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Outdoor PoE MPEG-4 Network Camera

Details
BB-HCM531A
Features Network Camera
・Simultaneous MPEG-4 and JPEG
・Pan/Tilt 10x Digital Zoom
・Audio 2-Way Communication
・SD Memory Card Recording
・Splash- Resistant Body
・Analog Video Output (NTSC/PAL)
・AC Adaptor/PoE

Features

See There When You Can't Be There™

Place this plug-and-play camera in your home, office, vacation home or almost anywhere else you'd like to keep an eye on things, with no PC required at the location. The camera can be viewed and controlled from a standard web browser, video display, or even a compatible cell phone or PDA1 and requires no additional software for the PC that you're viewing it on. All of the other required software, including control software (TCP/UDP) and e-mail software (SMTP), is already inside the camera.

Any Image Bright and Clear

This camera captures stunning images for crisp, full-screen viewing and also features a CCD (Charged Couple Device) for sharp, enhanced image expression. The image refreshing speed (maximum) has been increased to 30 images per second2 for smoother displays of moving images.

Two-Way Voice Communication

Use of the built-in microphone and a separately purchased amp-equipped speaker enables two-way voice communication3 (transceiver system) between the network camera and a PC used to monitor the camera image. In addition to conventional monitoring of images and sound, voice messages can be transmitted from the PC to the network camera. Voice transmission and reception can be switched easily from the PC used to monitor the image.

Can Be Used Outdoors

This model was designed for outdoor operation and meets both IPX4 and UL6500 standards of outdoor equipment. It operates between -4°F and 122°F and is splash resistant for wet-weather operation.

Record Directly onto SD Cards

The camera features an SD Memory Card slot for recording images captured by the network camera directly onto an SD Memory Card (sold separately).

Power Up Without a PC

Power over Ethernet (PoE) means you can use your camera without connecting to a PC. Just plug your camera into a wall outlet, and both the power and the data are transmitted over the same CAT5 wire. Plus, each camera has a built-in web server with IP address. To view the camera's images on a PC, simply open a graphics-capable web browser and type in the cameras specified Internet address (password optional).

Control the Camera Remotely

Using a standard web browser, video display, or even a compatible cell phone or PDA, you can control the movement of the camera. There is Pan (left & right) movement and Tilt (up & down) movement available. You can also assign a "Home Position" that allows you to return the camera to a pre-designated shooting position. Up to eight shooting positions can be registered in advance, so you can aim the camera exactly where you want it. You can also click on the part of the image you want to see, and automatically bring that part to the center of the screen.

Sensor Recording and Image Alerts

With the built-in sensor, the camera can be set to record and/or notify you when someone enters the room. It can even automatically move to a preset location when triggered, just in case someone was viewing a different part of the room.

Record Only What You Want to Record

The camera can be set to automatically record video at certain times and certain speeds. In addition, with optional, external sensors attached to the camera, it is possible for the camera to email4 or record when triggered by motion, sound, light, timer, or even a push button. These convenient functions eliminate your need to constantly check the image.

Create Your Own Free Web Address

The FREE viewnetcam.com service allows you to create a personal Web address (e.g., http://bob.viewnetcam.com) at which your camera's live image can be found on the Internet. Access your Panasonic Network Camera live from virtually any Internet connection point around the world! Your Web browser is the only software you'll need. Here's how the camera and service works: special software embedded within your Panasonic Network Camera gives your camera the ability to locate your unique Internet address. No matter what kind of Internet connection you have or which Internet provider you use, the viewnetcam.com service will keep your camera's Internet address permanent.

Features

  • Outdoor (splash-proof, low temperature)
  • Pan/Tilt/Digital Zoom with Presets
  • PoE (802.3af-compliant)
  • Progressive Scan
  • Analog Video Output5
  • Simultaneous MPEG-4 and
  • SD Card Recording with Audio
  • 0.09 Lux Color Night View Mode
  • Up to 30 Frames per Second6 CCD
  • Full Screen Monitoring
  • Remote Monitoring from Cell Phone7
  • Full Screen 4-up and 12-up Multi-camera Pages
  • Up to 30 Video Users
  • Built-in Web Server/IP Address (IPv4/v6)
  • Audio Capability (2-way)
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Dual Sensor Input to Trigger Movement
  • Image Transfer by Motion Detection, Sensor Alert, Timer
  • Password Protection
  • Plug-and-play Installation
  • Free Web Address like http://bob.viewnetcam.com
  • Multi-language Interface
  • Image Date and Time Stamp
  • 1 Year Warranty

  1. Connecting the camera to the Internet requires Internet access and may require that you obtain additional hardware such as a cable or DSL modem, or a hub or router with a 10Base-T Ethernet connection. The camera will not be accessible from across the Internet unless the Internet connection is active. We cannot guarantee that your Internet connection will always be available. The frame rate of the motion image may be dependent upon the uplink speed of the Internet connection and other factors. Viewing may involve some time delay. Recommended minimum 100kbps upstream bandwidth for camera.
  2. PLEASE NOTE that under certain circumstances, audio/video recording may be PROHIBITED by law. This device should be used only in compliance with all applicable federal, state and local statutes. This function can be used with a PC only. It cannot be used with a cell phone. To hear the voice transmitted from the PC, a commercially available speaker with a built-in amp must be installed. The transceiver system does not allow simultaneous transmission and reception of voices. A version upgrade may be required if you use under IPv6.
  3. Image resolution: 320 x 240 or 160 x 120.
  4. Email transmission may not be possible in some cases due to the mail server authentication system (SMTP authentication, etc.) used by your Internet service provider.
  5. Requires optional BL-WV10A TV Adaptor.
  6. The maximum frame rate and time delay of the video and/or audio will vary based on factors including the uplink speed of the connection (100kbps minimum uplink recommended).
  7. Compatible cell phones and PDAs must be able to display images and HTML Web pages. Additional fee-based cellular services may be required.

SpecificationsExpand All

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    • SERVER FEATURES:
    • Image Compression
    • Quality Video Resolution
    • Image Quality
    • Frame Rate
    • Authentication
    • IPv4/v6
    • Supported Network Protocols
    • Simultaneous Viewers
    • Buffered Images
    • Image Buffer
    • Image Transfer via E-Mail (SMTP) or FTP
    • Free DDNS Compatible (Viewnetcam.com)
    • Cellular Phone Compatibility
    • Multi-Language Interface
    • CAMERA FEATURES:
    • Zoom
    • Image Sensor
    • Viewing Angle
    • Remote Pan Angle
    • Remote Tilt Angle
    • Maximum Pan/Tilt Speed
    • Lens Brightness
    • Required Light Intensity
    • Lens Focus Point
    • AUDIO FEATURES:
    • 2-Way Audio
    • CODEC
    • Frequency Range
    • Input
    • Output
    • WIRELESS FEATURES:
    • Standard
    • Antenna
    • Wireless Technology
    • Frequency
    • Number of Channels
    • Transmission Speed
    • Security
    • INTERFACE FEATURES:
    • Network Connection
    • External I/O Connector
    • SD Card Slot for Image Buffer
    • Analog Video Output
    • Speaker/Microphone Jack
    • OTHER FEATURES:
    • Built-in Sensor
    • Power Over Ethernet Compatibility
    • Operating Temperature
    • Operating Humidity
    • Power Source
    • Power Consumption
    • Weight (only the unit)
    • Dimensions (H x W x D)
    • UPC
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Reviews

BB-HCM531A is rated 3.4 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Security and logging Overall I am very pleased with this camera. I have 3 installed in our vacation home which is over a thousand miles away. I use these combined with software to keep track of visitors and to just enjoy the view from our vacation hideaway. Contrary to other reviews, documentation is available online and on a CD which ships with the camera. Setup is easy if all you want to do is view images remotely. Remote data logging is more complex so expect that to be challenging. Cameras have been in operation for 6 months with no problems at all. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2011-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from works great takes some technical skill to make the most of this camera. All in all the camera's have performed suberbly for us. excellent standalone solution or multi-camera system with NAS NVR. nice to be able to look in from anywhere any time!
Date published: 2010-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Large Features Small Price I've had this camera for about a week now and am very happy with it. I'm writing this because the other reviews seem to be very negative due to documentation issues. The documentation is sparse, but the camera and software are very intuitive. The picture quality is great. The motion detection works very well. I've paired this with a Synology DS209+ NAS, which I use to capture motion rather than the FLASH card option.
Date published: 2009-10-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from poor documentation/incompatibility? 1. instruction manual is neither on line or downloadable 2. appears to be only useable with active x and thus internet explorer which is not in technical specs.
Date published: 2009-09-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The caneras are great however we have had a lot of issues with the software and access from the internet
Date published: 2009-06-24
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