Updated 24 Aug 2016

Panasonic

KX-HNC600

Snapshot: This outdoor wireless IP camera can be bought individually. It detects motion and can be remotely accessed on iOS and Android devices. But how good is the picture?

KX-HNC600
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$220

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Test results

Overall score
55
Image quality
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • OK to use.
  • Can send smartphone notifications.
  • Remote access via iOS and Android.
  • Motion detection.
  • Can be used with motion and door/window sensors in Panasonic's ecosystem.

But

  • Just OK image quality.
  • No cloud storage.
  • Camera isn't HD quality.
  • Doesn’t have WiFi connectivity.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Image quality (60%), Ease of use (40%)

Image quality
When assessing how well an IP camera performs we look at its image quality in daylight and low-light conditions. We look at the clarity of the images, the contrast at close range (2m) and a moderate distance (4m). We look at how well they show a person, objects and graphics/text for reading any signage on vehicles or name badges.

Ease of use
Assesses the set-up and use of the camera, including installation, ease of recording and motion detection. We also look at how easy it is to receive alerts when motion is detected. A camera scored higher if it sent an email with a screenshot, but any email or push notification to a mobile was considered good. We also scored cameras on how easy it is to automatically and manually take photos or recordings, irrespective of whether a notification was sent, and how easy it is to store footage to cloud storage.

Full specs

Model

Avg price
$220

Specifications

Kit or camera only
Camera only
Kit required
Model or kit description
Outdoor IP camera
Camera type
Outdoor
Resolution
640 x 480
Wireless connection or WiFi band (GHz)
DECT

Features

Weatherproof rating
IP55
Night vision
Yes, 12m
Pan
No
Tilt
No
Zoom
No
Microphone
Speaker
Motion detection
Yes
Motion detection scheduler
Notification method
Smartphone notification
Email alert with picture attached
×
Local storage
MicroSD on hub included in kit
FTP storage
×
Cloud storage
No
Remote access
Automatic
Remote access via Android app
Remote access via iOS app
Remote access via web browser
×
Ethernet
×

More info

Notes

Camera can be bought separately, but needs to be connected to a kit to operate.