Ceiling-Mounted Network Camera

Features Network Camera
・Simultaneous MPEG-4 and JPEG
・Pan/Tilt 4.6x Zoom
・Audio 2-Way Communication
・SD Memory Card Recording
・Splash- Resistant Body""Analog Video Output (NTSC/PAL)
・AC Adaptor/PoE


This dome-shaped, ceiling-mounted network camera with a zoom lens and 4.6 zoom makes it possible to view images with the finest detail. Its 73-wide viewing angle allows you to recognize much broader range at single sight. Thanks to its PoE1 capability and splash-resistant body2, the camera can be installed in places where it is difficult to provide power, like on factory and warehouse ceilings, or garage and store eaves. This lets you grab every business possibility by breaking distance and time barriers with Zero Distance Management3.

  1. PoE (Power over Ethernet) supplies power through an Ethernet Cable.
  2. IPX4 (IEC 60529 standard) equivalent splash-resistance.
  3. For details, see the bottom of this page.

Outdoor Ready

The splash-resistant body* expands the scope of applications by letting you install the camera outside, like on house, garage or store eaves.

* IPX4 (IEC 60529 standard) equivalent splash-resistance


Wide-angle Lens

The use of a 73wide-angle lens lets you monitor a wide area in a single view. The coverage can be increased even more by combining pan and tilt operation.


SSL support

Image/voice data is sent in encrypted form, making it very difficult for someone else to "eavesdrop" on the network.


Simultaneous MPEG-41 and

Cameras simultaneously send MPEG-41 images in three resolutions (VGA2, QVGA, and QSIF_SP), and images in the same three resolutions in favor motion, standard, and favor clarity image-quality types. MPEG-4 is recommended for viewing smooth motion images, and is recommended for recording higher quality images.

  1. MPEG-4 is not applicable on a cell phone.
  2. When viewing in VGA, only MPEG-4 playback offers a maximum of 30 fps.

MPEG-4 Visual License

When installing the MPEG-4 viewer program on additional PCs, please purchase additional licenses (Model No. BB-HCA5A for USA, BB-HCA5CE for others).


Motion Detection Function

This function detects changes by reacting to a camera threshold or sensitivity that is set in advance on the PC. Captured images can also be stored temporarily in the camera3 or sent to you by e-mail4 or FTP data transfer5.

  1. A maximum of approximately 970 images (320 x 240 pixels) can be stored in the camera.
  2. POP before SMTP authentication and SMTP authentication (PLAIN, LOGIN and CRAM-MD5) are supported.
  3. The sensor's detection history can also be e-mailed to you once a day at a preset time.


Recording program6

Video data can be downloaded to a PC using optional software. In stores, this allows for more detailed monitoring of customer behavior, and of employee attitudes toward customers, information that cannot be obtained from still images alone.

  1. Recording is possible for only one camera. To record images from multiple cameras, use the BB-HNP11 or BB-HNP15.

Progressive Scan

Progressive scanning eliminates the blurring that often occurs with interlaced scanning, to produce a high-quality image.

Detection Notification

While viewing images on the single or multi-camera screens, your computer can play a sound to notify you when motion is detected or the external sensor is triggered. This feature can be set independently on each computer that accesses the camera.

SpecificationsExpand All

    • Color Video
    • Image Compression
    • Quality Video Resolution
    • Image Quality
    • Frame Rate
    • Authentication
    • IPv4/v6
    • Supported Network Protocols
    • Simultaneous Viewers
    • Image Buffer
    • Image Transfer via E-Mail (SMTP) or FTP
    • Zoom
    • Image Sensor
    • Viewing Angle
    • Remote Pan Angle
    • Remote Tilt Angle
    • Maximum Pan/Tilt Speed
    • Required Light Intensity
    • Lens Focus Point
    • Aperture
    • 2-Way Audio
    • CODEC
    • Frequency Range
    • Input
    • Output
    • Audio Reception
    • Network Connection
    • External I/O Connector
    • SD Card Slot for Image Buffer
    • Analog Video Output
    • Speaker/Microphone Jack
    • Operating Temperature
    • Operating Humidity
    • Power Source
    • Power Consumption
    • Scanning System
    • Dimensions (H x W x D)
    • Weight
    • UPC


BB-HCM547A is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent camera I installed this camera outdoors where the temp can get down to -20F. It has worked flawlessly and I am extremely impressed with all it's features. It can pan nearly 360 degrees and tilt nearly 90 degrees. Thus, it can see it's entire southern hemisphere. The camera administrator can set operational limits for different users, and/or provide a fixed picture for people who do not actually log in to the camera with a password. The internet setup can be a little challenging for someone not very familiar with networking, etc. But, an easy call to Panasonic's tech support showed me that the people at Panasonic are very well trained and will help you out with whatever questions or help you might need. For the money, this camera and Panasonic's great service can't be beat.
Date published: 2012-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best features for the money I purchased this camera because I needed one that was outdoor ready (I live in Alaska) and had lots of features. I am happy with the pan/tilt/zoom features, color, web interface, and POE ability. I also found it very useful to be able to take motion activated video and continuous still pictures at the same time. If you want to use POE and onboard memory, remember to buy a POE power supply (if you don't have a POE switch) and a SD card (16GB works great). They are not included. Few features I expected were missing. For example, the ability to take pictures in different directions at programmed times. I also wish it had a motion detection grid like i've seen in other cameras--so I can set the video recorder to only activate when someone enters my driveway and not every time a car drives by on the street. Low light is fairly good--catch the moose eating my trees at night. Will have a better idea this Winter when it actually gets dark =). Will see how well it handle the cold too. Weak zoom (only 2.3x optical). But I knew this when purchasing it. Higher zoom cameras were much more expensive. Overall I recommend the camera. If they fix the two missing features mentioned above in a future software upgrade I would be happy to give it 5 stars. As is, I give it 4.
Date published: 2009-07-02
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