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. It also records the sounds with the mic and logs time and date with every recording. The pan feature is great too. You just point to the spot you want it to center to, and it moves there quickly.
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. Had to deal with verizon and once that was resolved it all works perfectly.
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. The images are very good and there is even an included microphone to listen to. The zoom feature is a digital zoom, so expect degradation of the image.
Summary: I was looking for an outdoor camera for my home and decided on the BB-HCM531A after taking to the Panasonic tech people. I was tempted to go with the less expensive BB-HCN511A because it has very similar performance specification and I was mounting the camera under an eve and I felt like I could provide it adequate protection from the rain.
Summary: First off like to thanks Panasonic customer service for helping me make my decision on the Camera Model: BB-HCM531A. I end up geting 2 of them and had them up now for three weeks. I Order the software that you can record up to 64 cameras at one time. Still testing out the cameras, works wonderful and been in in 3 rain stroms and held up great. The Software i got for the cameras Model:BB-HNP15A is nice and easy to record with.
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. LAN ports and audio ports are easily accessible at the rear. I run mine using Power Over Ethernet. You *will* need PoE injectors. These can be bought separately; I used the TrendNet ones.
Summary: This is a great camera; however considering the current price of this BB-HCM531A outdoor camera there are two better options for price/value/features: 1. The newer Panasonic BB-HCM735A outdoor model costs just a little bit more than what this one is currently selling for, but the 735A has a completely updated feature set. The 735A uses the new MOS sensor with better low light capability, higher resolution options, H.264 streaming, shock detection, etc.
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. When doing my research on which brand and model of networked security camera to buy, I was a little concerned about not having an IR capable camera (such as this model).
Summary: For an outdoor IP camera, this camera rates high with me and even more so after comparing it with the Toshiba IK-WB15A IP camera. I set it up as a weather cam, but found it did really great as a security cam. With a 2GB SD memory card in it, I have seen over 10,000 images on it. I record every passing vehicle, triggered by motion, and every 60 seconds for the weather. Looking forward to getting the MegaPixel version soon.