New Sony cam turns detective

Meet the SNC-CS50P, Sony’s brand new network camera and the Japanese giant’s first model to actually undertake image processing inside the camera. Ide

Meet the SNC-CS50P, Sony’s brand new network camera and the Japanese giant’s first model to actually undertake image processing inside the camera.

Ideal for covert surveillance, this cam is more than just a pretty face: it has two extra tricks up its sleeve in the shape of Intelligent Motion Detection and Intelligent Object Detection.

The first allows the Sony to distinguish between objects in motion and objects being affected by environmental conditions such as the wind. Theoretically, it should prevent the alarm from being accidentally triggered.

Intelligent Object Detection, on the other hand, allows the camera to pinpoint stationary objects, such as a rambler’s rucksack or a businessman’s briefcase. Or a burglar’s swag bag.

Other features include dual streaming so you can simultaneously store high-quality footage nearby – in your Police Squad surveillance van on a hard drive, for instance – and beam it over the internet as a lower quality version. The vids are recorded in our favourite cutting edge codec, H.264, as used by the iPod.

You don’t even need access to the mains, since the Sony supports Power over Ethernet (PoE). The catch is that you need a special PoE adapter to squirt electricity round your home network.

Why not track down your very own SNC-CS50P? They’re in the shops now, priced at rather serious £830.