Axis M1114 Review

Axis is the leader in IP cameras and they recently started releasing some good cameras at afforable prices to compete with the lower costs products from the Asian market. One of the best values is the Axis M1114. This camera comes with a vari-focal lens (manual zoom), auto-iris (variable apeture) and 1 MP resolution they call HD (720p). The camera also has the ability to use a newer compression technology called h.264. This is a video codec designed for surveillence with very good compression (about 10x over other methods) and very good image quality. The advantage to you is you can view your camera remotely at a higher resolution and frame rate than otherwise without compromising quality.

Here are some images taken at different times and compression methods to give you an idea of how this camera performs.

This is a daytime shot using H.264 compression

This is the same image, but taken using MJPEG compression. You can see that it’s not quite as good as the H.264 yet takes up many times more bandwidth.

This final shot is a night time shot. You can see that with a simple 40 Watt bulb, the illumination is quite adequate for this camera and the noise and static you normally get from other cameras is non-existant.

The conclusion is that this camera is great value for the under $500 street price. With an inexpensive outdoor enclosure, this can be used to provide security outdoors as well. It does not have IR capabilities, so it’s best to use visible light from a porch light or night time motion detect flood light.

The pluses of this camera are;

  • HD resolution
  • Easy to setup and use
  • Excellent Axis Tech Support
  • Quality Auto-Iris and Vari-Focal lens
  • Very small compact size
  • Can send emails with pictures on video motion detect
  • Can send FTP pictures (not video) on a schedule or video motion detect
  • Very flexible amount of options on the camera software

The shortfalls of this camera are;

  • does not have audio capabilities
  • does not have external sensor inputs
  • does not have IR capabilities
  • management software is available at additional cost

Recommended for;

  • home or small business surveillence, both indoors and out
  • webcam to feed pictures to your website

Other models in the same family include the M1104, same camera, but with a fixed lens. Also, the M1113, same lens as the M1114, but 800×600 resolution and the M1103, fixed lens, 800×600 resolution. For indoor applications, in a typical home, the M1103 would provide a good general purpose lens and decent resolution. For outdoor use, having the extra resolution and vari-focal/auto-iris lens is a plus.

Leave a Reply

30 Comments on "Axis M1114 Review"

Notify of

Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
1 year 8 months ago

I enjoy, lead to I discovered just what I was looking for. You’ve ended my four day lengthy
hunt! God Bless you man. Have a nice day. Bye

customize your own shirt
1 year 8 months ago

Good day I am so delighted I found your website, I really found you by error,
while I was looking on Digg for something else, Anyhow I am here
now and would just like to say thank you for a fantastic post and a all round exciting blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to read
through it all at the moment but I have bookmarked it and
also included your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read
much more, Please do keep up the fantastic work.

custom tee shirts
1 year 9 months ago

Wonderful goods from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff previous to and
you’re just extremely fantastic. I actually like what you’ve acquired here,
certainly like what you are stating and the way in which you say it.
You make it enjoyable and you still take care of to keep it
sensible. I can’t wait to read far more from
you. This is actually a terrific website.

2 years 3 months ago

This is one of your first reviews. Amazing to see what four years has done. Comparing this to the cameras you’ve reviewed recently 1/3rd the cost buys a far superior product now!

3 years 3 months ago

Do you have any recommendations for a well priced IP camera that would work for a Dahua DVR. I have been scouring your site (which is awesome) and haven’t found something that says that exactly and Dahua isn’t the best at letting me know other than their own products.


3 years 3 months ago

Does this camera work with a Dahua DVR? Dahua DVR1604 16 ip channels.


Arnold Jacobs
4 years 10 months ago

Having recently purchase the Axis M1114e camera, I noticed there is not a convenient way to turn off the camera motion events when I am outside doing routine maintenance on my home. There is a scripting language available, but I am not a software engineer and the learning curve is quite steep. Do you have a script or other method to disable the camera, preferably with a timer to turn it back on?

Best wishes,

5 years 7 months ago


I read above the M1114 can FTP video on motion detection. Can the M1011, M1103, M1104 and M1113 also FTP video on motion detection?
What is the maximum duration of a FTP video (motion detection video).?
Can the motion detection video also be saved to a NAS at the same time as FTP’ing the video?

Many thanks and thanks for the useful blog


Ron Volkman
Ron Volkman
5 years 11 months ago

I’m thinking of using two M1113s to cover two stairwells at a school. The camera would be on the wall at the mid-landing and looking upward/downward. Does the M1113 hav a fairly wide-angle view when zoomed out?

Oscar Goos
6 years 3 months ago

I have two Axis 207 Wireless cameras and want to add them to a word press page. When i use the java code in a word press post or page doc it generates a flashing image.
Does any one know how to add this type of camera to a word press page or post in way that the image is smoothly generated.

Oscar Goos

to see the effect have a look at: http://wogoos.no-ip.org/wpgoos/?m=20101112

6 years 6 months ago

Where did you purchase your M1114?


6 years 6 months ago

On the back side of all IQinVision cameras you will find produced in China.

6 years 7 months ago

Is this camera made in the USA? That is very important to me.

Thank you, Grumpy