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Panasonic BB-HCM581A Network Camera

Panasonic BB-HCM581A Network Camera IPv6 protocol ready
PoE Power over Ethernet ready

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Panasonic BB-HCM581A Network Camera

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Panasonic BB-HCM581A Network Camera

The BB-HCM581A camera lets you monitor very large areas with its maximum 360-degree pan and 158-degree tilt functions. A full 42x power zoom also makes it possible to check places in super-fine detail. Thanks to its PoE capability, the camera can be installed in places where it is difficult to provide power, like on factory and warehouse ceilings, or near a building entranceway or elevator hall. And dual-stack IPv4/IPv6 protocol prepares it for IPv6 services. This lets you grab every business possibility by breaking distance and time barriers with Zero Distance Management. Zero Distance Management is a new business style made possible by Panasonic network cameras. It allows safe, smooth, economical business management that is totally free from conventional distance and time limitations.

Place this Plug and Play camera almost anywhere you'd like to keep an eye on things, with no PC required on location! Panasonic Network Cameras can be viewed and controlled from a standard web browser. They're easy to install, easy to operate, and require no additional software for viewing on your PC or cell phone. Panasonic network cameras are a great way to keep an eye on your home, business, or just about anywhere else. You can view images from a compatible PC, Cell Phone, PDA, or Television. Each camera is web-enabled, so no PC is required at the camera location; all you need is a broadband connection. View multiple local or remote cameras on your TV (with optional TV adapter) with zoom, pan and tilt control.

Panasonic BB-HCM581A Key Features

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.
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. A full 42x power zoom also makes it possible to check places in super-fine detail.
High-Speed 350-Degree Pan and 210-Degree Tilt With Presets
The BB-HCM581A camera lets you monitor very large areas with its maximum 350° pan and 210° tilt* functions. The BB-HCM581A pans at a maximum speed of 300°per second, tilts at a maximum speed of 200° per second.

* Tilt angle: -120° up to +0° (on a table), 0° up to +90° (on a ceiling).

Panasonic BB-HCM581A Network Camera
Motion Sensor
This function detects changes by reacting to a camera threshold or sensitivity that is set in advance on the PC.
Analog Video Output (NTSC and PAL Compatible)
By connecting a cable directly to the camera's video output terminal, you can use your existing TV or video recorder for monitoring. When using analog video output, the camera automatically switches to interlace scanning to suppress flicker in motion images. A mini video cable (with 3.5-mm mini plug) is required.

The camera cannot be controlled when using analog video output. The video image displays poorly in color night view mode.

MPEG-4 Video
Provides smooth motion images even with limited network speeds or a smaller volume of image data.
Motion JPEG Video
Motion JPEG is recommended for recording higher quality images. Three image quality modes (Favor Clarity, Standard, Favor Motion) are available.
Simultaneous MPEG-4 and JPEG
Camera simultaneously sends 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.
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.

SD Memory Card Slot Recording With Audio
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.
0.09 Lux 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.
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.
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.
Ethernet (10Base-T/100Base-TX) Network Interface
Image Transfer Function
In accordance with preset settings*, the camera will automatically transfer images and a data log by e-mail to an e-mail** address or by FTP to a server. This allows you to check images only when necessary, and also prevents you from forgetting to check them.

* Preset settings can include timer, alarm, and motion detection. With JPEG connection only.
** PDP before SMTP authentication and SMTP authentication (PLAIN, LOGIN and CRAM-MD5) are supported.

30 Frames Per Second Maximum 640 x 480 Video (MPEG4 Only)
Cell Phone Monitoring
Still images from the camera can be checked on a cell phone that is capable of normal web access and JPEG viewing. The pan, tilt, and zoom functions can also be operated from the cell phone.
4-Up, 9-Up and 16-Up Multi Camera Pages
Up To 30 Simultaneous Video Users
Built-in Web Server / IP Address (IPv4 / IPv6)
Password Protection
Plug and Play Installation
Multi-Language Interface
Image Time / Date Stamp
1 Year Warranty

Panasonic BB-HCM581A Specifications


Video Compression
JPEG (3 levels), MPEG4
Video Resolution
640 x 480, 320 x 240 (default), 192 x 144
Image Quality
JPEG (favor clarity, standard, favor motion), MPEG4
Frame Rate
Max. 30 frames/sec. 640 x 480 (MPEG4 only), 320 x 240, 192 x 144
The frame rate may slow down depending on the network environment, PC performance, image quality, SD memory recording, when color night view mode is activated, etc.
User ID/password
Supported Protocols
IPv4 / IPv6 Dual-Stack
User Access Limit
Max. 30 simultaneous accesses (max. 10 accesses in MPEG-4 mode with sound playback)
Buffered Images
Approx. 350 images (320 x 240), standard image quality, with time display, without using SD Memory Card. The maximum number of frames changes depending on the image quality and what object you buffer.
Image Transfer Method
FTP, HTTP, SMTP* (*PDP before SMTP authentication and SMTP authentication (PLAIN, LOGIN and CRAM-MD5) are supported.)
Image Buffer/Transfer Triggers
Alarm, timer or motion detection


42x zoom (21 x optical, 2 x digital)
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Tele: 2.6° (optical) / 1.3° (digital), wide: 51°
Vertical Viewing Angle
Tele: 1.9° (optical) / 0.9° (digital), wide: 38°
Pan Angle
-175° up to +175°
Tilt Angle
-120° up to +0° (on a table), 0° up to +90° (on a ceiling)
Revolving Speed
Pan: max. 300°/sec, tilt: max. 200°/sec
Sensor Type
1/4-inch CCD sensor, approx. 320,000 pixels
Lens Focal Point
Auto/manual (40 steps)
Lens Brightness
F1.6(wide) - F3.6(tele)
White Balance
Required Light Intensity
2 to 100,000 lux (in Color Night View mode: 0.09 to 100,000 lux)


Audio Communication
2-Way half duplex
Audio Play Method
Play with ActiveX
Audio Encoding Method
Encoding with ActiveX
Audio Compression
ADPCM 32 kbps
Audio Bandwidth
300 Hz - 3.4 kHz
Audio Input
External microphone input terminal
Audio Output
Audio line output terminal for external speaker


Network Interface
Ethernet (10Base-T/100Base-TX)
External I/O Connector
Input: 2, output: 1
Video Output
Analog composite (NTSC/PAL) Use only the included Audio/Video Cable when connecting an external microphone, speaker or TV.
Audio Output
3.5 mm stereo mini jack (output is mono Use only the included Audio/Video Cable when connecting an external microphone, speaker or TV.)
External Microphone Input
3.5 mm mini jack
SD Memory Card Slot
Full size (operation guaranteed for 2GB, 1GB, 512MB, 256MB, 128MB and 64MB SD Memory Cards)


Operation: +32°F to +104°F (0°C to +40°C)
Storage: +32°F to +122°F (0°C to +50°C)
Operation: 20% to 80% (No Condensation)
Storage: 20% to 90% (No Condensation)
Dimensions (H x W x D)
5-1/2 x 4-13/16 x 4-13/16 inches (140 x 123 x 123 mm)
Weight (Unit Only)
1.43 pounds (650g)
PoE: 48 V, IEEEE 802.3af-compliant Power over Ethernet
AC adaptor (option): input 120 V AC, output 12 V DC
Power Consumption
PoE, AC adaptor: 10.5W

Panasonic BB-HCM581A Network Camera

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