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Axis P1280-E thermal modular IP camera with outdoor-ready sensor, 208x156 resolution thermal imaging, edge storage and PoE

Axis P1280-E thermal modular IP camera with outdoor-ready sensor, 208x156 resolution thermal imaging, edge storage and PoE
£689.00   £826.80 inc VAT
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This Axis modular thermal IP camera consists of a main unit and a separate, outdoor-ready thermal sensor module. It's ideal for users who require unobtrusive and accurate round-the-clock detection in sensitive areas.
  • Thermal imaging in 208x156 resolution
  • Fixed lens: 35.4° viewing angle
  • Corridor Format for viewing narrow scenes
  • Place sensor up to 12m away from main unit
  • PoE support simplifies installation
  • Axis 5-year warranty

Overview of the Axis P1280-E

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This modular network camera consists of a main unit and a separate, outdoor-ready thermal sensor module to provide unobtrusive and accurate detection - at any time of the day or night. Part of the Axis P12 series, the advanced unit is ideal for use in sensitive locations that require reliable detection (without revealing personal details) and can be easily installed via Power-over-Ethernet (PoE).

The modular camera’s thumb-sized sensor delivers thermal imaging in 208x156 resolution at up to 8.3 frames per second (fps). The sensor can also be easily mounted onto a wall or ceiling using the included bracket, then manually tilted to achieve the desired viewing direction. For flexible installation options, alternative mounting accessories are available (not included) and the IP67-rated sensor can be placed up to 12m away from the indoor main unit using a detachable cable.

Axis Corridor Format technology is included to help maximise the area of interest in narrow scenes by vertically orientating the video stream. This helps to reduce bandwidth and prevent redundant areas from being recorded.

Users can be alerted by notifications such as email when motion is detected by the camera thanks to its configurable video motion detection alarms. In addition, thermal imaging cameras are less sensitive to shadows and challenging light conditions. This allows them to achieve high accuracy with a reduced possibility of false-alarms when compared to non-thermal network cameras.

Helpful PoE support supplies the camera with both power and network connection over a single cable to enable quick and cost-effective installation. Additionally, Axis’ award-winning Zipstream is included to help lower bandwidth and storage levels by an average of up to 50%. This advanced technology optimises the video stream in real-time, allowing important details to be retained while unnecessary data is removed.

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

Key features & benefits

  • Modular IP camera consists of an indoor main unit and IP67-rated, thumb-sized thermal sensor module
  • Thermal IP cameras provide reliable security surveillance and reduce the occurrence of false alarms
  • Delivers thermal imaging in 208 x 156 resolution that can be scaled up to 640 x 480 resolution
  • 4mm thermal sensor offers a 35.4° horizontal angle of view
  • Detachable cable enables the main unit and sensor to be separated by a distance of up to 12m
  • Included mount allows for installation onto walls or ceilings and enables users to easily set the desired viewing direction
  • Axis Corridor Format vertically orientates the video stream, allowing the field of view to be optimised for monitoring narrow areas
  • Enhanced security monitoring with a range of configurable video motion detection alarms
  • Axis' Zipstream technology lowers bandwidth by analysing and optimising the video stream in real-time
  • Recordings can be stored locally to the on-board MicroSD card (not included) and used as a backup if the network fails
  • Support for PoE reduces cabling by delivering both power and network connectivity via a single cable

Compatible recording platforms

Typical applications

The Axis P1280-E modular thermal IP camera delivers advanced detection in sensitive areas that require details of a person in the scene to remain unidentifiable. With flexible installation options, users are able to place the main unit up to 12m away from the outdoor-ready sensor module. Typical applications include care homes, schools and authorised user entranceways.



  • Installation guide
  • Windows decoder 1-user licence
  • AVHS authentication key
  • Axis F8201 vari-angle mounting bracket

Optional (please select from the accessories tab):

  • Midspan
  • MicroSD card

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.

    Key technical features of the Axis P1280-E


    Environment: main unit: indoor, thermal sensor: outdoor (IP66 and IP67-rated)
    Type: modular, main unit and thermal sensor
    Sensor: uncooled microbolometer 208 x 156, pixel size 12 µm, spectral range: 8-14 µm
    Lens: athermalised 4 mm, F1.2, horizontal field of view: 35.4°, near focus distance: 1 m
    PTZ: not given 
    Memory: 512 MB RAM, 256 MB Flash
    Power: Power over Ethernet IEEE 802.3af/802.3at Type 1 Class 2, max: 4.0 W, typical: 2.5 W
    Audio: not given


    Resolution: 208 x 156, image can be scaled up to 640 x 480
    Compression: H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10/AVC) Baseline, Main and High Profiles Motion JPEG
    Frame-rate: up to 8.3 fps
    Bandwidth control: multiple, individually configurable streams in H.264 (Main, Baseline and High Profiles) and Motion JPEG, controllable frame rate and bandwidth, VBR/MBR H.264, Axis' Zipstream technology in H.264
    Video overlay: not given
    Day/night: not given
    Sensitivity: NETD < 100 mK
    Imaging: brightness, sharpness, contrast, automatic gain control, gain, rotation, palette, compression, mirroring, text and image overlay, Axis Corridor Format

    Viewing, detection & recording

    Privacy masking: not given
    Number of users: not given
    Alarm detection: Axis Video Motion Detection, support for Axis Camera Application Platform enabling installation of third-party applications
    Alarm action: file upload: email, FTP, HTTP, HTTPS, network share, notification: email, HTTP, HTTPS and TCP, send SNMP trap
    Pre-/post-alarm buffer: yes
    On-camera recording: support for microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC card
    Direct-to-NAS storage: yes
    Recording software supported: Axis Camera Station


    Network: female RJ45 for 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX PoE, RJ12 for sensor unit
    Audio: not given
    Alarm I/O: not given
    Video: not given


    Dimensions: main unit: 16.5 x 46 x 109 mm, thermal sensor: ø30 x 62mm, sensor unit cable: 12m
    Weight: main unit: 72 g, thermal sensor with cable: 370 g
    Warranty: 5 years
    Mounting methods: included Axis F8201 vari-angle mounting bracket
    Operating temperatures: main unit: –20°C to 50°C, thermal sensor: -30°C - 55°C
    Power consumption: max. 4W
    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, HTTPSa encryption, IEEE 802.1Xa network access control, digest authentication, user access log, centralised certificate management
    ONVIF compliant: yes
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