The specification of the camera includes:
- 1080p Full HD Camera with pre-Recording feature and Wide Angle view
- Works as Stand Alone IP Camera and with Panasonic Smart Home system
- Full HD Video recording in Low Light and Easy Recording Playback
- 11 a/ b/ g/ n
- 0 megapixel CMOS
- Visual sensor/Temperature sensor/Sound sensor
Unlike several of the indoor cameras I have reviewed recently, the Panasonic includes a MicroSD slot and relies on local storage rather than cloud storage. If you are wanting to keep recordings for a long period of time this will often be the superior method as MicroSD cards are very cheap even for large capacities. It would be nice to have the option for cloud recording and local storage similar to the outdoor Ezviz cameras.
The design of the camera is nice and the built quality feels solid. My sample was white with a black plate down the front so it blends into the home environment reasonably well. It would be nicer if it was all white though.
Similar to my other recent indoor camera reviews the camera uses Wifi to connect to your network and comes with a long power lead. This does not have battery power so it may be off-putting for some. I prefer to keep things plugged in myself, so I can set it and forget it.
If you have the Panasonic home automation system it can wireless integrate with that, but I do not have this at the moment to test it.
The camera supports full HD, and has a 2.0-megapixel sensor, and can record at 30 frames per second. It also has a 142-degree field of view which should ensure you get good coverage of any room you place it in.
One of the selling points of the Panasonic is its ability to not only detect and record motion but to be able to capture motion 2 seconds before it starts improving your chances of getting a good image of any intruders. This isn’t a completely unique feature, the Hikvision can record up to 30 seconds before and after. I assume there is just a rolling storage buffer either built into the camera itself or just on your MicroSD.
The camera uses 3 methods for detection, this includes sound, temperature and movement. So, it is quite likely these help with its pre-sense technology.
The performance was excellent, image quality was more than adequate and its night time records were clear enough.
At the moment, the camera is priced at £159.99 which prices it around the same price as many of the other leading cameras on the market including Arlo Q, Canary, Blink, and Netatmo. Thus does pose a problem for the Panasonic, I wouldn’t say it is worse than the other cameras, but they are more established and often have more appealing features like free cloud recording or battery power. Most of these integrate with various home automation services too, so, for example, you can integrate most of them with Philips Hue.
However, if you are not fond of the idea of storing your videos in the cloud, and/or don’t want to pay a subscription fee that is often required then the Panasonic is a good choice. If you have already invested in the Panasonic Smart Home range then this is obviously a no-brainer as it will integrate seamlessly with them