Gaining popularity during the COVID era, pan-tilt-zoom cameras offer the capability to set framing and access footage remotely. PTZ cameras are also being used for professional video creation, with major players like Sony, Canon and JVC coming up with models for video professionals.
What is a PTZ (Pan, tilt, zoom) Camera?
A PTZ camera, short for Pan-Tilt-Zoom camera, is a sophisticated surveillance device designed to provide comprehensive coverage and increased flexibility in monitoring various areas.
Unlike fixed cameras, PTZ cameras offer remote control functions for panning (horizontal movement), tilting (vertical movement), and zooming functionalities, enabling users to survey a wide area with a single camera.
How does a PTZ Camera work?
PTZ cameras are equipped with motors that enable seamless movement in different directions. Users can control the camera’s movement through a PTZ controller which is a dedicated joystick, mobile app, or software.
The pan feature allows the camera to swivel horizontally, covering a large area. The tilt function enables vertical movement for observing various elevations, while the zoom capability allows for close-ups without compromising image quality.
What are the types of PTZ Cameras?
Traditional Pan-Tilt-Zoom Cameras
These are standard PTZ cameras suitable for indoor and outdoor surveillance.
Infrared (IR) Pan-Tilt-Zoom Cameras
Equipped with IR illuminators, these cameras can capture clear images in low-light or complete darkness.
Speed Dome PTZ Cameras
These cameras offer faster movement and are ideal for tracking fast-paced subjects.
Network IP PTZ Cameras
These cameras utilize IP technology to transmit data over networks, providing remote access to footage. IP cameras can either be connected with a PoE (Power over Ethernet) cable or wirelessly.