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Axis Q1659 indoor IP camera with 20MP resolution, Zipstream, SFP slot, PoE and a choice of Canon EF/EF-S lenses

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This Axis IP camera combines a high-performance image sensor, Canon’s professional-level lens technology and security features to deliver reliable CCTV video footage. It's an ideal choice for large sites requiring high-quality monitoring.

  • 4K Ultra HD resolution
  • Choice of Canon lenses: up to 50.1° view
  • Audio I/O ports support external devices
  • PoE+ support simplifies installation
  • Lightfinder technology (lens dependent
  • Axis 5-year warranty
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Overview of the Axis Q1659

This innovative indoor IP camera from Axis combines a high-performance image sensor, Canon’s professional-level lens technology and advanced, Axis security features to deliver reliable CCTV footage in up to 20MP resolution. The unit supports a variety of Canon EF/EF-S mount lenses and can be installed easily via Power-over-Ethernet Plus (PoE+). Additional features include an integrated SFP slot and support for Axis’ award-winning Zipstream technology.

Part of the advanced Axis Q16 series, this unit can deliver 4K Ultra HD resolution at full frame rate or detail-packed 20MP footage at up to 8 frames per second (fps) – 24 hours a day. It features digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) imaging and is available with a choice of 8 different Canon EF/EF-S lenses – some of which even support Lightfinder for improved low-light performance. Multi-view streaming is also supported, which allows up to 4 specific areas within the camera’s field of view to be cropped and streamed separately for live viewing or recording - helpful when closely monitoring regions of interest.

Two-way audio is supported with the connection of a microphone and speaker (not included) via the external I/O ports, enabling audio recording and communication with those close to the camera. Audio-triggered alerts can also be used alongside video motion detection and tampering alarms to inform users of activity via email notification. These alarms can also be set to trigger microSD card recording – ensuring all motion is captured.

Axis’ Zipstream technology helps to lower bandwidth and storage levels by an average of up to 50%. By optimising the video stream in real-time, important details can be retained while unnecessary data is removed. In addition, PoE+ supplies the camera with both power and network connectivity over a single cable - enabling quick and cost-effective installation.

Please note: there is no power supply included with this unit.

Key features & benefits

  • Delivers smooth 4K Ultra HD resolution at full frame rate or detailed 20MP video at up to 8 fps
  • Variety of Canon EF/EF-S mount lenses allow users to select the most suitable lens for their requirements
  • EF mount allows quick fitting or switching of Canon EF/EF-S lenses
  • True day/night functionality with integrated IR-cut filter provides round-the-clock surveillance
  • Multi-view streaming enables multiple sections of the original image to be viewed simultaneously
  • Audio I/O ports support two-way communication and allow sound to be recorded
  • Configurable audio, video motion detection and tampering alarms notify users of activity and can be set to trigger edge recording
  • Improved performance in low light conditions with Axis Lightfinder technology (lens dependent)
  • SFP slot enables fibre connectivity for long-distance network connections
  • Simplified installation using remote focus and pixel counter features
  • Support for PoE+ reduces cabling and offers a cost-effective installation solution
  • Edge storage provides a backup solution in the case of network connection failure and is also ideal in standalone setups
  • Mobile support for tablets and smartphones, enabling surveillance on-the-go
  • The Axis T93C10 outdoor housing (not included) can be used for safe deployment in outdoor areas

Compatible recording platforms

Typical applications

The advanced Axis Q1659 network camera provides high-performance video surveillance with exceptional image quality. It is suitable for indoor use but can also be fitted inside Axis' IP66-rated T93C10 housing for installation in outdoor locations. Typical applications include large sites such as ports, cities and power stations.



  • EF mount cover
  • Connector kit
  • Installation guide
  • Windows decoder (1-user licence)
  • Canon EF/EF-S lens 


  • PoE+ midspan
  • MicroSD card
  • Outdoor housing

Mounting options

  • Wall mounting - accessories included
  • Ceiling mounting - accessories included
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Key technical features of the Axis Q1659


Environment: indoor
Type: fixed
Sensor: 22.4 x 15.0 mm APS-C CMOS-sensor
Lens: EF/EF-S mount lens options (please select from the dropdown menu) : 24 mm, f/2.8, horizontal angle of view: 50.1° (20MP), 36.3° (4K), 35mm, f/2, horizontal angle of view: 35.5° (20MP), 25.4° (4K), 50mm, f/1.4, horizontal angle of view: 25.3° (20MP), 17.9° (4K), 85mm, f/1.2L, horizontal angle of view: 15.0° (20MP), 10.6° (4K), 100mm, f/2.8L, horizontal angle of view: 12.8° (20MP), 9.0° (4K), 10-22mm, f/3.5-4.5, horizontal angle of view: 96.6°-54.0° (20MP), 76.4°-39.4° (4K), 70-200mm, f/2.8L, horizontal angle of view: 18.2°-6.4° (20MP), 12.8°-4.5° (4K), 55-250mm, f/4-5.6, horizontal angle of view: 23.2°-5.2° (20MP), 16.5°-3.7° (4K)
Power: 20–28 V DC, max 18.6W, Power over Ethernet IEEE 802.3af/802.3at (type 2 class 4) typical 13.1W, max 25.5W
Audio: two-way, AAC-LC, 8/16/32/48 kHz, G.711 PCM 8 kHz, G.726 ADPCM 8 kHz, configurable bit rate, OPUS, external microphone or line input, line output
Memory: 1 GB RAM, 256 MB Flash


Resolution: 5472 x 3648 to 320 x 240
Compression: H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10/AVC), High, Main and Baseline Profile Motion JPEG
Frame-rate: 5472 x 3648 (20 MP) @ 8 fps, Ultra HD (4K) @ 25 fps
Bandwidth control: multiple, individually configurable streams in H.264 and Motion JPEG, controllable frame rate and bandwidth, Axis Zipstream technology in H.264, VBR/CBR H.264
Day/night: automatically removable infrared cut-filter
Minimum illumination: colour: 0.04 lux, B/W: 0.004 lux, F1.2
Video overlay: text and image
Imaging: compression, colour, brightness, sharpness, white balance, exposure control, fine tuning of behaviour at low light, text overlay, rotation: 0°, 180°, day and night shift level

Viewing, detection & recording

Privacy masking: yes
Number of users: not given
Alarm detection: included, Axis video motion detection, active tampering alarm, audio detection, support for AXIS Camera Application Platform enabling installation third-party applications, see, edge storage events, external input
Alarm action: file upload: FTP, HTTP, HTTPS, network share and email, send video clip, notification: email, HTTP, HTTPS and TCP, overlay text, send SNMP Trap, video and audio recording to edge storage, pre- and post-alarm video buffering, external output activation, day/night vision mode, play audio clip, status LED
Pre-/post-alarm buffer: yes
On-camera recording: microSD/SDHC/SDXC slot 
Direct-to-NAS storage: yes
Recording software supported: Axis Camera Station


Power: 20–28 V DC, max 18.6W, Power over Ethernet IEEE 802.3af/802.3at (type 2 class 4) typical 13.1W, max 25.5W
Network: RJ45 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX PoE
Audio: 3.5 mm mic/line in, 3.5 mm line out
Other: DC input, RS485/RS422, terminal block for two configurable inputs/outputs (12 V DC output, max. load 50 mA), SFP slot (100/1000 Mbps) for SFP fibre module


Dimensions: camera body: 176 (L) x 102 (W) x 75 (D) mm
Weight: camera body: 0.84 kg
Warranty: 3 years
Mounting methods: not included
Operating temperatures: 0°C to 45°C
Power consumption: max. 25.5W
Dynamic DNS: yes
Protocols supported: IPv4/v6, HTTP, HTTPSa, SSL/TLSa, QoS Layer 3 DiffServ, FTP, CIFS/SMB, SMTP, Bonjour, UPnPTM, SNMPv1/v2c/v3 (MIB-II), DNS, DynDNS, NTP, RTSP, RTP, SFTP, TCP, UDP, IGMP, RTCP, ICMP, DHCP, ARP, SOCKS, SSH
QoS: yes
Security: password protection, IP address filtering, HTTPSb encryption, IEEE 802.1Xb, network access control, digest authentication, user access log
ONVIF compliant: yes, profile S

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