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Panasonic BB-HCM331 Series Web Cameras

Panasonic BB-HCM331 Series Web Cameras
alaScore 76

8 reviews

Feb, 2019

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 reviews of Panasonic BB-HCM331 Series Web Cameras. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Panasonic BB-HCM331 Series Web Cameras is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by : Martin Courtney (

Panasonic BB-HCM331 camera


Panasonic BB-HCM331 cameraA pricey Ethernet camera best suited to doorway monitoring or intercom applications

Simple setup ; some weatherproofing ; SD memory card slot ; support for IPv6

Limited PTZ facilities ; image storage rather limited unless SD card installed

Expensive for the features on offer, and best suited to doorway monitoring or intercom type applications

Feb, 2006

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Panasonic BB-HCM331 camera


Consumer review (

Great NetCam


I had to configure my Linksys BEFSR81 Router manually but if you need help Panasonic has great phone tech support.

Very simple installation & setup, from box to up & running in 30 minutes. I bought it to watch my apartment & pet Parrot while away and when home I place it looking out the window at my driveway. The only camera I found that works remotely with Firefox

Should be weatherproof for the price. When panning it doesn't move till you let go of the mouse button so you have to keep clicking on it but that's no big deal

Jan, 2009

Consumer review (

Good camera!


Overall, a very nice camera. We have four of these around our house, for security when we travel. I have the frontyard camera upload an ftp image to our public web page every minute. We had a problem with kids in the neighborhood ringing the doorbell...

Picture quality in the day is very good, and at night it's not so bad, even with minimal amounts of light. Easily connects to the Internet. Can send snapshots via email or FTP. Has a neat "motion detector" feature as well. You can view up to four...

Zoom is a digital zoom, so it's not that useful. The built-in microphone does cancel noise very well. It seems to take a while to call up the camera web page from a browser (even over the LAN)

Jan, 2008

Consumer review (

This is really cool, but the price hurts


it took awhile to install and configure

Accurate, Compact, Discreet


Aug, 2009

Product Specifications

This camera can be viewed and controlled from a standard Web browser, video display, or even a compatible cell phone or PDA. Place it in your home, office, vacation home or almost anywhere else that you'd like to keep an eye on things, with no PC required on location! It is easy to install and operate and require no additional software for the PC that you're viewing them on. The camera also comes with a free Web address, which can track the camera automatically. All you need is a regular Web browser to view it on your PC, as all of the other required software, including control software (TCP/UDP) and e-mail software (SMTP), is already inside the camera. This model was designed for outdoor operation, and meets both IPX4 and UL6500 standards of outdoor equipment. It operates down to -40F and up to 1220F, and is splash resistant for wet-weather operation. Use of the built-in microphone and a separately purchased amp-equipped speaker enables two-way voice communication (transceiver system) between the network camera and a PC used to monitor the camera image. In addition to conventional monitoring of images and sound, voice messages can be transmitted from the PC to the network camera. Voice transmission and reception can be switched easily from the PC used to monitor the image. This camera features a CCD (Charged Couple Device) for sharp, enhanced image expression. The image refreshing speed (maximum) has been increased to 30 images per second for smoother displays of moving images. The BB-HCM331A features an SD Memory Card slot for recording images captured by the network camera directly onto an SD Memory Card. Using a standard Web browser, video display, or even a compatible cell phone or PDA, you can control the movement of the camera. There is 120? of Pan (left & right) movement and 65? of Tilt (up & down) movement available. You can also assign a "Home Position" that allows you to return the camera to a pre-designated shooting position. Up to eight shooting positions can be registered in advance, so you can aim the camera exactly where you want it. You can also click on the part of the image you want to see, and automatically bring that part to the center of the screen. The camera can be set to automatically record video at certain times and certain speeds. In addition, with optional, external sensors attached to the camera, it is possible for the camera to email4 or record when triggered by motion, sound, light, timer, or even a push button. These convenient functions eliminate your need to constantly check the image.


Audio Support: Yes
Camera Mechanical Design:Fixed dome/Pan / tilt / zoom
Equipment Category:CCTV cameras
Focal Length Control:Motorized zoom
Lens Iris:Auto iris
Max Digital Video Resolution:640 x 480
Network Interface:Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX
Supported Video Signals:Composite video
Video Format:NTSC

Dimensions & Weight



Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic/Panasonic KX

Optical Sensor

Total Pixels:320,000 pixels/380,000 pixels (768 x 484)

System Requirements

OS Required:Microsoft Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP/Microsoft Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP / Microsoft Windows NT 4.0

Video Input

Camera Type:Network camera
Digital Video Format:MJPEG
Still Image Capture Resolution:160 x 120 / 320 x 240 / 640 x 480
Still Image Format:JPEG