Camera test: Axis Q1604
In cooperation with Seetec, GIT SECURITY tests current and new video cameras under standardised conditions in the test laboratory of the SeeTec Hardware Competence Center. The Hardware Competence Center was set up because the data and performance specifications of network cameras as stated by manufacturers are often measured under different conditions and are not always reliable in practice. The results provided a sound basis for planning IP video projects and help to avoid unpleasant surprises. For the testing procedure, video sequences are produced under defined lighting scenarios and are then evaluated. Here, movements in the picture as well as night and backlight situations are taken into consideration.
GIT SECURITY and Seetec did test the IP camera Axis Q1604. Let us have a look at the results:
Axis Q16 Network Camera Series comprises of indoor and outdoor- ready fixed cameras that deliver outstanding image quality in demanding video surveillance conditions, such as poor light or highly variable lighting. Equipped with Axis’ Lightfinder and WDR technology, the Q1604 is designed to enable clear identification of both people and objects, even in highly variable lighting conditions. The camera’s Wide Dynamic Range with dynamic capture works by acquiring several images with different exposure times to handle complex scenes such as when light comes through a window creating both dark and bright zones. The camera delivers progressive scan image quality at 1MP or HDTV 720p in compliance with the SMPTE standard in resolution. It can generate multiple, individually configurable H.264 and Motion JPEG video streams simultaneously and allows easy installation with remote back focus.
The network camera with WDR and very high contrast range, which has been specially optimised for back light situations, produces unsurprisingly good results, particularly in difficult lighting and back light conditions. Of particular note is the fine image definition, even with moving objects. The maximum definition of the PoE camera with streaming is 1280 x 960 pixels – it can provide multiple MJPEG and H.264 video streams simultaneously.