A PTZ camera, also known as a pan-tilt-zoom camera, is a camera with a motorized servo system and motor that can rotate (pan), up and down (tilt), and has a motorized adjustable lens (zoom). Wireless PTZ cameras are great tools for security and video production because they can be controlled remotely through the use of smartphone apps or software. They can be programmed to cycle through preset viewpoints, follow a tour, or automatically scan an area, whereas standard cameras only record a single view. Some wireless PTZ cameras have AI capabilities that can automatically track and track moving individuals or vehicles for improved perimeter security.
How to control wireless PTZ cameras?
In the past, controlling PTZ security cameras using analog joystick controllers and proprietary RS485 serial data lines was difficult and required complex programming. With the advent of PoE camera technology, PTZs can be easily connected to computer networks for control over the internet from a smartphone, PC, or tablet. All of our PTZ IP cameras have a built-in web server, allowing users to log in and fine-tune settings. All you need is a network cable, a PoE switch, and a PC for quick setup. Internet and a WiFi router are only required if you want to control the camera from your smartphone. The video below shows how easy it is to control our wireless PTZ cameras from anywhere in the world from a mobile device.
Can I use a wireless PTZ camera for live streaming?
Yes, PTZ cameras are the best choice for live-streaming video over the internet. They offer the most streaming versatility compared to fixed-lens or motorized-lens cameras because they can be remotely controlled in nearly all directions. In today’s age of media streaming, full control over your streaming camera is a must.
Customers have used our wireless PTZ cameras to livestream a variety of events including church services, zoo exhibits, natural wildlife habitats, construction sites, and more. We also help customers design solutions for live weather stations, military blast testing, and conference rooms. We can help you get the right equipment and provide expert technical support for any live-streaming project you dream up.
How far can a wireless PTZ camera see?
This is a good question because it all depends on the specific camera model. During development, engineers select lenses and image sensors suitable for the model’s intended use. Short– medium, and long-range wireless PTZ cameras each have their own role in security and live streaming. During development, engineers select lenses and image sensors suitable for the model’s intended use.
Optical zoom lenses often come in a variety of X (magnification) ratings, which can be misleading. The X rating is an approximation of the difference between a lens’s widest zoom angle and its smallest zoom angle. For example, 4X cameras typically have lenses ranging from 2.8mm to 12mm. The 4X rating is determined by dividing 12 by 2.8 and rounding down. Other widely used zoom lenses are 12X, 25X and 30X. Ultra-long-range cameras have lenses with magnifications of up to 40x or 48x. To get a more realistic idea of a camera’s viewing distance, we recommend verifying the actual lens specs rather than the X-rating. DORI Distance, also known as Detection, Observation, Identification, and Identification Rating, is also a useful specification for understanding how far a PTZ camera can see.
The quality of a camera’s video sensor also has a significant impact on how far or far away it can record with good detail. Many low-end cameras offered by merchants on sites like Amazon, eBay, or big box retailers contain low-quality, unreliable image sensors. While cheaper cameras claim to be able to see detail at a distance, what they actually deliver is pixelated footage that isn’t of sufficient quality for live broadcasts and cannot be used for security. To capture the most detail at a distance, consider investing in a high-quality 4K PTZ camera with a large zoom (X) lens.
What is the difference between PTZ cameras and IP cameras?
Industry acronyms and terminology can be difficult to understand for the layperson who doesn’t use security cameras every day. As IP camera technology becomes more mainstream, the term “IP camera” is becoming more common. It refers to the technology used to send video data from a camera to a video recorder or the Internet. Most PTZ cameras produced today are essentially IP PTZ cameras because they are network-based cameras. This type of camera is a digital video camera with many additional features, such as a built-in web server and the ability to view directly from a smartphone or PC without the need for a video recorder. Furthermore, the fundamental difference between PTZ cameras and standard IP cameras is that standard IP cameras have no motorized components.