What Is PTZ?

Remote controlled cameras are a necessity for LVT because of our goal to provide security wherever it is needed, even in the most remote locations.

Last Updated:
April 10, 2023
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Noelle Baldwin
Marketing Content Manager
LiveView Technologies

I took a couple of photography classes and still enjoy capturing photos of my nieces and nephews. In my courses, I learned how to manipulate my camera lens, adjust the aperture through the f-stop, change the ISO, and alter the shutter speed. I learned all of this on my dad’s film camera that he bought in the late 70s/early 80s and had the now-unique experience of developing my own film and prints. Most importantly, I learned how each setting would affect my photo and how to manipulate them for the desired effect. I am fairly familiar with photography and cameras however, until joining LiveView Technologies, I had never heard of a PTZ camera. Maybe that was me just being ignorant or the fact that I was working with a 40-year-old still shot camera not a modern video camera.

A PTZ camera is on almost all LVT Units. PTZ stands for pan, tilt, zoom and can be a type of IP camera. An IP camera, or internet protocol camera, is a digital camera that receives and sends data through an IP network. The first IP camera was introduced in the mid-90s (so I feel totally justified for not knowing what they were since my camera predated them by more than 15 years).

IP cameras are popular for surveillance. In fact, go walk around a few local businesses and you will undoubtedly see some, many of which will be PTZ cameras. A PTZ camera is capable of being controlled remotely (some professional cameras are PTZ and are used during sporting events or other instances where remote controls are necessary—think of the camera on the wire above a football field).

Because of their remote controls, PTZ cameras are perfect for LVT Units. Our units are made to go anywhere and provide surveillance and security to even the most remote locations. However, even in the middle of a crowded parking lot, no one wants to go adjust their cameras by hand. That is so absurd that, while physically possible, it isn’t even considered as a possibility. Then just think of adding a 22-foot mast that you have to crank up and down each time you make an adjustment and it’s even more laughable.

That’s why PTZ cameras are a natural fit for LVT Units. With their remote capabilities, it is easy to adjust your cameras for a better view, zoom in on a car, or even pan as you follow a suspect across your property, all from your phone or computer. Because the cameras can be controlled remotely, you can be tanning on a beach on the other side of the world and still be manipulating your cameras. 

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