Panasonic BB-HCM531A Outdoor Pan/Tilt PoE Security Network Camera (Silver)
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- Outdoor High-speed pan/tilt control with presets, PoE (802.3 af compliant)
- Progressive Scan
- Simultaneous MPEG-4 and JPEG recording onto SD card with audio
- 0.09 Lux Color Night View Mode
- Built-in Web Server/IP Address (IPv4/v6)
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|Item Dimensions||7.5 x 8.8 x 9.8 inches|
|Item Display Weight||2.8 pounds|
|Item Weight||0.74 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||3 pounds|
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Top Customer Reviews
Down side of this camera, no optical zoom options in this body style. The camera has a 10X digital zoom which is not something I see as not being good for much.
Now the good side:
Nice sharp images during the day time, even of moving objects like cars and people running past the camera.
Automatically adjusts the shutter speed at night, and does good in low light level, but not good enough for sharp images of moving objects at night.
Multiple alarm settings (5) really nice and easy to set up.
Records a great sharp image of moving objects in day time. I see all who drive by! Makes a great stand-alone security camera.
SD Memory card slot, with 2gb, I have about 10,000 images on it.
Multi view Screen, view 4 cameras at one time.
Can view and move PTZ over cell phone/PDAs.
PTZ limits are nice and wide, both up and down, and side to side.
Audio I/O are located where they are protected from the weather, unlike the Toshiba IK-WB15A, that you cannot use if you use the sun shield.
Built in mic, very sensitive!! Not only can I see you, but I can hear you!
POE, makes for easy installation! Would not have it any other way. Love it!
Small body size.
Good WB control, the colors are true.
In general, I am very pleased with the way this camera works.
When doing my research on which brand and model of networked security camera to buy, I was a little concerned about not having an IR capable camera (such as this model). But after reading the excellent low-lux specifications and good reviews, I took the plunge and bought 5 of these. After using them for a month now, I'm nothing short of thrilled!
With the "Color Night View" option enabled (it's turned off by default), the camera will automatically slow down the image refresh rate to compensate for low lighting conditions, which has the effect of brightening the image. Even on dark cloudy nights I can still clearly see the area around our home and detect when anything is amiss. The only drawback to using the Color Night View mode is that fast moving objects can appear blurred due to the slow image refresh rate. But even with this minor shortcoming, I can still see if someone (or some critter) was moving around in the darkness on the camera's images. However, since we have motion activated lights outside around our home, it pretty much makes that a moot point!
I'm currently running all 5 of these cameras using two TRENDnet 8-Port 10/100Mbps PoE Switches which have 4 PoE ports each. I'm recording the video feeds using the excellent i-Catcher Console software from i-Code.Read more ›
1. The newer Panasonic BB-HCM735A outdoor model costs just a little bit more than what this one is currently selling for, but the 735A has a completely updated feature set. The 735A uses the new MOS sensor with better low light capability, higher resolution options, H.264 streaming, shock detection, etc. The 735A has the next generation technology that Panasonic is starting to incorporate in their product line, so why purchase this one that is 3 years behind and costs almost the same as the BB-HCM735A.
2. If cost is a factor and you're not installing the camera directly exposed to rain, consider the indoor version of this model, the BB-HCM511A. It costs a lot less (much better value!) and there is not much different between the two cameras except that this 531A model comes with a plastic cover to protect the cable openings in the back. Some degree of weather protection can be achieved with the cheaper 511A model (for accidental moisture) using some tape over any exposed connector openings plus a layer of silicone aquarium sealant over the tape. But if you know that your location is going to get dripping wet for sure, then I'd stick with the outdoor model.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Been outside for 4 years. Plastic still mar free, PTZ still works. durable and tough.Published 19 months ago by D. Ryan
I've bought several of these cameras for outdoor use.
On the positive side, for the first year or so, they were fairly easy to install, the software works well, and i could... Read more
I purchased one of these to replace a Pansonic BB-HCM371A that gave me many years of good service. Unfortunately, the image on the BB-HCM531A has a large blurry spot right in the... Read morePublished on August 28, 2012 by Nathaniel Gildersleeve
been considering buying a cam to view the outside of my home for a while finally picked up the Panasonic 531a.
pretty easy to setup. Tech support is really good. Read more
Here's the deal. I'm not an i t specialist but this is what my guy told me about the camera. 1. active x is a product of microsoft so you pretty much have to use internet... Read morePublished on June 15, 2011 by Jay Gohlmann
I purchased two of these cameras for a vacation home. I can now monitor what's going on at our second home over the web. The install was fairly straightforward. Read morePublished on March 4, 2011 by 408
It took me 4 days to get this working. I connected the security camera to a Power Over Ethernet switch box to my Motorola modem/router. Everything worked on my home LAN. Read morePublished on July 28, 2010 by R. Beckley
After a terrible expeience with the Panasonic BL-C160A Outdoor Lighted MPEG-4 Network Camera (Silver) I gave panasonic another chance and am glad I did. Read morePublished on February 7, 2010 by Digital Donkey