Things to Consider When Buying a PTZ Camera
Pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) cameras are very popular with houses of worship, mostly because they are high-quality and versatile cameras that don’t cost a fortune. If you’re in the market to buy one of these cameras and you’re not super familiar with them, finding the right one still doesn’t have to be difficult. As long as you research them before buying one, you should be fine, and below are some of the features that make PTZ cameras so good at what they do.
Zoom Type and Distance
There are two types of lenses in PTZ cameras: digital and optical zoom lenses. When you use your digital lens, the picture is enlarged at the center of the frame and the outer edges are cropped out. Optical zoom lenses give you a more narrow view of the image the further away from it you get. There is no limit to how much you can zoom in digitally, and with optical zooms, you can see small details from very far away.
When you research PTZ cameras, certain brands will pop up again and again. If you think you’ve found the perfect camera, make sure you thoroughly research that company before you buy anything from them. They should specialize only in electronic products, and you should always check reviews from real-life customers on sites such as Amazon and others. Thanks to the Internet, you can find out a lot about the maker of the camera, so use this to your advantage.
Even good manufacturing companies can have slip-ups, and in addition to potential errors, you simply may not like the camera you originally chose to buy. Most PTZ cameras come with a one-year warranty at a minimum. More is better, of course, but a good warranty shows that the maker of the camera has a lot of confidence in its products, which is what you want. The camera can also malfunction at times, making warranties that much more important.
Many PTZ cameras have a remote-control device that allows you to control them remotely from anywhere in the facility. This is a great feature to have because it allows you to live stream your event without having to be right next to the camera the entire time. The remote controls are easy to use and make the camera itself very versatile. They are especially important when you’ve decided to permanently install your PTZ camera on the wall or the ceiling.