Panasonic Outdoor IP Camera Network Monitoring System - BB-HCM531

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See from Anywhere with a Variety of Monitoring Environments

By sending images in both MPEG-4 and JPEG formats, these cameras let you monitor with a variety of environments - a PC in the office, a cell phone around town, or a TV in a waiting room. Their PoE*1 capability allows them to be installed in places where it is difficult to provide power, like near an entranceway or elevator, or in a factory or warehouse. The BB-HCM531 can also be used outdoors to further expand its range of application. Using a network resolves many of the limitations that exist for installing and using conventional analogue cameras, to greatly expand your business opportunities through Zero Distance Management.

*1 PoE (Power over Ethernet) supplies power through an Ethernet cable. An optional AC adaptor can also be used.

Splash Resistant Body
The splash-resistant body expands the scope of application by letting you install the camera outside, like on a house or store eaves.

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 favour motion, standard, and favour 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.

MPEG-4 Visual License
This product is licensed under the MPEG-4 Visual patent portfolio license for the personal and noncommercial use of a consumer for (i) encoding video in compliance with the MPEG-4 Visual Standard (“MPEG-4 Video”) and/or (ii) decoding MPEG-4 Video that was encoded by a consumer engaged in a personal and non-commercial activity and/or was obtained from a video provider licensed by MPEG LA to provide MPEG-4 Video. No license is granted or shall be implied for any other use. Additional information including that relating to promotional, internal and commercial uses and licensing may be obtained from MPEG LA, LLC.

SD/SDHC Memory Card* Recording
A large number of images can be saved onto an SD/SDHC 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.

* * The SD/SDHC Memory Card is sold separately. The camera supports 64MB, 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, 2GB, 4GB and 8GB SD/SDHC Memory Cards.

Progressive Scan
Progressive scanning provides better image quality than the interlace scanning system that is commonly used in TV broadcasting, and captures fast-moving subjects without blurring or color bleeding.

Easy PoE Power Supply*
Power is supplied through the Ethernet cable, so the network camera can be easily installed on the ceiling, since no additional work is required for a power outlet.(Power can also be supplied by an optional AC adaptor.)

* * To use the BB-HCM511, Internet access equipment and a power supply consisting of either a Power over Ethernet Hub or an AC adaptor are required.

Analog Video Output*1
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*2 to suppress flicker in motion images.

* *1-1 Compatible with both NTSC and PALsystems.
* *1-2 A mini video cable (with 3.5-mm mini plug) is required.
* *1-3 The camera cannot be controlled with analog video output.
* *1-4 The video image displays poorly in color night view mode.
* *2 Images are output to the PC with progressive scanning.

Image Transfer Function
In accordance with preset settings*1, the camera will automatically transfer images and a data log by e-mail*2 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.

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

Remote Pan and Tilt Control
You can use a PC or cell phone directly to change the direction that the camera is facing while monitoring the image. This lets you monitor a large area with a single camera.

10x Digital Zoom Function* (by area)
It's so reassuring to see your pet's happy face while you are out. A simple mouse operation is all you need to enlarge the image, using the 10x digital zoom, so you get a clear view of your pet's expression.

* * This feature is not available when viewing on a cell phone.

Audio 2-way Communication*1
By using the built-in microphone and a separately purchased speaker, you can speak*2 to someone near the camera while monitoring. This gives you more precise communication to lessen the inconvenience of being in a distant location.

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

Colour Night View Mode *1 & New MOS Sensor
When the subject darkens, the camera automatically adjusts the brightness to show you the image. A CCD image sensor and smooth motion capture at 30 frames/sec*2 combine to let you see down to a minimum of 0.2 lux. You see clear, easy-to-view images even in the dark.

* *1-1 The image tends to blur more than that in standard mode when viewing a moving subject in low light or when using the pan, tilt, or zoom function. * *1-2 Some subjects may require additional time for focusing with the auto focus function.
* *1-3 When viewing a dark subject in Color Night View Mode, spots of white or colored light may appear in the image. This is a natural characteristic of the image sensor, and does not indicate a malfunction.
* *2 At 320 x 240 or 160 x 120 resolution.

Multi-camera Capability*1
Images from several cameras can be monitored and transceiver-type voice communication*2 can be used simultaneously.

* *1 Moving pictures from up to 9 cameras can be displayed on a single screen. Still images from up to 16 cameras can be displayed.
* *2 This function can be used only with a PC. It cannot be used with a cell phone.

Cell Phone Monitoring*
Still images from the camera can be checked on any cell phone that is capable of Internet access. The pan, tilt, and zoom functions can also be operated by using the cell phone.

* * Models that support JPEG only. The audio feature does not work on cell phones.

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  • Splash Resistant Body Allows Outdoor Installation
  • Simultaneous MPEG-4 and JPEG
  • 10x Digital Zoom Function (by area)
  • Audio 2-Way Communication
  • SD Memory Card Recording
  • Analog Video Output (NTSC/PAL)
  • AC Adaptor/PoE
  • Progressive Scan
  • Image Transfer Function
  • Remote Pan & Tilt Control
  • Audio 2-Way Communication
  • Multi-Camera Capability
  • Cell Phone Monitoring



Image Compression JPEG (Motion JPEG), MPEG-4, H.264
Video Resolution 640 x 480, 320 x 240 (default), 192 x 144
Image Quality JPEG (favor clarity, standard, favor motion),
Frame Rate*1 Max. 30 frames/second (640 x 480*2, 320 x 240, 192 x144)
Security User ID / Password
Supported Protocols IPv4 / IPv6 Dual-Stack
User Access Limit Max. 30 simultaneous accesses

Buffered Image*4

Approx. 350 images (320 x 240)
•standard image quality •with time display •without using SD Memory Card
Image transfer method SMTP *5 , FTP, HTTP
Image buffer Alarm, timer or motion detection

Network Camera:
Zoom 10x digital zoom (by area)
Viewing angle

Horizontal: 54° (total 174°),
Vertical: 40 ° (total 105°)

Pan (horizontal direction) -60°to +60°
Tilt (vertical direction) -45° up to +20°
Revolving Speed Pan: Max. 80°/sec
Tilt: Max. 80°/sec
Sensor Type 1/4 inch CCD sensor, approx. 320,000 pixels
Lens focal point Fixed (focal range: 0.5 m to ∞)
Lens brightness F2.8
Required light intensity 2 to 100,000 lux (in Colour Night View mode: 0.2 to 100,000 lux)

Audio Communication 2-Way half duplex
Audio Compression ADPCM 32 kbps
Audio Bandwidth 300 Hz-3.4 kHz
Audio Input Built-In Microphone, External Microphone Input Terminal
Audio Output Audio Line Output Terminal for External Speakers

Network Interface Ethernet (10Base-T/100Base-TX)
External I/O Connector

Input: 2
Output: 1

Video Output *6 Analog Composite (NTSC/PAL)
Audio Output*6 3.5mm Stereo Mini Jack (output is mono)
External Microphone Input 3.5mm Mini Jack
SD Memory Card Slot Full Size (operation guaranteed for 2GB, 1GB, 512MB, 256MB, 128MB and 64MB SD Memory Cards)

Operating temperature 0°C to +40°C (+32°F to +104°F)
Operating humidity 20 % to 80 % (No Condensation)
Dimensions (H x W x D)

100 mm × 100 mm × 74 mm approx
(3 15/16 inches × 3 15/16 inches × 2 15/16 inches)

Weight (only the unit) 330 g (0.73 lb) approx
Power supply PoE: 48 V, IEEEE 802.3af-compliant Power over Ethernet
AC adaptor (option): input 120V AC (USA), 100 - 240 V AC (other)    output 12 V DC
Power Consumption PoE: approx. 6.5 W,   AC adaptor: 7 W

*1The 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.
*230 frames/second is not possible when viewing MJPEG images at 1280 x 960 and 640 x 480 resolution.
*3Only still images in JPEG format can be displayed on a mobile phone.
*4The maximum number of frames changes depending on the image quality and what object you buffer.
*5POP before SMTP authentication and SMTP authentication (PLAIN, LOGIN and CRAM-MD5) are supported.

System Requirements for your PC:
Item: Requirements:
Operating system For IPv4 Connection
Microsoft Windows Vista
Microsoft Windows XP
Microsoft Windows 2000
For IPv6 Connection
Microsoft Windows Vista
Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1 or later
CPU 2.0 GHz Celeron or Faster
Display 1024 x 768 resolution or higher
Protocol For IPv4 Connection
For IPv6 Connection
TCP/IP protocol (HTTP, TCP, UDP, IP, DNS, ICMPv6, NDP)
Interface 10/100 Mbps network card
Web browser Internet Explorer 6.0 or later (not included)
Audio PC speaker or headphones (required to use the listen feature)
External speaker for camera (required to use the Talk feature)
Additional software For Windows Vista
Windows Media Player 11 or later
For Windows XP
Windows Media Player 9 or later
For Windows 2000
Windows Media Player 9

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