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Panasonic BLC230 H.264/MPEG4 Wireless Network Camera


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Home Network Camera. H.264/MPEG-4, Motion JPEG Moving Image Function. 3x Digital zoom function*(by area). TV Connection. External Input Connector. Sound Detection Sensor. Privacy mode. SSL Support. Wireless Communication. Remote Pan and Tilt Control. Multi-camera Capability. Cell Phone Monitoring
Model Number: Panasonic / I-Pro BL-C230

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Panasonic BLC230 H.264/MPEG4 Wireless Network Camera

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BL-C230 Features

  • H.264/MPEG-4, Motion JPEG Moving Image Function
  • 3x Digital zoom function*(by area)
  • TV Connection*2
  • External Input Connector
  • Sound Detection Sensor
  • Privacy mode
  • SSL Support
  • Wireless Communication
  • Remote Pan and Tilt Control
  • Multi-camera Capability*6
  • Cell Phone Monitoring*


BL-C230 Description

Network camera with H.264/MPEG-4/JPEG monitoring

Sensors and switches can be connected to the camera through two external Input ports and one Output port.

The adoption of H.264/ACV has enabled reduction of data volume by more than 30% compared to MPEG-4 when transmitting data of the same image quality.

With privacy mode you can shut the camera lens and protect yourself from unwanted exposure. Operation is simple - you only need to push the privacy button.

When the subject darkens, the camera automatically adjusts the brightness to show you the image. You can see clear, easy-to-view images even in the dark.

The camera’s built-in microphone collects peripheral noise and when camera detects the noise exceeding the threshold it stores the image captured. This is a newly added function.

The monitoring image is easier to see because it fills the entire screen.


H.264/MPEG-4, Motion JPEG Moving Image Function
BL-C230 corresponds well to JPEG System, MPEG-4 System (which has a high image compression rate and so is suitable for monitoring any moving image) and H.264 System which is higher in image compression rate than MPEG-4 System. Through BL-C230, you can monitor any moving image properly in accordance with your purposes. Plus, simultaneous use of two different kinds of communication systems (*1-1) is possible with BL-C230. Its image-updating speed is 30 pcs/sec at max in case of [640 x 480 dots] of H.264. Therefore, you can catch any moving target through very smooth and high-definition image monitoring byBL-C230.

*1-1 Combination of simultaneous use of the two different communication systems is limited to [H.264 & Motion JPEG] or [MPEG-4 & Motion JPEG] only. Combination of [H.264 & MPEG-4] is not available.
*1-2 When you use any mobile phone for monitoring a moving image, the monitoring is available through JPEG only. The Camera’s Voice Function is not available in this case.


3x Digital zoom function*(by area)
It’s so reassuring to see your pet’s happy face while you are out. A simple mouse operation is all you need to enlarge the image, using the 3x digital zoom, so you get a clear view of your pet’s expression.

* This feature is not available when viewing on a cell phone.


TV Connection*2
The camera can be connected to a TV (VIERA*3 only) and the image can be viewed on the TV’s monitor. The camera can be operated through the TV’s remote control, making it simple even for those not used to computers.

* For US model only
*3 *Compatible Panasonic VIERA TVs The camera is compatible with the following Panasonic VIERA TVs.
G10 series, G15 series, V10 series, Z1 series


External Input Connector
Sensors and switches can be connected to the camera through two external Input ports.


Sound Detection Sensor
When BL-C230 senses or detects any sound happening around the camera, this camera is designed to take a picture of anything relevant and temporarily save the relevant picture image*4. Such saved picture image can be checked on the screen for temporarily-saved picture images or saved on your PC. You can also transfer the saved picture image (must be in form of JPEG) to your e-mail address, FTP Server, HTTP Server and so on.

*4 Any picture image in form of H.264 or MPEG-4 cannot be saved temporarily or transferred.


Privacy mode
With privacy mode you can shut the camera lens and protect yourself from unwanted exposure. Operation is simple - you only need to push the privacy button.


SSL Support
This system supports SSL data encrypted communications. By encrypting the network camera’s image and other data for network transmission, it prevents electronic eavesdropping for greatly improved security.


Wireless Communication
Install the camera anywhere*5 with no transmission cables to connect, and enjoy high-speed communications at 2.4 GHz, 54 Mbps*6 (IEEE 802.11g) or 2.4 GHz, 11 Mbps*6 (IEEE 802.11b).

*5 Cannot be used in bathrooms or outdoors.
*6 The indicated speed is the maximum theoretical value of the wireless LAN specification, and does not denote the actual data transfer speed achieved by the cameras.


Remote Pan and Tilt Control
You can use a PC or cell phone directly to change the direction that the camera is facing while monitoring the image. This lets you monitor a large area with a single camera.

Operating Range
Pan (Display Range 82º max)
Tilt (Display Range 42º max)


Multi-camera Capability*7
Images from several cameras can be monitored and transceiver-type voice communication*8 can be used simultaneously.

*7 Moving pictures from up to 9 cameras can be displayed on a single screen. Still images from up to 16 cameras can be displayed.
*8 This function can be used only with a PC. It cannot be used with a cell phone.


Cell Phone Monitoring*
Still images from the camera can be checked on any cell phone that is capable of Internet access. The pan, tilt, and zoom functions can also be operated by using the cell phone.

* Models that support JPEG only. The audio feature does not work on cell phones.


BL-C230 Specifications

Image compression*1 H.264, MPEG-4, Motion JPEG for moving image display
Video resolution H.264: 640 x 480, 320 x 240
MPEG-4: 640 x 480, 320 x 240, 192 x 144
JPEG: 640 x 480, 320 x 240, 192 x 144
Frame rate*2 Max. 30 frames/sec. (640 x 480, 320 x 240, 192 x144)
Security User ID / Password/SSL
Supported protocols IPv4 / IPv6 Dual-Stack
User access limit 2/H.264, 4/MPEG-4, 10/MotionJPEG
Buffered images Approx. 1160 images (320 x 240)
-Standard image quality -with time display
Image transfer method SMTP*3, FTP, HTTP
Image buffer/transfer triggers Timer, Sensor, Alarm 1, Alarm 2, Motion Detection, Sound Detection
Network camera
Viewing Angle 58° horizontal 45° Vertical
Sensor Type 1/4 inch CMOS Progressive Scan, approx. 320,000 pixel
Lens focal point Fixed (focal range: 0.3 m to Infinity)
Aperture (F No.) F2.8
Illuminance 5-10,000 lx (3-10,000 lx when in Colour Night View mode)
Network interface Ethernet (10Base-T/100Base-TX)
External interface Input (2) Onput (1)
Communication Standard IEEE 802.11b, 802.11b/g, 802.11g exclusive
Data Transfer Mode IEEE 802.11b: Direct Sequence Spectrum Spread (DS-SS)
IEEE 802.11g: Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM)
Frequency Range BL-C230CE/BL-C230E:2.412-2.472 GHz
Channel BL-C230CE/BL-C230E:1-13
Security SSID, WEP (64/128/152 bit), WPA-PSK (TKIP), WPA2-PSK (AES)
Operating Temperature Operation: +0°C (+32°F) to +40° (+104°F)
Storage: -10°C (+14°F) to +50°C (+122°F)
Operating humidity Operation: 20 %-80 % (no condensation)
Storage: 20 %-90 % (no condensation)
Dimensions(H x W x D) 74 mm x 74 mm x 101 mm
(2 15/16 inches x 2 15/16 inches x 4 inches)
Weight (only the unit) 260 g (0.57 lb)
Power Supply BL-C230CE:
AC adaptor (order no. PQLV206CEY)
Input 100-240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
Output 9 V DC, 750 mA
AC adaptor (order no. PQLV206EY)
Input 220-240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
Output 9 V DC, 750 mA
Consumption About 4.0 W (7.7 W during pan/tilt scan)

*1 H.264 and MPEG-4 cannot browse at the same time.

*2 The frame rate may slow down depending on the network environment, PC performance, image quality, memory recording, when Colour night view mode is activated, etc.

*3 The camera supports POP Before SMTP Authentication and SMTP Authentication. PLAIN, LOGIN, and CRAM-MD5 SMTP Authentication are supported. SSL supports SMTP over SSL. STARTTLS is not supported.

When you use more than one(1) PCs to see any moving image by H.264 or MPEG-4, you are requested to buy User License Accessory additionally.


<p >System Requirements for your PCYour PC and network must meet the following technical specifications in order for the camera to function properly.

Operating system
For IPv4 Connection
Microsoft® Windows Vista®
Microsoft® Windows® XP
Microsoft® Windows® 2000
For IPv6 Connection
Microsoft® Windows Vista®
Microsoft® Windows® XP Service Pack 1 or later
CPU 2.0 GHz Celeron® or faster
Display 1024 x 768 resolution or higher
Protocol For IPv4 Connection
For IPv6 Connection
Interface 10/100 Mbps network card
Web browser Internet Explorer® 6.0 or later (not included)
Additional software (for viewing buffered MPEG-4 images) For Windows Vista®
Windows Media® Player 11 or later
For Windows® XP
Windows Media® Player 9 or later
For Windows® 2000
Windows Media® Player 9


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