Sony Camcorder Option: PowerPod-LANC
If you have a Sony camcorder with a LANC connection, you don’t have to go through the hassle of modifying your camcorder’s firmware to make it work as a security camera.
You could go for PowerPod-LANC, a hardware/software package which turns your Sony (LANC) camcorder into a sophisticated security camera.
PowerPod-LANC comes in the form of a motorized base on which you would mount your camcorder. It provides for easy panning and tilting which you control through your computer with the help of the bundled software. It connects to your PC via a USB port.
PowerPod-LANC works with Windows and you would need a FireWire port to connect it to your camcorder. If yours is an analog camera, you would need a capture card.
Its software allows you to have remote access to your camcorder via the Internet. This means you can pan, tilt or zoom you camcorder from anywhere in the world via the Internet.
PowerPod-LANC also supports non-Sony camcorders, especially Canon models which have LANC connection. To check whether your camcorder is covered, visit the developer’s website.
At the time of writing, the PowerPod-LANC package would set you back by $189.99, but if high-resolution video footage coupled with remote access is what you’re after, you would gladly whip out your credit card for it.