IP cameras or Internet Protocol cameras are primarily digital video cameras that are used in surveillance and navigation systems. These cameras are different from the conventional CCTVs as they receive and transmit data via the Internet. IP cameras are of two type viz., centralized and decentralized, depending on the requirement of a central Network Video Recorder (NVR).
Panasonic network cameras are capable of recording high speed audio and video, storing digital media and directly transferring the data to external devices, along with video and alarm management. These cameras are also preferred due to their high resolution images that support formats from 0.3 VGA up to 11 Megapixels.
The special features of IP cameras include two-way audio transmission over a single channel without any problem. Over an IP network, these cameras are flexible to move around due to their inbuilt wireless functionality. The superior image quality, because of the high resolution of around 640X480, is also widely appreciated. Moreover, these IP cameras offer images of HDTV quality with a processing speed of 30 frames per second. These cameras also support the 16:9 wide screen formats with resolution of 720p to 1080i.
Another useful feature of Panasonic network cameras is that they offer distributed intelligence, allowing high scalability. These cameras have integrated video analytics for excellent analytics solution. Moreover, since the signals are transmitted over the IP network, remote accessibility is possible. This feature enables user to view the recorded video from any remote PC, mobile or other devices through the Internet. Furthermore, the cameras support PTZ (pan, tilt and zoom) while signal recording and transmission.
The data encryption and authentication feature offered in Panasonic network cameras makes them optimum for transmitting data over the Internet in a secure manner. IP based cameras are also able to function over wireless networks after configuration with some wireless router. The most beneficial feature of these cameras is that they can operate without any external power supply owing to PoE (Power over Ethernet) via Ethernet cables. Depending upon the requirements, users can choose from different models of IP cameras having varied technologically advanced features.