Summary: I purchased one of these to replace a Pansonic BB-HCM371A that gave me many years of good service. Unfortunately, the image on the BB-HCM531A has a large blurry spot right in the middle of image. It looks to me that there is some kind of defect in the protective clear globe that protects the lens.
Summary: Once you have the power supply, or POE on your router, it's easy to hook up and use. The automatic motion detecting feature is nice. I hooked mine up to record 1 second before and 1 second after any motion. The next day, I had video of every kid and car that went by my home.
Summary: been considering buying a cam to view the outside of my home for a while finally picked up the Panasonic 531a. pretty easy to setup. Tech support is really good. They will walk you through it step by step. Turns out that My dsl modem was not properly opening the port that I needed.
Summary: Here's the deal. I'm not an i t specialist but this is what my guy told me about the camera. 1. active x is a product of microsoft so you pretty much have to use internet explorer to use camera effectively...most people do not have internet explorer on their smart phones. 2. wep vs.wpa??
Summary: I purchased two of these cameras for a vacation home. I can now monitor what's going on at our second home over the web. The install was fairly straightforward. I repurposed a couple of cat5 phone jacks to power the cameras with a PoE switch.
Summary: I've bought several of these cameras for outdoor use. On the positive side, for the first year or so, they were fairly easy to install, the software works well, and i could easily incorporate them into my security system (I'm running Synology for that) The pan/tilt works quite nicely.
Summary: This is an extremely effective, practical and easy-to-use camera. Bought two from Amazon. Installation is a snap. It comes with a sun/rain visor (not pictured), wallmount base, CD-ROM and all the associated screws. All you need is a drill and some anchors.
Summary: As others have indicated, this camera is truly an exceptional value for the money. Everything about it is of high quality from start to finsh... even the packaging it comes in is first rate. I love Panasonic products.