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Feature Comparison Chart for Panasonic Network Cameras For The Home

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Panasonic BL-C1A Panasonic BL-C140A Panasonic BL-C210A Panasonic BL-C160A Panasonic BL-C230A
Ethernet (10Base-T/100Base-TX) Network Interface x x x x x
Digital Zoom 1 10x 10x 3x 10x 3x
Maximum Resolution 640 x 480 640 x 480 640 x 480 640 x 480 640 x 480
Built-in Microphone For Audio Monitoring 2     x   x
MPEG4 Video 3   x x x x
Motion JPEG Video 4 x x x x x
Color Night View Mode Lux Rating 5 NA 3 Lux 3 Lux 3 Lux 3 Lux
Maximum frames per second, 320 x 240 video 15 30 30 30 30
Maximum frames per second, 640 x 480 video 7.5 30 30 30 30
Human Detection Heat Sensor 6     x x x
Motion Sensors 7 x x x x x
Maximum Simultaneous Accesses 20 30 10 (Motion-JPEG) 30 10 (Motion-JPEG)
User ID/Password Security x x x x x


Panasonic BL-C1A Panasonic BL-C140A Panasonic BL-C210A Panasonic BL-C160A Panasonic BL-C230A
H.264/ACV Data Transmission 8     x   x
Pan Digital pan only   -41° to +41°   -41° to +41°
Tilt Digital tilt only   -32° to 10°   -32° to 10°
Remote Monitoring from Cell Phone 9 x x x x x
Simultaneous MPEG-4 and JPEG 10   x x x x
Remote Pan/Tilt and Zoom Control 11 x zoom x zoom x
IPv4 / IPv6 Dual-Stack 12   x x x x
High Speed Wireless LAN Capability 13         x
Privacy Mode 14     x   x
Power over Ethernet (PoE) 15   x x x  
HTTPS Support 16   x x x x
Outdoor Ready 17   x   x  
Built-in LED Light       x  

Panasonic Network Cameras Feature Explanations:

1 - 10x Digital Zoom
Equipped with a 10x digital zoom function, the camera lets you zoom in and out to view objects that are close or far away.
2 - Built-in Microphone For Audio Monitoring
Sounds picked up by the built-in microphone can be heard through the PC. Video monitoring with sound enhances security by providing additional information that images cannot convey.
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 3 lux, letting you capture images even in dimly lit places.
6 - Human Detection Heat Sensor
The BL-C230 and BL-C111 feature a built-in human detection sensor that responds to heat. Captured images can be stored temporarily in the camera* or sent to you by e-mail** or FTP data transfer***.

The frame rate may decrease depending on the network environment, PC performance, and image quality.
** For MPEG-4 only. Not applicable to JPEG.
*** The maximum number of frames changes depending on the resolution and image quality.

7 - Motion Sensor
This function detects changes by reacting to a camera threshold or sensitivity that is set in advance on the PC.
8 - H.264/ACV Data Transmission
The adoption of H.264/ACV has enabled reduction of data volume by more than 30% compared to MPEG-4 when transmitting data of the same image quality.
9 - Remote Monitoring from Cell Phone
Still images from the camera can be checked on a cell phone that is capable of normal web access and JPEG viewing.
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. H.264 and MPEG-4 cannot browse at the same time.

* 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. 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 - High Speed Wireless LAN Capability
The Panasonic BL-C230A 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.
14 - Privacy Mode
When you return home, just press a button to cover the lens and protect your privacy. System administrators can also do this over the network.
15 - Power over Ethernet (PoE)
The included Power Transfer Unit supplies the camera the power through the LAN cable. It allows you to install the camera anywhere, like on the ceiling where no power outlet is.*

* Use a LAN cable that is no more than 30 m (98.4 feet) long to connect the camera and the power transfer unit. Use a LAN cable that is no more than 100 m (328.1 feet) long to connect the camera and the router.
16 - HTTPS Support
Recorded data is sent in encrypted form, making it very difficult for someone else to eavesdrop on the network.
17 - Outdoor Ready
The splash-resistant body (IPX4 equivalent splash-resistance) expands the scope of applications by letting you install the camera outside, like on house or garage eaves. Resists temperaures from as low as -4 degrees Fahrenheit to as high as 122 degrees Fahrenheit.
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