Hot off the production line, here’s a sneak peek at Panasonic’s replacement for their popular BB-HCM715; the i-Pro WV-ST165 pan/tilt IP camera. We’ve unboxed the camera to show you what to expect.
Gone are the days of images on the box. In keeping with the rest of the i-Pro range, the packaging is completely plain with nothing on the box but the maker and model number. It’s not the most exciting packaging we’ve seen, but let’s face it, it’s a box.
Open the box and you find the usual documentation, including the installation and setup instructions, serial code labels and installation CD. Underneath we find the installation accessories, including a safety cable, hard plastic SD card cover, power cable terminal plug and mounting screws for the bracket
Lift off the next layer of packaging and we are left with the camera and mounting bracket.
Both camera and bracket are wrapped in a protective bag. A departure from previous models, this model is finished in off-white (or ‘appliance-white’), compared to the silver-blue finish of the previous model. The finish is sleeker, more consumer-y, and should merge easily with standard indoor furnishings.
Once removed from its bag, we get to see the finished article. The camera’s dome comes with a protective plastic film which is peeled off after installation.
Compared with the old version, Panasonic have kept the same square form factor, only softening the edges slightly. They’ve also dispensed with the round dome surround for a square indentation. The microphone and power LED remain unchanged.
On the back, we find a similar setup to the previous model, with a tripod and safety cable mount at the top and the network, audio, analogue video and input/outputs on the bottom. The main difference is the power connection, which was previously a Panasonic proprietary DC jack connection, but is now a 2-pin terminal plug connection, making it far easy for installers to use a conventional power supply rather than using Panasonic’s own.
We also took a look at the included brackets.
Both are dimensionally the same. The only difference, other than the new colour, is the corrugated shoulder. The new knob locks the shoulder in place, preventing it from loosening over time, and the shoulder itself is metal whereas the old one was plastic, making it less likely to break if over-tightened.
Keep your eyes peeled on the Panasonic page on IP Camera Learning Blog for further evaluations on Panasonic’s latest camera as we delve deeper into its features.