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|
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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
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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.
802.3af 4point (and/or legacy) does not work.
802.3af 2point (and/or legacy) does not work.
So, you MUST use the provided Panasonic proprietary power injector.
I wanted to make that real clear, because I didn't know it when I bought a pair of these. I'm in the middle of installing them now, and was disappointed to find this out. I had planned this project around using standard POE from my Cisco SG200-08P switch. I'll get by with the included POE injectors, but it adds complexity to my project. Extra patch cords, extra wall warts, extra space for this extra stuff.
That said, I have tested the camera and in all other respects it meets my expectations. Will add more to this review after I have completed my project and run the camera for a few days.
UPDATE: I've been running the camera for two days now, and am satisfied with it. I've added 2 pictures showing the POE injector mentioned above.
I have this thing mounted on the outside of my house, but I live in a mild climate and the camera is under the eaves so it won't get wet. The camera has a pretty good range of movement, both up-down and side-to-side. This is pretty handy for final setup - I can just steer the camera to where I want it while watching the screen. No need to run up and down ladders while getting things situated. There is no zoom, but I knew that going in and I am fine with it. The picture quality is pretty good during the day. At night it's not so good; you can see recognizable shapes, but that's about it. For instance, I can recognize my wife by her shape ... but if I caught a burglar on camera at night, the picture would be nearly useless. Not enough information to pick him out of a lineup!
The web software has a LOT of settings. You can ignore them at will; aside from the initial password setup, none of them are necessary to basic operation of the camera. I have tested it with both Google Chrome (version 25.0.1364.97 m) and Internet Explorer 10 (version 10.0.9200.16484) and both browsers work well. There are IPv6 settings which I have not yet used. IPv4, the camera can use DHCP or static IP address and subnet settings. You can change the port that the camera's web server runs on, set it to use HTTPS, Dynamic DNS, and the NTP server of your choosing (for keeping the internal clock accurate). The camera can include date/timestamp and a short string of user-defined text in all its images.
It can store images at specified times, or whenever it senses motion or sound. The sensitivity for motion and sound triggers is adjustable. These images can also be emailed or uploaded to an FTP or HTTP server. The camera can stream video via H.264 or MJPEG-4. It has a microphone and relays audio to whomever is watching the camera's web page. It also has a speaker, which can sound an alarm tone, but apparently there is no way to send voice through that speaker (to use it as an intercom, basically).
There is a "privacy" button on top, which would allow a person in the room with it to disable the camera and microphone. However, this button can be disabled in software and the person under observation wouldn't know that. There's also an indicator light on the front of the camera - it too can be disabled in software. The camera also has connections for two sensors, for example a door/window sensor or a motion detector - I'm not using those so I can't say much about them.
Whew, that's a lot, and I have not covered it all.
The camera does capture enough detail for my use. In daylight, I saw a bug flittering around on my lawn about 15 feel away, but couldn't make out what kind of bug it was. I can see and recognize my cat when she is across the street, maybe 75 feet away. Faces are recognizable within about 18 feet, I would say.
I'm using a piece of software called "Vitamin D Video" (VDV) to monitor the camera and record events of interest to me. VDV allows me to draw boundaries on the picture, and record segments whenever anything steps into the boundaries I have drawn. VDV makes it very easy and quick to review the captured video. I really recommend that software.
I bought this camera when it was selling for $75 and at that price I would say it's a great deal. The POE issue was a disappointment, and the lack of night lighting may be a drag for some folks. But overall, I would have to say I am satisfied with what I got.