Pan/Tilt Camera Selection Guide

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on May 10, 2012

Multiple styles of PTZ are available, though little clear-cut guidance on which is best for a given application is available, making camera selection difficult for inexperienced users. In this note, we overview the three main types of PTZ cameras:

We discuss the strengths, weakness, and potential applications of each, below.

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