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Axis Q1656-LE outdoor IP camera with 4MP resolution, i-CS varifocal lens, Lightfinder 2.0 & up to 50m OptimisedIR

£1,927.20 inc VAT
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This advanced camera with built-in wiper offers high-resolution video capture of demanding outdoor areas and can perform in a range of challenging light conditions thanks to Lightfinder 2.0, Forensic WDR and 50m OptimisedIR.

  • 4MP resolution
  • i-CS varifocal lens: 113° - 47° viewing angle
  • Long-range OptimisedIR with up to 50m range of reach
  • Lightfinder 2.0 and Forensic WDR improve imaging
  • 4MP resolution
  • ARTPEC-8 chipset enhances analytics and cybersecurity
  • Axis 5-year warranty
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Overview of the Axis Q1656-LE

  • 4MP resolution at up to 50 frames per second
  • i-CS varifocal lens with views of 113° - 47°
  • New ARTPEC-8 chipset enhances analytics capabilities
  • Up to 50m OptimisedIR
  • Axis 5-year warranty
  • Dimensions: 404 x 159 x 182 mm

Designed for monitoring highly populated areas in demanding external conditions, this Q-series network IP camera from Axis delivers 4MP resolution at up to 50 frames per second (fps) and features a built-in wiper for removal of rain and snow from the lens window. The inclusion of Axis’ innovative ARTPEC-8 System-on-Chip (SoC) enables more accurate object detection and more rigorous cybersecurity than its predecessor. Furthermore, this camera includes a variety of imaging technologies such as Lightfinder 2.0 and Forensic WDR, as well as a built-in microphone and Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) support.


An intelligent CS-mount varifocal lens (i-CS) supplies horizontal views of 113° - 47° and uses zoom and focus information to set optimum scene coverage. A built-in IR-cut filter provides reliable 24-hour surveillance, which is enhanced further by long-range OptimisedIR illumination that reaches up to 50m and delivers clear images in darkness – ideal for applications that require detailed monitoring around the clock. This unit supports two-way audio, allowing users to record audio and communicate within the camera’s vicinity when an external microphone and speaker system are connected. The camera’s IK10 and IP66-rated housing offers protection against harsh weather conditions and tampering attempts, whilst a built-in wiper ensures the lens is protected from water droplets and vapour that could obscure its view - allowing the unit to be reliably deployed in challenging outdoor conditions.


To improve video quality in a variety of conditions, advanced imaging technologies are integrated into the system. Lightfinder 2.0 and Forensic WDR improve the clarity of footage in both low light and high contrast conditions, ensuring consistent quality, no matter the light levels. Additionally, privacy masking conceals areas that are not permitted to be recorded, increasing the security of individuals and properties surrounding the surveillance area.

Video analytics

Axis’ new SoC, ARTPEC-8, enables highly sensitive real-time object detection and classification via Axis Object Analytics that allows users to gain a deeper understanding of the area they are monitoring and the traffic in that area based on deep learning analytics. Furthermore, various video motion detection methods can be configured to enhance dynamic scene awareness in this unit and additional applications and third-party analytics are available through the Axis Camera Application platform, providing users with a highly customisable solution.

Video management

A MicroSD card (not included) can be fitted to provide edge storage and allows the camera to be used as a standalone unit as well as providing a dependable backup in case of network failure. Advanced video management can be achieved through software such as Axis Camera Station or Milestone XProtect providing the ability to edit and review recordings and live footage.


Installation is simplified with PoE that delivers power and network connectivity through one cable, reducing the need for multiple wires. Furthermore, in the event of a power failure, a redundant DC power supply can be triggered to continue surveillance without interruption.

Key features & benefits

  • Provides detailed 4MP resolution video at up to 50 frames per second
  • Varifocal lens delivers views of up to 113°
  • i-CS lens allows users to set optimum scene coverage during installation
  • ARTPEC-8 chipset provides deep-learning analytics capabilities and increased security
  • OptimisedIR illuminates footage at a range of 50m
  • Outdoor-ready, IK10 and IP66-rated housing with a wiper to ensure clear footage in a range of conditions
  • Full-colour footage in low light extremes with Lightfinder 2.0
  • Forensic WDR improves footage in high-contrast conditions
  • Privacy masking increases security by blocking out areas not permitted to be recorded
  • Axis and third-party analytics applications are available through the Axis Application Platform
  • MicroSD card (not included) storage supplies a backup or enables a standalone system
  • PoE simplifies installation by producing both power and network connectivity in one cable
  • Redundant DC power supply provides a backup power source in case of failure

Typical applications

With its durable housing, long-range IR illumination and high frame rate, this camera is ideal for exposed outdoor areas that are prone to substantial traffic such as airport runways, city surveillance and ferry terminals.



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


  • PoE midspan
  • SD card

Mounting options

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Key technical features of the Axis Q1656-LE


Environment: outdoor (IP66, NEMA 4X and IK10-rated)
Type: fixed 
Sensor: 1/1.8” progressive scan RGB CMOS
Lens: varifocal, 3.9–10 mm, F1.5 Horizontal field of view: 113°–47° Vertical field of view: 60°–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 2 Class 4 Typical 11.8 W, max 25.5 W 10–28 V DC, typical 11.2 W, max 25.5 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 0 lux with IR illumination on

IR illumination: IR illumination OptimisedIR with power-efficient, long-life 850 nm and 940 nm IR LEDs 850 nm: range of reach 50 m (164 ft) or more depending on the scene 940 nm: Range of reach 40 m (131 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, barrel distortion correction, electronic image stabilization, compression, rotation: 0°, 90°, 180°, 270° including Corridor Format, mirroring, dynamic text and image overlay, polygon privacy mask


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 2 Class 4
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)
Dimensions: 404 x 159 x 182 mm
Weight: 0.44kg

colour: white, IK10, NEMA 4X, IP66, IK08 impact-resistant glass front window with wiper weathershield with black anti-glare coating

Operating temperatures: -40°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. 25.5W
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, GMPv1/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: MC 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), 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/IP67, IEC/EN 62262 IK10, NEMA 250 Type 4X, NEMA TS 2 (2.2.7-2.2.9), ISO 21207 (Method B) Network NIST SP500-267

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