Here are 10 main features and benefits of speed dome cameras
- Large Field of View
Depending on the mounting location they can cover a full 360 degree area. Most models allow the installer to set several surveillance modes based on the viewing angle you need at pre-determined times. Both pan and tilt can be pre-programmed. This gives you an easy install for locations such as car parks or rooftops that would normally necessitate a multi-camera install. Sometimes, one or two PTZ cameras can cover entire large areas, helping minimize your costs while maximizing your level of protection.
- Built-in Motion Tracking
All Hikvision PTZ Cameras come with built-in tracking which can be set to detect motion and track the person or object, automatically panning, tilting or zooming to follow the person or object as it moves. This is a great benefit and will provide you with the video evidence you need in case of theft or vandalism to your property. Don’t skimp on this feature when buying a PTZ camera – make sure it has full motion tracking capabilities.
- Night Vision
Night vision is a very important benefit when you need to provide surveillance in any area with poor lighting conditions. The amount of light is critical to capturing a high quality image. The advanced PTZ Speed Domes developed over the past few years have the ability to capture images in total darkness. This is accomplished with the use of small LEDs that emit infrared light and a special IR filter for the camera lens that allows the PTZ Camera to capture excellent video images even in very dark conditions. Infrared light is not visible to the human eye, but through the use of an IR Filter the camera sees a well light area. It is important to understand that a PTZ Camera that is rated for a detection range of 600 feet or more will usually be rated for a maximum range of 400 feet for night viewing. It is a good idea to set up your PTZ cameras in the same lighting conditions they will be recording in, whether dark or bright. At the very high of the product category PTZ Speed Domes with both Night Vision and Tracking have recently been introduced.
Pan Tilt Zoom cameras are made to live in even the harshest of elements. Hikvision PTZ cameras are built for extreme outdoor conditions. Wind, rain, snow and even extreme heat won’t affect performance. This gives you the ability to install them in even the most remote locations such as rooftops and the sides of tall buildings.
- Powerful Zoom
PTZ Cameras are available with detection ability of 150 feet on the low end and up to a 1,000 feet on the more expensive models. The ability to zoom in on a person or object is from around 12X to 36X for the higher level PTZ Speed Domes. Normally the more advanced PTZs with tracking ability will provide 36X zoom providing a clear image of a person or object several hundred feet away. This is excellent for large parking lots or building tops as it allows the camera to be discreetly out of sight from most people while still giving you the ability to zoom in for a clear picture of what’s going on.
- Multiple Alarm Inputs
Most Pan Tilt Zoom cameras have four alarm inputs. This allows you to connect other important devices such as motion detectors, door contacts and glass break sensors. When any activity occurs in those hot spots, the PTZ camera can be programmed to stop all other programmed activity and zero in on the area to record what’s going on.
- Tamper Resistant
The ideal location for a PTZ camera is mounted high above the ground. This gives the best view possible and allows it to survey a wide 360 degree range. This also affords them a certain level of protection. Additionally, most PTZ cameras are built with rigid metal housings and use high-strength poly-carbonate domes that are virtually shatterproof to vandals. All this while still providing crystal clear images and offering you full pan, tilt and zoom control.
- Auto Focus
Unlike some cheaper dome or bullet cameras, Hikvision PTZ security cameras have full range auto focus built in. This ensures that no matter where you pan, tilt, or zoom the camera, the picture will always be clear. Hikvision PTZ cameras also have an auto adjust IR LED that quickly focuses the picture when moving the camera in areas of complete darkness – a feature almost always missing from cheaper security cameras.
- Simplified Install
As mentioned before, PTZ cameras can cover a much wider range of property than even multiple well-placed fixed cameras. Rather than several fixed security cameras, consider whether one or two PTZ camera can meet your needs. They usually can, and if so, they will save you a lot on both the initial cost as well as the time spent installing your system.
- High Definition Options
Hikvision PTZ Speed Domes will deliver resolutions from 720i to 1080P. Utilising the latest video compression methods you can be sure you will capture high quality video at smaller file sizes, leaving room on the recording device for footage over a longer time period.