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The New 4k IP Cameras – A Writeup of Axis and Hikvision’s Webinar

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Axis P1428-E - From use-IP's range of 4k IP cameras
Hikvision and Axis recently gave a webinar in conjunction with Security System News on the topic of 4k IP cameras, the challenges that the new technology brings, as well as the vast number of benefits we can expect to see within the next couple of years as it increasingly moves towards becoming the industry standard. Below is a short writeup of their discussion by us at use-IP, where we’ll go over their points and provide a general introduction to 4k technology for the average user. Be sure to check out the webinar yourself here if you’re interested, ‘From the Living Room to the Control Room: 4k Ultra HD Surveillance‘, as it makes for a very interesting listen for anyone excited about where the technology will be taking us over the next few years.


Axis Product Codes

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

At use-IP we often blog about new products from Axis Communications and include what at first seem to be the meaningless Axis product codes in the product names, such as “Q6032-E”M1031-W” etc. Well, in fact, the product codes can give you a good overview of the specifications and possible applications of each model. Each character of the product code denotes a certain aspect of the product:

Take the M1031-W for example:

  • The “M” lets you know that it is a member of Axis’s affordable range
  • The first number “1” indicates the product type, in this case “fixed camera”
  • The second number “0” is the series number

All of the above then gives you the series name, in this case the “Axis M10 Series

  • The third number “3” indicates the running no.
  • The final number “1” indicates the resolution/no. of channels
  • And the letter at the end indicates any extra features the camera may have, in this case “W” for Wireless

Axis Product Naming Convention

There are many different possibilities for each character of the product name and Axis provide a breakdown of each of these on their website.

Please use the links below to access Axis product pages, datasheets and Axis’s full breakdown of product names:



H.264 Network Video from Axis

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

H.264 video compression capability is built into all the latest generation IP cameras from Axis Communications.

Cue the video … 🙂

Follow this link to view the full range of Axis cameras and servers.
If you have any questions please feel free to use the comments below or to use our IP CCTV Forum.

Mobotix Q24 Network Camera

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Mobotix Q24

The Mobotix Q24 is their latest 3 megapixel hemispheric network camera.

It supercedes the popular Mobotix Q22. The ‘4’ is a new designation from Mobotix and represents their new faster processing engine, we will in due course see this appear in other models in the range e.g. Mobotix ‘D’ series dome cameras and the original ‘M’ series cameras.

The hemispheric operating principles are quite difficult to understand from a cold start and we are often quizzed about just what the Mobotix Q24 can actually do.

The classic application is to ceiling-mount this camera in the centre of a room and gain the ability to monitor and record everything that occurs anywhere in the room, with electronic pan/tilt/zoom capability to zoom into any area of interest (either in Live mode or in recorded footage) to see more detail. But, you can also wall-mount the Q24 and view a 180° wide field-of-view in front of the camera OR set the camera to deliver views of three preset selected sections of the overall scene covered.

Those good people at specialist Mobotix trainers The IP Academy have just released a new video introducing the Q24 and explaining a few of these features, it does a far better job than my words above seem to …

Mobotix Q24 explanation video from The IP Academy

How many MegaBytes in a GigaByte?

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Google logoHard disc drives continue to get larger all the time, especially when you need them to record megapixel CCTV cameras 24hrs per day.

As unlikely as it seems, we are now headed towards 2 TeraBytes on an SD card!

We’ve covered this topic of MegaBytes, GigaBytes, TeraBytes and PetaBytes before, but we realise that it still confuses people, so we just thought it might be worthwhile mentioning Google’s inbuilt converter and calculation functions for those that aren’t already aware of them.

If you want to know exactly how MegaBytes compares to GigaBytes (or whatever), just type your query into Google’s search box in the following format:

500MB in GB

Google’s first ‘search result’ will be:

500 megabytes = 0.48828125 gigabytes

You can use this for any conversion using:

KB = KiloBytes

MB = MegaBytes

GB = GigaBytes

TB = TeraBytes

PB = PetaBytes

It also works for other conversions:

4 pounds in kilos

4 pounds = 1.81436948 kilograms

2 feet in cm

2 feet = 60.96 centimeters

Google will also tell you the current time in most World Cities:

time Brisbane

10:18am Wednesday (EST) – Time in Brisbane, Queensland

Brisbane, California 4:18pm -1 day PST

Hope that’s handy to know?