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Axis Q8742-E outdoor bispectral PTZ, HD 1080p visual sensor, 640 x 480 (VGA) thermal sensor, 30x optical zoom and 360° pan

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This bispectral PTZ IP camera from Axis delivers both thermal and smooth real-time viewing - all with one camera. Designed for mission-critical applications, this unit allows users to responsively monitor outdoor locations.

  • Forensic WDR supported by visual sensor
  • Powerful 30x optical zoom
  • Includes 360° endless pan and 135° tilt
  • Also includes HD 1080p visual sensor
  • Thermal imaging in 640 x 480 resolution
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This product is discontinued, an alternative model is the Axis Q8752-E

Overview of the Axis Q8742-E

Part of the high-performance Axis Q87 series, this bispectral PTZ network camera from Axis delivers both thermal and high-definition CCTV surveillance in one. The outdoor-ready unit features an HD 1080p visual sensor with 30x optical zooming, and a thermal sensor which delivers thermal imaging in VGA resolution (640 x 480). In addition to full pan/tilt functionality, this advanced PTZ model also includes support for edge storage, focus recall and Axis Zipstream technology.

Delivering two live streams, one from a thermal sensor and one from an HD visual sensor, this dual lens unit captures smooth video footage at up to 25 frames per second (fps). This offers the ‘best of both worlds’ by enabling accurate detection and verification, as well as the ability to distinguish colour and detail. The camera’s visual sensor also supports wide dynamic range (WDR) – Forensic Capture to ensure details in high contrast scenes are not lost. In addition, focus recall technology is included and provides instant focus in predefined areas.

When installed onto a column, wall or pole, this PTZ network camera has the ability to deliver a full 360° unobstructed field of view and a ‘ground to sky’ 135° tilt. Jerk-free, variable pan/tilt movements allow users to precisely navigate across a large scene to specific regions of interest – ensuring all activity is captured. The unit’s robust, IP66-rated housing allows for safe deployment in outdoor areas and cold start-up ensures continuous operation in temperatures as low as -40°C.

Various video motion detection methods are configurable to help alert users of possible incidents, and alarm signalling is enhanced with the connection of external devices via the included I/O connector. These motion detection alerts can also be used to trigger certain tasks such as starting a guard tour or moving directly to a pre-set location - ensuring no vital footage is missed.

Support for Axis’ award winning Zipstream technology helps to lower bandwidth and storage requirements. By analysing the video stream in real-time, this advanced technology ensures important details in the image are retained, while unnecessary data can be removed. The unit’s built-in SFP slot offers optional fibre connectivity for long distance network connections (SFP module not included) and the integrated MicroSD card slot provides edge storage - serving as a data backup if the network connection is interrupted.

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

Key features & benefits

  • Bispectral PTZ consists of a thermal and visual sensor – providing accurate detection, as well as the ability to distinguish colour and detail
  • High-definition, visual sensor captures smooth HD 1080p resolution video at full frame rate
  • Thermal sensor offers thermal imaging in 640 x 480 (VGA) that can be scaled up to 800 x 600 (SVGA)
  • IP66-rated housing allows the unit to be safely deployed in outdoor locations
  • Jerk-free, variable pan/tilt movements (including 360° pan and 135° tilt) allows precise navigation across large scenes
  • 30x optical zoom allows real-time investigation in regions of interest
  • Focus recall improves PTZ performance and provides instant focus in predefined areas
  • WDR – Forensic Capture technology improves image quality in scenes with high contrast lighting
  • Remote operation of the integrated washer and silicone wiper removes water or dirt that collects on the surface of the lens cover
  • Video motion detection alarms can be configured to help enhance security monitoring
  • I/O connector is included and allows external devices to be connected for enhanced alarm signalling
  • Axis’ Zipstream technology optimises the video stream in real-time, lowering bandwidth and storage levels by up to 50%
  • SFP slot enables fibre connectivity for long distance network connections
  • Single IP address makes the 'dual sensor' unit a cost-effective choice when integrating into Axis Camera Station VMS
  • Recordings can be written to the on-board MicroSD card to provide a helpful backup of data if the network fails

Compatible recording platforms

  • Axis Camera Station
  • Milestone XProtect

Typical applications

The Axis Q8742-E is an advanced, bispectral PTZ IP camera that delivers reliable thermal detection and smooth real-time viewing in HD 1080p. Designed for mission-critical applications, this high-performance unit allows users to responsively monitor large locations such as ports, large manufacturing warehouses and airport runways.



  • Installation guide
  • Axis Surveillance MicroSD card (64 GB)
  • Connector kit
  • Torx T20 bit
  • Torx T30 bit

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

  • Mounting accessories

Please note:

  • Thermal imaging cameras are only sold to businesses and not to private individuals
  • Export restrictions apply to certain countries
  • Thermal cameras are non-returnable unless faulty and covered by manufacturer warranty

IMPORTANT WARNING: Thermal cameras are not suitable for coronavirus, fever or COVID-19 detection and we do not recommend their use for this purpose.

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Key technical features of the Axis Q8742-E


Environment: outdoor (IP66, NEMA 4X-rated)
Type: bispectral PTZ dome
Sensor: visual: 1/2.8" progressive scan CMOS, thermal: uncooled micro bolometer 640 x 480 pixels, pixel size: 17µm
Lens: visual: 4.3 - 129mm, F1.6-4.7, horizontal angle of view: 65.6° - 2°, autofocus, auto-iris, thermal: athermalised 35 mm, F1.2, near focus distance: 33m, horizontal angle of view: 17°
PTZ: pan: 360° endless, 0.05-120°/s, tilt: -90°-45°, 0.05-65°/s, jerk-free movements at low speed: ±0.01°/s, preset accuracy: 0.05°, 256 preset positions, guard tour, control queue, focus window, on-screen directional indicator, de-icing control, dynamic load balancing, visual: 30x optical zoom and 12x digital zoom, total 360x zoom, Focus recall
Power: 24 V AC/DC, typical: 16W, max: 204W, TVS 2000V, surge protection, voltage transient protection, I/O connector, output voltage: 12 V DC, max load: 50 mA
Memory: 512 MB RAM, 512 MB Flash


Resolution: visual: 1920 x 1080 to 320 x 180, thermal: 640 x 480 (VGA) (image can be scaled up to 800 x 600 (SVGA))
Compression: H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10/AVC) baseline, main and high profiles, Motion JPEG
Frame-rate: visual: up to 25 fps in HD 1080p, thermal: up to 8.3 fps and 30 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: visual: colour: 0.2 lux, b/w: 0.01 lux 
Sensitivity: thermal: NETD < 50 mK
Video overlay: text and image
Imaging: visual: compression, colour, brightness, sharpness, contrast, local contrast, white balance, exposure control, exposure zones, automatic backlight compensation, fine tuning of behaviour at low light, 120 dB WDR - forensic capture, manual shutter time, text and image overlay, thermal: compression, brightness, sharpness, contrast, local contrast, exposure control, exposure zones, text and image overlay

Viewing, detecting and recording

Privacy masking: 20 individual 3D privacy masks
Number of users: not given
Alarm detection: video motion detection, support for Axis Camera Application Platform
Alarm action: record video: SD card and network share, upload of images or video clips: FTP, SFTP, HTTP, HTTPS, network share and email, notification: email, HTTP, HTTPS, TCP and SNMP trap, PTZ: PTZ preset, start/stop guard tour, overlay text, external output activation, wiper sequence, washer sequence
Pre-/post-alarm buffer: yes
On-camera recording: support for microSD/SDHC/SDXC card 
Direct-to-NAS storage: yes
Recording software supported: Axis Camera Station


Power: 24 V AC/DC, typical: 16W, max: 204W, TVS 2000V, surge protection, voltage transient 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), power connector, I/O connector: 6-pin terminal block with 4 configurable inputs/outputs


Dimensions: 245 x 355 x 580mm
Weight: 14.9kg
Casing: IP66 and NEMA 4X-rated powder coated aluminium, front window: visual: glass, thermal: germanium, long-life silicone wiper, weathershield: 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, HTTPS, SSL/TLS, 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, NTCIP
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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