How to choose the right PTZ Camera?
As a first step, you need to figure out a few key points that will help you decide what camera features you are looking for.
1. Do you use the camera indoors or outdoors?
IP cameras can be divided into two basic categories – interior and exterior ip cameras. If your ip camera is to be placed outdoors, it will need to resist adverse weather, dust accumulation, etc. These ip cameras are naturally more expensive than those designed for indoor use. If you’re worried that someone might damage or even steal your camera, you can choose an extra vandal proof case. However, ip cameras with this kind of protection are usually unnecessary and are mainly used in sports events. The camera may be hit by balls or other objects.
2. Fixed IP camera or PTZ camera?
A fixed camera can consistently depict the same scene, while PTZ (Pan, tilt and zoom) camera can cover 360 degrees, giving you a more dynamic and attractive stream. PTZ cameras are mainly used in streaming landscape, cultural activities, exhibitions and other similar occasions. With PTZ camera, you can set the shooting path, how long the IP camera should stay on the selected point, how to zoom, and so on.
Compared with fixed cameras, the cost of PTZ camera is almost twice that of fixed cameras, but our customer statistics show that PTZ cameras are the most popular.
3. Audio around the camera
Whether it’s waves on the sea, eagles or sports fans chanting slogans, the sound around the camera can make your video stream authentic. Audio – in other words, a microphone that inputs directly into the camera – is not standard, nor does it come with every camera.
4. What resolution do you want to input?
When choosing a camera, resolution is an important parameter. Full HD resolution (1080p) IP cameras are common today, but low HD resolution (720p) cameras are also common. The current trend is higher and higher resolution, the camera now has 4K resolution, allowing you to shoot a variety of lenses from one camera.
Think about the future – if you choose a camera with a higher resolution but don’t use it right now, you won’t lose anything. You can use it to stream at a lower resolution, and you can set the camera to a higher resolution if conditions change (for example, your mesh speed is faster).
5. Do you want to activate your flow with your own graphics?
You can improve the flow by adding dynamic graphics with widgets that display current weather conditions, descriptions of places or people in the shot, and results of advertisements or sporting events. By doing so, you can use real-time video to create your own information channels or advertising media.
6. What vision do you need?
In most cases, using a regular lens with a fixed focal length is enough, so you have a fixed angle of view. However, if you want to stream, for example, at a distance or to some extent nonstandard, a camera with interchangeable lenses may come in handy and allow you to connect a telephoto or other lens.
7. Under what light conditions will you come in?
Most cameras can “see” clearly even in dim light, but if you want your security camera to shoot good images in total darkness, you need a night mode camera that uses infrared. Of course, it costs extra. In order to improve the image quality in the dark setting, other functions such as WDR camera (wide dynamic range) can be used to modify the contrast of dark camera shots