PTZ security cameras offer Pan, Tilt, and Zoom capabilities for more advanced and comprehensive surveillance. Because of their unique flexibility and broad coverage, PTZ cameras are often chosen to remotely monitor large areas such as parking lots or stadiums. If you are considering installing PTZ surveillance cameras for your property, here are some of the best PTZ camera features and benefits.
Large Field Of View
Depending on where you install your PTZ camera, it could have a 360 degree field of view. In addition, most cameras can be pre-programmed to provide specific viewing angles at pre-determined times. Pan and Tilt can also be pre-programmed. Thanks to this, PTZ cameras can do the job of a multi-camera installation, making them a cost-effective and smart alternative for large area surveillance and protection.
Most PTZ cameras come with built-in tracking which can be set to detect motion and track a person or object, automatically panning, tilting or zooming to follow the person or object as it moves. This feature can prove invaluable should a theft or vandalism occur on your property. When choosing a PTZ camera, full motion tracking capabilities is a must.
This is an important feature in nearly all security cameras, but especially in areas with poor lighting conditions. The modern, more advanced PTZ cameras can capture images in total darkness thanks to LEDs and special IR filters. The small LEDs emit infrared light, which is not visible to the human eye, but with the special IR filter, the camera sees a well lit area.
Remember that a PTZ camera that is rated for a detection range of 600 feet or more will usually be rated for a max range of 400 feet for night vision. Also, it is recommended that you set up your PTZ cameras in the same lighting conditions they will be recording in, whether dark or light.
If you will be installing PTZ cameras outdoors, they must be weatherproof. Most PTZ cameras are designed to withstand harsh elements, but it is wise to double check the specifications to ensure their durability. Weatherproof PTZ cameras can be installed in very remote locations such as rooftops or the sides of tall buildings.
PTZ security cameras have a detection ability that ranges from 150 feet (on the low end) up to 1,000 feet (on the higher end). The ability to zoom in on a person or object ranges from 12X to 36X for higher level PTZ Speed Domes. This makes them ideal for large parking lots or building tops as it allows the camera to be discreetly out of sight while still providing the option to zoom in for a better picture of what is happening.
The best place for a PTZ camera is mounted high above the ground, which enables the best view possible, a wide 360 degree range, and added protection. As mentioned, most PTZ cameras are built tough, with rigid metal housings and high-strength polycarbonate domes that are virtually shatterproof to vandals.
Most PTZ cameras have four alarm inputs, which connect to other important devices (ex. motion detectors, door contacts, glass break sensors). The camera can be programmed so that when activity occurs in a given area, other programmed activity is halted in order to zero in and record what is going on.
The good PTZ cameras will have full range auto focus built in. This ensures clarity no matter where you pan, tilt or zoom. In addition, most have an auto adjust IR LED that quickly focuses the picture when moving the camera in areas of complete darkness. This feature is almost always missing from cheaper cameras.
Because they can cover a wider area, it may be more cost-effective to install a couple PTZ cameras to monitor your property (ex. parking lots, garages) rather than implementing several fixed security cameras. You can save on both the initial cost and installation of your system.
High Definition Options
Higher end PTZ Speed Domes are also available in IP versions, which will deliver resolutions from 720i to 1080P, and with HD-SDI technology, which provides high definition video in full 1080P resolution. The HD-SDI PTZ cameras are easier to install and maintain than IP cameras since they are installed and set up exactly the same way as standard analog cameras.
These types are only recommended when you need the highest resolution images possible. They require 2-4 times as much hard drive space as regular analog security cameras and are rather expensive for large installations.
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When it comes to purchasing security cameras, different specifications and types may confuse you. For example, it may be hard to distinguish the differences between High Definition security cameras and High Resolution security cameras.
Both offer enhanced picture, yet the prices may vary distinctly. What more do you get for a higher price? Is it better to stay within budget or pay more? That depends upon your requirements.
What will you use the camera for? Do you need to positively identify persons or are you simply monitoring a common area? The answer to these questions will help you decide which is best for you.
First, let us determine the basic differences between high resolution and high definition security cameras. High resolution security cameras are analog cameras with improved picture quality. High definition security cameras are IP security cameras with excellent resolution. When it comes to comparing video quality, we must discuss megapixels and resolutions.
You may know a bit about megapixels. Just think about the resolution of your mobile phone’s camera, or, if you still own one, your digital camera. For some, the megapixel count may have been a deciding factor on which product to choose. One megapixel is equivalent to one million pixels. The quality of a 1 megapixel security camera is equivalent to a 1350TVL security camera. HD cameras boast 1-2 megapixels or more, while high resolution cameras can range from 540TVL and up. With that said, there can be a noticeable difference between the two.
Despite this rift, both types of cameras are extremely useful in different settings. High definition security cameras are better for areas where identification is necessary. Because of the increased resolution, zooming in on pictures does not compromise its quality, allowing for better identification of persons and things. High resolution security cameras are better for simply monitoring common areas. For example, in the workplace or an office, positive identification of persons is usually not needed, as the same employees frequent the office and are known by their employers.
Depending on your situation, high resolution security cameras can be a cost effective alternative when it comes to security solutions. Feel free to browse our selection of high resolutions cameras, high definition cameras, and more online at SecurityCamExpert.com. If you have any questions, you may contact us at 1-888-203-6294. You can also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.
Shopping on a budget for a security camera system? It doesn’t have to be that hard. Let SecurityCamExpert.com help you find smart solutions without breaking the bank.
Our selection of security cameras includes a variety of different styles with varying specifications. We carry security cameras starting as low as $20-$60 and reaching up to $250-$400 depending on specifications. You can pay for better quality and features, or you can get good quality for a decent price. It all depends on how much you can or are willing to spend.
For the most basic security system solutions, you can opt for dummy cameras. Our dummy cameras don’t exceed $30 so you can build a pseudo security system for cheap. Check out this SecurityMan Dummy Indoor Camera, it has a convincing look for a reasonable price.
If you want a functioning security system, dome security cameras and bullet security cameras are common types and low in price. Ours range from $40-$175, all dependent upon picture resolution, special features like night vision or audio components. Still, a great camera can be found for a cost-effective price. Our box cameras hover around the same range, but also require a separate purchase of camera lenses, which can add to overall cost.
As we move up the price ladder, our specialty security cameras like HD-SDI, high resolution, network IP and PTZ (pan/tilt/zoom) start around $100 and go up from there. It should be understood that you are paying more for performance and abilities. These cameras offer much better picture and allow you to better manipulate your viewing range. License plate capture cameras have magnificent zoom abilities along with solid resolution, so they can start north of $200.
While SecurityCamExpert.com offers individual security cameras, we also offer great packaged deals which can significantly assist those on a tight budget. Our camera packages include the basics: DVR (with & without hard drives), cameras, cables and power supplies. Our 4 camera packages range from $249 up to $549, while our 8 camera packages range from $329 up to $567. Our 16 camera packages range from $836-915, but we also offer wireless camera bundles that start as low as $139 and up. Our 4 camera IP/hybrid camera package starts at $399 and you can add more cameras or accessories from there. You can explore our packages options here.
Shop our inventory online and you’ll find security cameras or systems that fit within your budget. Would you rather get a quote based on your needs? Fill out our Free CCTV System Quote and work with our staff to create a security system within your means. Feel free to call us at 1-888-203-6294 with any questions you may have.
The next big thing in security cameras has actually been around for some time now. Do you own a flat screen, HD television? You can now enjoy the same high definition in your surveillance footage.
HD-SDI security cameras bring enhanced picture quality to your security system. HD-SDI stands for High Definition – Serial Digital Interface. It captures surveillance footage in 1080p resolution, allowing for a much clearer, cleaner and detailed picture.
If you’re thinking of upgrading, standard CCTV equipment may not be compatible, however there are some exceptions. HD-SDI security cameras require an HD-SDI compatible DVR. If you want to add an HD-SDI security camera to your existing system which includes CCTV cameras, there are hybrid DVRs which can support both types. It is best to do some research and be aware of your system’s requirements.
For cabling needs, HD-SDI security cameras generally require RG59 or better coaxial cables. These cables generally transmit up to 300-400 ft. Need a farther reach? An HD-SDI transmission extender could solve that by adding up to 300 ft. Luckily, you may already be utilizing RG59 coaxial cable so additional equipment may be optional.
The HD-SDI technology comes in many forms, whether it be a dome, box or bullet security camera. While it’s the newest sensation in the security camera world, it remains within a reasonable price range. For a slightly higher price than standard definition cameras, you could get better picture quality.
As a cost-effective alternative to network IP cameras and a step up from CCTV, HD-SDI security cameras seem to be worth the upgrade. Still it’s up to personal preference and individual needs. We’d love to hear your thoughts – connect with us on Facebook, Twitter (@SecurityCamXprt), Google+ and Pinterest.
You can shop our selection of HD-SDI security cameras and equipment at SecurityCamExpert.com, or contact us at 1-888-203-6294 with any questions or concerns.