The Pan Tilt Zoom camera or PTZ is one of the most versatile dome cameras on the market today. Not only does it offer the standard electronic features of most other dome cameras, but the PTZ can do just that–Pan, Tilt, and Zoom.
In the video industry, Panning is the ability of the camera to about a horizontal plane, simply put turning from left to right and all the way around in a circle. Tilting refers to the cameras ability to move about a vertical axis, once again simply put up and down. With no walls, poles, or mounts to impede the view, a pan tilt zoom camera can easily maneuver its lens in any position equal or greater to that of an area covering 1/2 sphere.
In addition Pan Tilt Zoom cameras have the ability to change their focal length such to allow a field of vision that can range from “wide angle” to “Close-up” depending on the lens. This lens movement and/or electronic (digital) action is called Zoom.
Pan Tilt Zoom cameras usually have a motorized mechanism that moves the camera about the axis, although some may also be able to perform these functions on a limited basis electronically. When this technology is coupled with motion detection or object (shape) detection, the PTZ camera can be elevated in application from not only its PTZ functions but can also perform auto-tracking and following.
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