AXIS Q8685-E PTZ Network Camera

For completely unobstructed views and superb detail


For completely unobstructed views and superb detail

  • 360° pan and 135° tilt from ground to sky
  • Forensic details and focus recall
  • Long-distance network connection
  • Weather protection and remote maintenance
  • Easy installation

Sometimes you need a slow, steady pan. Other times it’s important to be on the spot in a flash. With the responsive AXIS Q8685-E PTZ Network Camera, you set the pace for unobstructed and far-reaching surveillance of expansive outdoor areas.

Swift and Smooth

AXIS Q8685-E lets operators choose between high-speed and ultra-slow pan and tilt movement – from 0.05 to 120 degrees per second. So they get smooth and jerk-free panoramic viewing when they need it and can respond quickly to events. It is capable of operating in extreme temperatures, and it can withstand hurricane-strength winds when it’s in motion of up to 47-meter per second (106 mph), and winds over 60-meter per second (135 mph) when it’s in motion and without sunshield.

Ground-to-Sky View

The camera can be column-mounted, on poles or walls for a 360° panoramic view and a ground-to-sky view from -90° to +45°. If the need is to tilt upwards, up to +90°, this can be achieved by mounting the camera housing in an inverted configuration on the positioning unit. The inverted configuration gives a tilt range of  -45° to +90°.

Far and Wide

With 30x optical zoom and superb pan and tilt capabilities, AXIS Q8685-E delivers long-distance identification and the widest possible field of view in every direction.  It has Wide Dynamic Range – Forensic Capture for clarity and detail in scenes with both dark and light areas. And it has Focus recall for instant focus in areas you define. In addition, AXIS Q8685-E will also automatically zoom in on objects detected in pre-defined areas thanks to Advanced Gatekeeper. And AXIS Radar Autotracking for PTZ provides automatic tracking of detected objects. In addition, white LED and illuminator bracket are also available. They can be used to further enhance performance – or as deterrence when used in combination with analytics software that turns them on in response to intruders entering a restricted area.

Operate with Total Confidence

AXIS Q8685-E’s slim design and many available accessories let you install it anywhere you want. The camera is specially designed to be reliable, robust and weatherproof in diverse conditions. It features SFP slots for cost-effective network connection over long distances. When both the Ethernet and fiber-optic cables are connected, the cameras can be set up in failover mode to create a redundant network link or in daisy-chain mode for connecting multiple devices in sequence.

AXIS Q8685–E PTZ Network Camera

For unobstructed view and details
AXIS Q8685-E is a highly responsive and reliable positioning camera, designed for continuous and jerk-free pan/tilt
movements (360° endless and 135° from ground to sky). When column-mounted, it enables a 360° unobstructed field of
view. AXIS Q8685-E provides HDTV 1080p video quality, 30x zoom, WDR – forensic capture, focus recall and Zipstream. It
features both RJ45 and SFP interfaces, enabling a long-distance fiber connection with a failover network link. Capable
of operating in extreme temperatures, withstanding hurricane-strength winds and including an integrated long-life
wiper removing raindrops, dirt and grime, AXIS Q8685-E is ideal for a wide range of adverse environmental conditions.

AXIS Q8685–E PTZ Network Camera

Models AXIS Q8685-E 20-28 V AC/DC


Image sensor 1/2.8” progressive scan CMOS
Lens Varifocal, 4.3–129 mm, F1.6–4.7
Horizontal field of view: 65.6°–2.0°
Vertical field of view: 39.0°–1.2°
Autofocus, auto-iris
Day and night Automatically removable infrared-cut filter in night mode
Color: 0.2 lux at 30 IRE F1.6
B/W: 0.01 lux at 30 IRE F1.6
Color: 0.25 lux at 50 IRE F1.6
B/W: 0.02 lux at 50 IRE F1.6
Shutter time 1/66500 to 2 s
Pan/Tilt/Zoom Pan: 360° endless, 0.05°/s to 120°/s
Tilt (default): -90° to +45°,
Tilt (inverted a
): -45° to +90°
Tilt speed: 0.05°/s to 60°/s
Jerk-free movements at low speed: ±0.01°/s (at 0.05°/s)
Zoom: 30x optical zoom, 12x digital zoom, total 360x zoom
Preset accuracy: 0.05°
256 preset positions, guard tour, control queue, on-screen
directional indicator, focus window, speed zoom, focus recall,
de-icing controlb
, dynamic load balancingc


H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10/AVC), Baseline, Main and High Profiles
Motion JPEG
Resolution 1920×1080 (HDTV 1080p) to 320×180
Frame rate Up to 25/30 fps (50/60 Hz) in 1080p
Up to 50/60 fps (50/60 Hz) in 720p
Video streaming Multiple, individually configurable streams in H.264 and
Motion JPEG
Axis Zipstream technology in H.264
Controllable frame rate and bandwidth
Image settings Compression, color, brightness, sharpness, contrast, local
contrast, white balance, exposure control, exposure zones,
WDR – forensic capture (up to 120 dB), automatic backlight
compensation, fine tuning of low-light behavior, manual shutter
time, text and image overlay, 20 individual 3D privacy masks,
image freeze on PTZ, electronic image stabilization


Security Password protection, IP address filtering, HTTPSd
network failover modef
, IEEE 802.1Xd
network access control,
digest authentication, user access log, centralized certificate
, QoS Layer 3 DiffServ, FTP, SFTP,
CIFS/SMB, SMTP, Bonjour, UPnPTM, SNMP v1/v2c/v3 (MIB-II),

System Integration

Open API for software integration, including VAPIX®
and AXIS Camera Application Platform, specifications at
ONVIF® Profile S and ONVIF® Profile G, specification at
Analytics Included
AXIS Video Motion Detection, Shock Detection, Advanced
AXIS Perimeter Defender, AXIS Cross Line Detection
Support for AXIS Camera Application Platform enabling
installation of third-party applications, see
Event triggers Detectors: live stream accessed, video motion detection, shock
detection, day/night mode
Hardware: network, temperature
Input signal: digital input, manual trigger, virtual inputs
PTZ: autotracking, moving, preset reached, ready
Storage: disruption, recording
System: system ready
Time: recurrence, use schedule
Event actions Day/night mode, overlay text, video recording to edge storage,
pre- and post-alarm video buffering, external output activation,
send SNMP trap, illumination, WDR mode, wiper sequence,
washer sequence
PTZ control: preset position, guard tour, autotracking
File upload: FTP, HTTP, HTTPS, SFTP, network share, email
Notification: HTTP, HTTPS,TCP, email
Data streaming Event data
installation aids
Pixel counter


Casing IP66-, and NEMA 4X-rated powder coated aluminum
Color: white NCS S 1002-B
Front window: tempered glass with anti-reflective coating
Long-life silicone wiper
Sunshield: high-impact UV-stabilized thermoplastic
Sustainability PVC free
Memory 512 MB RAM, 256 MB Flash
Power 20-28 V AC/DC
Typical: 16 W
Max: 204 W
Power loss recoverye
TVS 2 kV surge protection
I/O connector
Output voltage: 12 V DC
Max load: 50 mA
Connectors SFP slot (SFP module not included)
RJ45 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX/1000BASE-T network connector
Power connector
I/O connector: 6-pin terminal block with 4 configurable
Storage Support for SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Support for SD card encryption
Support for recording to network-attached storage (NAS)
For SD card and NAS recommendations see
Normal: -50 °C to 55 °C (-58 °F to 131 °F)
Maximum (intermittent): 65 °C (149 °F)
Arctic Temperature Control: start-up at -40 °C (-40 °F)
Humidity 10–100% RH (condensing)
Wind load when PTZ operational
47 m/s (106 mph), without sunshield > 60 m/s (135 mph)g
Maximum effective projected area (EPA): 0.119 m2
-40 °C to 70 °C (-40 °F to 158 °F)
Approvals EMC
EN 55032 Class A, EN 55024, EN 61000-6-1, EN 61000-6-2,
FCC Part 15 Subpart B Class A, VCCI Class A ITE, ICES-003 Class A,
RCM AS/NZS CISPR 32 Class A, EN 50121-4, IEC 62236-4
IEC/EN/UL 62368-1, IEC/EN/UL 60950-22
IEC/EN 60529 IP66, IEC 62262 IK10h
, NEMA 250 Type 4x,
ISO 4892-2, IEC 60068-2-6, IEC 60068-2-27
Dimensions 229 x 411 x 580 mm (9 x 16 x 23 in)
Maximum height with 45° tilt upwards: 680 mm (27 in)
Maximum width/depth with 360° pan clearance: 633 mm (25 in)
Weight 14 kg (31 lb)
Installation Guide
Windows decoder 1-user license
Power connector, I/O connector
Torx® bits T20 and T30
AXIS T94J01A Wall Mount
AXIS T94N01G Pole Mount
AXIS T95A64 Corner Bracket
AXIS Washer Kit B
AXIS Cable 24 V DC/24-240 V AC 22 mi
AXIS T8611 SFP Module LC.LX
AXIS T8612 SFP Module LC.SX
AXIS T8613 SFP Module 1000BASE-T
AXIS T99 Illuminator Bracket Kit A
Power supply DIN PS24 480 W
For more accessories, see
AXIS Companion, AXIS Camera Station, video management
software from Axis’ Application Development Partners available
Languages English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Simplified
Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Traditional Chinese
Warranty Axis 3-year warranty and AXIS Extended Warranty option.
a. The camera housing can be mounted in an inverted configuration if tilting directly
upwards is preferred.
b. Internal heaters to defrost ice build-up, activated by HTTP API (VAPIX).
c. Pan and tilt motors actively compensate for changes in load conditions induced
by external forces such as high winds. This allows minimum power consumption
at low wind.
d. This product includes software developed by the OpenSSL Project for use in the
OpenSSL Toolkit. (, and cryptographic software written by Eric
Young (
e. Memory of all IP data and home position retained, and guard tour and other events
f. If the network link is established via both the SFP and RJ45 connectors, the former
acts as the primary link and the latter as the failover link.
g. The values shown are based on results from actual wind tunnel testing. The
maximum wind load when the unit is stationary is not known due to wind speed
limit of 60 m/s (135 mph) at the test lab. For drag force calculations, use maximum
effective projected area (EPA).
h. Excluding front window.
i. When using the 22 m (72 ft) AXIS Cable 24 V DC/24–240 V AC, a power supply
capable of delivering 400 W isrequired to compensate for the power lossin the cable.

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