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Feature Comparison Chart for Panasonic Network Cameras For Business

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Features

Panasonic BB-HCM511A Panasonic BB-HCM403A Panasonic BB-HCM515A Panasonic BB-HCM531A Panasonic BB-HCM371A Panasonic BB-HCM547A Panasonic BB-HCM580A Panasonic BB-HCM581A
Ethernet (10Base-T/100Base-TX) Network Interface x x x x x x x x
42x Power Zoom (21x Optical 2x Digital) 1 10x Digital only 10x Digital only 10x Digital only 10x Digital only   2.3x Optical, 2x Digital x x
Maximum Resolution 640 x 480 640 x 480 1280 x 1024 640 x 480 640 x 480 640 x 480 640 x 480 640 x 480
Two-Way Audio Communication 2 x x x x x x   x
MPEG4 Video 3 x   x x   x x x
Motion JPEG Video 4 x x x x x x x x
Color Night View Mode Lux Rating 5 0.2 Lux 0.2 Lux 3 Lux 0.2 Lux 0.2 Lux 0.2 Lux 0.09 Lux 0.09 Lux
Maximum frames per second, 320 x 240 video 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30
Maximum frames per second, 640 x 480 video 30 (MPEG4 only) 12 30 (MPEG4 only) 30 (MPEG4 only) 12 30 (MPEG4 only) 30 (MPEG4 only) 30 (MPEG4 only)
SD Memory Card Slot 6 x x x x x x x x

Features

Panasonic BB-HCM511A Panasonic BB-HCM403A Panasonic BB-HCM515A Panasonic BB-HCM531A Panasonic BB-HCM371A Panasonic BB-HCM547A Panasonic BB-HCM580A Panasonic BB-HCM581A
Motion Sensor 7 x x x x   x x x
Maximum Simultaneous Accesses Without Audio / With Audio 30 / 10 30 / 10 30 / 10 30 / 10 30 / 10 30 / 10 30 / NA 30 / 10
User ID/Password Security x x x x x x x x
IPsec or SSL Security Function 8   IPsec     IPsec SSL    
Pan -60° to +60° NA -60° to +60° -60° to +60° -60° to +60° -175° to +175° -175° to +175° -175° to +175°
Tilt, on table -45° to 20° NA -45° to 20° -45° to 20° -45° to 20° NA -120° to 0° -120° to 0°
Tilt, ceiling mount -20° to +45° -20° to +45° 0° to +65° -20° to +45° -20° to +45° 0° to +82° 0° to +90° 0° to +90°
PoE (Power over Ethernet) Capability 9 x x x x   x   x
Simultaneous MPEG-4 and JPEG 10 x   x x   x x x
Remote Pan/Tilt and Zoom Control 11 x Tilt/Zoom x x Pan/Tilt x x x
IPv4 / IPv6 Dual-Stack 12 x x x x x x x x
Indoor / Outdoor 13 Indoor only Indoor only Indoor only Indoor / Outdoor Indoor / Outdoor Indoor / Outdoor Indoor only Indoor only
High Speed Wireless LAN Capability 14         x      

Panasonic Network Cameras Feature Explanations:

1 - 42x Power Zoom (21x Optical, 2x Digital)
Equipped with a 42x zoom function (a 21x optical zoom and a 2x digital zoom), the camera lets you zoom in and out to view objects that are close or far away.
2 - Two-Way Audio Communication
By using a separately purchased microphone and speaker, you can speak to someone near the camera while monitoring. This gives you more precise communication to lessen the inconvenience of being in a distant location.

Walkie-talkie type conversation. The audio feature does not work with cell phones.

3 - MPEG4 Video
Provides smooth motion images even with limited network speeds or a smaller volume of image data.
4 - Motion JPEG Video
Motion JPEG is recommended for recording higher quality images. Three image quality modes (Favor Clarity, Standard, Favor Motion) are available.
5 - Color Night View Mode
When the subject darkens, the camera automatically adjusts the brightness to show you the image. The Color Night View Mode brings the minimum light requirement down to 0.09 lux, letting you capture images even in dimly lit places.
6 - SD Memory Card Slot
A large number of images can be saved onto an SD Memory Card inserted into the camera. The images on the card can be checked over the Internet, or if no network is being used, monitoring is possible using only the camera by simply storing the images onto the card.
7 - Motion Sensor
This function detects changes by reacting to a camera threshold or sensitivity that is set in advance on the PC.
8 - IPsec or SSL Security Function
IPsec and SSL are technologies used to encrypt data packets in order to prevent eavesdropping by third parties. When combined with a conventional authentication function based on user names and passwords, they offer enhanced security.
9 - PoE (Power over Ethernet) Capability
Panasonic 500 series IP Network Cameras featuring PoE (Power over Ethernet) use a single standard data cable for video, data and power. You benefit from simplified installation anywhere you can run ethernet cable. Since you don't have to have AC outlets installed near your cameras(s), you eliminate electrician costs. And a PoE splitter may be installed where network cameras are not 802.3af standard compliant. There's web-based remote monitoring and resetting of network cameras and IP terminals, plus UPS backup for all network security devices by a single centralized UPS unit.
10 - Simultaneous MPEG-4 and JPEG
Cameras simultaneously send MPEG-4 images in three resolutions (VGA*, QVGA, and SCIF), and JPEG images in the same three resolutions in Favor Motion, Standard, and Favor Clarity image-quality types. MPEG-4 is recommended for viewing smooth motion images, and JPEG is recommended for recording higher quality images.

* When viewing in VGA, only MPEG-4 playback offers a maximum of 30 fps.

11 - Remote Pan/Tilt and Zoom Control
The camera angle can be varied by remote control to monitor large areas. Monitoring precision can be further increased by using the zoom.
12 - IPv4 / IPv6 Dual-Stack
Panasonic's new network cameras allow the use of a virtually unlimited number of IP addresses by supporting IPv6, a next-generation protocol. The IPv4/IPv6 dual-stack feature enables you to use IPv4 at the present and switch over to IPv6 in the future.
13 - Indoor / Outdoor Network Camera
The Panasonic BB-HCM371A Network Camera has a splash resistant body. The splash resistant body allows the camera to be used indoors or outdoors.
14 - High Speed Wireless LAN Capability
The Panasonic BB-HCM371A Network Camera corresponds to the wireless system based on IEEE 802.11b/g. Wireless installation will play an increasing role in flexible mounting. Encryption establishes the security on the wireless network. IEEE 802.11g has 2 modes: 1. the 802.11g only mode, and 2. the 802.11g and 802.11b simultaneous mode. Also, the wireless LAN function can be suspended. Communication via Ethernet cable is also available.
 
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