Synology 500 Series

Synology enters the camera game with the BC500 and TC500

Synology continues to branch out from offering NAS enclosures alone with the launch of two new home and office security cameras. The BC500 and TC500 are two cameras that — of course — support Synology branded NAS. If you’ve been holding out for such a launch to take advantage of Surveillance Station, now’s your chance to create your own security system.

The two IP cameras have been designed for use at home or at the office, offering the ability to view live footage, as well as utilizing AI for more efficient (and reliable) detection. The BC500 bullet form camera is perfect for outdoor use, whilst the ceiling-mounted TC500 is designed for indoor use, allowing you to cover just about everywhere.

Regardless of which camera you opt to buy, you’ll be greeted by similar specifications and both can be connected to the best NAS.

Camera5 MP5 MP
Resolution2880 x 16202880 x 1620
Horizontal viewing angle110°110°
IK10 ratingYes
IP67 ratingYesYes
Night vision30 meters30 meters
Surveillance Station supportYesYes
US NDAA and TAA complianceYesYes
Warranty3 years3 years

Synology ensures it’s possible to set automatic firmware update schedules for both cameras and no additional device license or activation is required on top of purchasing the camera. The 5MP shooter is standard with many security solutions such as these, although it’s able to record at a resolution of 2880×1620.

Having an IP67 dust and water rating for both cameras, it’s possible to deploy them just about anywhere, although only the Synology TC500 is backed by the IK10 rating for drops. HDR support is present for both indoor and outdoor usage but where these cameras try and stand out from the crowd is through the use of AI.

The BC500 and TC500 are equipped with the same on-camera AI capabilities that provide more accurate alerts for faster incident response times. They’re capable of detecting people and vehicles, as well as specific intrusion detection and instant search are available to identify potential threats, quickly investigate areas of interest, and track down and retrieve relevant footage.

Camera licenses can quickly increase the cost of a security system deployment, so it’s good to see Synology negate the requirement to purchase one as well as the BC500 and/or TC500. Video streams are encrypted and failover edge storage ensures footage is recorded even through connectivity issues.

Both the Synology BC500 and TC500 will be available later this year. We’ve rounded up the best Synology NAS if you’d like to buy an enclosure for use with one of these new security cameras.

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