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May
12

Axis Q6035-E Outdoor PTZ Dome Review

The Axis Q60 series is the crown jewel of the Axis lineup. An HD 1080P PTZ speed dome with 20X optical zoom and great image quality not only during the day, but also using available light at night. Previously I reviewed their 720P PTZ Dome, the P5534-E so we mounted the two side by side to you show you the difference between the two. The Q6035-E outdoor-ready PTZ dome provides HDTV coverage of large areas, great details when zooming in, and high-speed pan/tilt performance.

Axis Q6035-E

Main Features
• HDTV 1080p 30 fps as well as HDTV 720p 60 fps
• Day/night and H.264
• 20x optical zoom
• Wide Dynamic Range (WDR)
• Outdoor-ready with Arctic Temperature Control
• Active Gatekeeper and tour recording
• High Power over Ethernet
• MicroSDHC card slot for local storage
• Remote storage to NAS via Edge recording

First, so that you are not in total sticker shock by the end of this article, dependable, quality PTZ cameras are not cheap and 1080P PTZ cameras are rare. This one is no exception at a street price of about $3,800. The P5534-E previously reviewed has a street price of about $2,800 but has half the resolution. I’ve included some side by side shots that may help in making a decision between the two.

The way PTZ cameras work in surveillance is you set preset positions of scenes that you want the camera to capture. Once you setup these preset positions, you start the guard patrol feature that stops at each point at a preset interval. When live viewing the camera, you use these presets to quickly get the camera to an area you want to look at. There’s a second or two lag as the camera pans, tilts, zooms and refocuses at each preset, but it’s the fastest that I’ve ever used. To show you a typical guard patrol, I put a few minutes of video on YouTube. To see the quality of 1080P, makes sure you chose the video setting to play back at 1080P.

Daytime Video

Nighttime Video

In addition to the guard patrols, active Gatekeeper enables AXIS Q6035/-E cameras to automatically move to a preset position—to zoom in, for example, on a license plate—when motion is detected in a pre-defined area, and to track the detected object. I tried the Gatekeeper feature briefly and it did trigger of a person moving and tracked them.

The P6035-E, like many outdoor PTZ cameras uses more power than the standard PoE switch/injector can put out, so it comes with a special high powered injector that can handle the camera’s 60W requirement. This not only runs the motors to pan, tilt, zoom and focus the camera, but also powers a fan and heater allowing the camera to perform not only where the camera is currently in New Jersey, but in Arctic climates as well.

The camera has the ability record to its internal SD card storage or remotely to networked storage (NAS) that Axis calls Edge Storage. It can record continously, events via motion detection, triggered by external inputs or via a record button on the live view screen. You can play the recorded files from the camera or download them to your computer. I’ve been able to play the downloaded video on a Macbook or Windows PC using native players. It splits the videos into 1 minutes chunks by default but this can be changed to longer periods in the camera’s settings. When downloaded to my PC, the files were large, about 100MB per recorded minute which is not unusual for 1080P cameras. The Axis web interface works from several browsers I’ve tried including IE and Safari.

Here’s some images from the camera. As with other reviews, clicking on the small image will display the full sized image that came straight from the camera. Also as with other reviews, I set the maximum shutter speed to 1/30th of a second as this represents a good compromize between low light capability and motion blur.

Axis Q6035-E Image

To see how well the zoom works, I’ve included some images at different zoom rates starting with 5X

Axis Q6035-E Image

And 10X

Axis Q6035-E Image

and 15X

Axis Q6035-E Image

and finally, at it’s max optical zoom of 20X

Axis Q6035-E Image

This is a side by side shot daytime shot between the Q6035-E and teh P5534-E so you can see the difference between 1080P and 720P.

Axis Q6035-E Image

Now onto the night images. These were taken with just available light, no illuminators were used. It’s tough to use illuminators as you would have to cover such a large area it’s not feasible. If you do need illuminators, I would recomend you put them in spots as needed and not try to cover a large area with them.

Axis Q6035-E Image

Another night shot. The noise reduction is effective but still preserves detail.

Axis Q6035-E Image

This is a side by side shot nighttime shot between the Q6035-E and teh P5534-E so you can see the difference between 1080P and 720P.

Axis Q6035-E Image

The setup interface is traditional Axis which is a pretty clean and comprehensive interface. It has additional features that provide the PTZ functionality. This is the “live view” screen that you see when you first connect to the camera. From this screen you can pan/tilt by clicking on portions of the screen. A small red arrow shows you which way it’s going to go.

Axis Q60 screenshots

This is where you configure the PTZ preset positions

Axis Q60 screenshots

This is the setup screen for motion detection

Axis Q60 screenshots

The conclusion is this camera is great for people that want the capabilities that only a 1080P HD PTZ camera can provide and are not shy about spending the money to get the quality and features they want. There’s no substitute for pixels or image quality. At 20X optical zoom combined with 1080P resolution, you can see things you may have not thought possible.

The pluses for this camera are;

• HD 1080P Resolution with 20X optical zoom
• Fast, powerful pan/tilt/zoom capabilities
• powered by PoE+, only a single Ethernet cable powers and connects this camera
• Invaluable for patrolling large areas
• Very good low light performance

The shortfalls of this camera are;
• May be expensive for home use

Recommended for;

This camera work well if you need to do surveillance on large areas like parks, parking lots, sport arenas where the 1080P resolution and 20X optical zoom will let you count nose hairs on a suspect on the far end of a Walmart parking lot.

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Chase
Chase
2 years 5 months ago

Hi,
Love the reviews and they help a lot in selecting and comparing all the different brands.
I had a few questions:
1) I was curious if you know if the q6045-e is much different than the one you reviewed here?

2) The big question, if price wasn’t a factor, is the Axis a camera you would go with as number one choice or is there another brand that you think actually performs better? (I’m looking for good all around performance, day and night, low light performance and clarity).

Ultimately I’m working on a location in which they want the best and price isn’t a factor, and we’re looking at 9-12 PTZ cameras, and a handful of high resolution low light performing dome cameras.

Just curious what your thoughts were. Thanks for the great reviews picture examples!

Chris
Chris
2 years 11 months ago

I have read your review for LPR and I know you reccomend the Axis Q1604. But would this camera be any good for license plate recognition?

nojahele
nojahele
3 years 9 months ago

Is the ACTi KCM-8211 able to be purchased yet? I see them for sale online at a number of places but I read somewhere that you said they weren’t really in stock. Any plans to do a review on one?

Thank you.

tonosity
tonosity
4 years 22 days ago

I own the Q6034-E, and agree with comment about the software deficiencies of Gatekeeper and Auto-Tracking.

In lieu of updates to the firmware, does anyone have, or know of, work-arounds or tips in making the promise of these facilities somewhat obtainable?

Thanks!

Robert
Robert
4 years 25 days ago

First of all thank you for all great reports. I have just one question though. In your review you write:
– Axis Q6035-E: Very good low light performance
– Axis P5534-E: Mediocre low light capability (http://www.networkcameracritic.com/?p=172)

Then in your youtube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rr5aBgUTJ-0), you say: “We tested the Q60 and P55 side by side, same exposure setting, same angle, same time and they both performed equally in low light, just the resolution difference.”

Now, how do both cameras really perform in low-lights situations – well, mediocre?
How do they perform against Panasonic SC385 or SW395. Those Panasonics are a direct competitor so it would be great if you could provide some side-by-side tests of these cameras against it. Or at least for the future – as you do test a camera, take at least some of the images against the same background and motive and roughly the same lighting conditions as a reference. Then everybody could see right away, ah ok, that’s the image of the Panasonic at 1 lux roughly and that’s the same image of Axis at 1 lux roughly.

Keep up the great job.

JCerna
JCerna
4 years 1 month ago

Thank you for this review I am looking for a good camera for to cover 400 feet distance all around. This seems like a good fit however I don’t like that the gatekeeper auto track doe not seem to work well. I am going to try to order this one and maybe the bosh autodome 800. I heard that has a really good autotrack feature.

Thank you for the reviews very helpful.

Jean
Jean
4 years 4 months ago
I bought this camera two months ago and here is my opinion. Quality of construction, finish and parts are excellent. PTZ functions are also excellent. Image quality is stunning except for ghost image when the camera is pointing at the horizon and is zoomed at maximum. In most instances this is not a problem. What is really deficient is the software driving the camera. Many desirable functions are impossible to implement, like zooming in on a detected moving object. Motion detection is often unreliable. Moving object following is a joke. On windy days, when trees are moving, the camera starts to look everywhere except where it should. There is no feedback to the user on what is going on like if a motion was detected or recording is taking place. At night, the camera will follow the light reflection on the plastic globe instead of following the object. Support people are trying their best but are unable to fix some bugs I found and programming deficiencies. Lastly, the video format, a free Linux standard, is imbedded in 7 or 8 deep directories. Not many video players are able to use it. I tried it on Windows 7 and Mac OSX.… Read more »
Ab2reza
Ab2reza
4 years 8 months ago

great and usaeful,thankS:)

Lee Smith
Lee Smith
4 years 8 months ago

Glad I found your site, thanks!

Lee Smith
Lee Smith
4 years 8 months ago

Hello! Thanks for the site and the insight to these cameras. I am wondering if this is the ultimate camera to give the most lifelike picture over a network. I have a home entertainment company and a client I have wants to be able to see their view from Lake Tahoe on their 55″ TV in the SF Bay Area. I have been looking at IP cameras (Vivotek, Fostek) and even though a still picture looks ok, the moving picture leaves much to be desired. Before trying Axis myself, would you say they give such a lifelike picture that on a 55″ TV it would look like you’re looking out a window? That’s my client’s request. You sound like you know what you are talking about, any help appreciated.

Thanks!

teto9001
teto9001
4 years 9 months ago

Great review, I just found your blog on CCTVForum.com, and I already subscribed.
Thank’s for your work!

John - New Jersey
John - New Jersey
4 years 9 months ago
As always, execellent review. As others out here may or may not know, I had the pleasure to run these cameras side by side. I’ve been running the Axis P5534-E for just over a year and never had any problems. It is rock solid. The Q6035-E has been running for about a month and during the initial testing we ran into a problem with ghosting while running h.264. Axis support had beta firmware to fix this problem which we installed and it corrected the problem and also corrected a problem if you use the SD card functionilty. In other words, Axis support was very responsive when problems were brought to their attention. The Q6035-E as well as the P5534-E cameras are serious cameras that cover target areas in great detail. If your needs are to just monitor your front door of your home from 10 feet away to ensure the mailman drops the mail neatly into your mailbox, these are not the cameras you want. An Axis M1114-E may be a better choice if you want to stay in the AXIS family. However, if you need to cover large areas closeup as well as far away, need powerful zoom to… Read more »
ranchcam
ranchcam
4 years 9 months ago
Thank you for your great reviews. I like the axis ptz’s and hope to buy one (the more cheaper one) after building up more budget. Have done some recent acquisitions that involved some decent spending. Based on your reviews I have bought 2 Avtech Avn80x camera’s and like them so far. I also recently bought 3 Axis M3114 VE’s (cap/no-cap regular/no-cap 2mm). In addition I have a 207W and a M1011W. I’m currently installing everything at a vacation home (home + barn and +10 acre land) and want something that keeps an eye on the place and also records the video. In addition to the existing outdoor axis’ I thing I will add potentially 3 more outdoor cams (likely axis as I like the quality) and potentially a few more indoor cams. For the recording, I ordered the Qnap vs2008l and installed it this past weekend. Although I have a bit of knowledge on installing computers it has not been easy to set everything up so that it records and that gives me access from afar. Still need to wrap my head around port forwarding etc. Therefore, so far I have only been able to set up regular cam updates… Read more »
David
David
4 years 9 months ago

Nice camera and review. Will add it to my shopping list when I win the lottery.

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