Axis M1114 Review

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Axis is the leader in IP cameras and they recently started releasing some good cameras at afforable prices to compete with the lower costs products from the Asian market. One of the best values is the Axis M1114. This camera comes with a vari-focal lens (manual zoom), auto-iris (variable apeture) and 1 MP resolution they call HD (720p). The camera also has the ability to use a newer compression technology called h.264. This is a video codec designed for surveillence with very good compression (about 10x over other methods) and very good image quality. The advantage to you is you can view your camera remotely at a higher resolution and frame rate than otherwise without compromising quality.

Here are some images taken at different times and compression methods to give you an idea of how this camera performs.

This is a daytime shot using H.264 compression


This is the same image, but taken using MJPEG compression. You can see that it’s not quite as good as the H.264 yet takes up many times more bandwidth.

This final shot is a night time shot. You can see that with a simple 40 Watt bulb, the illumination is quite adequate for this camera and the noise and static you normally get from other cameras is non-existant.

The conclusion is that this camera is great value for the under $500 street price. With an inexpensive outdoor enclosure, this can be used to provide security outdoors as well. It does not have IR capabilities, so it’s best to use visible light from a porch light or night time motion detect flood light.

The pluses of this camera are;

  • HD resolution
  • Easy to setup and use
  • Excellent Axis Tech Support
  • Quality Auto-Iris and Vari-Focal lens
  • Very small compact size
  • Can send emails with pictures on video motion detect
  • Can send FTP pictures (not video) on a schedule or video motion detect
  • Very flexible amount of options on the camera software

The shortfalls of this camera are;

  • does not have audio capabilities
  • does not have external sensor inputs
  • does not have IR capabilities
  • management software is available at additional cost

Recommended for;

  • home or small business surveillence, both indoors and out
  • webcam to feed pictures to your website 

Other models in the same family include the M1104, same camera, but with a fixed lens. Also, the M1113, same lens as the M1114, but 800×600 resolution and the M1103, fixed lens, 800×600 resolution. For indoor applications, in a typical home, the M1103 would provide a good general purpose lens and decent resolution. For outdoor use, having the extra resolution and vari-focal/auto-iris lens is a plus.


22 Responses to “Axis M1114 Review”

  1. 1 Grumpy
    July 2, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Is this camera made in the USA? That is very important to me.

    Thank you, Grumpy

    • July 2, 2010 at 5:58 pm

      Axis makes their cameras in Sweden. If you are looking for cameras that are made in the U.S., consider Arecont, IQinVision and Stardot, all headquartered and made in the U.S., So. California to be specific.

      • 3 Steve
        October 31, 2013 at 8:43 pm

        Actually, Axis Communications began manufacturing their print servers in Thailand, in the late 90’s. Now Axis IP cameras are also made in Thailand. The other cameras are assembled in Asian factories.

  2. 4 Pavel
    July 21, 2010 at 6:12 am

    On the back side of all IQinVision cameras you will find produced in China.

  3. 6 TBVyou2
    July 31, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Where did you purchase your M1114?


    • August 11, 2010 at 4:21 pm

      I didn’t buy it, just borrowed it’s use for demo/review purposes. Axis pricing can vary greatly and I’ve found that I can find lower prices online than even buying from a wholesale distributor. Last time I purchased Axis products I used PCRush.com.

  4. November 12, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    I have two Axis 207 Wireless cameras and want to add them to a word press page. When i use the java code in a word press post or page doc it generates a flashing image.
    Does any one know how to add this type of camera to a word press page or post in way that the image is smoothly generated.

    Oscar Goos

    to see the effect have a look at: http://wogoos.no-ip.org/wpgoos/?m=20101112

  5. 10 Ron Volkman
    February 25, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I’m thinking of using two M1113s to cover two stairwells at a school. The camera would be on the wall at the mid-landing and looking upward/downward. Does the M1113 hav a fairly wide-angle view when zoomed out?

    • February 25, 2011 at 4:39 pm

      2.9mm is a very wide angle, don’t think you’ll be dissapointed. Many cameras come with 4mm as the standard lens, so 2.8mm is unusually wide.

      • 12 Ron Volkman
        February 28, 2011 at 5:12 pm

        Thanks for the info about the M1113. I’m also looking at the M1054HD for this application because it also has a wide (80 deg) view and a pretty flat physical profile.

      • February 28, 2011 at 5:40 pm

        From reports I’ve seen on the M1054, it’s got very poor low light capability, worse so than the M1031 that I reviewed. But is has 2 way audio, a bright white LED that the M1113 does not have. If it’s a money issue, I’ve been very happy with my ACTi cube (acm-1231), has better low light capability than the AXIS M10 series and is 1.3 MP, higher resolution than the M1113. I actually replaced my M1031 with this ACTi in my home.

  6. 14 Kev
    July 13, 2011 at 7:13 pm


    I read above the M1114 can FTP video on motion detection. Can the M1011, M1103, M1104 and M1113 also FTP video on motion detection?
    What is the maximum duration of a FTP video (motion detection video).?
    Can the motion detection video also be saved to a NAS at the same time as FTP’ing the video?

    Many thanks and thanks for the useful blog


    • July 13, 2011 at 7:43 pm

      They all can ftp images, not video. You can select how many images you want before/after. To record video you need software on a PC or an NVR device. ACTi as an alternative lets you ftp video.

      • 16 Kev
        July 13, 2011 at 7:53 pm

        Are there any IP cameras that can FTP a short (1 or 2 min) video without the need of a computer? Cheaper cameras prefered.


  7. July 13, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Yes, like I said, the ACTi will send a video of the size of your choosing. They are not expensive, the Cube (acm-4201) is 1.3MP, interchangable lenses and you can find it for $200ish. Of course they have better more expensive cameras, but this is the least expensive ACTi I know off. Also, ACTi has decent support, comperable in response time as Axis.

  8. April 11, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Having recently purchase the Axis M1114e camera, I noticed there is not a convenient way to turn off the camera motion events when I am outside doing routine maintenance on my home. There is a scripting language available, but I am not a software engineer and the learning curve is quite steep. Do you have a script or other method to disable the camera, preferably with a timer to turn it back on?

    Best wishes,

    • April 11, 2012 at 4:15 pm

      Why do you want to turn it off? What I do when I don’t want to be seen is I throw a rag over it. Check out BlueIris software, it’s about $50 and is NVR software for recording, remote viewing and such. It has a clever traffic light icon. When you click the red light it stops recording, when you click the green it first goes yellow for standby giving you time to get out of the house like an alarm system and then goes green and starts recording/notifying or whatever you have it setup to do.

      • April 11, 2012 at 4:38 pm

        Mowing the lawn would generate several dozen events so I want a convenient way to shut off the camera using software, and the camera is out of reach. Since I have only the one unit (and am a Mac guy), setting up a video server is a bit of overkill. My friend wants a similar setup to mine with the ability to shut the camera off conveniently using software. Is Axis the best company for scripting/programming the camera? Does ACTI have as robust software tools?

        Best wishes,

      • April 11, 2012 at 5:27 pm

        Programming is hard, I know, I’ve done it for many years and I don’t like doing it. You can enable/display the event you setup using simple HTTP commands from your browser. You can then save these as bookmarks/favorites and execute them quickly to enable and disable an event.

        You will be prompted for a user/password. Here goes, there’s some legwork you have to do first. Where I put myserver, you substitute that with your IP address:port.

        First, you have to know what Axis calls the parameter internally, to do this, run this command


        This will return a list of your events you setup. For example, for me it returns –

        root.Event.E2.Name=Motion Detect

        That means I have an event thats root.Event.E2 and I called it Motion Detect.

        Now you can issue an update to that event and you will be using the ENABLE parameter which has two choices, YES or NO (sorry but there’s no MAYBE option). Also, this is all one long line, if it display differently, make sure you enter it as one long line.


        If it worked, you’ll see an OK. Of course, you change the no to yes to enable that event. Is this what you had in mind? If it’s over your head, that’s OK, just unplug the camera, then remember to plug it back in later. That’s what I do 🙂 On the otherhand you can issue these commands from anywhere in the world you have internet access so if you remember to enable it when you get to work, you could theorically enable it back.

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