Panasonic BL-C210A Internet Security Camera
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- Image Sensor: 1/4" CMOS, 320,000 pixel
- 3x Digital Zoom
- Up to 30 Frames per second
- Max. Video Resolution: 640 x 480 (VGA)
- 82゜pan, 42゜tilt F2.8 Lens brightness
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|Item Dimensions||2.91 x 3.58 x 2.91 inches|
|Item Display Weight||1.6 pounds|
|Item Weight||0.51 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||1.65 pounds|
BL-C210 corresponds well to JPEG system, MPEG-4 system and H.264 system which is higher in image compression rate than MPEG-4 system. Through BL-C210, you can monitor any moving image properly in accordance with your purposes. Plus, simultaneous use of two different kinds of communication systems is possible with BL-C210. Its image-updating speed is 30 pcs/second at maximum in case of (640 x 480 dots) of H.264. Therefore, you can catch any moving target through very smooth and high-definition image monitoring byBL-C210.
From the Manufacturer
Do you sometimes worry about things at home while you're at work or on vacation? Save your worries with Remote Monitoring by Panasonic Home Network Camera. Panasonic network cameras let you monitor your room over the Internet from wherever you are. They even notify you by e-mail when they detect moving objects. And you can choose the video format to match the Internet connection and your viewing needs. Let Panasonic network cameras keep an eye on things - anytime, anywhere - so you can relax and enjoy yourself.
Triple sensors monitor and capture images when motion, sound, or body heat is detected.
The small and discreet profile fits almost anywhere in your home or office.
A Camera with the Ability to See, Hear, Feel and Interact
Introducing the Panasonic BL-C210—the newest addition to the Panasonic Network Camera family. The crystal clear video image is easy to access right from your PC or hand-held device. An on-screen user interface with the ability to pan, tilt, and zoom allows you to adjust camera view wherever you may be. And with Triple Sensor technology detecting changes in sound, motion, and body heat, this camera is the next best thing to being two places at once.
Triple Sensor Technology
The Panasonic BL-C210 camera offers a Triple Sensor with the ability to track changes in movement, sound, and body temperature in your indoor atmospheres. When the Triple Sensor is activated, an instant email alert is sent directly to your mobile phone or PC with a captured image from your network camera.
- Body Heat Sensor - Monitors the presence of people in a room and can be discretely placed at the entryway of your home or office.
Motion Sensor - Works well in still areas, such as stores and restaurants after hours, and will alert you with an email and image capture when it detects movement, such as during an accident or break-in.
Sound Sensor - Perfect for a baby's room or with new pets. This sensor will alert you to any noises made in the room.
Connection and Monitoring
The BL-C210 is a wired model that must be connected to the router of your home or office. A proprietary POE connector is included for simple connection. Your network camera user interface can be accessed right from your PC or mobile phone. Panasonic Network Camera has built-in memory storage for security and personal purposes. Refer to your captured videos and images to monitor live-in nannies, office activity, or store employees. Share videos of your loved ones with family and friends.
The BL-C210 is also compatible with Panasonic’s Viera Cast™ Televisions. With a few easy clicks of the remote, watch up to eight connected cameras around your home or office. The following Panasonic HDTVs will support BL-C210 Network Camera:
- TC-PG10 series with 42, 46, 50, and 54-inch screen
- TC-PG15 series with 42, 46, and 50-inch screen
- TC-PV10 series with 50, 54, 58, and 65-inch screen
Convenient Internet access provides peace of mind while you're away.
See There When You Can't Be There
The convenience, simple installation, and instant email alerts in this reliable video monitoring system make for peace of mind...at the click of a button.
BL-C210 H.264/MPEG-4 Network Camera Features
- Image transfer by timer, alarm, motion, sound or human presence
- Plug & Play installation
- Access via hand-held device or PC
- No PC required on site
- Email alert notifications
- H.264 compression for high quality images
- Built-in memory for storing images and video
What’s in the Box
BL-C210 camera, AC Adapter, Power Transfer Unit, Set-up CD-ROM, Screws (6), Washers (4), Safety Wire, and Installation Guide
Top Customer Reviews
Then I discovered the fact that this ip camera (as well as many others) have e-mailing functionality. After a little research I bought a couple and they are now in service. I connected the bell circuit on my Ademco, through a relay switch, to one of the two open alarm circuits on the Panasonic and now whenever the Ademco sends an alarm, we receive an e-mail with an alarm message plus, as a bonus, a photo of what the camera is seeing at the time. When we get the e-mail, we can go online either with a computer or our cell phone and see what is going on in the house. If the situation merits, we can then call the police or we can ask the neighbor to peek over. This is intelligent alarm monitoring as opposed to the automated kind you get when your alarm system sends a signal to the monitoring station every time the system is tripped for whatever reason (I read that almost all reports sent to the police by these systems are false and are placed on low priority). I am going to document this system and send it to my insurance agent asking for a premium discount in line with the standard discount you get with automated monitoring. We have achieved our goal of a no-cost alarm notification system.
Two very good features of this unit are that you do not have to have a running computer to make it work and it receives its power over the ethernet cable. As long as your run is less than 98 feet, you can snake cable through your walls to your heart's content without worrying about how you will power the camera.
Since this camera has, in addition to its ability to take a signal from your burglar alarm, its own internal motion-heat-sound detectors, you could also use it as a sort of burglar alarm all by itself. But it does not have the capability to act as a perimeter alarm as would be the case if you have an alarm system with door and/or window sensors. And it does not turn on sirens to 1.) wake you up, 2.) scare the intruders away or 3.) if they are not scared away, heighten the level of insanity that is already going on in their minds.
Like the others, I find that the camera does not perform well in low light. But I have several lamps in our home that are hooked up to X-10 switches. These X-10s are programmed through the burglar alarm to turn on when the alarm goes off. I have not tested them with the camera yet but I am hoping that they will provide enough light to let us see what is going on in the event of an alarm.
There is one glaring vulnerability in all of this: your camera gives you notification and visual access through the internet; your house connects to the internet through a wire; burglars know how to snip a wire with a wire cutters and the more experienced burglars are going to do this before they attempt to break in. I circumvented this problem by changing my ISP. My new ISP connects the internet to my house wirelessly and that fixes that. If you do not have the wireless option, however, this issue needs to be addressed. Many alarm systems now can be fitted with an auxiliary backup device that calls you and/or the police through the cell phone network if your wire is cut. They cost extra both for the equipment and the ongoing use of the cell phone network.
We got a lot of value for our money here. It proved to be an elegant solution to our problem and added many more features to boot. I love gadgets and my heart sings whenever I see it up in the corner of my living room ceiling with its lights blinking down on me. What other people might think is 'beyond the scope of this review'.
ON PANASONIC SUPPORT: I'm not going to lower the rating on this camera because I think it is a fine product. But I will say that Panasonic support falls far short of the mark. In trying to get the camera viewable over the internet, I talked to 4 different representatives each of whom offered a different solution all of which were wrong. I wrote them a letter a week ago with no reply so far. So I did what I should have initially done which is to learn a little networking, specifically port forwarding. After my research and armed with some actual knowledge, I set up the cameras properly and they are now humming along. I can credit the reviewer who praised Panasonic support. However, that was not my experience. All these people had to do was to ask the right questions and then tell me what to do to configure the system properly. It took me, an amateur, a couple of hours to figure it out on my own and yet all four of these professionals failed to come up with the correct solution. And yes, I am fully aware that this is partly a result of a lack of committment on the part of management and not entirely the fault of the individual on the other end of the phone. 1-14-2011 UPDATE: Yesterday, I came across a puzzling issue having to do with sending sensor messages from the camera to our Panasonic Viera TV. Since I already know how good they are at fielding support requests over the telephone and through the postal service, I thought it might be interesting to send them an e-mail message via their website. The model of the camera was stated in the e-mail by way of the e-mail setup fields and I gave the model of the TV in the body of the e-mail. Later that day, I received this reply which I quote in full: 'Thank you for your inquiry. What is the model # to your cameras? If you have any additonal questions or concerns, please contact our technical support hotline at [...]. Thank you for choosing Panasonic.' Additional questions indeed.
SETUP NOTE: If your network sits behind two in-line routers (one connected directly to the internet through the phone or cable TV wires, the 'outside' router; the other sitting between the outside router and the LAN: the 'inside' router) and you are having a hard time of it, identify both the public and private IP address of the inside router. Do a little googling to get yourself squared away on what the public and private IP addresses of a router are. Then, when you are setting up port forwarding on the outside router, you need to forward requests to the public not the private IP address of the inside router. Then use the private IP address of the inside router as the Default Gateway in your camera settings. There are other pitfalls but this particular one was my mine.
Why is this important?
If you plan to access the camera remotely, such as from your office at work, you must connect the camera to the internet. Without the proper security, your camera can be accessed by an intruder on the internet.
If you don't expect to use the remote access feature of this camera, you can disregard the remainder of my review.
This camera provides the choice to connect from the web using an unencrypted connection and optionally with an encrypted connection using SSLv3. If you set up the camera using only the unencrypted option, even your login credentials are visible on the internet. With the encryption enabled, your credentials are protected. However, in 2014, a security vulnerability was discovered in SSLv3 that allows an attacker access to information in the encrypted connection. Most major sites have switched from using SSL to TLS, and the latest versions of Firefox will not even connect to sites that use SSLv3. This includes your camera! So, if you set up this camera for your home's security, you may actually negate that security by providing someone with a view into your house!
I contacted Panasonic to find out if they will release a firmware update for the camera to address this issue. As expected, Panasonic has no plans to do so. This diminishes my confidence in Panasonic's products.
This camera is a great choice if it's not connected to the internet. I really like many of the advanced features that it offers and the ability to save images triggered by timers or sensors. If you know how, you can overcome the security problems by connecting to the camera remotely through a VPN. However, if you want to watch the video stream remotely, you're better off choosing a different product.