clear footage in areas with high levels of traffic. Furthermore, the camera features a built-in microphone and I/O connections to support two-way audio capabilities, Power-over-Ethernet, and hardened cybersecurity features with Axis Edge Vault. Suitable for use indoor as is, the unit can also be retrofitted with the IP66-rated Axis T92E05 Protective Housing, a resilient protective shell providing protection from inclement weather conditions.

Imaging & Optics

Featuring a 4MP image sensor for capturing high-definition video up to 2688x1512 resolution, images are delivered up to 50 fps for smooth and clear footage. Areas with contrasting or low-lighting are optimised using WDR and Lightfinder 2.0 to deliver full-colour video even with the presence of shadows or dimly lit conditions to ensure important details aren't missed. Advantages of this barebone model means users can choose and fit their own lenses for a desired field of view and features bespoke to meet demands. Being part of the advanced Axis Q-range means that this camera is packed with the most advanced features and delivers a high standard of monitoring, with compatibility with the intelligent CS-mount lens pioneered by Axis. An i-CS lens enables the camera to gather information about the position of its zoom, focus and iris opening to identify the type of lens mounted on it as well as simplify installation using integrated motors. 

Video analytics

Thanks to the powerful ARTPEC-8 system-on-chip, the camera can analyse data on board and produce more reliable data by reducing information lost through compression or transmission. The accuracy of real-time detection and classification of objects via the preinstalled Axis Object Analytics is improved through the built-in deep learning processing unit for enhanced scene awareness. Axis Live Privacy Shield is also included for safeguarding the identity of individuals captured on camera. Furthermore, this camera benefits from access to Axis’ Camera Application platform, from which users can download a variety of Axis and approved third-party analytics applications to integrate into the unit.

Recording and Video Management

Built-in Axis Zipstream technology assists in ensuring data storage is optimised when recording video. The intelligent compression method differentiates between important and unnecessary recorded data and can lower bandwidth and storage requirements by up to 50%.

Recording and video management options for this camera:

Installation and mounting options

To simplify installation, both power and network connectivity is supplied via one cable thanks to PoE support.

This unit requires mounting accessories for installation, of which are listed below:

Please note: This camera can only be installed outdoors when housed inside the Axis T92E05 or T92E20 Protective Housings

Accessories included

  • Installation guide
  • Windows® decoder 1-user license
  • Drill hole template
  • Connector kit
  • RESISTORX® L-key

Part numbers for this product:

  • 02164-031
  • 5506-621
  • 344-001
  • 02448-001
  • 02367-001
  • 01727-001
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Key technical features of the Axis Q1656-B


Environment: indoor (outdoor with accessories)
Type: fixed barebone
Sensor: /1.8” progressive scan RGB CMOS
Lens: not included
PTZ: Digital PTZ only, preset positions
Uploadable PTZ driver (Pelco D pre-installed)
Audio: two-way, full duplex noise reduction
Power: Power over Ethernet (PoE) IEEE 802.3af/802.3at Type 1 Class 3 Typical 5.1 W, max 8.2 W
Memory: 2048 MB RAM, 1GB Flash


Resolution: 16:9 2688x1512 Quad HD to 160x90 4:3 2016x1512 to 160x120
Compression: H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10/AVC) H.265 (MPEG-H Part 2/HEVC) Motion JPEG
Frame rate: WDR: 25fps No WDR: 50fps
Video streaming: multiple, individually configurable streams in H.265, H.264 and Motion JPEG
Day/night: automatically removable infrared-cut filter
Minimum illumination: 4 MP 25/30 fps with Forensic WDR and Lightfinder 2.0
Colour: 0.05 lux at 50 IRE, F1.5
B/W: 0.01 lux at 50 IRE, F1.5
4 MP 50/60 fps with Lightfinder 2.0
Colour: 0.1 lux at 50 IRE, F1.5
B/W: 0.02 lux at 50 IRE, F1.5
Lens not included
IR illumination: none
Video overlay: text and image
Image settings: compression, colour saturation, brightness, sharpness, contrast, local contrast, white balance, day/night threshold, tone mapping, exposure control (including automatic gain control), exposure zones, Forensic WDR: up to 120 dB depending on scene, fine tuning of low-light behaviour, dynamic text and image overlay, mirroring, digital roll, polygon privacy masks


Application Programming Interface: open API for software integration, including VAPIX and AXIS Camera Application Platform, ONVIF
Event triggers: included: Axis Object Analytics, Video Motion Detection, tampering alarm and audio detection support for Axis Camera Application Platform enabling installation of third-party applications
Event action: record video: SD card and network share Upload of images or video clips: FTP, SFTP, HTTP, HTTPS, network share and email Pre- and post-alarm video or image buffering for recording or upload Notification: email, HTTP, HTTPS, TCP and SNMP trap PTZ: PTZ preset, start/stop guard tour Overlay text, external output activation, play audio clip, zoom preset
Privacy masking: yes

Video Management

On-camera recording: support for MicroSD/microSDHC/microSDXC and encryption, support for recording to dedicated network-attached storage (NAS)
Network video recorders: Axis NVRs, ONVIF support for 3rd party
Video Management Software: Axis Companion, Axis Camera Station, Milestone XProtect
Cloud: Morphean Cloud CCTV, CamStreamer Cloud


Network connections: Power over Ethernet (PoE) IEEE 802.3af/802.3at Type 1 Class 3
Alarm I/O connections: RJ45 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX/1000BASE-T PoE terminal block for two supervised and two unsupervised configurable inputs / digital outputs (12 V DC output, max load 50 mA) RS485/RS422, 2 pcs, 2 pos, full duplex, terminal block DC input, terminal block, 3.5 mm mic/line in, 3.5 mm line out i-CS connector (compatible with P-Iris and DC-iris) AXIS T92G20 connector 
Dimensions: 214 x 80 x 68 mm
Weight: 0.79kg

aluminium, colour: black

Operating temperatures: -20°C to 60°C
Installation aids: remote zoom and focus, remote back focus, levelling assistant, pixel counter
Warranty: 5 year
Power consumption: max. 8.2W
Protocols supported: IPv4, IPv6 USGv6, HTTP, HTTPSa , HTTP/2, TLSa , QoS Layer 3 DiffServ, FTP, SFTP, CIFS/SMB, SMTP, Bonjour, UPnP® , SNMP v1/v2c/v3 (MIB-II), DNS, DynDNS, NTP, RTSP, RTP, SRTP, TCP, UDP, IGMPv1/v2/v3, RTCP, ICMP, DHCPv4/v6, ARP, SOCKS, SSH, LLDP, MQTT v3.1.1, Syslog
Security: password protection, IP address filtering, HTTPSa encryption, IEEE 802.1x (EAP-TLS) a network access control, digest authentication, user access log, centralized certificate management, brute force delay protection, signed firmware, secure boot, protection of cryptographic keys with FIPS 140-2 certified TPM 2.0 module, Axis Edge Vault with Axis device ID
Approvals: EMC CISPR 24, CISPR 35, EN 55032 Class A, EN 55035, EN 61000-3-2, EN 61000-3-3, EN 61000-6-1, EN 61000-6-2, FCC Part 15 Subpart B Class A, ICES-3(B)/NMB-3(B), KS C 9832 Class A, KS C 9815, KS C 9835, KS C 9547, RCM AS/NZS CISPR 32 Class A, VCCI Class A Safety IEC/EN/UL 62368-1 Environment IEC 60068-2-1, IEC 60068-2-2, IEC 60068-2-6, IEC 60068-2-14, IEC 60068-2-27, IEC 60068-2-78 Network NIST SP500-267

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