|At a Glance|
|Product||Axis M1011-W Network camera [Website]|
|Summary||Entry level wireless day network camera with strong AXIS feature set|
|Pros||• Lots of features
• Solid construction
• Wireless connectivity
|Cons||• No night vision
• No audio
• Wireless is only 802.11b/g vs. n
I recently looked at the surveillance features of the ReadyNAS Ultra-2 NAS. With the ReadyNAS Surveillance kit were included two AXIS M1011-W network cameras. While the features of the AXIS line of cameras have been covered in-depth in the M1031-W and M1054 reviews, I wanted to look at hardware differences with the M1011-W, as well as image comparisons between the M1011-W and some of the other cameras we've reviewed.
First, let's take a look at a table of comparisons between the three AXIS cameras we've reviewed:
|Typical online price||$180||$250||$380|
|Video buffer||16 MB pre and post alarms||16 MB pre and post alarms||25 MB pre and post alarms|
|Lens||4.4 mm/F2.0 fixed iris||4.4 mm/F2.0 fixed iris||2.9 mm/F2.0 fixed iris|
|Horizontal angle of view||47deg||47deg||80deg|
|Video compression||H.264, Motion JPEG, MPEG-4||H.264, Motion JPEG, MPEG-4||H.264, Motion JPEG|
|Max video resolution||640 x 480||640 x 480||1280 x 800 (1 MP)|
|Frames per second||30 (640x480)||30 (640x480)||30 (1280x800), 30 (HDTV 720p)|
|Audio support||No||Two-way Built-in mic and speaker||Two-way Built-in mic and speaker|
|Power||DC, PoE splitter available||DC, PoE splitter available||DC, PoE IEEE 802.3af Class 2|
|Built-in PIR sensor||No||Yes||Yes|
|Night Illumination LED||No||Yes||Yes|
|Record to storage||FTP only||FTP only||FTP, SMB (network share)|
As you look at the specs, you can see the M1011-W has much hardware in common with the M1031-W. It sports the AXIS ARTPEC-B processor, capable of three maximum simultaneous video streams. It also has 64 MB of RAM and 32 MB of flash like the M1031-W.
Figure 1: ARTPEC-B processor of the Axis M1011-W
Also, in common with the M1031-W is the 802.11b/g wireless interface with built-in antenna, secured by WEP 64/128 bit and WPA/WAP2-PSK. Like the M1031-W, it does not support 802.11n and could present problems in a predominantly 802.11n network by slowing down faster N devices.
The M1011-W also shares the same lens, same horizontal field of view, same maximum resolution and same video compression formats as the M1031-W. What differs between the M1011-W and the M1031-W is the exclusion of audio and any night vision capabilities. With so much in common with the M1031-W, we would expect that image comparison pictures will be about the same.
Image Quality - Outdoor
The maximum resolution of the M1011-W is 640 x 480 and it will deliver that at 30 fps, which I verified within the ReadyNAS Surveillance software. Horizontal field of view is 47 degrees, which as you will see in the comparison pictures below, is the same as the M1031-W. Figure 2 is the M1011-W, while Figure 3 is the M1031-W.
Figure 2: 47° Field of View from the Axis M1011-W
Figure 3 is the M1031-W horizontal field of view.
Figure 2: 47° Field of View from the Axis M1031-W
As you can see, horizontal field of view is identical. Note that we have added a few pavers to my outdoor test bed since the M1031-W image. The M1011-W image does seem to be brighter and more vivid, although I believe that can be chalked up to being tested on different days in slightly different conditions. I no longer have the M1031-W or I could have run another comparison just to be sure.