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Wireless Pan/Tilt MPEG-4 Network Camera

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BL-C131A
Features

Wireless Pan/Tilt MPEG-4 PetCam Network Camera with Preset Modes, up to 30 Frames per Second CMOS, Full-Screen Monitoring and Remote Monitoring from Cell Phone

Features

Keep an Eye on Your Pets

Always feel close to your pets, whether at work or on vacation. Did the walker show up as promised? Is the dog sleeping on the sofa? Is the cat scratching your new leather chair? You'll know instantly with the Panasonic PetCam.

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 phone2 or PDA3, with no additional software required. All of the other required software, including control software (TCP/UDP) and e-mail software (SMTP), is already inside the camera.

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.

When You Need a Little Privacy

With the built-in Privacy mode, your privacy is protected by simply pressing a button. An indicator on the front of the camera turns red, and you know at a glance that the camera is now only accessible by you4. The camera can also be set up to show a green light when the camera is being accessed.

Sensor Recording

With the built-in heat sensor, the camera can be set to record and/or notify you by email 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.

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) so you can view your camera's live images 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

  • 802.11g/b Wireless
  • Pan/Tilt/Digital Zoom with Presets
  • Simultaneous MPEG-4 and
  • 1 Lux Color Night View Mode
  • Up to 30 Frames per Second CMOS1
  • Full-screen Monitoring
  • Remote Monitoring from Cell Phone
  • 4-up and 12-up Multi-camera Pages
  • Built-in Web Server/IP Address (IPv4/v6)
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Thermal Sensor
  • Image Transfer by Motion Detection, Sensor Alert, Timer
  • Privacy Mode
  • Plug-and-Play Installation
  • Free Web Address
  • Multi-Language Interface
  • 1 Year Warranty


  1. 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).
  2. Compatible cell phones and PDAs must be able to display images and HTML Web pages. Additional fee-based cellular services may be required.
  3. 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.
  4. Privacy mode can be controlled remotely using the administrator password.
  5. 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.

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
    • 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

BL-C131A is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 yrs + still working. I had 4 of this cameras for over 5 yrs still working fine, set up a little complicated, but tech support will walk through. When change new router, have to reset up the cameras. Time for new 1080p cameras.
Date published: 2013-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It just works More features than you'll take advantage of. Had this product for 3+ years. Very satisfied. I own two.
Date published: 2013-04-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Takes all your bandwidth I have three and have always faulted my isp and router for poor download speeds and breaks. I experimented with the cameras my DL speed wirelessly is now 7 mb up from the former 1.5 due to ONE camera. Connected the camera wired still suck all the bandwidth.
Date published: 2012-07-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from
Date published: 2012-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent IP Camera from a leading brand I have 4 of these working non-stop for about 2 years. I have found them indispensable. I can remote monitor from anywhere and receive notification e-mails and file uploads when the cameras are triggered. The set-up, especially if you have more than one unit requires an understanding of port-forwarding so an ability to read FAQ's and blogs is probably necessary. Once I'd sussed it I found it straightforward. The set-up menus are sophisticated compared with cheaper IP cameras from lesser brands, so you can do a lot more with Panasonic cameras, even though they are not the cheapest out there. Triggering by movement work very well, I have images streamed to my NAS and emailed to my cloud service - which is handy for seeing what has been going on from a remote location. Panasonic provides their own DDNS service for life to help with remote monitoring. I thoroughly recommend this product.
Date published: 2011-11-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great, first couple of years As long as you don't want to run these camera full time for two years they are great. After that kind of use they begin to fail. I purchased four of them and currently none of them are functioning properly.
Date published: 2011-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Own 5 BL-Cxxx cams I own 5 of these cams. I think my first BL-C30 was one of the first as the picture quality is better now with the 111 and the 131. What is really nice is you can write your own code to place pictures or video into your web page, if you like. One draw back with the 131 and the 111 is they force you to use the viewnetcam or your own dynamic dns. If you have a static ip address you might not be able to get the cam working correctly, by turnng off the Dynamic dns feature. THe BL-C30 units work great without having to use a dynamic dns on a static ip. But other then that I love these cams, one of my cams has been working now NON stop in a bad enviorment for 6 years now without a problem.
Date published: 2010-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Cam, viewnetcam issues This is an excellent camera, easy to set up and get working wirelessly. My issues came with trying to register with viewnetcam. Wasn't able to do it. Emailing Panasonic didn't help. However, calling them to follow up, I found the problem was that B&H Photo had sold me a returned camera, already registered to the other user. The camera was in perfect working order, but obviously B&H didn't realize this problem. Interestingly, they are no longer sellling this model. Something to watch for, but certainly not a strike against Panasonic - great camera and follow up service.
Date published: 2010-03-11
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