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PTZ Camera Basics

Apr 08, 2022 View: 777

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PTZ, or pan-tilt-zoom cameras, are devices that do exactly as their name implies: pan, tilt and zoom. Though these cameras are a bit more expensive than others, they can do the work of several fixed ones. For this reason, many home and business owners use these types of cameras when building their security systems. Instead of relying on multiple devices to catch some action, they can rely on one and set it to move in the direction of motion whenever motion is detected. If you’re in the market for new security cameras for your home or business and want to know more about PTZ—including the benefits and pitfalls of the technology—this post was made for you.

Here are some of the primary characteristics of PTZs

  • User controlled – Manual control by the user via a desktop joystick.

  • Software controlled – Software gives you the capability for the individual setup and control and view of your PTZ cameras from your laptop, iPad/iPhone, Android device, or other smartphone

  • Remote controlled – the cameras can be operated from remote locations over the Internet or smart phone from the remote access feature of the DVR.

  • Automatic tours – Programmable presets allow cameras to automatically conduct surveillance—panning, tilting and zooming to pre-determine viewing locations for a preset period before moving to the next preset view.

  • Low Light – The low light feature provides exceptionally clear pictures in almost no light. The low light level can be adjusted as low as .002 LUX.

  • Night Vision – For duration’s where there is no light, you can purchase a long range night vision people PTZ cameras that have an infrared light that allows them to produce clear black and white video in total darkness.

This powerful amalgam of features enables PTZ cameras to cover the surveillance area typically required by four traditional security style cameras.

You can choose from several types of pan-tilt-zoom cameras depending on your particular need and application. Nonetheless, they all have the same basic features—optical zoom lens that can be controlled from remote locations, the ability to tilt the camera 180 degrees and pan 360 degrees.

PTZs come in indoor and outdoor casings and can stand up to rain, wind and now. Even extreme heat won’t affect performance.

Why We Love PTZ

It Comes With Built-In Motion Tracking

One of the best features of PTZ cameras is their motion tracking feature. Intruders who want into your property bad enough may figure out where your cameras are placed and try to avoid each one’s line of vision. With fixed cameras, they would be successful, but with PTZs, they may be highly disappointed. If there is motion within a certain distance of each camera, the lens wills swivel towards it and zoom in for more accurate viewing purposes. If theft or vandalism does occur, you can be sure that the perpetrator will be clearly visible in the footage.

It Provides for a Larger Field of View

These devices can cover a 360 degree area, which is nearly four times the amount of coverage that a fixed device can achieve. You can either preprogram your devices to focus on certain areas at certain times of day or you can control it remotely and change the field of view whenever you feel it is necessary to do so. Consequently, this makes installation easier, as instead of having to have your cameras placed in precise locations, you can have them installed in general areas, and then focus them wherever you want whenever you want.

It’s Weatherproof and Tamper Resistant

Because PTZ cameras are meant to be placed in areas that can achieve the greatest ranges of vision, they are generally placed out in the elements and up high. For this reason, they are designed to be both weatherproof and vandal resistant. As a result, you can capture footage in rain, sleet, snow or hail, and can rest assured that while you’re away, no vandals will be messing with your security equipment.

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