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Axis Q1656-DLE outdoor-ready radar-video fusion camera with 4MP resolution, DLPU, 38m OptimisedIR & Lightfinder 2.0

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Combining two powerful technologies in one unit, the Axis Q1656-DLE delivers accurate object detection along with speed and distance measurements - Ideal for intrusion detection in outdoor areas with low, or variable illumination.

  • 4MP resolution
  • Varifocal lens: 44° - 96° field of view
  • Two-in-one optical and radar detection
  • Up to 38m OptimisedIR & 18m white light illumination
  • Lightfinder 2.0 and Forensic WDR imaging technologies
  • Axis 5-year warranty
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Overview of the Axis Q1656-DLE

  • Delivers 4 megapixel resolution video at up to 60fps
  • Varifocal lens provides 44° - 96° horizontal field of view
  • Radar and deep learning analytics combine for powerful detection capabilities at up to 90m
  • Built-in cybersecurity features protect against data breaches
  • Axis 5-year warranty
  • Dimensions: 404 x 159 x 234 mm

Part of the cutting-edge ‘Q’ series by Axis and equipped with Axis’ latest chipset, the Q1656-DLE combines two sophisticated technologies (radar and video-based detection) in a single camera, requiring only one IP address and VMS licence but providing double the detection intelligence. Ideal for intrusion detection, this powerful outdoor camera captures video in 4MP resolution at up to 60 frames per second (fps), allowing it to effectively differentiate and classify objects in scenes with high levels of activity, especially in areas of low illumination. The unit’s deep-learning analytics capabilities are augmented by high-power radar detection and analytics, offering early identification of objects that are then confirmed by Axis Object Analytics (AOA) when the object moves nearer to the camera. The optics and radar are completely aligned, allowing earlier and more accurate detection and greater scene awareness. Furthermore, the built-in radar adds another dimension to object analysis with on-screen speed and distance measuring, enabling the identification of suspicious behaviours such as running or loitering.


Setting the required viewing angle is important to deliver the best possible surveillance. This camera features a varifocal lens that can be adjusted at installation and benefits from a horizontal viewing angle of 44° - 96°. The unit can detect objects with little to no light, thanks to its integrated OptimisedIR and white light LEDs that illuminate the field of view up to 38m and 18m respectively, and which work alongside the automatic IR-cut filter to improve video capture and object detection in complete darkness (radar detection extends beyond this up to 90m). Unique and powerful, this camera’s aluminium casing is IP66-rated and highly robust for use in harsh weather conditions and temperatures of -40 °C to 60 °C. The included weather shield also protects the lens from sun glare or rain droplets that could obscure the camera’s view. Furthermore, the unit’s deep learning processing unit (DLPU) not only provides precise analytics on both radar telemetry and video but also fortifies the camera against data breaches with built-in cybersecurity features. Axis Edge Vault automatically identifies and authorises new devices during installation and protects the device ID and certificates directly on the camera, whilst signed firmware, signed video and secure boot protect the camera from unauthorised or modified code and ensures no harmful data or application is installed on the device.


Able to provide accurate and responsive monitoring 24 hours a day, the Axis Q1656-DLE is equipped with a variety of advanced imaging technologies to provide the best possible video quality and analytics in a range of conditions. Equipped with Axis’ most advanced light-optimising technology, Lightfinder 2.0, the camera utilises high sensitivity and tuned image processing to produce full-colour footage in extremely low light, ideal for identifying forensic details when light levels are low. Strongly backlit footage is optimised using Forensic WDR, an advanced technology that ensures details in both light and dark areas can be seen clearly. Optimised for motion, Forensic WDR also reduces artefacts and noise that can obscure video captured in areas of high activity. Furthermore, the privacy of individuals in the camera view can be safeguarded using privacy masking. Privacy masking anonymises a predefined area of the video stream but still allows activity to be seen.

Video analytics

Fitted with Axis’ innovative ARTPEC-8 chipset, a DLPU, and a high-power radar detector, the Axis Q1656-DLE can deliver the most precise and dynamic object detection seen in cameras from Axis to date. Axis Object Analytics (AOA) intelligently detects and classifies moving objects in real time by analysing the spatial behaviour of the objects for more accurate detection with fewer false alerts. In addition to the radar’s long-range detection and speed/distance measurement capabilities, it also features multi-directional zones and crossline detection to identify individuals moving in the wrong direction or crossing into a restricted area. The radar can also be used separately to guide and control external Axis PTZ cameras i.e. when an object is detected by the radar, it triggers the PTZ to initiate recording or Autotracking. AOA and radar can be used simultaneously to trigger events such as announcements over a network speaker, floodlight activation, alarm activation or SD card recording, among many other actions – combining effective early warnings and detailed monitoring for the best possible surveillance. Furthermore, the camera can also be used on roads or in car parks to keep track of vehicle speed and vehicle identification, with support for Axis Speed Monitor and Axis Licence Plate Verifier.

Video management

A data backup can be saved to the onboard SD card (not included) to safeguard footage in the event of network failure and allow the camera to function as a standalone system. In installations with up to 16 cameras, video can be managed and remotely accessed for free via the Axis Companion Application, however, if the system exceeds 16 cameras or requires more in-depth management, a licence can be purchased for Axis Camera Station or Milestone XProtect.


Designed for straightforward installation, this robust camera can be wall mounted straight out of the box, with mounting accessories included, and a range of installation aids such as remote zoom and focus, remote back focus, levelling assistant and pixel counter, simplify set up and reduce the need for hands-on fine-tuning and dedicated installation devices. Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) support offers a streamlined and cost-effective solution to power and network connection by delivering both over a single cable, whilst support for power redundancy between DC power and PoE allows the camera to carry on working if the PoE connection or DC power drops. Moreover, the unit is IK08-rated for protection against up to 5 joules of impact – ideal for placement in areas prone to debris or tampering.

Key features & benefits

  • Two powerful technologies in one unit – lower installation and lifetime costs
  • Built-in radar provides early-warning object detection and measures the speed and distance of objects, even in zero-light conditions
  • AOA accurately detects and classifies moving objects such as humans and vehicles, raising alerts
  • Effective use in high-traffic areas, delivering clear 4MP resolution video at up to 60fps
  • Varifocal lens enables the unit’s viewing angle to be set between 44° and 96° at time of installation
  • ARTPEC-8 chipset and DLPU provide enhanced analytics and cybersecurity features
  • 38m of OptimisedIR and 18m of white light illumination improve footage captured in darkness
  • Robust IP66-rated casing and weather shield enable the camera to remain fully functional in harsh weather conditions
  • Built-in advanced cybersecurity features help eliminate data breaches and unauthorised access
  • Lightfinder 2.0 produces detailed, full-colour video in near-darkness
  • Detail can be seen clearly in high-contrast scenes with Forensic WDR technology
  • Privacy masking anonymises individuals and private areas of the camera’s view without concealing key events
  • Support for Axis Speed Monitor and Axis Licence Plate Verifier makes the unit ideal for use in car parks or for monitoring the road network
  • If connection to the network fails, the built-in SD card slot (card not included), can provide a backup of camera data
  • Wall mounting accessories are included for an out-of-the-box mounting solution
  • Installation aids ease setup and reduce the need for costly installation devices
  • Support for PoE delivers power and network connection over one cable – saving equipment and installation costs
  • Power redundancy support enables the camera to continue functioning if one power source fails
  • Well-suited for exposed areas with IK08-rated casing that protects the camera from up to 5 joules of impact force

Typical applications

Providing two levels of highly responsive object detection in a single camera, the Q1656-DLE is the ideal solution for proactive, accurate and reliable intrusion detection and surveillance in large outdoor areas such as industrial sites, power stations, sporting arenas and large car parks.



  • T94Q01A Wall Mount
  • Sun shield
  • Connector kit
  • Resistorx T20 tool
  • Installation guide
  • Windows decoder 1-user license


  • MicroSD card
  • PoE midspan

Mounting options

  • Wall mounting - accessories included
  • Pole mounting -  Axis T91B47
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Key technical features of the Axis Q1656-DLE


Environment: outdoor
Type: fixed radar-video fusion box camera
Sensor: 1/1.8” progressive scan RGB CMOS
Lens: varifocal, 3.9–10 mm, F1.5 horizontal field of view: 96°–44° vertical field of view: 63°–26° autofocus, i-CS lens, IR corrected, remote zoom and focus, P-Iris control minimum focus distance: 0.5 m (1.6 ft)
PTZ: no info given
Audio: two-way, full duplex noise reduction, audio encoding: 24bit LPCM, AAC-LC 8/16/32/48 kHz, G.711 PCM 8 kHz, G.726 ADPCM 8 kHz, Opus 8/16/48 kHz configurable bit rate, audio input/output: external microphone input or line input, line output, ring power, digital audio input, automatic gain control
Power: Power over Ethernet (PoE) IEEE 802.3at Type 2 Class 4 Typical 10 W, max 25.5 W 10–28 V DC, typical 9.5 W, max 25.5 W Power redundancy
Memory: 2048MB RAM, 8194MB 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: no WDR: up to 60/50 fps (60/50 Hz) in all resolutions WDR: up to 30/25 fps (60/50 Hz) in all resolutions
Video streaming: multiple, individually configurable streams in H.264, H.265 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 0 lux with IR illumination on
IR illumination: OptimisedIR with power-efficient, long-life 850 nm IR LEDs Range of reach 38 m (125 ft) or more depending on the scene,  Power-efficient, long-life white LED Range of reach 18 m (60 ft) or more depending on the scene
Video overlay: text and image
Image settings: saturation, contrast, brightness, Forensic WDR: Up to 120 dB depending on scene, white balance, day/night threshold, tone mapping, exposure mode, exposure zones, defogging, electronic image stabilization, compression, dynamic text and image overlay, polygon privacy mask


Application Programming Interface: open API for software integration, including VAPIX and AXIS Camera Application Platform; specifications at One-click cloud connection ONVIF Profile G, ONVIF Profile M, ONVIF Profile S, and ONVIF Profile T
Event triggers: analytics, object data, external input, supervised external input, edge storage events, virtual inputs through API radar motion detection radar data failure audio: audio detection device status: above operating temperature, above or below operating temperature, below operating temperature, IP address removed, network lost, new IP address, shock detected, storage failure, system ready, within operating temperature, casing open Edge storage: recording ongoing, storage disruption I/O: digital input, manual trigger, virtual input Scheduled and recurring: scheduled event video: live stream open
Event action: overlay text, external output activation, play audio clip, zoom preset I/O: toggle I/O once, toggle I/O while the rule is active Illumination: use lights, use lights while the rule is active MQTT: publish notification: HTTP, HTTPS, TCP, and email Pre- and post-alarm video or image buffering for recording or upload Record video: SD card and network share SNMP traps: send, send while the rule is active Upload of images or video clips: FTP, SFTP, HTTP, HTTPS, network share, and email
Privacy masking: yes

Video Management

On-camera recording: Support for microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC card Support for SD card encryption (AES-XTS-Plain64 256bit) Recording to network-attached storage (NAS)
Network video recorders: Axis NVRs, Milestone Husky NVRs, ONVIF support for 3rd party NVRs
Video Management Software: Axis Companion, Axis Camera Station, Milestone XProtect
Cloud: Morphean Cloud CCTV, CamStreamer Cloud


Network connections: Power over Ethernet (PoE) IEEE 802.3at Type 2 Class 4
Alarm I/O connections: terminal block for two supervised and two unsupervised configurable inputs / digital outputs (12 V DC output, max load 50 mA)
Dimensions: 404 x 159 x 234 mm
Weight: 5kg
Casing: IP66-, and NEMA 4X-rated, IK08 impact-resistant aluminium enclosure with integrated dehumidifying membrane weathershield with black anti-glare coating colour: white NCS S 1002-B
Operating temperatures: -40 °C to 60°C
Mounting methods: wall, pole
Installation aids: remote zoom and focus, remote back focus, levelling assistant, pixel counter
Warranty: 5-year
Power consumption: max. 25.5W
Protocols supported: IPv4, IPv6 USGv6, HTTP, HTTPS, HTTP/2, TLS, QoS Layer 3 DiffServ, FTP, SFTP, CIFS/SMB, SMTP, Bonjour, UPnP, SNMP v1/v2c/v3 (MIB-II), DNS, DynDNS, NTP, RTSP, RTP, SRTP/RTSPS, TCP, UDP, IGMPv1/v2/v3, RTCP, ICMP, DHCPv4/v6, ARP, SOCKS, SSH, LLDP, MQTT v3.1.1, Syslog
Security: IP address filtering, HTTPS encryption, IEEE 802.1x (EAP-TLS) network access control, user access log, centralized certificate management
Approvals: Radio EN 305550, EN 301489-1, EN 301489-3, EN 62311, FCC Part 15 Subpart C 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(A)/NMB-3(A), EN 50121-4, IEC 62236-4, 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, IEC/EN/UL 60950-22, IEC 62471 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, IEC/EN 60529 IP66, IEC/EN 62262 IK08, NEMA 250 Type 4X, NEMA TS 2 (2.2.7-2.2.9), ISO 21207 (Method B) Network NIST SP500-26

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