Axis camera SD Card Recording

Exploring AXIS Camera SD Card Recording: A Step-by-Step Guide

This comprehensive guide, we will delve into the intricacies of setting up SD card recording on an AXIS camera. The AXIS camera, a reliable and sophisticated surveillance device, provides users with the ability to record footage directly onto a micro SD card.

This feature is particularly useful for users who seek a local storage solution or need a backup recording option. Let’s walk through the process of configuring and utilizing SD card recording on an AXIS camera.

Setting up the AXIS Camera:

The first step involves connecting the AXIS camera to a Power over Ethernet (PoE) switch such as a NetGear ProSafe PoE switch to power the camera. Connecting the camera to the switch allows it to receive an IP address from the router, enabling it to function seamlessly on the network.

Inserting the Micro SD Card:

For SD card recording, a micro SD card is required. I recommend a SanDisk Extreme 128GB U3 card, known for its fast performance and compatibility with security cameras. Inser the micro SD card into the designated slot on the camera.

Formatting the SD Card:

Before utilizing the SD card for recording, it’s crucial to format it properly. Use the camera’s web interface to format the card, choosing between EXT4 and VFAT file systems. The capacity and status of the card are visible in this interface.

Enabling Video Motion Detection:

Enable Video Motion Detection (VMD) in the AXIS camera’s settings. This involves configuring various parameters, such as the detection area, sensitivity, and filters for objects like short-lived or small objects.

Creating Events for Recording:

With VMD enabled, the next step is to create an event that initiates recording when motion is detected.

Set up an event, specifying the condition of video motion detection. The action associated with this event is to record video, with options to set pre-buffer and post-buffer times.

Verifying and Testing:

After completing the setup, you can verify the status of the SD card, ensuring it’s free and ready for recording. The final step involves testing the system by triggering motion in front of the camera. The recordings should then be accessible in the camera’s storage interface.

Video: Axis camera SD Card Recording

Here’s a video that shows in detail how to Setup an Axis camera to record into an SD Card.


Setting up SD card recording on an AXIS camera is a valuable feature for those seeking a local storage solution for their surveillance footage. Following the step-by-step guide provided by the video ensures a seamless configuration process. With the AXIS camera’s powerful capabilities and the reliability of SD card storage, users can enhance their security setup and have peace of mind knowing that crucial footage is being recorded and stored locally.