The cameras, which come in various sizes and forms, allow for mounted accessories and enclosures and are ideal "discreet surveillance applications in retail stores, banks and ATMs, hotel lobbies and building doorways," the company said.
The AXIS P12 Series includes three models: the pinhole AXIS P1204 and AXIS P1214 and IP66-rated AXIS P1214-E model for indoor and outdoor applications.
Each series consists of a small sensor unit -- including the camera head and progressive scan image sensor. The unit can be placed as much as 26 feet from a main unit that contains the camera electronics.
"The AXIS P12 Series will be especially attractive for customers looking for the flexibility to install a camera where there isn't much space or where they want a clean design – such as inside an ATM for that close-up face shot or a building entranceway for unobtrusive installation," said Fredrik Nilsson, general manager, Axis Communications, Inc. "HDTV video in a covert form factor is a powerful tool."
AXIS P12 Series can be powered over Ethernet or via an optional external power supply. It provides as much as HDTV 720p video at full frame rate with multiple, individually configurable video streams in H.264 compression. Recordings can be saved to a microSD/microSDHC card or Network Attached Storage device.
Axis said the cameras are expected to be available from October through its distribution network.