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Axis Q1656 indoor IP camera with 4MP resolution, i-CS varifocal lens, Lightfinder 2.0, Forensic WDR & built-in microphone

£1,392.00 inc VAT
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Built for demanding indoor applications, this Q-series camera offers recording in 4MP with a built-in microphone, as well as high-quality imaging in challenging light conditions thanks to Lightfinder 2.0 and Forensic WDR capabilities.

  • 4MP resolution
  • i-CS varifocal lens: 120° - 47° viewing angle
  • Lightfinder 2.0 and Forensic WDR improve video capture
  • Built-in microphone & support for two-way audio
  • Embedded deep learning processing unit
  • Axis 5-year warranty
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Overview of the Axis Q1656

  • 4MP resolution at up to 50 frames per second
  • i-CS varifocal lens with views of 120° - 47°
  • Features new ARTPEC-8 chipset with deep learning capabilities
  • Built-in cybersecurity features
  • Axis 5-year warranty
  • Dimensions: 214 x 80 x 68 mm

Part of the powerful Q-series by Axis, this indoor network camera provides smooth 4MP resolution video at up to 50 frames per second (fps) making it ideal to capture clear footage in areas with high levels of traffic. The introduction of Axis’ new in-house designed ARTPEC-8 system-on-chip (SoC) allows for enhanced object analytics that take advantage of the camera's built-in deep learning processing unit (DLPU) and ensures footage and data are safe with integrated cybersecurity features. Additionally, this model also includes support for two-way audio, Power-over-Ethernet and redundant DC power.


With its varifocal lens, this camera can capture horizontal views of 120° - 47° in high definition at up to 50fps, delivering fully detailed surveillance of busy areas. 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 features such as the intelligent CS-mount lens pioneered by Axis. This 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. Furthermore, this unit includes a built-in microphone and I/O connections to support two-way audio capabilities - allowing users to communicate with those close to the camera and record audio clips on an event basis.


To enhance video footage quality, this camera is integrated with a variety of advanced imaging technologies. Lightfinder 2.0 provides full-colour video in extreme low-light conditions, whilst Forensic WDR ensures that details are clearly visible in both bright and dark areas of high-contrast scenes by lowering noise levels and increasing image signal. In addition, the unit also features corridor mode, a technology that helps to maximise the area of interest in narrow scenes by vertically orientating the video stream.

Video analytics

Axis’ latest SoC, ARTPEC-8, enables this camera to analyse data on board, reducing information lost in compression or transmission, resulting in more reliable data. The built-in DLPU allows more accurate real-time detection and classification through Axis Object Analytics, providing greater scene awareness and more accurate analysis of the surveillance area. Additionally, 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.

Video management

On-board storage provides a backup if the network fails, recording files onto a MicroSD card (not included). Users can edit, review and analyse their video via advanced video management software such as Axis Camera Station or Milestone XProtect.


This unit comes with a wall mount included, providing a simple way to install the camera which is also assisted by the camera’s built-in installation aids such as remote zoom and focus and levelling assistant. To simplify installation further, both power and network connectivity is supplied via one cable thanks to PoE support, which is backed up by a redundant DC power supply that allows the camera to function, even if the primary power supply has failed. Advanced cybersecurity features such as Axis Edge Vault, signed firmware, secure boot and FIPS-certified TPM protect the camera from unauthorised access and assure users that their data is safe.

Please note: there is no power supply included with this unit. It is power over ethernet capable.

Key features & benefits

  • Delivers 4MP resolution video at up to 50fps for detailed monitoring of busy areas
  • Varifocal lens provides up to 120° horizontal field of view
  • i-CS mount lens intelligently assesses zoom, focus and iris opening to deliver optimum scene coverage during installation
  • ARTPEC-8 SoC and DLPU enable advanced analytics and increased security
  • Built-in microphone allows the recording of audio near to the camera
  • Power and network connectivity are both supplied by one cable with PoE
  • Redundant DC power supply provides a backup power source in case of failure
  • Lightfinder 2.0 delivers full-colour footage in low-light conditions
  • Forensic WDR enables the capture of detailed video in high-contrast conditions
  • Corridor view vertically orientates the video stream, allowing the field of view to be optimised for monitoring narrow areas
  • Axis Camera Application Platform gives access to a variety of analytics applications to be integrated into a system
  • MicroSD card (not included) provides edge storage space and handy data backup
  • Included wall mount reduces the need to purchase extra mounting accessories
  • Installation aids simplify set-up, saving valuable time in the process

Typical applications

With its high frame rate capabilities and innovative analytics, this camera is ideal for indoor areas of considerable activity that require smooth video recording and accurate scene awareness. Typical applications include hotel lobbies, shopping centres and schools.



  • Stand
  • Connector kit
  • ResiTorx20 tool
  • Installation guide
  • Windows decoder 1-user license


  • PoE midspan
  • SD card

Mounting options

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


Environment: indoor
Type: fixed
Sensor: 1/1.8” progressive scan RGB CMOS
Lens: varifocal, 3.9–10 mm, F1.5 Horizontal field of view: 120°–47° Vertical field of view: 63°–27° Autofocus, i-CS lens, IR corrected, remote zoom and focus, P-Iris control Minimum focus distance: 0.5 m (1.6 ft)
PTZ: digital PTZ only
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:

 4MP 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 4 MP 25/30 fps with Forensic WDR and Lightfinder 2.0 With optional F0.9 lens colour: 0.02 lux at 50 IRE, F0.9 B/W: 0.004 lux at 50 IRE, F0.9

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
Mounting methods: wall
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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