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Panasonic BL-C1A
4.6 out of 10

Panasonic BL-C1A

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Overall 4
4.0

Ok if you're not expecting much

FRANCOIS D., Newegg
27 March 2012
  • Summary: Reading others review, I wondered if I bought the same camera. While the ethernet adds value to it, there's surely better devices than this. I probably was expecting too much out of it.
  • Pros: Decent image during the day or when the room has enough light. Ethernet, ftp,email. Plugged to my network, didn't use the CD or software. Simply went straight to the camera IP via browser and set it to a static IP. Picture is sent to the ftp server on the same network. Emails were working fine al...
  • Cons: Image gets horrible as soon as the light dims. And it's already not epic to begin with. The motion detection sometimes almost need to see a gigantic thing in front of it. Sometimes it sends picture while the detected motion is gone already even though it stayed in front of it quite enough time. A...
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Overall 10
10

Panasonic BL-C1A

John B., Newegg
3 July 2011
  • Summary: I have had these things out in bitter cold weather. As long as they are under a roof they will be OK.
  • Pros: Contrary to another reviewer I have 7 of these great little cameras here in Michigan, 5 at my home and two at my cabin for security, all cameras came from Newegg. My son has two of the same camera at his home in Alabama. My daughter has one in Scotland. We use VPN, are on different subnets and ar...
  • Cons: I do wish they had POE. I had to make my own injectors and splitters
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Overall 8
8.0

Good for the cost

Cowboy M., Newegg
8 June 2011
  • Summary: Overall, pretty great for the price.
  • Pros: Really neat piece of hardware. I put it in my infant daughter's room to use as a baby cam that our family can log into and see their new grandkid. I can even use Safari on my iPhone to watch her from anywhere. There only needs to be a small amount of light to get a decent picture.
  • Cons: Set-up isn't exactly streamlined. The instructions aren't great either, but they also aren't terrible. Probably took me half an hour to get the whole thing set-up and begin streaming to my iPhone. The software it comes with is the trial version and won't export recorded videos. Irritating.
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Overall 4
4.0

Found a workaround for network limitation

Steve A., Newegg
25 March 2011
  • Summary: Panasonic said that all their low cost cameras have this limitation.
  • Pros: Found a workaround for the Subnet limitation. If I create another subnet for the camera and then create a NAT address for it in the router, the camera will accept traffic from outside subnets. Basically simulating a small network for the camera.
  • Cons: It would be a lot eaier if they just allowed all traffic to the camera or at least had the option to turn off the firewall so other subnets could see the camera.
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Overall 2
2.0

User Review

Steve A., Newegg
8 March 2011
  • Pros: Image quality is not bad.
  • Cons: This camera will not work if you have multiple subnets, it only works if you have one router with one network. All I needed was a cheap network camera and due to the programming of the firmware, this camera will not work on my network. Very dissapointed.
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Overall 8
8.0

Above Average Network Camera

TP Reitzel, Amazon
1 February 2011
  • Summary: Although the captured images are somewhat pixelated and could use better de-blocking, the quality is still pretty good for a $70 network camera. The low-light performance is above average in this price range. If a prospective owner uses this camera in a moderately lit environment, e.g.
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Overall 8
8.0

Works with Android phone

Anonymous, Newegg
26 January 2011
  • Summary: Setup is annoying as it requires ActiveX, but once done you can get rid of that. It does want to assign itself an IP and you'll need to change this to your own static IP choice for best results with any kind of advanced firewall.
  • Pros: For a cheap IP camera, this is a pretty good deal. It does image and video capture and real-time streaming. If you have an Android phone you can use IP Can Viewer Lite to see what your camera is seeing. I found that very helpful last time I traveled and wanted to check on things at the office in ...
  • Cons: Low light not the best, but it's a cheap camera. Instructions aren't too helpful (and the software that comes with it isn't the best - Google this camera for lots of helpful setup and capture info).
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Overall 2
2.0

never work

Henry Z., Newegg
9 January 2011
  • Pros: never work
  • Cons: I am a couple of years TCP/IP network programming. I thought I should be able to setup this network camera without any problem so I ignore other owner's message about never working issue but I am wrong. I have tried a couple of time but still doesn't work. so I can Panasonic tech support. after a...
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Overall 10
10

High quality product, easy to use

Techismybiz "Mark", Amazon
29 November 2010
  • Summary: The camera set itself up immediately and automatically using my notebook. I wanted the camera to see my house when I travel. My specific DSL router/modem did not have the automatic router setup function which is not Panasonic's fault.
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Overall 10
10

Great Cheap Camera

Anonymous, Newegg
25 November 2010
  • Summary: OK, I love how everyone on newegg rates their tech knowledge as "high" and then says the most idiot things about the product proving they have zero tech knowledge at all. For instance, the guy who reviewed it and says: "Like most wireless devices they have to be unpluged once or twice a year.
  • Pros: Probably the best camera you are going to find for this price. Night vision is not the best, but even with my porch lights it's fine. If you are looking to place this in total darkness or without any light at all, then pass on this camera.
  • Cons: Not many. It's a $60 camera.... Hard to complain about a cheap camera, you get what you pay for.
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