Summary: I have an older BL-C131A. It still works, but I was in the need of a second network cam. My problems with this unit is primarily with the software. It can only be configured from IE on a PC. As a Mac user, this makes it a major frustration and basically worthless to me. I suppose I could boot up a virtual machine to configure it, but I should absolutely NOT have to do this.
Summary: I have one of this. I like the easy setup, the video quality and the looks. I can record video in my synology thanks to the synology app, this is superb! with a timeline and lot of options, you cannot go wrong. cons: expensive.
Summary: I needed this camera for a shared laboratory so users could observe their experiments independently. I'd bought several of these before and they've all been exactly the same: great! I connect the power & network cable to my router, run the locating S/W and it lists the camera immediately. From then on, any new user simply types in its IP address into a web-browser and is connected.
Summary: The physical camera itself is very good. Picture quality is good and ability to pan the camera is good a well. No complaints on the camera itself. The issue is with the setup to view online. It requires an account throught Panasonics viewcam.net web site. Getting that all setup and enabling the camera to be viewed on-line can be difficult and not to probably be attempted by a novice or general user.
Summary: I'm pretty sure Panasonic made their software viewing decision based on what was best for them, reality for that company is tenuous. Don't think they have been taking their MEDS. The problem is that they made a stupid decision, and, who can u tell at the company? I'll help u out; no one, nada, zilch zed. I bought 2, both going back. I'll buy used c230's or 131a's and hope like hell that they last forever, or at least until Apple buys the company.
Excerpt: I can only give this item 3 stars, for ease of setup and local wifi connectivity. Picture quality is good with sufficient light. Does not have IR, low light performance is grainy. Software is Windows only for set up, third party software required for use with Mac. Promised accessibility on mobile devices untested as camera was not able to connect through my firewall to Panasonic's remote server.
Excerpt: I have twelve(12) IP Cameras as part of my home security system. They are ALL Panasonics which I have found easy to setup and access. I use an Android app. called "IP Cam Viewer" to access them when remotely. Each camera has a user ID & password for security.