PTZ Camera Systems

Overview

PTZ camera systems include controls for spinning left-to-right, tilting up and down, and zooming in and out of a scene. Depending on the camera or software, they also automatically track motion-triggered activities or conform to a predefined schedule. With up to 43x optical zoom while shooting at 60fps, these cameras guarantee smooth video playback for churches, conferences, surveillance, and other use cases.

Benefits

 

What is a PTZ Camera System?

in Numbers


363°

Pan


The quick rotational movement to capture details from every angle
180°

Tilt


Wide-range slant to capture images above and below standard PTZ camera systems’ fields of view
43x

Optical Zoom


Clear image reproduction for subjects up to 1000 feet away
60

FPS


Guarantees buttery-smooth playback for your viewing pleasure

Features

01

Zoom

The PTZ camera system supports high-powered optical zoom, which helps capture objects far away. With up to 43x magnification, you can record footage of distant subjects without them spotting you, making the cameras excellent for surveillance.


02

Resolution

With powerful lenses producing up to 4K resolution from the 5-megapixel cameras, you can expect clear footage even after zooming. That way, you won’t miss details when reviewing the camera’s videos.


03

Control

You can manually or remotely control your PTZ cameras to capture events and monitor subjects. Thanks to the app and remotes, you have total command of the PTZ system without having to travel onsite.

PTZ Camera Guide


If you need help with choosing a suitable PTZ camera, our guide on the best PTZ camera system has all the details to get you started and ensure you get value for your money.

 

What to Expect From PTZ Cameras

1Camera Control Options

RS-232 (through VISCA) and UVC (with a USB connection) are the most common control methods for PTZ cameras. But if you are more familiar with the IP control system, rest assured of a user-friendly way to find your camera’s IP address and connect to your system and network.

Each camera is assigned a static IP address or DHCP after being linked to the network. You can only use the advanced controls and settings of the 4K PTZ security camera system after logging in. But once you have set up the camera, you can also use joysticks, UVC, or a remote controller to pan, tilt, and zoom during recording.

2IP Streaming
Audio and video streaming over IP come with any PTZ surveillance camera system linked to the Internet through an IP network. Log into the camera's GUI interface using any web browser to configure RTSP or RTMP streaming. You can record audio alongside your video by connecting a microphone to the 3.5 mm auxiliary input.
3Dual Video Outputs
You can set up the PTZ camera system for dual video outputs to serve complex workflows. Each camera unit can send up to two simultaneous video streams through SDI, USB 3.0, HDMI, and IP streaming. With this feature, you can broadcast high-quality footage live on Facebook and your private stream, or on any two social platforms you choose.
4IR Remote Control

The IR Remote of the Pan tilt zoom camera system allows for wireless control. The remote uses two AAA batteries and has all the control buttons you need to operate up to four PTZ systems. Pan, tilt, zoom, presets, focus, backlight, and menu buttons are all supported.

Depending on any physical barriers, the remote can operate a camera from up to 30 feet away utilizing IR signals. By tapping the "setting" button and selecting a number, you may set for a PTZ preset. Click the number button you specified on the IR remote to do the PTZ preset.

5Options and Constraints for Cabling

3G SDI, HDMI, USB 3.0, and IP Streaming are some video outputs available on the PTZ broadcast camera system. However, note that the length of the video cable may introduce some restrictions. Longer distances (up to 1,000 feet) are better with 3G SDI cabling.

You can extend the IP streaming network cabling to 328 feet. In contrast, HDMI cabling may span lengths of up to 50 feet without additional wiring; however, CVBS cabling's restrictions heavily rely on the cable’s quality.

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