The Axis M5014 fits in the palm of your hand, and stands just 2.2 inches high. The PTZ in its name stands for pan, tilt, and zoom, referring to its integrated shooting abilities. A bonus: Its IP51-rated enclosure means that it is dust-resistant and protected from dripping water, so it won’t fail if your sprinkler system goes off.
The Axis M5014 uses Power over Ethernet exclusively, so you don't have to find an AC power outlet to operate the camera. Although this simplifies installation since you have only one cable to run, it also means that you need to obtain a Power over Ethernet switch for your network. Unlike most IP cameras, the M5014 supports both IPv4 and IPv6 to provide a degree of future-proofing during the transition between the two Internet Protocol standards.
The built-in microphone and motion detector can trigger the Axis M5014 camera to record a video clip, either to local storage (the camera has a MicroSD slot, but you’ll need to provide the card) or to a shared folder on your network.
Axis uses a quarter-inch image sensor that requires just 1.4 lux of illumination to capture the action, even though the M5014 is not labeled as a day/night camera. The camera can record M-JPEG or h.264 video with a resolution of 1280 by 720 pixels at 30 frames per second.
The intentionally oversimplified Axis Camera Companion software leaves a bit to be desired, unfortunately, as it doesn’t expose the advanced features of the cameras it connects to. Its playback window, on the other hand, is just about perfect, with a simple timeline that shows recorded events for each of the cameras it’s managing.