4-258-904-13 (1)
Network Camera
Installation Manual
Before operating the unit, please read this manual thoroughly and
retain it for future reference.
SNC-CH160/CH260
 2010 Sony Corporation
Printed in China
Owner’s Record
The model and serial numbers are located on the camera stand. Record
these numbers in the spaces provided below.
Refer to these numbers whenever you call upon your Sony dealer regarding
this product.
Model No.
Serial No.
WARNING
To avoid electrical shock, do not open the cabinet. Refer
servicing to qualified personnel only.
WARNING
This installation should be made by a qualified service person and should
conform to all local codes.
CAUTION
The rating label is located on the rear side of the camera stand.
CAUTION for LAN port
For safety reason, do not connect the LAN port to any network devices that
might have excessive voltage.
The LAN port of this unit is to be connected only to the devices whose
power feeding meets the requirements for SELV (Safety Extra Low Voltage)
and complies with Limited Power Source according to IEC 60950-1.
Power Supply
Installation Manual (this document)
 Do not lift the camera by only holding the cables.
 If you find condensation when you open the package, turn on the power after
leaving it for about 60 minutes.
 Remove static electricity before installation and operation.
This Installation Manual describes the names and functions of parts and controls
of the Network Camera, gives connection examples and explains how to set up
the camera. Be sure to read the Installation Manual before operating.
Data and security
The User’s Guide describes how to set up the camera and how to control the
camera via a Web browser.
After installing and connecting the camera correctly, operate referring to this
User’s Guide.
 You should keep in mind that the images or audio you are monitoring may be
protected by privacy and other legal rights, and the responsibility for making
sure you are complying with applicable laws is yours alone.
 Access to the camera is protected only by a user name and the password
you set up. No further authentication is provided by the camera nor should
you presume that any other protective filtering is done by the service. Since
the service is Internet-based, there is a risk that the image or audio you are
monitoring can be viewed or used by a third-party via the network.
 SONY IS NOT RESPONSIBLE, AND ASSUMES ABSOLUTELY NO LIABILITY TO YOU
OR ANYONE ELSE, FOR SERVICE INTERRUPTIONS OR DISCONTINUATIONS OR
EVEN SERVICE CANCELLATION. THE SERVICE IS PROVIDED AS-IS, AND SONY
DISCLAIMS AND EXCLUDES ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WITH
RESPECT TO THE SERVICE INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY OR ALL
IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR
PURPOSE, OR THAT IT WILL OPERATE ERROR-FREE OR CONTINUOUSLY.
 Security configuration is essential for wireless LAN. Should a problem
occur without setting security, or due to the limitation of the wireless LAN
specifications, SONY shall not be liable for any damage, loss of recorded data
or restoration thereof.
 Always make a test recording, and verify that it was recorded successfully.
SONY WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND INCLUDING, BUT NOT
LIMITED TO, COMPENSATION OR REIMBURSEMENT ON ACCOUNT OF FAILURE
OF THIS UNIT OR ITS RECORDING MEDIA, EXTERNAL STORAGE SYSTEMS OR
ANY OTHER MEDIA OR STORAGE SYSTEMS TO RECORD CONTENT OF ANY TYPE.
 Always verify that the unit is operating properly before use. SONY WILL NOT
BE LIABLE FOR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO,
COMPENSATION OR REIMBURSEMENT ON ACCOUNT OF THE LOSS OF PRESENT
OR PROSPECTIVE PROFITS DUE TO FAILURE OF THIS UNIT, EITHER DURING THE
WARRANTY PERIOD OR AFTER EXPIRATION OF THE WARRANTY, OR FOR ANY
OTHER REASON WHATSOEVER.
 If you lose data by using this unit, SONY accepts no responsibility for
restoration of the data.
Personal information
 The images taken by the system using this device can identify individuals
and thus they fall under “personal information” stipulated in the “Act on
the Protection of Personal Information”. Please handle the video data
appropriately according to law.
 Information recorded using this product may also be “personal information”.
Upon disposal, transfer, repair, or any other occasion where this product or
storage media is passed on to a third party, practice due care in its handling.
Operating or storage location
Avoid operating or storing the camera in the following locations.
 Extremely hot or cold places (Operating temperature: –30°C to +50°C [–22°F to
+122°F])
 Close to heating equipment (e.g., near heaters)
 Close to sources of strong magnetism
 Close to sources of powerful electromagnetic radiation, such as radios or TV
transmitters
 Locations subject to strong vibration or shock
 Locations subject to steam or high humidity
 Locations subject to strong wind, such as high places
 Locations where corrosive gas or flammable gas is emitted, or where salt
damage may occur
Camera setting
 Don’t touch the PCB board by hand directly.
 If the camera do not focus well because of the weather (such as rain), adjust
the focus manually.
Ventilation
Caution for U.S.A. and Canada
In the USA, this product shall be powered by a UL listed Class 2 Power Supply
Only.
In Canada, this product shall be powered by a CSA Certified Class 2 Power
Supply Only.
To prevent heat buildup, do not block air circulation around the camera.
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject
to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired operation.
NOTE: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits
for a Class A digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits
are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference
when the equipment is operated in a commercial environment. This
equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if
not installed and used in accordance with the instruction manual, may cause
harmful interference to radio communications. Operation of this equipment
in a residential area is likely to cause harmful interference in which case the
user will be required to correct the interference at his own expense.
You are cautioned that any changes or modifications not expressly approved
in this manual could void your authority to operate this equipment.
All interface cables used to connect peripherals must be shielded in order to
comply with the limits for a digital device pursuant to Subpart B or Part 15 of
FCC Rules.
For customers in Canada
Transportation
 Always turn off the power when carrying.
 When transporting the camera, repack it as originally packed at the factory or
in materials of equal quality.
Using in cold climates
This device is equipped with a built-in heater which automatically operates when
the internal temperature drops significantly low. However, the heater may not
defrost snow and frost attached on the lens cover under certain environment
condition.
This is a Class A product. In a domestic environment, this product may cause
radio interference in which case the user may be required to take adequate
measures.
In the case that interference should occur, consult your nearest authorized
Sony service facility.
This apparatus shall not be used in the residential area.
ATTENTION
Preparations
The Adobe Reader Version 6.0 or higher must be installed on your computer in
order to use the guides stored in the CD-ROM disc.
Note
If Adobe Reader is not installed, it may be downloaded from the following URL:
http://www.adobe.com/
Reading the manual in the CD-ROM
1
Insert the CD-ROM in your CD-ROM drive.
A cover page appears automatically in your Web browser.
If it does not appear automatically in the Web browser, double-click on the
index.htm file on the CD-ROM.
2 Select and click on the manual that you want to read.
This opens the PDF file of the manual.
Clicking an item in the Table of Contents allows you jump to the relevant
page.
Notes
 The files may not be displayed properly, depending on the version of Adobe
Reader. In this case, install the latest version, which you can download from
the URL mentioned in “Preparations” above.
 If you have lost or damaged the CD-ROM, you can purchase replacement.
Contact your Sony service representative.
Adobe and Acrobat Reader are trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the
United States and/or other countries.
Location and Function of Part
Front

 I/O (Input/Output) cable (supplied)
This cable is provided with a sensor input and two alarm outputs.
The wires of the cable control the following signals.
Color of wire
Name
Red
Sensor In +
White
Sensor In – (GND)
Black
Alarm Out 1 +
Yellow
Alarm Out 1 –
Brown
Not used
Green
Not used
For details on each function and required settings, see the User’s Guide stored
in the supplied CD-ROM.
For the wiring, see “Connecting the I/O cable.”
 Fall-prevention wire rope mounting screw hole
When installing the camera to the ceiling or the wall, secure the supplied fallprevention wire rope to this hole using the supplied screw.
 IR LED
 Lens cover
 Lens
 LAN cable (RJ-45) (supplied)
Connect this cable to a hub or computer on the 10BASE-T or 100BASE-TX
network using a network cable (UTP, category 5).
 Camera stand
Note
Take care not to trap the cables between the camera and the ceiling or
the wall. If the cable is trapped, it may cause a fire or electric shock due to
breaking.
 Camera
 Use a blower to remove dust from the lens cover.
 Use a soft, dry cloth to clean the external surfaces of the camera. Stubborn
stains can be removed using a soft cloth dampened with a small quantity of
detergent solution, then wipe dry.
 Do not use volatile solvents such as alcohol, benzene or thinners as they may
damage the surface finishes.
To install the camera outdoors
It is better to install the camera in a environment of low humidity.
Laser beams may damage image sensors. You are cautioned that the surface of image
sensors should not be exposed to laser beam radiation in an environment where a laser
beam device is used.
WARNING
The supplied CD-ROM disc includes the User’s Guides for this unit in PDF format.
Cleaning
Note on laser beams
For the customers in Europe, Australia and New Zealand
Using the CD-ROM Manuals
When started under temperature conditions of 0°C (32°F) or below, the camera
system may not start operating immediately after start-up. In such a case, the
heater and the IR LED starts and raises the internal temperature, starting the
camera system. It may take about one hour for the camera system to start
streaming normal images.
Cet appareil numérique de la classe A est conforme à la norme NMB-003 du
Canada.
The manufacturer of this product is Sony Corporation, 1-7-1 Konan, Minatoku, Tokyo, Japan.
The Authorized Representative for EMC and product safety is Sony
Deutschland GmbH, Hedelfinger Strasse 61, 70327 Stuttgart, Germany.
For any service or guarantee matters please refer to the addresses given in
separate service or guarantee documents.
User’s Guide (stored in the CD-ROM)
Starting and closing under low temperature
This Class A digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
For the customers in Europe
Back
Before Use
Use IEEE802.3af standard compliant devices.
For customers in the U.S.A.
About the Supplied Manuals
Notes on Use
Phenomena Specific to Image Sensors
The following phenomena that may occur in images are specific to image
sensors. They do not indicate a malfunction.
White flecks
Although the image sensors are produced with high-precision technologies, fine
white flecks may be generated on the screen in rare cases, caused by cosmic rays,
etc.
This is related to the principle of image sensors and is not a malfunction.
The white flecks especially tend to be seen in the following cases:
- when operating at a high environmental temperature
- when you have raised the gain (sensitivity)
- when using the slow shutter
Aliasing
When fine patterns, stripes, or lines are shot, they may appear jagged or flicker.
The electromagnetic fields at specific frequencies may influence the picture
of the unit.
8

 Rating Label (rear side)
This label shows the name of device and its electric rating.
 Control panel cover
Loosen the retaining screw with the supplied wrench and open the cover
in the direction shown by the arrow.
 Camera head fixing screw
First loosen the screw with the supplied wrench and face the camera
head to the desired direction, then tighten the screw to fix it.
 POWER indicator (Green)
When power is supplied to the camera, the camera starts checking the
system. If the system is normal, this indicator lights up.
 NETWORK indicator (Green/Orange)
The indicator lights up or flashes when the camera is connected to the
network. The indicator is off when the camera is not connected to the
network. When 100BASE-TX is connected, the indicator turns green.
When 10BASE-T is connected, the indicator turns orange.
 NTSC/PAL indicator (Green/Orange)
The green indicator lights up when the output mode is NTSC.
The orange indicator lights up when the output mode is PAL.
 Heater indicator (Green)
The indicator lights up when the heater is active.
 NTSC/PAL button
Switching the video output.
 MONITOR output jack
Connect this jack to a video input connector of a video monitor. You
can adjust the camera or lens while looking at the image on the video
monitor. After adjusting the camera or lens, disconnect the cable.
Close the cover firmly to keep the camera waterproof.
Note
Use the plug that is 11.8 mm or smaller in diameter.
 Zoom buttons
Use the two buttons to adjust lens’ zoom.
[W] WIDE: Zoom out
[T] TELE: Zoom in
 Focus buttons (Reset switch)
Use the two buttons to adjust lens’ focus.
[N] NEAR: Focus on a nearby subject
[F] FAR: Focus on a distant subject
To reset the camera to its factory default settings, hold down these two
buttons together and supply power to camera.
 Easy Focus button
Press this button to automatically adjust the focus easily.
(continued on the reverse side)
Installation
Wiring diagram for alarm output
Camera inside
WARNING
Vertical marker
Hole for connecting
cables ø40 (1 5/8)
Hole for installing
the stand
 If you attach the camera in the height such as the wall or the ceiling, etc.,
entrust the installation to an experienced contractor or installer.
 If you install the camera at a height, ensure that the installation location and
its material are strong enough to withstand a weight of 15 kg (33 lb 1.1 oz) or
more, and then install the camera securely. If they are not strong enough, the
camera may fall and cause serious injury. If the ceiling is not strong enough,
the camera may fall and cause serious injury.
 To prevent the camera from falling, make sure to attach the supplied wire rope.
 If you attach the camera to a high location, check periodically, at least once a
year, to ensure that the connection has not loosened. If conditions warrant,
make this periodic check more frequently.
139.5 (5 1/2)
83.7 (3 3/10)
Horizontal maker
85.7 (3 3/8)
ø140 (5 5/8)
5V
R
Alarm Output +
Magnet relay –
24 V AC
24 V DC,
1 A or less
Deciding the Installation Location of the Camera 
186 (7 3/8)
83.7 (3 3/10)
85.7 (3 3/8)
316.8 (12 1/2)
After deciding the direction in which the camera will shoot, make the required
hole (ø40 mm (1 23/40 inches)) for the connecting cables using the supplied
template. Then decide the four mounting hole positions to install the camera
stand.
Mounting screws
The camera stand is provided with four ø4.5 mm ( /16 inch) mounting holes.
Install the camera stand on a ceiling or wall with screws through four mounting
holes: The required mounting screws differ depending on the installation
location and its material. (Mounting screws are not supplied.)
Steel wall or ceiling: Use M4 bolts and nuts.
Wooden wall or ceiling: Use M4 tapping screws. The panel thickness must be
15 mm (5/8 inch) or more.
Concrete wall: Use anchors, bolts and plugs suitable for concrete walls.
Junction box: Use screws to match the holes on the junction box.
3
Unit: mm (inches)
/)
3 4
3
(
93
ø
Unit: mm (inches)
Ceiling
Wire rope (supplied)
Screw  M4 × 8
(supplied)
Camera mounting
screw (not supplied) (4)
Installing the Camera

1 Pass all the signal cables through the hole for the cables made at the
installing surface.
Fix the supplied wire rope to the camera unit and the ceiling or wall.
 Fix the wire rope with the supplied Screw  M4 × 8 to the hole for the
wire rope on the camera stand.
 Fix the wire rope to the ceiling or wall.
3 Install the camera on the ceiling or wall
Insert the four screws to the screw holes on the camera stand, and then
tighten the screws to attach the camera.
When installing the camera on the wall, be sure the TOP mark on the camera
stand is at top.
Refer to “Mounting screws” for screw to be used.
2
Adjusting the Camera Direction and Coverage

1 Loosen the camera head fixing screw with the supplied wrench.
2 Adjust the camera to turn the lens in the desired direction.
3 Tighten the camera head fixing screw with the supplied wrench to fix
4
5
6
7
8
the camera.
Loosen the retaining screw with the supplied wrench to open the
control panel cover.
Adjust the zoom by the Zoom buttons.
The zoom indicator is displayed on the monitor.
Press the Easy Focus button to automatically adjust the focus.
Close the control panel cover and Tighten the retaining screw with the
supplied wrench.
Repeat steps 1 to 5 until the coverage and the focus are determined.
Notes
 When you adjust the camera head angle without loosening camera head
fixing screw, an internal part may be damaged.
 If the camera head is too heavy to be adjusted, loosen the camera head fixing
screw until it moves freely.
 If you cannot achieve satisfactory focus with the Easy Focus button due to the
shooting environment, use the Focus buttons to focus manually. The focus
indicator is displayed on the monitor.
Connection
1,3

Connect to the Network
Connect the LAN cable of the camera to a router or hub in the network using a
network cable (straight, not supplied).
2
To connect to a computer
5
6
4,7
When ZOOM/FOCUS switch slides to W/T
The number indicates
the zoom position.
* mark indicates the
approximate zoom position.
Connect the LAN cable of the camera to the network connector of a computer
using the network cable (cross, not supplied).
Connecting the Power Source
There is only one way to supply the power source to this camera, as follows.
 Power supply equipment pursuant to IEEE802.3af (PoE* system)
*PoE means Power over Ethernet.
-In the USA, The product shall be powered by a UL listed Class 2 Power Supply
only.
-In Canada, The product shall be powered by a CSA certified Class 2 Power
Supply only.
Connecting to the power supply equipment pursuant to
IEEE802.3af
The power supply equipment pursuant to IEEE802.3af supplies the power
through the LAN cable. For details, refer to the Instruction Manual of the
equipment.
Connecting the I/O Cable
Connect the wires of the I/O cable as follows:
When ZOOM/FOCUS switch slides to N/F
Wiring diagram for sensor input
Mechanical switch/open collector output device
Camera inside
Outside
3.3 V
The number indicates
the focus position.
* mark indicates the
approximate focus position.
47 KΩ
30 KΩ
Sensor input −
(GND)
10 KΩ
GND
Ceiling
LAN cable
Network cable
(straight, not
supplied)
10BASE-T/
100BASE-TX
PoE supported
device (such as a
hub)
Sensor input +
GND
Mechanical switch
or
Open collector
output device
Circuit example
Alarm Output –
GND
Specifications
Compression
Video compression format
Maximum frame rate
WARNING
The required mounting screws differ depending on the installation location and
its material. If you do not secure the camera with the appropriate mounting
screws, the camera may fall off.
Outside
Camera
JPEG/MPEG4/H.264
SNC-CH160:
JPEG/MPEG4/H.264: 30 fps (1280 × 720)
JPEG: 30 fps (1280 × 1024)
MPEG4: 25 fps (1280 × 1024)
H.264: 20 fps (1280 × 1024)
SNC-CH260:
JPEG: 16 fps (1920 × 1080) /
12 fps (1920 × 1440)
MPEG4: 20 fps (1920 × 1080) /
15 fps (1920 × 1440)
H.264: 30 fps (1920 × 1080) /
20 fps (1920 × 1440)
IR LED IR working distance
Signal system
Image device
21 pcs
SNC-CH160: 25 m (50 IRE)
SNC-CH260: 18 m (50 IRE)
NTSC color system/PAL color system (switchable)
SNC-CH160:
1/3 type CMOS (Exmor)
Effective picture elements:
Approx. 1,390,000
SNC-CH260:
1/2.8 type CMOS (Exmor)
Effective picture elements:
Approx. 3,270,000
Synchronization
Internal synchronization
Minimum illumination
SNC-CH160:
F1.2/AGC 42 dB/50 IRE (IP)
Color 0.50 lx
Black & White 0 lx (IR On)
SNC-CH260:
F1.2/AGC 42 dB/50 IRE (IP)
Color 0.70 lx
Black & White 0 lx (IR On)
Lens
Focal length
Maximum relative aperture
View angle Minimum object distance
3.1 mm to 8.9 mm
F1.2 ~ F2.1
SNC-CH160:
Vertical: 67.4° to 25.0° (1280 × 1024)
Horizontal: 85.4° to 31.2°
SNC-CH260:
Vertical: 65.2° to 24.2° (1920 × 1440)
Horizontal: 88.5° to 32.3°
300 mm
Interface
LAN port
10BASE-T/100BASE-TX, auto negotiation (RJ-45)
I/O port
Sensor input : × 1, make contact, break contact
Alarm output : × 1, 24 V AC/DC, 1 A
(mechanical relay outputs electrically
isolated from the camera)
Others
Power supply
IEEE802.3af compliant (PoE system)
Power consumption
12.9 W max.
Operating temperature (IEEE802.3af (PoE SYSTEM))
Start temperature: –20°C to +50°C (–4°F to
+122°F)
Working temperature: –30°C to +50°C
(–22°F to +122°F)
Storage temperature
–20°C to +60°C (–4°F to +140°F)
Operating humidity
20% to 80% (Non-condensing)
Storage humidity
20% to 95%
Dimensions (camera body) 
ø93 mm ×186 mm (3 3/4 inches × 7 3/8 inches) not
including the projecting parts
Mass
Approx. 1.52 kg (3 lb 5.6 oz)
Supplied accessories
CD-ROM (User’s Guides, and supplied
programs) (1), Template (1), Wire rope (1),
Screw  M4 × 8 (1), Wrench (1), Installation
Manual (this document) (1 set)
Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.
Recommendation of Periodic Inspections
In case using this device over an extended period of time, please have it
inspected periodically for safe use.
It may appear flawless, but the components may have deteriorated over
time, which may cause a malfunction or accident.
For details, please consult the store of purchase or an authorized Sony dealer.