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Panasonic BL-C1A Network Camera

Author:  Matthew Homan
Date:  2008.04.09
Topic:  Security
Provider:  Synology
Manufacturer:  Synology

Panasonic BL-C1A Network Camera


PC related cameras on the market today usually refer to USB cameras that mount to the top of a monitor which gives the user the ability to send video to another with whom they are chatting with or could be used to record some sort of short video which will be sent to friends of posted on There are other cameras on the market today that are IP address based which are more commonly posted on the internet to show a highway’s traffic or of a beach somewhere in the tropics so internet users can see the sun rise or sun set from the coffee house half way across the country or even the world. Sound interesting yet? Well, the engineers at Panasonic have released the BL-C1A IP based camera and TWL have gotten their hands on it.


Color Video Yes
Image Compression JPEG
Video Streaming Format Motion JPEG
Quality Video Resolution 640 x 480, 320 x 240(default), 160 x 120 1
Frame Rate Max. 7.5 frames/sec (640x 480)
Max 15 frames/sec (320 x 240)
Max 15 frames/sec (160 x 120)
Authentication ID/Password authentication (Administrator / General User)
IPv4/v6 No
Supported Network Protocols HTTP, FTP, SMTP, TCP, UDP, IP, DHCP, DNS, ARP, ICMP, and POP3 before SMTP
Upgrades Via Ethernet connection 2
Automatic Network Configuration Yes
Simultaneous Viewers 20
Image Buffer About 250 images (320 x 240), standard image quality
Camera Recording Yes, records data to a web site through FTP or to the hard drive of a local computer.
Max. Bandwidth Control 0.1/0.2/0.3/0.5/1.0/2.0/3.0/5.0Mbps/ unlimited
Free DDNS Compatible ( 3 Yes
Cellular Phone Compatibility View Snapshot and Control from Compatible Cell Phone
Multiple Camera Views Yes, cameras can be viewed in three groups of 4 cameras, or 12 cameras on one screen.
Multi-Language Interface English, German, Spanish, Italian, French and Japanese
Built-in Calendar Timer Yes
Auto Time Adjustment with NTP Yes
Time & Day Access Control Yes
Remote External Output Control Yes
LED Indicator Control On/Off or On During Access
Zoom up to 10x digital zoom
(Free firmware upgrade may be required)
Image Sensor 1/4" 320,000 pixel CMOS
Viewing Angle 43° horizontal
32° vertical
Remote Pan Angle Digital pan only
Remote Tilt Angle Digital tilt only
Focus Fixed (focal range: 0.3m-infinity)
Aperture (f No.) : F2.8
Illumination 10-10,000 lux
White Balance Auto/Manual/Hold
Adjustments Brightness, White Balance
Exposure Auto
Network Connection No
External I/O Connector
Built-in Sensor No
Multiple Mounting Options Wall mount, desk/ceiling mount, tripod mount
Operating Temperature +5°C to +40°C (+41°F to +104°F) Indoor Only
Operating Humidity 20-80% RHG, non-condensing
Power Source 9VDC (120V AC Adaptor included)
Power Consumption 1.7W
Dimensions (H x W x D) 33/8'' x 33/8'' x 1''
Weight 0.22 lbs


1   160 x 120 for mobile access only
2   Some features listed here may require a free firmware upgrade to activate.
3 is a free, optional service that requires registration.


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