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Axis Q8721-E IP unit with PTZ, a HD 720p visual camera and a 384x288 thermal imaging camera, dual streaming

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This product has now been discontinued, for alternative products see Thermal IP cameras.

Overview of the Axis Q8721-E

The Axis Q8721-E combines a HD 720p camera with a thermal imaging camera into one unit for high-level perimeter security, featuring high-speed pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) functionality with continuous endless rotation.

Designed for security operations at the highest level, the Axis Q8721-E is suited for use in environments such as prisons, military bases, airports, nuclear plants and other critical infrastructure facilities. Featuring dual streaming, the unit can provide high resolution HD 720p CCTV footage in combination with a thermal stream, whereby the thermal feed is used for accurate, long range detection of intruders or vehicles whilst the high resolution video stream with 10x optical zoom is used for the visual monitoring of the area in which the intruder detection took place. The thermal camera's reliable detection functionality is at work day and night (and in complete darkness) as it uses 'heat' as opposed to 'light' to monitor its environment. The Axis Q8721-E PTZ unit is suitable for outdoor use and can withstand temperatures between -30°C to 45°C, making it suitable for use in most climates.

The thermal camera's maximum detection range is 1200 metres using a 60mm lens, whilst using the 35mm lens option would provide a shorter range but wider area coverage (please select required lens from above drop down menu).

Other features such as built-in video motion detection, privacy masking and Axis' Gatekeeper technology, which can guard a °ªgate°å and its surroundings, zooming in when an object appears and zooming out after it has gone, make this advanced network camera suited for high-end surveillance .

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

Key features and benefits

  • Visual camera delivers high quality footage in HD 720p at 30 frames per second with 10x optical zoom for detailed image capture from a distance
  • Thermal camera offers surveillance in complete darkness and can detect a person hidden in bushes or woods
  • PTZ unit offers endless 360° panning for both cameras simultaneously for effective, long-range and wide area coverage with just one unit
  • IP66 rated casing protects the unit from bad weather and enables reliable outdoor use
  • Automatic day/night enables the camera to capture high quality full colour images during daylight, switching to monochrome image capture during low light
  • Autofocus visual camera makes installation and maintenance quicker and provides optimum image capture
  • Video motion detection provides reliable and effective surveillance of an area by instantly alerting the user of activity detected
  • SD card storage can act as a data backup in case of a network failure, ensuring data is constantly recorded and secure
  • Dual codec provides H.264 and Motion JPEG compression options for bandwidth management flexibility
  • Privacy masking enables sensitive or private areas of the camera°ås field of view to be blocked out, preventing video recording in such areas

Compatible recording platforms:

  • Axis Camera Station
  • Milestone XProtect

Typical applications

The Axis Q8721-E dual PTZ network camera offers advanced outdoor surveillance even in complete darkness, ideal for mission-critical applications that demand 24/7 high-end monitoring. Typical applications include military and government grounds, prisons and airports.



  • Installation guide
  • Installation and management software CD
  • Windows decoder 1-user license


  • SD card (please select from above drop down menu if required)
  • PT IR illuminator kit
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Key technical features of the 0489-001 Axis Q8721-E

Environment:outdoor, IP66-rated
Type:dual PTZ unit with one visual camera and one thermal camera
Sensor:visual camera: 1/3° progressive scan CMOS 2 megapixel, thermal camera: uncooled micro bolometer 384x288 pixels
Lens:visual camera: f=5.151 mm, F1.82.1, autofocus, automatic day/night, horizontal angle of view: 48.1°5.1° M37x0.75 mounting thread for optional lens adaptor
Unit PTZ:pan: 360° endless, 0.1°20°/s, tilt: 45° to -20°, 0.1°20°/s, visual camera: 10x optical and 12x digital, total 120x, protocol: Pelco D, preset accuracy: 0.02°
Power:24 V AC 50/60 Hz, 200 W provided by power supply (sold separately) 230/120 V AC 50/60Hz with built-in day/night sensor
Memory:visual camera: 256 MB RAM, 128 MB Flash, thermal camera: 128 MB RAM, 128 MB Flash
Resolution:visual camera with HDTV 1080i 1920x1080, HDTV 720p 1280x720; and thermal camera with 384x288 sensor, image can be scaled up to 768x576 and to standard VGA resolution
Compression:H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10/AVC), Motion JPEG
Frame-rate:visual camera: 30/25 fps in all resolutions and video compression, thermal camera: up to 30 fps within EU, Norway, Switzerland, Canada, USA, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, up to 8.3 fps in other countries
Bandwidth control:visual camera: multiple, individually configurable streams in H.264 and Motion JPEG, thermal camera: at least 1 stream in H.264 and Motion JPEG: simultaneous, individually configured streams in max. resolution at 30 fps, controllable frame rate and bandwidth, VBR/CBR H.264
Day/night:automatic day/night
Minimum illumination:visual camera: colour: 2 lux at 30 IRE, F1.8, B/W: 0.2 lux at 30 IRE, F1.8
Video overlay:text and image
Imaging:visual camera: compression, brightness, sharpness, white balance, exposure control, backlight compensation, mirroring of images, rotation. Thermal camera: compression, brightness, exposure control, mirroring of images, rotation, multiple palettes
Viewing, detection & recording
Privacy masking:yes
Number of users:not given
Alarm detection:video motion detection, active tampering alarm, AXIS Camera Application Platform enabling installation of additional applications, visual camera: gatekeeper, external output
Alarm action:file upload: FTP, HTTP, network share and email, notification: email, HTTP and TCP, video recording to edge storage, pre- and post-alarm video buffering, external output activation
Pre-/post-alarm buffer:yes
On-camera recording:SD/SDHC/SDXC slot supporting memory cards up to 64 GB (card not included), support for recording to network share (network-attached storage or file server)
Recording software supported:Axos Camera Station
Power:24 V AC 50/60 Hz, 200 W provided by power supply (sold separately) 230/120 V AC 50/60Hz with built-in day/night sensor
Dimensions:L691mm x W400mm x H643mm
Weight:28.5kg (net)
Warranty:3 years
Mounting methods:wall, additional adapters: corner, pole, column
Operating temperatures:-30 °C to 45 °C (-22 °F to 113 °F)
Dynamic DNS:yes
Protocols supported:IPv4/v6, HTTP, HTTPSb, QoS Layer 3 DiffServ, FTP, CIFS/SMB, SMTP, Bonjour, UPnP°~, SNMPv1/v2c/v3 (MIB-II), DNS, DynDNS, NTP, RTSP, RTP, TCP, IGMP, RTCP, ICMP, DHCP, ARP, SOCKS
Security:password protection, IP address filtering, HTTPSb encryption, IEEE 802.1Xb, network access control, digest authentication, user access log
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