Move over to the Settings page and it becomes abundantly clear that this camera has a lot to offer. You can swap between MPEG4 and JPEG video modes with each supporting 10 and 20 simultaneous viewers respectively. Access can be restricted to nine user accounts where you can allow them to view and control the camera or stop selected users from accessing the lens controls.
Up to four customisable windows can be used for motion detection and slider bars determine the sensitivity of each one. Trigger actions are good as you can use motion detection plus two external sensors connected to the camera’s contact block that will start a recording session if set off. Multiple schedules are also provided so captured images can be downloaded to internal memory or an FTP server, sent via email or the trigger can be used to set off up to two external alarms. A preset position table can be tied in with the triggers causing the camera to move to and zoom in on the trouble spot if activated.
General image quality is a mixed bag although it is far superior to the SNC-M3W with a far more realistic colour balance. At wide angle the focus is slightly blurred and the image suffers from artefacts but it is clear enough to see all the action. Things get a lot better when you zoom in on an area and the level of detail at maximum strength is quite impressive. The optical zoom is probably all you’ll need as we found the digital zoom didn’t make any significant difference. Capabilities in low light levels are also very good as the camera automatically switches to a mono mode which allows more detail to be gathered.
With the SNC-MZ25P Sony is offering a lot for your money and the camera compares extremely well with similar PTZ models from companies such as Axis and JVC. Image quality is variable but very good overall and the range of features and options this camera delivers makes it particularly good value and a fine choice for general surveillance operations.