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Axis Q8685-LE outdoor PTZ positioning IP camera with HD 1080p, 30x optical zoom, 360° pan, 135° tilt and up to 500m IR

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An advanced CCTV solution that allows users to monitor wide outdoor locations responsively, this Axis PTZ positioning IP camera offers full pan/tilt functionality and features 2 IR LED illuminators for enhanced night-vision up to 500m.

  • Axis Advanced Gatekeeper support
  • EIS reduces effects of camera movement
  • 2 IR LED illuminators: up to 500m distance
  • 360° pan & powerful 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-LE

This advanced PTZ positioning IP camera from Axis delivers HD 1080p resolution images round-the-clock at full frame rate. It offers full pan/tilt functionality and a 30x optical zoom to provide comprehensive CCTV monitoring in wide outdoor locations. The camera is also supplied with two powerful infrared (IR) LED illuminators which enhance night vision at a range of up to 500m. Additional features include edge storage, Axis’ Zipstream technology and support for focus recall.

When mounted onto a column or pole, this high-performance unit can deliver a full 360° unobstructed field of view and 135° ‘ground to sky’ tilt. It’s jerk-free, variable pan/tilt movements allow users to precisely navigate across large locations to areas of interest – ensuring all activity is captured. Focus recall is also included and improves PTZ performance by providing instant focus in predefined areas – even in difficult lighting. This handy feature removes the need to manually focus or wait for autofocus to adjust and is useful in scenarios that require a lot of manual operation using a joystick.

Equipped with two IR LED illuminators and a handful of diverging lenses, users are able to select the most suitable beam angle and distance to suit their illumination requirements. In addition, the unit’s IP66-rated aluminium housing makes it suitable for deployment in external areas and support for cold start-up ensures continuous operation in temperatures as low as -40°C. Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS) is also supported to help reduce the effects of camera movement from wind or vibrations.

Video motion detection alarms can be configured to alert users of activity via notifications such as email. These alarms can also be used in combination with Axis’ Advanced Gatekeeper so that if motion is detected, the camera will automatically pan and zoom to 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, recordings can be written to the on-board SD card (not included) to provide a helpful backup of data if the network fails.

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

Key features & benefits

  • Capable of delivering smooth HD 1080p resolution at full frame rate or HD 720p at up to 50 frames per second (fps)
  • Round-the-clock 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
  • 30x optical zoom allows regions of interest to be investigated in real-time
  • Focus recall provides instant focus in predefined areas – even in difficult lighting conditions
  • IR LED illuminators are supplied with a range of diverging lenses and provide up to 500m of night vision
  • Effects of camera movement are reduced with Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS) technology
  • WDR - Forensic Capture improves image quality in scenes with high contrast lighting
  • IP66-rated, aluminium housing offers protection against harsh weather conditions
  • Washer and silicone wiper can be operated remotely to remove any 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
  • Axis' Zipstream technology lowers bandwidth by analysing and optimising the video stream in real-time
  • Integrated SD card recording provides a handy data backup if network connection is lost

Compatible recording platforms

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

Typical applications

The Axis Q8685-LE PTZ positioning IP camera offers an advanced CCTV solution and allows users to monitor wide, outdoor locations responsively. Typical applications include airports, train station terminals and industrial sites.



  • Installation guide
  • Windows decoder 1-user licence
  • Axis PT IR Illuminator Kit C
  • 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-LE


Environment: outdoor (IP66, NEMA 4X-rated)
Type: PTZ dome
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 (without illumination), 64W (with illumination), max: 204W (without illumination), 300W (with illumination), 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: automatic switching from infrared-cut filter to infrared pass 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, B/W: 0 lux with IR illumination. IR illumination: power: 96W, distance: without diverging lenses 10° x 10°: 500 m. diverging lenses 35° x 10°: 240 m, diverging lenses 60° x 25°: 135 m, diverging lenses 80° x 30°: 100 m, diverging lenses 120° x 50°: 65 m 
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 (without illumination), 64W (with illumination), max: 204W (without illumination), 300W (with illumination), 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: 495 x 411 x 580 mm, maximum height with 45° tilt upwards: 680 mm, maximum width/depth with 360° pan clearance: 633 mm
Weight: 18.4kg
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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