Understanding the Basics of PTZ Security Cameras

  • by Andrew Louie
  • 2 Years ago
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Pan/Tilt/Zoom features are very important parts of surveillance systems. Homeowners do their level best to restrict theft and unwanted people from reaching their home by using strong doors and locks. With the advancements in technology, new security systems have been introduced in the market.

There is a wide range of PTZ security cameras available in the market. Hikvision, a well-known Chinese security camera manufacturer, offers high quality PTZ surveillance systems approved by the government.

It is really important to consider some of the key elements while selecting PTZ cameras. Here are some of the basics that you should know.

  • The first and the foremost feature of PTZ security cameras is that you can control the pan, tilt and zoom operations of the camera lens remotely or even through a surveillance DVR.
  • These cameras can change the directions and they can be zoomed in and out based on the commands by a DVR. Some of the PTZ cameras can also be controlled by mobile and computer.
  • PTZ security cameras are designed with PTZ protocol information, which enables them to communicate with┬áDVR.┬áThus, the movement of the camera can be controlled by DVR, which is not possible in any other security surveillance system.
  • PTZ security cameras can be installed inside a house and at the same time they are effective for outdoor use too. Unlike other security cameras, these cameras too require power and video cables, but in the case of analog PTZ cameras additionally a data cable is also required to perform the operation.
  • As these cameras are loaded with hi-tech technology, you can easily control the whole system using your laptop, iPad/iPhone, Android device, or smartphone. They work exceptionally well during the day time and in low light conditions too. They are capable of capturing clear pictures as they are enabled with night vision feature.
  • The installation process of PTZ security cameras can be easily done. All you need is a communication data cable along with a video cable to connect camera to the DVR.
  • Depending on the distance, the power cable can be decided. Generally, for a distance of 320-feet, a 12 gauge wire is required, while for less than 100-feet an 18 gauge wire will work.

These are some of the basics of PTZ security cameras, which you should understand thoroughly before planning to buy one.

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