The 225FD delivers a good specification as it uses a decent 1/4in' Sony Wfine progressive scan RGB CCD and can deliver a maximum resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. It also supports both Motion-JPEG and MPEG-4 compression. The top frame rate of 30fps provides good coverage of motion in the field of view although in MPEG-4 mode this can only be achieved at the lower resolution of 480 x 360 pixels. The bundled IP Installer utility makes light work of network installation as it searches for and displays all discovered cameras. From here you can change the camera’s IP address or go directly to the web interface.
Access controls are good as a user list determines one of three levels of access to the camera. From the live view you can choose Motion-JPEG playback, which enables up to twenty users to access the camera simultaneously. The multicast MPEG-4 mode has no such user limits but you only get a single decoder and encoder license included so you’ll need to purchase more license packs from Axis. To reduce bandwidth consumption you can opt for lower resolutions or increase image compression and you can also determine the length of time the video stream is active for and limit the frame rate for multiple viewers.
Motion detection is a cut above the rest as custom areas can be specified within the image where motion is to be detected or ignored. You can decide on camera sensitivity and the length of the trigger once it has been activated. Actions extend to downloading images at specific frame rates to an HTTP or FTP server and these can be emailed to multiple clients as well. Usefully, there’s also a temperature trigger that will warn if the exterior conditions exceed the camera’s operating range. Axis always impresses with its image quality and the 225FD doesn’t let the side down, delivering a sharp, clean image and good colour balance. As light levels decrease below 1 lux the camera automatically switches to mono mode and can function down as low as 0.2 lux. As we dropped the lighting in our test environments we found the image did get quite grainy but it was still reasonably clear.
Purpose built for outdoor use the 225FD look capable of handling the harshest of environments. It delivers good image quality across a range of lighting scenarios and compared with the majority of indoor cameras and exterior housing combinations it looks a far more cost-effective solution