Pan, tilt, and zoom (PTZ) cameras are some of the most versatile industrial cameras when looking for a camera that meets the needs of any security/surveillance application. They can pan (move right and left), tilt (move up and down), and zoom in or out. Additionally, PTZ domes can rotate 360 degrees and view an object directly below them. PTZ Cameras are also available in analog or digital formats.
Controlled remotely via a keyboard, a camera’s motion/patrol movements can also be programmed depending on the camera. Users can either manually pan, tilt, and zoom the camera into a specific area with just a push of a button or they have the capability of using preset patterns which automatically trigger the camera to move to a predetermined location. Using devices suck as panic buttons, magnetic door contacts or motion detectors are beneficial because when a certain device is triggered, the camera can immediately move to that particular location, even when the keyboard is unattended.
When looking at what PTZ camera is right for you, there are many manufacturers to consider. Sony’s most popular PTZ cameras are the EVID70, EVID100, the new high definition EVIHD1,the 3 CCD Megapixel BRC-300 and the Multi Codec 360 Network Color Camera SNC-RX550N. Sony also offers IP pan tilt zoom cameras.
Canon’s analog Pan Tilt Zoom camera the VCC50i (VC-C50i) has been the popular replacement to the VCC3 and VCC4 PTZ models. JVC offers an Indoor/Outdoor PTZ Dome Network Camera, the VN-C655U. ELMO’s PTC-400C PTZ Color Remote Video Camera and PTC-401C Indoor Day/Night PTZ camera with Audio are also popular camera models.
When looking to purchase a PTZ camera, an integrator can also look into what complete vision system packages are available that include the necessary components to make your application successful. A full p/t/z industrial camera package can include frame grabbers (Osprey, Integral and CyberOptics), visca and s-video cables(Sony RS-232, Daisy Chain and BNC), controllers (Sony RMB300), wall-mounts(WM100B, Videolarm RHW75C2N), ceiling mounts, DVRs and Videoconferencing software (depending on the application).