Buy Used and Save: Buy a Used "Panasonic Network Camera and Pet Cam (BLC1A)" and save 19% off the $99.95 list price. Buy with confidence as the condition of this item and its timely delivery are guaranteed under the "Amazon A-to-z Guarantee". See all Used offers.
Panasonic Network Camera and Pet Cam (BLC1A)
- Enter your model number to make sure this fits.
- Remote viewing from PC, PDA, cell phone.
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Special offers and product promotions
|Item Dimensions||1 x 3.38 x 3.38 inches|
|Item Weight||0.22 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||1.6 pounds|
|Specification Met||certified frustration-free|
|Video Capture Resolution||640 x 480|
Panasonic BL-C1A Wired Network Camera, bracket, power supply, mounting hardware, CD-ROM, software and instructions.
The Panasonic BL-C1A Wired Network Camera handles your digital photography needs at a price that won't hurt your wallet! This color surveillance camera allows remote video monitoring of a home or business. Remote home and business surveillance just got a lot more affordable. Receive an e-mail image when the home security camera detects motion--you'll always know what's going on at home or at your business. The 10X digital zoom and color night viewing makes sure you don't miss a detail. It's easy to install, easy to operate and requires no additional software for viewing on your PC. Indoor use only.
Image Buffer--About 250 frames (320 x 240, standard image quality). Image transfer via e-mail (SMTP) or FTP. View snapshots and control them from a compatible cellular phone Supports up to 12 cameras IPv4 Multi-Language Interface - English, German, Spanish, Italian, French and Japanese
Camera Features - 1/4 320,000 pixel CMOS image sensor 10 digital zoom Viewing Angle - 53° horizontal, 41° vertical Auto exposure Aperture - F2.8 Illumination - 10 - 10,000 lux (normal), 4-10,000 lux (night view) Motion Sensor with Email Alert Auto & manual White Balance Network Connection - RJ45 Ethernet (10Base-T/100Base-X) System Requirements - Windows 98SE, 2000, ME and XP; Internet Explorer 6.0 or later Camera Dimensions(WxHxD) - 3-3/8 x 3-3/8 x 1 Weight - 0.22 lbs Networking Protocols - HTTP, FTP, SMTP, TCP, UDP, IP, DHCP, DNS, ARP, ICMP, and POP3 before SMTP
From the Manufacturer
This camera can be viewed and controlled from a standard Web browser, video display, or even a compatible cell phone or PDA. Place it in your home, office, vacation home or almost anywhere else that you'd like to keep an eye on things, with no PC required on location! They are easy to install and operate and require no additional software for the PC that you're viewing them on. Each camera also comes with a free web address, which can track the camera automatically. All you need is a regular web browser to view them on your PC--all of the other required software, including control software (TCP/UDP) and e-mail software (SMTP), is already inside the camera.
Just Plug It In and Play
This network camera is easy to install and use. With industry standard automatic configuration (UPnP), the camera and your router or PC will automatically decide the best settings, allowing you to access your camera without any complicated setup. Once connected, using a simple web browser, just enter in your free, permanent web address and you're done! It's that simple.
Sensor Recording and Email Alerts
With the built-in motion sensor, the camera can be set to record and/or notify you by email when someone enters the room.
And Now You Can Watch Your Pets!
Always feel close to your animals, 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 this webcam.
Top Customer Reviews
Setting the cameras up to see each other was easy and now i can remote in and see all 3 camera's at the same time. I have sensors setup on all 3 and they work great. Now when I am at work I can alway check on my house and my family. I have images emailed to me everytime the motion sensors go off. I have also tested the image to cell phone feature and it does work fine but even with a good phone its sometime hard to see the images on a phone. Email works best in my opinion, and sense most phones can check email you can still get to the image they are just not scaled down to a phone size.
I highly recommend this camera especialy if you want to use it for motion sensing. If you must have pan/tilt the BL-C10A is also great but you lose some control on the motion sensor sensitivity.
This device has a somewhat odd shape which, together with the bright white enclosure makes it stand out a little too much for my taste, especially if you planned to discretely put it on a bookshelf. Inside the (easily openable) enclosure, you'll find a single square motherboard where the actual camera is soldered onto. Bummer for those DIY-ers who perhaps hoped to separate the cam from the board in order to conceal it in a stuffed animal or something. The camera has a power led which to my surprise is software- controllable: it can be on, off, or on while recording.
The camera sensor itself is very tiny. From the picture it looks like you'll get 1/2" worth of camera, but most of it is ornaments (like space to prominently print "digital zoom network camera") and the CCD is no bigger than in a cheap cellphone. With that small a sensor, I would have hoped that Panasonic forewent the color filter and make the camera black&white, which would have increased sharpness and light sensitivity, but clearly engineering folded to the marketing department here. Also, the field of view seems quite narrow to me - surveillance should be as wide- angled as possible, even at the expense of detail. Finally, the resolution of the sensor is low (640x480), yet the digital noise is high. I'm subtracting 1 star for not putting in a better or more specialized camera.
This product comes with some PC software, but frankly I haven't touched it after reading a the other reviews here. You can set up the camera entirely with a web browser once you figured out the address. As for making the surveillance available on the net, it is no different than exposing a web server using dyndns.org.
The in-camera software is better than I expected. I addition to some camera preferences like brightness, etc. you can set days/hours of
operation, and register other cameras so you can view them all on one screen. On the actual life view screen you can specify the refresh interval or "motion" to save on bandwith when you're monitoring remotely. In addition to live viewing, the unit can also buffer or transfer pictures. This works as follows: you have five "triggers", which can be configured independantly. For each trigger, you can specify hours of operation, how it's triggered (interval or motion), how many pictures to process, how long to wait to retrigger and whether to save them to internal memory, or transfer them via email or ftp. I find this concept very versatile yet understandable. The internal buffer is very small though, holds barely 90 pictures in lowres(!).
On the minus side regarding the software, the translation is sometimes challenging, especially in important sections. For example, there are two sliders on the motion detection tab, the explanation reading: "Threshold: Adjust the threshold. If the threshold is set low, this software sensitively detects changes. Sensitivity: If you set sensitivity high, amplitude of motion detection bar gets jumpy.". I assume these sliders are meant to configure the camera so it doesn't take your small pet for an intruder, but good luck figuring those out! Also, you cannot define any dead zones for motion detection. However, the firmware is upgradeable, so perhaps these things will improve. *2010 Update* Alas, no. The firmware has been updated, but the horrible wording remains throughout. This must be some sort of hobby project at Panasonic...
This would be a 5-star device if it wasn't for the weak and narrow- angled camera. The only two ways to go up from here though are to either shell out four times as many dollares for an Axis megapixel camera or buy a good webcam for the same price as this panasonic and then use surveillance software on an always-on PC.
I am actually shocked by the great features of a camera at this price. When I viewed the camera setup from the web, I went into the buffered image section and saw myself moving around the room for about 15 minutes since I had activated the motion sensor feature.
While you cannot access the viewnetcam site from the same network the camera is on, you can view the camera direct from the network to aim the camera, make settings etc. Static address for your camera runs about $10.00 a month with the DSL folks but thanks to the free site, you don't need to spend that money.
Image quality is fantastic and the low light color workes great close up.
Panasonic tech support was exceptional and right after it was set up I asked the tech support guy to access the camera and he immediately described what the camera was seeing. No need to wonder if it was working on the web.
This is why I buy top name brand products, quality is always the best but most important A1 tech support. I give Panasonic tech support the highest rating possible.
I plan to buy the other version with the pan and zoom next month for another location.
Price? None better than Amazon anywhere and I got it in two days.