Sony SNC-M1 Fixed IP Network Camera w/Audio
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Product Description

Featuring MPEG4 data compression for clear, smooth reproduction of live moving images at frame rates up to 30fps (QVGA resolution) and audio over a standard DSL connection, the SNC-M1 is a compact, discreet camera that's quick and convenient to install in almost any location.Additional installation flexibility is afforded by a wireless LAN (WLAN) option that allows the camera to be sited without physical connection to an Ethernet cable.

Home security and peace of mind don't come any easier than this. The Sony SNC-M1 Fixed IP Network Camera with Audio is an all-in-one mini network color video camera that allows you to monitor any room in your home from the convenience of your PC's browser. With an IP server and web page embedded in the camera itself, you don't need any special software, and a simple wizard makes set-up a breeze.

Sony's browser-based monitoring software is simple, yet powerful.

The camera unit can be easily installed on a wall or a ceiling using basic hardware and tools.
Featuring the MPEG-4 compression format, as well as the more widely used JPEG compression format, this camera provides smooth, streaming video and audio over networks, including those with low bandwidth.

Clear, Smooth Resolution
Featuring MPEG-4 data compression, as well as the widely-used JPEG compression formats, the Sony SNC-M1 offers clear, smooth reproduction of live moving images at frame rates up to 30 frames per second (fps) at 320x240 resolution. You can choose the compression format you prefer, as well as the image size. The 320 x 240-sized images offer a maximum frame rate of 30 fps, while 640 x 480-sized images provide clearer and more detailed viewing. What's more, the camera automatically adjusts the video bit rate to meet changing network conditions, allowing you to view your video images even at low bandwidths.

Audio Monitoring
Incorporating a built-in microphone, the Sony SNC-M1 also offers high-quality audio monitoring. For enhanced audio pick-up from the camera's location, the camera includes an external microphone jack, while a speaker output allows you to communicate with the remote site. This added feature greatly expands the capability of your monitoring abilities.

All-in-One Network Camera
The camera's built-in web server enables you to monitor live images and control cameras on any PC running a standard web browser without having to install any additional software. To begin monitoring your location, you simply connect the camera to a network, and you can immediately access the remote images on your networked PC.

Network Security Features
To enhance your monitoring options, the Sony SNC-M1 allows up to 20 simultaneous users (20 in JPEG mode and 10 in MPEG-4 mode) to monitor the images remotely. And when an alarm is triggered by the motion detection function (in MPEG-4 mode), a preset message can be sent to up to three e-mail addresses. This gives you the confidence of knowing that even when you're not viewing the images from your home directly, your home is still being closely monitored.

User-Friendly Controls and Flexible Installation
With the SNC-M1, Sony has made home monitoring as easy as possible, thanks to a user-friendly graphical user interface (GUI) on the PC monitor. In addition, the GUI background can be customized according to your preferences. Whether you mount the camera on a wall, a ceiling, or on your desktop using the supplied camera stand, you'll be assured of peace of mind any time of day or night.

What's in the Box
SNC-M1 network camera, AC adapter, stand, wire, rubber foot, CD-ROM (users guide, supplied program), installation manual.

  • Monitor any room in your home from your PC's browser
  • Allows up to 20 simultaneous users to monitor remotely
  • Features embedded IP server and web page -- no special software necessary
  • Includes built-in microphone, external microphone input, and external microphone jack for two-way communication
  • MPEG-4 or JPEG data compression for smooth, clear images up to 30 frames per second
Customer Reviews:
  • Manuals, installation software horrible
    Maybe it's a great camera, but unable to get it working at all. Installation software is really horrible, manual is even worse. Can't Sony hire someone who speaks/writes English? Install software is very strange, they don't understand the conventions/basics of writing a Windows application...really disappointed and frustrated....more info
  • Sony SNC-M1
    This is a very easy to install network camera. It was up and running in 20 minutes in my small home office.
    I am using the camera in a 300 sqf room. The picture will be overexposed when the camera is facing to a window which is a common problem with most of cameras. It has some nice features like the motion detection and alert by email. Be aware of the fact that you need to run the cat5 and the power cable to the camera. Definitely recommended.
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  • Better than a web cam
    I've recently upgrade my usb webcam to a Sony M1 because of the features and performance I've read on a few websites. I've learned that the technology Sony put into this camera comes from their professional line of camera products. So, I decided to purchase one to test out. The picture quality is far more superior than a $99 webcam I used to have. I love that it has a recording software w/ audio. I purchased the M1 model, but they also have a wireless version M1W and a pan and tilt model M3 and M3W. I'm currently looking into purchasing 3 more cameras to complete my system. I give this camera a 5 star for it performance....more info