Summary: I purchased this camera to replace a previous Panasonic model BB-HCM531A. The "BB" line is now listed as discontinued and my only options were to buy one that's been sitting in someone's stock or a used model. My only requirements were: 1) do at least what the BB-HCM531A did and 2) occupy the same physical footprint. In my situation, the physical footprint and ability to use the same mounting was the most important (I haven't yet verified this).
Summary: I own 6 models of Panasonic IP Cameras in the HCM line, some better than others and all cheaper than this one. I am surprised at just how poor quality the images and video of this camera are considering this is suppose to be the higher end of Panasonic's IP camera line. A few points: * This camera is windows only. You can't even view live images/video without Internet Explorer.
Summary: There are many choices for PTZ cameras on amazon. I chose this one specifically because of its good looks, and it was a fantastic choice. I got two of these to monitor a part of my back yard, and the picture in the day is absolutely fantastic. The view however, is absolutely miserable. After about 7 o clock, say goodbye to vision.
Summary: STAY AWAY FROM THIS PRODUCT UNLESS YOU WILL ONLY BE WANTING TO VIEW IT WITH INTERNET EXPLORER I have purchased more than a dozen of Panasonic's Network cameras over the past several years. I have been very pleased with the HB Series of cameras so I expected this to be very similar, with improved resolution and low light capability. When I began to setup the camera I was shocked to see that Panasonic had designed this camera to only be used with Windows and IE.