In recent years, PTZ cameras have become very popular and by 2021 the market of PTZ CCTV cameras are to grow by 37% as these are now available for residential customers as well. We still have many customers ask What is a PTZ camera? Pan, Tilt and Zoom-functioning robotic video cameras that enable an operator to control the camera remotely.

PTZ CCTV cameras allow setting up guard tours that automatically move to monitor pre-set locations on a schedule. PTZ cameras can also auto chase movement, following a person or car moving in its field of view.

In this article you will learn in detail about the following:

What are PTZ Cameras?

PTZ stands for Pan, Tilt, Zoom where Pan refers to horizontal movement, Tilt describes as vertical movement of the lens and zoom refers to the adjustment of the focal length of the lens. PTZ CCTV camera allows it to move up, down and zoom in when required and can be controlled remotely. PTZ cameras can cover large areas and even zoom in when more detail is required and program a tour between pre-set points.

Pan-Tilt-Zoom cameras are proficient in remote directional and zoom control. They are considered as the best PTZ camera in the UK, which function with accuracy using its robotic video features.

PTZ CCTV cameras can enhance the image quality without digital pixelation using its pan–tilt–zoom features. Monitoring software or a joy stock can also help to manually control these movements. Being able to make necessary camera movements by a security member enables the security staff to quickly respond to the highlighted spot with the surveillance system.

What are different types of PTZ Cameras?

There are different types of PTZ Cameras which can be confusing, understanding their benefits and limitations is very important before deciding which one to choose.

  • IP PTZ Cameras
  • PoE PTZ Cameras
  • PTZ Dome Cameras
  • Turbo HD PTZ Cameras
  • Wireless PTZ Cameras

IP PTZ Cameras

IP PTZ cameras are a type of PTZ camera which uses an internet based network connection to store and receive recorded data, as opposed to analog PTZ Cameras which require a DVR. IP PTZ cameras come with various abilities and functions, as PTZ technology has developed drastically over the years. Hikvision IP PTZ cameras provide detailed images over expansive areas benefiting from Smart Infrared Technology, these IP PTZ cameras outperform other market leaders.

PoE PTZ Cameras

PoE (Power over Ethernet) PTZ cameras transmit videos and power via network cable whereas non-PoE PTZ cameras require two cables one for data and one for power. PoE PTZ cameras have great installation flexibility as they reduce the number of cables. Hikvision PoE enabled IP cameras can be deployed up to 100m away from a power source.

PTZ Dome Cameras

A PoE camera uses an Ethernet cable that plugs into a PoE switch to receive power and an internet connection. It generally has a connection distance much more powerful than WiFi.

Turbo HD PTZ Cameras

Turbo HD PTZ Cameras use coaxial cable to connect with DVR which is required to record, compress and save footage. Hikvision Turbo HD PTZ Cameras capture high quality images even in poorly lit environments. With the embedded CMOS chip, WDR and real-time 1920 x 1080 resolution becomes possible. Turbo HD PTZ Cameras are also available in a wide range of zoom ratio options so you will be sure that these cameras will meet all your monitoring requirements.

Outdoor PTZ Cameras

Outdoor PTZ cameras feature weather and vandal resistant housings, on-board analytics and also auto tracking functionality. PTZ cameras for outdoor are able to withstand more extreme weather conditions and temperatures. They’re typically encased in a weatherproof exterior with an IP rating that indicates adequate protection against natural elements.

Wireless PTZ Cameras

In cases where the installer is unable to run video cables, wireless PTZ cameras are able to transmit video wirelessly. Typically this is done through WiFi, although transmitter sets can be used to convert analog signals. Wireless PTZ cameras are typically deployed for long-distance outdoor monitoring where it’s difficult or expensive to run cabling.

How PTZ Cameras Work?

PTZ camera works by moving the camera in different directions to get a whole picture of the surveillance area and zooming in for further detail of security events. The pan, tilt, and zoom capabilities make it possible to monitor large areas with a single camera while getting great detail at the same time.

PTZ cameras can be administered in a different ways including an IR remote, a joystick controller, and software. IR remote controls usually offer basic features for controlling the camera and recalling presets. IR remote controls are user-friendly for close-range camera control but usually dysfunction when the camera is arranged far away from the operator. Many PTZ cameras are adjusted in locations that are far away from the camera operators such as a ceiling in a church, or across a school campus.

Joystick controllers are usually attached to cameras in multiple ways including ethernet cabling and serial control cables.

With PTZ camera controls embedded directly into video production software, the producer of a live stream no longer requires separate camera operators. PTZ cameras can be moved to known locations throughout a production space with a few clicks of a mouse and even automated with triggers and innovative workflows. This form of camera control integration into software and hardware-based production systems enables smaller teams to generate high-quality content.

Why Choose PTZ Cameras?

Where to use PTZ Cameras?
How to install Hikvision PTZ Camera?
Which are Best PTZ Cameras in the UK?

Hikvision PTZ cameras provide high-quality images, wide-area coverage and ability to zoom in to make it possible to verify detected security events. The Hikvision PTZ cameras are equipped with a variety of intelligent features and can move between preset positions and zoom-in automatically in response to detected events.

Hikvision PTZ cameras perform well standalone or integrated with other cameras, you can rapidly respond to security events and leave no blind spot unnoticed. Hikvision offers a wide range of PTZ cameras for different application scenarios.

Value Series: Hikvision Value series features compact designs and high quality imaging to realize cost-efficiency and good user experience.

Pro Series: Hikvision Pro series are equipped with "powered-by-DarkFighter" technology, making low-light monitoring an easy task. The Pro series has many options for various camera sizes and amazing zoom capability.

Ultra Series: Hikvision Ultra series are the professional’s choice for many complicated scenarios. These PTZ cameras are equipped with superb image quality, 50x zoom ratio and the patented DarkFighterX technology, as well as intelligent functions.

Special Series: Hikvision Special series are robust cameras safeguard perimeters from above, providing a comprehensive overview with great details.

Hikvision PTZ DarkFighterX cameras based on the process of human eyes use one lens to capture the color of objects and another lens to capture light details in particular then the camera combines two images together to create one image with both colour and clarity. Hikvision PTZ cameras have moved on, with smarter event detection, higher resolution and clear enough image to enable facial recognition.

Hikvision DarkFighterX technology increased zoom to 35x which means the new PTZ DarkFighterX cameras are able to identify a one-metre-long object at 260 metres at a resolution of 250 pixels - enough to observe the object clearly also has 16x an optical zoom. PTZ DarkfighterX cameras come into their own in exterior dimly-lit environments that need 24/7 fill-colour footage, such as streets, rivers, forests, roads, railways, ports, squares and parks.