Panasonic BL-C140A Outdoor MPEG-4 Network Camera (Silver)

Panasonic BL-C140A Outdoor MPEG-4 Network Camera (Silver)

Panasonic BL-C140A Outdoor MPEG-4 Network Camera (Silver) Rating:
List Price: $199.95
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Product Description

Panasonic Outdoor MPEG-4 Network Camera

Details

  • Outdoor (IPX4 splash proof, low temperature)
  • Simultaneous MPEG-4 and JPEG
  • 3 Lux Color Night View Mode
  • Built in Web Server/IP Address (IPv4/v6)
  • One-wire installation

Panasonic BL-C140A Outdoor MPEG-4 Network Camera (Silver) out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 682 user reviews
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9 Responses to “Panasonic BL-C140A Outdoor MPEG-4 Network Camera (Silver)”

  1. Boisy G. Pitre Says:

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    This was my first network camera to set up surveillance at my home/shop area. DUring the day time the picture is great. At night, I had to help it a little by installing a dual flood quartz security light system about 3 feet from it. This combination works pretty well. The security light is motion activated and brightly lights up the area where the camera is focused.

    The PTZ features aren’t something I feel I need, so the price is right on this camera. The power injector is included which is a nice touch, and it was easy to install. Very nice, neat mounting stand. Well designed, and just a great overall camera. I recommend it highly.

  2. Adam Beguelin Says:

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    It’s great that this camera comes with a POE adapter so you can power it over an ethernet cable. However, it doesn’t work with standard POE switches, which is a pain. If you already have a POE switch (like I do) then you can’t power this camera from that switch, you still need to use their (included) power block. Ugh, just what I need, another little transformer wasting electricity in my basement.

    Also, it’s a pain to setup on Mac or Linux. After about 30 minutes of trying to find the camera on my network by looking at my router’s DHCP table, I finally pulled out an old dusty Windows PC and ran the setup routine. It found the IP address for me and that was enough. Once I had the IP address, I was able to configure the camera from my Mac’s browser.

    Hey hardware manufacturers, please use standard mechanisms to setup your hardware. You know, like DHCP and HTTP. Not everyone has a Windows PC around to run you buggy setup software.

  3. Gregg Schuster Says:

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    I have two of these cameras installed as Weather Webcams outside in the elements one is somewhat protected and the other is completely in the open on top of a roof facing NW. For the price point of this camera and the features it offers – I think it works awesome. The camera on my roof has been in operation for 9 months now and subjected to ice/snow/rain/sun with extremes of below zero and 18 inches of snow to over 100 degrees in the summer a likely much higher on the roof – it has been full proof and not once have I had to reboot or anything …. simply flawless so far….. and very good picture quality for the price point!!!!

  4. WillR2510 Says:

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    I bought this to install in an outbuilding and use it to keep an eye on the house. The building is unheated and certainly drafty. The camera has been out there for about 3 months with no problems. No problem to set up although I had to use a windows machine (yuck) to set it up. Once set-up, it works fine with my Macs and iPhone.

  5. J. Aegerter Says:

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    One of the worst IP cameras I have ever purchased. All kinds of software has to be loaded for the thing to do real time and the quality of images is a terrible grainy image with terrible color rendition. My D-Link DCS900 and DCS910 cameras run circles around this overpriced piece of junk and support JAVA and Firefox browser where the Panasonic does not. The Panasonic BL-C140A is a waste of money and a disappointment and I am returning the one I bought for the aforementioned reasons. And, I’m not going to waste my time in looking at other Panasonic IP cameras in the future. I am sticking with D-Link.

  6. SamIam Says:

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    I researched every cam out there before buying the BL-C140A from Amazon. I mounted it under the eaves of our garage above a motion-activated halogen light – a super idea from one of the Amazon reviews. Installation was very easy – basically plug & play and everything worked right out of the box. The included PoE (power over ethernet) means you only have to run a Cat5 cable to the unit. I mounted the small PoE converter 50′ from the cam and it works great. (Note; The manual says not to exceed 98′ from the cam to the converter.) Pic quality is excellent. The included viewnetcam.com website means you can monitor several cams on one page over the internet for free, which is really sweet. Panasonic has by far the best bang for the buck when it comes to security cams for homeowners, IMHO. I’ll be buying several more of these in the near future for sure!

  7. Svend Says:

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    This is by far the cheapest outdoor IP camera out there that does power-over-ethernet (POE). As a plus, it include its own POE injector, saving an additional fifty dollars on buying one separately. So far it works well, except the image gets very noisy in the dark. However, I’m very satisfied with this camera for the price.

    The next cheapest outdoor one with POE is the Toshiba IK-WB15A IP Security Pan/Tilt/Zoom Camera, which I also own and costs over twice as much, but is superior in nighttime image quality, and include pan/zoom features. However, the Toshiba camera is also much bulkier and obvious when mounted on the outside of the house than this Panasonic camera is.

  8. AndrisN Says:

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    The Panasonic BL-C1A is half the price and also works fine outdoors under the eaves in my mountain home this winter.

    BL-C1A (also a PetCam version sometimes cheaper) has much, much better low light sensitivity but the BL-C140A has a higher frame rate (I’m getting 2.3 fps vs 6.1 fps), both over a gigabit LAN with non-Panasonic frame grabber software.

    The BL-C140A also has the convenience of POE so it can be mounted anywhere whereas my outdoor BL-C1A had to have the relatively short power cable threaded alongside the cat5e thru the wall to the mounting point.

    Both are fine cameras, I have only one BL-C140A but several BL-C1A units (mostly indoors).

  9. FlyingPolarBear Says:

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    This review is going to be somewhat technical and I’ll mention some other choices. I’ve installed more than 10 Panasonic network cameras across the product line; so how does this one compare? The whole series is rock solid reliable. As far as the practical use as an outdoor cam, the BL-C140A is a middle of the road compromise. As other reviewers have discovered, the night time image quality is not very good. The BL-C140A has a 1/4″ CMOS sensor which produces a little bit better daytime image than the 1/6″ CMOS on the popular BL-C111A and BL-C131A models. If you’re looking for a cam to mount in an outdoor location that is protected from direct moisture (like hanging under a sheltered roof eave) then I’d recommend the Panasonic BB-HCM511A instead. The BB-HCM511A uses a CCD sensor (vs. CMOS) that produces a richer dynamic range of colors during the day, and has much better low light sensitivity. It can still show the scene under moonlight, whereas the BL-C140A would show a pitch black view. If you truly need an “outdoor” camera because it’s going to be exposed to the rain, then the BB-HCM531A is an excellent outdoor model. The only difference between the BB-HCM511A and BB-HCM531A is that the BB-HCM531A comes with an extra plastic cover for the connectors in the back. Panasonic charges more than $200 for this piece of plastic, so it you’re crafty you can make your own weatherproof cover for the BB-HCM511A cable connectors and save some money (hint: silicone sealant works). Note that if you don’t already have a POE enabled switch, the BB-HCM series doesn’t come with a POE injector so you need to order that separately. Coming back to this BL-C140A model, the other thing I didn’t like is that the POE (Power Over Ethernet) is proprietary instead of using the industry 802.3af standard. So if you have a POE switch then it won’t be able to use all the neat power management features. The BB-HCM series however does support the 802.3af POE standard. If your budget is just enough for this cam, the BL-C140A still a wonderful unit. If you can afford to pay just a little bit more then check out the other models I mentioned and you’ll get a superior night time view. Here’s another tip, if you want to have the camera view on your desktop all the time in Vista or Windows 7, go to the Microsoft Windows Live Gallery and search for Panasonic to download the CoconutView Sidebar Gadget. Then you won’t even need to open the browser windows to get a peek at what the camera is seeing.

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