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Affordable SDI Broadcast Cameras

With prices that start at just $500, these ZCam cameras offer your house of worship just what you need to record sermons, conferences, retreats, and so much more. They come with all of the conveniences you need to get great results in the end, and the cameras can even be personalized so that your needs are met every time. The built-in SDI and power over Ethernet (PoE) capabilities make live-streaming both convenient and efficient, and you even get advanced remote-control options that you might not have had with your cameras in the past.


With the PTZOptics ZCam cameras, you get features that include:

  • Both 2D and 3D digital noise reduction for excellent sound every time
  • Field of view (FOV): VL lens, 122 degrees; 12x lens, 72.5 degrees; and 20x lens, 60.7 degrees
  • Panasonic 1/2.7-inch CMOS 2.07MP sensor
  • Shutter speed: 1/30s to 1/10000s
  • Support for audio features such as DHCP, Multicast, 720p120FPS, Static IP, and Dual Streaming
  • Support for standard power over Ethernet (PoE)
  • Web management features supported, including guest and admin logins
  • Zoom lengths with three options: 4x, 12x, and 20x


This is also a lightweight and compact camera, having a size of 3.1” x 5.7” x 2.9” for the 20x version. Still, its compact nature shouldn’t fool you because this is a very powerful and reliable camera that gives you very professional results without spending a lot of money on it.


Another big advantage of this camera is that it’s very user-friendly and easy to set up, even for people who are not tech geniuses. In 10 minutes or less, you can have this camera set up and ready to go, especially since everything you’ll need to do this is included in the package. Houses of worship deserve all of these things, and it is good to know you can get all of this and more without breaking the bank. It can accommodate all types of events, from basic sermons to live conferences and so much more, and you’ll be amazed at the high-quality and professional-looking results you get every time.


If you’re a smaller house of worship and you’re on a budget, don’t be fooled into thinking you can only afford a small, substandard video camera. PTZOptics has a great reputation for making high-quality cameras that are built to last and which won’t cost you a fortune. Most come with a two-year warranty for your convenience, so you can rest assured that they’ll offer just what you’re looking for and more.


ZCAM VL/12x/20x Technical Specifications

Video Outputs Video Outputs (1) Video over Ethernet (1080p@60fps capable)1
(1) 3G-SDI (up to 1080P@60fps capable)
Connectors (1) 3G-SDI (BNC – 75 Ohm, Female)
(1) 10/100/1000 RJ-45
(1) Non-powered 3.5mm Female Input
Aspect Ratios 4:3, 16:9
Standard Resolutions PAL, PAL wide, NTSC, NTSC Wide
Output Resolution Range 720p30 to 1080p60
Frame Rate Up to 60 fps (IP Stream limited to 30 fps)
IP Streaming Video Bitrate Range: 32 – 20480 kbps
Maximum 1080p Frame Rate 60fps
Maximum 720p Frame Rate 120fps
Audio Bitrate Options: 96K, 129K, 256K
AAC Audio Encoding
Audio Sample Rate Options: 44.1K, 48K
Recommended maximum Cable Length for SDI (based on standards) 300 ft
Recommended maximum Cable Length for Ethernet (based on standards) 328 ft
Camera and Lens Video Sensor Panasonic 1/2.7” CMOS, 2.07 Megapixels
Scanning Mode Progressive
Frame Rates Full Frame Rates: 1080p-60/50/30/25, 1080-60/50, 720p-60/50/30/25
Focal Length VL – 4X Optical, F 2.8mm ~ 12mm, F1.4+
12x Optical, F3.5mm-42.3mm, F1.8-F2.8
20x Optical, F=4.42mm ~ 88.5mm, F1.8-F2.8 R
Zoom Length 4X, 12X and 20X Options
Field of View VL Lens – 122°
12X Lens – 72.5°
20X Lens – 60.7°
Min Lux 0.5 Lux at F1.8, AGC ON
Shutter Speed 1/30s – 1/10000s
SNR ≥55dB
Vertical Flip & Mirror Supported
Horizontal Angle of View VL Lens – 28° (tele) – 122° (wide)
12X Lens – 6.9° (tele) to 72.5° (wide)
20X Lens – 2.28° (tele) to 60.7° (wide)
Vertical Angle of View VL Lens – 16° (tele) – 91° (wide)
12X Lens – 3.9° (tele) to 44.8°(wide)
20X Lens – 1.28° (tele) to 34.1°(wide)
Wide Dynamic Range Supported
White Balance Auto, 3000K/Indoor, 4000K, 5000K/Outdoor, 6500K-1, 6500K-2, 6500K-3, One Push (ok), Manual
Digital Noise Reduction 2D & 3D Digital Noise Reduction
Audio Analog audio inputs Line In, 3.5mm (IP Stream Only)
Networking DHCP Supported
Static IP Supported
Multicast Supported
Dual Streaming Supported
720p120fps Supported
HTTP Port Number Default 80
RTSP Port Default 554
PTZ Port Default 5678
UDP Port Default 1259
Web Management Supported
Guest & Admin Logins
Camera Control (1) RS-485 VL & EPTZ: 6 Position Push In Terminal Block
12X & 20X: 3 Position Terminal Block
Protocols: VISCA/Pelco-D/Pelco-P
Baud Rate 2400/4800/9600 bits
IP PTZOptics VISCA over IP2
Recommended maximum cable length for RS-485 3,600 feet (1,200 meters)
Electrical Index Power Supply 12W (Max)
Input Voltage 12V DC (10.8 – 13.0V DC) or PoE 802.3af
Power over Ethernet Standard PoE supported
Physical Specifications Dimension (in.) VL – 2.8W x 2.4H x 5.94D (8.25 w/ incl. lens) (inches)
12X – 3.1W x 5.7D x 2.9H (inches)
20X – 3.1W x 5.7D x 2.9H
Dimensions (mm) VL – 142W x 164H x 169D (189H max w/ Tilt) (mm)
12X – 79W x 145D x 74H (mm)
20X – 79W x 145D x74H (mm)
Box Dimensions 10W x 5D x 5H (inches)
254 x 127 x 127 (mm)
Camera Weight 1.4 lbs. (.63 kg)
Boxed Weight 1.8 lbs. (2.45 kg)
Regulatory Compliance FCC compliance: FCC 47 CFR Part 15 Subpart B – Class A:2011, ANSI C63.4-2014
CE compliance: EN 55032:2015, EN 61000-3-2:2014, EN 61000-3-3:2013, EN 55035:2017
1H.264, H.265, MJPEG Encoding; RTSP; RTMP; NDI|HX® upgradeable
2TCP (5678); UDP (1259)

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