The Pan Tilt Zoom camera or PTZ is one of the most versatile dome cameras on the market today. Not only does it offer the standard electronic features of most other dome cameras, but the PTZ can do just that–Pan, Tilt, and Zoom.
In the video industry, Panning is the ability of the camera to about a horizontal plane, simply put turning from left to right and all the way around in a circle. Tilting refers to the cameras ability to move about a vertical axis, once again simply put up and down. With no walls, poles, or mounts to impede the view, a pan tilt zoom camera can easily maneuver its lens in any position equal or greater to that of an area covering 1/2 sphere.
In addition Pan Tilt Zoom cameras have the ability to change their focal length such to allow a field of vision that can range from “wide angle” to “Close-up” depending on the lens. This lens movement and/or electronic (digital) action is called Zoom.
Pan Tilt Zoom cameras usually have a motorized mechanism that moves the camera about the axis, although some may also be able to perform these functions on a limited basis electronically. When this technology is coupled with motion detection or object (shape) detection, the PTZ camera can be elevated in application from not only its PTZ functions but can also perform auto-tracking and following.
Security Camera King (SCK) offers a variety of Pan Tilt Zoom Cameras which range in price from $199.95 to $985.99. SCK’s PTZ-LX550L3X is an affordable solution for a PTZ camera priced at $199.95 with a resolution of 550 TVL! This camera has a 3X Zoom lens with 360 degree continuous rotation pan. It can tilt from 0 to 90 degrees and flip. The maximum pan speed is 60/sec, tilt 30/sec, and the present speed is 100/sec.
The PTZ-LX550L3X offers 32 preset points with pattern tours including programmable 16 preset point number and dwell time/speed. The camera can auto scan as well as be programmed to auto return to its home position. This camera is rated IP66 for outdoor use so it can be used as an indoor or outdoor camera.
Our PTZ-HN03100 is the perfect solution for a hands down high quality Pan Tilt Zoom camera that works well with any of our featured Digital Video Recorders or DVRs. This camera is also a super high resolution camera weighing in at 540 TVL. It is vandal proof, IP66 rated with the outdoor mount, has auto gain control, auto white balance, and an on-screen display. In addition it offers 10X optical and 10X digital for a combined 100X zoom capability.
Next in line is our SVP-54CDN10X 540 TVL Mini Dome Surveillance Camera. This is a Veilux camera and as many of our customers attest on their reviews, you can’t go wrong with a Veilux when it comes to quality. This mini camera may be small but it delivers BIG results. It offers true day/night with color day time video and black and white when the ambient light becomes less than .02 Lux.
This camera offers up to 256 presets and it offers high speed pan and tilt. This camera even comes with its own wall mount! Priced at $664.50 it’s a professional level camera that offers professional results.
SCK offers two different models of auto tracking Pan Tilt Zoom cameras. The first, Product# VP-ATDNC27X is priced at $707.69 and includes day/night capture and 27X zoom. Once again this is a Veilux brand camera and stands for high quality. The second model is SCK’s SVP-ATDN36X and is also a Veilux camera similar to the first with the major difference being an increase in zoom capability to 36X.
Regardless of the model you choose, a Pan Tilt Zoom camera is a versatile, powerful, and cost savings camera. When these camera are placed properly, one camera can easily replace the need for 2, 3, or 4 otherwise stationary cameras. In addition, if standard non-PTZ cameras were used, these Pan Tilt Zoom Cameras also offer the powerful zoom function that allows you to get in close.
If you are interested in purchasing a Pan Tilt Zoom camera or would like more information, please contact one of our Security Specialists today.