AXIS P3245-LVE at 4.5mm focal length. The big image is a 1MB crop of a 4MB file. You can see the tightness, the strong depth of field, excellent faces with subtle skin tones and a 40kmph plate, late on a grey afternoon.

AXIS P3245-LVE is an IP66 and IK10-rated 1080p dome camera with H.265 and H.264 compression, a 3.4–8.9mm F1.8 aperture varifocal lens, along with AXIS Lightfinder 2.0, Forensic WDR and OptimizedIR. While all these extras are nice to have, the best feature of all is court-admissable catch performance in the real world.

AXIS P3245-LVE features a 1/2.8-inch progressive scan RBG CMOS sensor fronted by a 3.4–8.9 mm F1.8 aperture lens which gives a horizontal field of view of 100-36 degrees and a vertical field of 53-20 degrees. The camera has remote zoom and focus, P-Iris control, IR correction, and day and night cut filter. Manual pan and tilt are handled by tweaking the camera head. Pan is 180-degrees, tilt is 75 degrees and rotation 175 degrees.

First impressions are that this is an excellent image – still with the slightly warm Axis tones but very sharp, with rich colours, subtle tones, excellent depth of field and a superlative catch rate of moving faces and plates in this form factor. It’s a joy early in the process of testing when you realise you’ve got a strong performer on your hands. Hooray for Axis.

Even though we’ve only got 1080p resolution, depth of field is very strong – perhaps this is down to focal length. I’m slightly wound in on the shorter end of this varifocal lens – around 4.5-5mm. But as the test goes on, I can’t help feeling the strong performance is about processing, too. The image is too clean, depth of field is unusually strong, and it comes no loss of focus close in. Looking through the scene there’s excellent light balance and strong management of backlight with excellent control of exposure.

Don’t miss the full review in the March issue of SEN!