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Axis Q8685-E outdoor PTZ positioning IP camera with HD 1080p, 30x optical zoom, 360° pan, 135° tilt and focus recall

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Ideal for users requiring comprehensive CCTV monitoring in wide outdoor locations, this Axis PTZ positioning IP camera features 360° endless pan alongside powerful 30x optical zooming for real-time investigation of areas of interest.

  • Forensic WDR for improved imaging
  • Axis Advanced Gatekeeper support
  • EIS counteracts vibration of the camera
  • 360° pan & 30x optical zoom
  • HD 1080p resolution
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This product is discontinued, an alternative model is the Axis Q8615-E

Overview of the Axis Q8685-E

Part of the advanced Axis Q86 series, this PTZ positioning IP camera can deliver HD 1080p resolution video at full frame rate – 24 hours a day. It features full pan/tilt functionality and a powerful 30x optical zoom to provide comprehensive CCTV monitoring in wide outdoor locations. Additional features of this robust network camera include integrated SD card storage, Axis’ Zipstream technology and support for focus recall.

This high-performance unit is able to offer an unobstructed field of view - thanks to its 360° endless pan and ‘ground to sky’ 135° tilt. Jerk-free, variable pan/tilt movements allow users to navigate quickly and precisely across large scenes to specific areas of interest – ensuring no activity is missed if an incident occurs. In addition, the camera provides instant focus in predefined areas, even in challenging lighting conditions using focus recall. This handy feature removes the need to manually focus or wait for autofocus to adjust - useful in scenarios that require a lot of manual operation using a joystick.

Housed in an IP66-rated aluminium casing, the unit can be safely deployed in outdoor areas and support for cold start-up ensures continuous operation in temperatures as low as -40°C. Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS) technology is also included which helps to reduce the effects of camera movement from vibrations or harsh weather conditions. In addition, wide dynamic range (WDR) – Forensic Capture improves the quality of images captured in high contrast scenes by lowering noise levels and increasing the image signal.

A range of configurable video motion detection alarms are available to help alert users of activity in pre-defined areas of the scene. These alarms can also be used in combination with Axis’ Advanced Gatekeeper so that if motion is detected, the camera will automatically pan and then zoom into a preset position. Users are also able to connect external alarm sources via the included I/O connector to help enhance alarm signalling.

Axis' Zipstream technology analyses and optimises the video stream in real time, recording interesting detail in high quality, whilst filtering other areas out to reduce bandwidth and storage use. In addition, built-in SD card storage (card not included) provides a handy back-up of data in the case of network failure.

Please note: this camera does not come with a power supply, please select from the above dropdown menu if required.

Key features & benefits

  • Delivers HD 1080p resolution at full frame rate or HD 720p at up to 50 frames per second (fps)
  • 24-hour monitoring is supported (in night-mode) with the camera’s removable IR-cut filter
  • Jerk-free, 360° pan and ‘ground to sky’ 135° tilt enables precise navigation across large scenes
  • Regions of interest can be investigated in real-time using 30x optical zooming
  • Focus recall improves PTZ performance and offers instant focus in predefined areas
  • Electronic Image Stabilisation reduces the effects of camera movement for sharper image capture
  • WDR - Forensic Capture improves visibility and ensures the capture of details in high contrast scenes
  • IP66-rated aluminium housing allows the unit to be safely deployed in external locations
  • Remote operation of the built-in washer and silicone wiper removes water or dirt that collects on the surface of the lens cover
  • Cold start-up ensures continuous operation of the camera in temperatures as low as -40°C
  • Intelligent video analytics, motion detection alarms and Axis’ Advanced Gatekeeper help to enhance security monitoring
  • Reduced bandwidth levels with Axis’ award winning Zipstream technology
  • Recordings can be stored locally to the on-board SD card (not included) and used as a backup if the network fails

Compatible recording platforms

  • Axis Camera Station
  • Milestone XProtect
  • Morphean Cloud CCTV
  • CamStreamer Cloud

Typical applications

The Axis Q8685-E PTZ positioning IP camera offers advanced, security monitoring and allows users to monitor large outdoor locations responsively. Typical applications include stadiums, airports and industrial sites.



  • Installation Guide
  • Windows decoder 1-user license
  • Power connector
  • I/O connector
  • Torx bits T20 and T30

Optional (please select from the dropdown menu above & accessories tab if required):

  • SD card
  • Mounting accessories


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Key technical features of the Axis Q8685-E


Environment: outdoor (IP66, NEMA 4X-rated)
Type: PTZ box
Sensor: 1/2.8" progressive scan CMOS
Lens: f=4.3-129 mm, F1.6-4.7 autofocus, auto iris, horizontal angle of view: 65.6°-2.0°
PTZ: pan: 360° endless, 0.05-120°/s, tilt: -90°-40°, 0.05-50°/s, zoom: 310x Optical, 12x digital, total 360x zoom, preset accuracy: 0.05°, 256 preset positions, guard tour, control queue, on-screen directional indicator, focus window, speed zoom, focus recall
Power: 24 V AC/DC, typical: 16W, max: 204W, power loss recovery, TVS 2 kV surge protection, I/O connector, output voltage: 12 V DC, max load: 50 mA
Memory: 512 MB RAM, 256 MB Flash


Resolution: HD 1080p (1920 x 1080) to (320 x 180)
Compression: H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10/AVC) baseline, main and high profiles, Motion JPEG
Frame-rate: HD 1080p: up to 25 fps, HD 750p: 50 fps
Bandwidth control: multiple, individually configurable streams in H.264 and Motion JPEG, controllable frame rate and bandwidth, VBR/MBR H.264, Axis' Zipstream technology in H.264
Day/night: automatically removable infrared cut-filter in night mode
Minimum illumination: colour: 0.2 lux @ 30 IRE F1.6, B/W: 0.01 lux @ 30 IRE F1.6, colour: 0.25 lux @ 50 IRE F1.6, B/W: 0.02 lux @ 50 IRE F1.6
Video overlay: text and image
Imaging: compression, colour, brightness, sharpness, white balance, exposure control, exposure zones, backlight compensation, fine tuning of behaviour at low light, electronic image stabilisation, manual shutter time, image freeze on PTZ, wide dynamic range - Forensic Capture

Viewing, detecting and recording

Privacy masking: 20 individual 3D privacy masks
Number of users: not given
Alarm detection: video motion detection, shock detection, Advanced Gatekeeper, support for Axis Camera Application Platform
Alarm action: day/night mode, overlay text, video recording to edge storage, external output activation, send SNMP trap, illumination, WDR mode, wiper sequence, washer sequence, PTZ control: preset position, guard tour, autotracking, file upload via FTP, SFTP, HTTP, HTTPS network share, email, notification: HTTP, HTTPS, TCP, email
Pre-/post-alarm buffer: yes
On-camera recording: support for SD/SDHC/SDXC card 
Direct-to-NAS storage: yes
Recording software supported: Axis Camera Station


Power: 24 V AC/DC, typical: 16W, max: 204W, power loss recovery, TVS 2 kV surge protection, I/O connector, output voltage: 12 V DC, max load: 50 mA
Network: RJ45 for 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX PoE
SD card slot: SD card
Other: SFP slot (SFP module not included), I/O connector: 6-pin terminal block with 4 configurable inputs/outputs


Dimensions: 229 x 411 x 580 mm, maximum height with 45° tilt upwards: 680 mm, maximum width/depth with 360° pan clearance: 633 mm
Weight: 14kg
Casing: IP66, NEMA 4X-rated, powder coated aluminium, front window: tempered glass with anti-reflective coating, long-life silicone wiper, sunshield: high-impact UV-stabilised thermoplastic
Warranty: 5 years
Mounting methods: mounting options available separately 
Operating temperatures: normal: -50°C - 55°C, arctic temperature control: start-up at -40°C
Power consumption: typical: 16W, max: 204W
Dynamic DNS: yes
Protocols supported: IPv4/v6, HTTP, HTTPSc, SSL/TLSc, QoS Layer 3 DiffServ, FTP, SFTP, CIFS/SMB, SMTP, Bonjour, UPnPTM, SNMP v1/v2c/v3 (MIB-II), DNS, DynDNS, NTP, RTSP, RTP, TCP, UDP, IGMP, RTCP, ICMP, DHCP, ARP, SOCKS, SSH, Axis APTP A
QoS: yes
Security: password protection, IP address filtering, HTTPS encryption, IEEE 802.1Xa network access control, digest authentication, user access log, centralised certificate management
ONVIF compliant: yes, profile S
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