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Axis Communications Q1604-E Day/Night Outdoor Network Camera

B&H # AXQ1604E MFR # 0463-001
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Product Highlights
  • 1/3" Progressive Scan RGB CMOS Sensor
  • 2.8 - 8mm Varifocal Lens / DC-Iris
  • 1 MP/HDTV 720p Resolution
  • Multiple H.264 & MJPEG Streams
  • Wide Dynamic Range with Dynamic Capture
  • Day/Night ICR Function/SD/SDHC Card Slot
  • Password Protection/IP Filtering
  • Remote Back Focus Function/Pixel Counter
  • Arctic Temperature Control/High PoE
  • IP66, IP10 & NEMA 4X-Rated

The Axis Communications Q1604-E Day/Night Outdoor Network Camera is housed in a casing that is strong enough to withstand up to 20 Joules, which is equivalent to a 5 kg weight being dropped on the camera from a height of 40 cm. Furthermore, the camera’s aluminum casing is IP66- and NEMA 4X-rated. This means that camera is well-protected against corrosion, windblown dust and rain, splashing water, hose-directed water, and damage from external ice formation. The Arctic Temperature Control ensures that the camera can function in adverse weather conditions as low as -40°F (-40°C) and also to start up at that temperature following a power failure. Additionally, the Q1604-E camera with an integrated dehumidifying membrane eliminates any humidity caught in the camera casing during installation.

Equipped with a 1/3" RGB CMOS sensor, delivers clear and crisp images in 1 MP/HDTV 720p  resolution. Featuring progressive scan technology, rest assured that you will get smooth image capture for scenes with fast moving objects .For video compression, this network camera transmits multiple streams in H.264 and MJPEG video formats at either full frame rates or individually optimized for different quality needs and bandwidth constraints. Defined by its Day/Night ICR (infrared cut filter removal) function, the network camera switches between color and B&W as per changes in ambient lighting, ensuring accurate color reproduction in daylight and enhanced B&W images at night.

With the Remote Back Focus function, you can easily fine tune the focus from a computer. Focus Assistant enables you to set the focus, and a flashing green LED indicates that the image is in focus. A unique feature of this camera is its pixel counter function, which calculates the number of pixels contained in a given part of the image, for example a person's face. This is an important feature for satisfying certain jurisdictions requiring proof of resolution before an image can be submitted for evidence.

Intelligent video capabilities include video motion detection, audio detection, and active tampering alarm. The camera supports an open API (Application Programming Interface) for software integration, including the ONVIF specification for interoperability between network video products. Included with this camera is a High PoE that allows power to be routed over the same Ethernet cable used to communicate data. This eliminates the need to run a separate power cable to the camera, saving time and labor costs. Additionally, it has an SD slot for on-board storage of the recorded footage.


Excellent Image Quality
  • 1/3" RGB CMOS sensor along with 2.8 - 8mm varifocal DC-iris lens, delivers clear and crisp images in 1 MP/HDTV 720p resolution
  • Progressive scan technology delivers blur free images at 30 fps
  • Wide Dynamic Range technology with dynamic capture allows to provide homogeneous images, without too dark or too bright parts
  • Backlight compensation adjusts video gain to correct the exposure when the object is in front of a bright light source
  • White balance feature adjusts the red, green, and blue colors taking a standard white reference to get clear images
  • Day & Night ICR Function: Switches between color and B&W as per changes in ambient lighting, ensuring accurate color reproduction in daylight and enhanced B&W images at night
Remote Back Focus and Pixel Counter
  • Focus Assistant enables you to set the focus; flashing green LED indicates that the image is in focus
  • Remote Back Focus function allows you to easily fine-tune the focus from a computer
  • Helps the installer ensure the pixel resolution of an object meets the regulatory or specific customer requirements
Optimized Use of Bandwidth and Storage
  • Multiple H.264 and MPEG streams can be provided simultaneously either in full frame rate or individually optimized for different quality needs and bandwidth constraints
  • SD/SDHC card slot for on-board storage for recording images or small video clips
Intelligent Features
  • Video motion detection feature compares the current frame with a pre-determined standard frame to accurately trigger an alarm if motion is detected
  • API (Application Program Interface) supports an open API for software integration, including the ONVIF specification and the VAPIX and Axis Camera Application Platform from Axis Communications
  • Includes features such as privacy masking, text and image overlay, exposure control, and mirroring of images
  • Text and Image Overlay: A static image superimposed on video image can be used to provide extra information or for masking part of video image
Outdoor-Ready Installation with Arctic Temperature Control
  • IP-66 rated weather-proof camera with an integrated dehumidifying membrane, eliminating any humidity caught in the camera casing during installation
  • Arctic Temperature Control ensures that the camera not only functions at -40°F (-40°C) but also starts up at that temperature following a power failure
  • A sun shield is also included for effective protection against reflections from sunlight
  • IP-66 / NEMA 4x-rated housing ensuring uninterrupted surveillance in exposed and high-risk locations
  • IK10 rating implies that the camera can withstand an impact of up to 20 Joules (equivalent to a 5 kg weight being dropped on the camera from a height of 40 cm)
  • The camera enables easy mounting of an infrared illuminator under the enclosure
  • Password Protection restricts access to unauthorized persons
  • IP Filtering restricts access to one or more user groups; user groups can be created with an IP address range being defined for each group
  • Digest Authentication uses a system where the network server authenticates a user request through a domain controller and then grants access to authorized users only
  • User Access Log consists of those who actually accessed the images on the network
  • HTTPS (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol over SSL) protects streaming data transmission across the network
Power over Ethernet
  • Built-in 802.3af compliant PoE allows the camera to receive power directly from its network interface, making installation possible without the need for additional wiring and cables
  • High PoE midspan allows power to be routed through the same cable used to communicate data
Image Sensor Device 1/3" Progressive scan RGB CMOS
Lens DC-iris, IR corrected, CS-mount

2.8 - 8 mm varifocal lens at F/1.2; 80 - 34° horizontal angle of view

Support for P-Iris lens

Day/Night Automatically removable infrared-cut filter
Minimum Illumination Color: 0.4 lux at F/1.2
B&W: 0.06 lux at F/1.2 with dynamic capture
Shutter time 1/29500 s to 2 s, 1/231 s to 1/44 s with dynamic capture
Video Compression H.264 baseline and main profile (MPEG-4 Part 10/AVC)
Motion JPEG
Resolution 1280 x 960 (1 MP) to 160 x 90
Frame Rate H.264 30 fps in 60 Hz capture mode, 25 fps in 50 Hz capture mode
Frame Rate Motion JPEG 30 fps in 60 Hz capture mode, 25 fps in 50 Hz capture mode
Video Streaming Multiple, individually configurable streams in H.264 and Motion JPEG
Controllable frame rate and bandwidth
Image Settings Compression, color, brightness, sharpness, contrast, white balance, exposure control, exposure zones, backlight compensation, fine tuning of behavior at low light, wide dynamic range - dynamic contrast, fine tuning of behavior at low light

WDR: Up to 120dB (0.4 - 400,000 lux) depending on scene
Text and image overlay, privacy mask, mirroring of images

Audio Streaming Two-way
Audio Compression AAC LC 8/16 kHz
G.711 PCM 8 kHz
G.726 ADPCM 8 kHz
Configurable bit rate
Audio Input/Output External microphone input or line input, line output
Security Password protection, IP address filtering, digest authentication, user access log, IEEE 802.1X network access control, HTTPS encryption
Supported Protocols IPv4/v6, HTTP, HTTPS, QoS Layer 3 DiffServ, FTP, SMTP, Bonjour, UPnP, SNMPv1/v2c/v3(MIB-II), DNS, DynDNS, NTP, RTSP, RTP, TCP, UDP, IGMP, RTCP, ICMP, DHCP, ARP, SOCKS
System Integration
Application Programming Interface Open API for software integration, including the ONVIF
Application Platform from Axis Communication
Support for Axis Video Hosting System (AVHS) with One-Click Camera connection
Intelligent Video Video motion detection, active tampering alarm, audio detection
Support for Axis Camera Application Platform enabling installation of additional applications
Alarm Triggers Intelligent video, edge storage events, external input
Alarm Events File upload via FTP, HTTP and email
Notification via email, HTTP and TCP
External output activation
Video and audio recording to local storage
Pre- and post-alarm video buffering
Installation Software Focus assistant, remote back focus, pixel counter
Casing Camera: Metal (zinc)

IP66- and NEMA 4X-rated, IK10 impact resistant aluminum enclosure with integrated dehumidifying membrane Color: white NCS S 1002-B

Processor ARTPEC-4
Memory 256 MB RAM, 128 MB Flash
Power PoE IEEE 802.3af maximum 12.95 W or High PoE maximum 25.5 W
Connectors RJ-45 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX PoE
Terminal block for 1 alarm input and 1 output
3.5 mm mic/line in, 3.5 mm line out
Edge Storage SD/SDHC memory card slot (card not included) Support for recording to network share (Network Attached Storage or file server) 1
Please Note:

Edge storage is a technology that allows a network video device to create, control, and manage recordings either locally to an SD/SDHC card, or to network shares such as Network Attached Storage (NAS)

Approvals EN 55022 Class B, EN 61000-3-2, EN 61000-3-3, EN 61000-6-1, EN 61000-6-2, EN 55024, FCC Part 15 Subpart B Class B, ICES-003, Class B, VCCI Class B, C-tick AS/NZS CISPR 22, KC, EN 60950-1, IEC 60950-1, IEC 60529 IP66, NEMA 250 Type 4X, IEC 62262, IK10, IEC60950-22, IEC 60068-2-6, IEC 60068-2-27, EN 50121-4/IEC 62236
Operating Conditions -22 to 122°F (-30 to 50°C) with PoE; down to -40 ºF (-40 ºC) with High PoE
Arctic Temperature Control enables camera start-up at temperatures as low as -40 ºF (-40 ºC ) with High PoE
Dimensions (DxWxH) 6 x 3.1 x 1.8" (151 x 78 x 46 mm)
Weight 6.8 lb (3.1 kg)
Axis Communications Q1604-E Day/Night Outdoor Network Camera
  • Stand
  • Connector Kit
  • Installation Guide
  • CD with Installation Tools
  • Recording Software
  • User Manual
  • Windows Decoder 1-User License
  • Wall Mount Bracket
  • Sunshield
  • 3-Year Warranty

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    Axis CommunicationsQ1604-E Day/Night Outdoor Network Camera

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    High frame rate at day & night

    By Noski

    from Boston, MA

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer


    • Accurate
    • Discreet
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Interal Clock W Battery
    • Sd Card Video Recording
    • Sensitive


    • Not Top Quality For Price

    Best Uses

    • Recording

    Comments about Axis Communications Q1604-E Day/Night Outdoor Network Camera:

    PROS: Perfect visibility of static objects outside at night; improved detail on moving ones at night with limited light; great for SD card recording. Has
    dark magnesium - not standing out (good). The best of all is the exceptionally high frame rate. When internal recordings from 90MB/s SD card (not included) I get the .5-.3x slow down playback - which means I get ca. 60 fps (when fps limit left blank in settings).

    CONS: Sound recording at highest resolution is choppy (may be caused by high frame rate - see below). When continuously connected to ipad app (on 100 Mbp/s PoE line) causes image being out of sync (flickering after >30 min) - reconnecting fixes it
    temporally. There is also described (in other review) artifact when strong light is seen at night. I see sodium lamp (yellowish light) reflection on car
    bodies as pink 'walking' cloud which changes shape and location slightly - it cycles within 10-15 seconds: appears and disappears. Really minor - but might
    be important when using footage in a court etc. Also when SD recording : it intermittently switches between 720 and 960 lines of resolution (vertical) causing the whole image vertically stretched for no reason on some recordings (in the same lighting condition or scene speed).

    OTHER: Runs rather hot even on cold days behind a window and in a shade of upper window frame outlooking parking lot. I would not trust it into enclosure at
    high summer temperatures. It is also known that heat creates noise in image, although this cam has really clean image. Other cams (1/5-1/4th the price) trigger motion detection at night all the time because of noise.

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