Why Install a Pan-Tilt-Zoom Camera on Your CCTV System?

The cameras you install on your CCTV system are a core security component. These cameras are your eyes; they record footage that helps you identify and prosecute people who might try to get on to your property to do no good.

You can choose from different types of cameras here. While some people opt for simple point-and-shoot models, others want a more comprehensive solution. In this case, a pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) option works well.

How do PTZ cameras work and why should you consider using one?

How Do PTZ Cameras Work?

Some CCTV cameras point one way and take footage from a fixed position; others have some panning and zooming abilities either in a fixed range or with limited movement. PTZ cameras are more versatile.

These cameras have a much greater movement range than many other models. They can rotate, sometimes up to 360 degrees, and they also tilt and swivel smoothly within their jointed casing. They usually also have enhanced panning and zoom facilities.

So, if your system detects unusual movement, a PTZ camera can move itself into position to capture images. The camera can then focus in on the area automatically for you.

Why Install a PTZ Camera?

It isn't always easy to choose the optimum location for CCTV cameras. There are times when you'll be left with blind spots that the cameras can't cover.

If an intruder can work this out, they can sneak in without being filmed or triggering an alarm. You may have to put in extra cameras to cover these areas which increases your costs. Or, to save money, you might have to cross your fingers and hope that nobody notices your blind spots.

A PTZ camera is more effective in these situations. The camera has more total movement so it can cover awkward areas as well as general ones.

These cameras also move to hone in on an area when they, or their connected CCTV system, notice something untoward. If a camera can target hotspots exactly, you get more comprehensive footage. The camera's ability to zoom also boosts recording clarity and quality.

You may also find that a single PTZ camera can replace multiple fixed ones. Its enhanced movement gives it a wider range. This could reduce the number of cameras you need to install and your costs.

If you think that a PTZ camera could work on your surveillance system, consider contacting a CCTV system supplier. They can tell you more about how these models work and their benefits.