What is a PTZ camera?
PTZ (Pan-Tilt-Zoom) cameras have electrical servos and motors that allow them to rotate (pan), swivel up and down (tilt), and adjust their lenses (zoom). These cameras are beneficial for security because they can be controlled remotely using smartphone apps or software. They can be programmed to cycle through preset viewpoints, follow tours, or automatically scan an area, whereas standard cameras only record a single view. Some PTZ security cameras have AI capabilities that can automatically track and follow moving individuals or vehicles for enhanced perimeter security.
Can you use a PTZ camera for Live Streaming?
Absolutely, PTZ cameras are the best choice for live streaming video over the internet. Compared to fixed-lens or motorized-lens cameras, they offer the most versatility for streaming because they can be remotely controlled in nearly all directions. In today's age of media streaming, having complete control over a camera for streaming is a must-have.
How far can a PTZ camera see?
The viewing range of a PTZ (Pan-Tilt-Zoom) camera varies based on factors like optical zoom and resolution. Generally, they can see details from a few times to several hundred times zoom, with high-end models reaching optical zoom ranges of 20x to 30x or more, allowing them to capture images from considerable distances. Specific specifications of the camera determine its exact viewing range.
What is the difference between a PTZ camera and an IP camera?
Nowadays, most PTZ cameras are essentially IP PTZ cameras since they are network-based. These cameras are digital and have numerous features like a built-in web server and the ability to view footage directly from a smartphone or PC without the need for a recorder. The primary distinction between PTZ cameras and standard IP cameras is that the latter lacks motorized components.
Can Pan Tilt Zoom Security Cameras be used for License Plate Capture?
PTZ cameras are not ideal for capturing license plates. None of our cameras are marketed as license plate capture cameras. However, in well-lit conditions where the vehicle is stationary, a PTZ camera may occasionally capture a license plate. Due to motion blur, using a PTZ camera to capture license plates on moving vehicles is challenging, if not impossible. For capturing license plates on the move, consider a license plate capture camera installed at the entrance or exit of the street, road or parking lot.