Introducing Generation 2
3G SDI Broadcast Cameras
3G SDI POV Broadcast Cameras
Fixed SDI cameras with built-in SDI, IP connectivity and PoE (Power Over Ethernet)
Variable Lens ZCam
12X Optical Zoom ZCam
20X Optical Zoom ZCam
Compact SDI POV Cameras
PTZOptics ZCAM models are the the ideal way to affordably add more options for your video production team. The 20X-ZCAM uses the same lens as our 20X PTZ models for seamless color matching. Enjoy easy setup and integration with Power Over Ethernet and advanced remote control options.
Capture unique viewing angles with the ability to deploy cameras up to 300′ away with regular Ethernet cabling. Each compact ZCam includes an option for NDI integration which provides seamless integration into video production software such as vMix, Wirecast, xSplit, MimoLive, OBS (Open Broadcaster Software), Livestream Studio and more. With the ability to connect to high-quality 3G SDI equip video switchers PTZOptics ZCams can be used with a wide variety of hard video switchers from Blackmagic Design, Roland, and NewTek as well. ZCam’s are an affordable way to add additional video shots to your production for graduation ceremonies, musical performances, school broadcasters, sports, and much more.
Multi-purpose POV video cameras
In just 10 minutes, see how easy it is to setup this advanced live streaming camera system to work with your video production workflow.
Perfect for long cable runs using Ethernet and 3G SDI cabling. SDI cabling includes secure locking connectors to put your team’s mind at ease during mission-critical broadcasts. Each camera can be remotely controlled with fine-tuned settings for camera exposure, white balance, noise reduction and more.
Broadcast Quality Made Affordable
Introducing our NDI® POV Cameras
Easily add additional camera angles to your video production with our flexible SDI, PoE and NDI enabled ZCams.
Easily add additional camera angles to your video production with our flexible SDI, PoE and NDI enabled ZCams. Learn more here.
PTZOptics® SDI ZCam Camera ModelsQuick Start Guide Where to Buy
NDI ZCam Models
With built-in 3G-SDI and IP Streaming (including Power Over Ethernet), the ZCam compact POV camera models are incredibly easy to deploy. The ZCAM-VL uses an included wide-angle lens which covers a massive 122-degree field of view and includes manual 4X optical zoom. This camera is ideal for close up scenes such as church drum cage, a sports goal area, or behind the scenes production spot. The integrated 20X optical zoom ZCams offer a wide 60.7° FOV with a tight 3.36° field of view for capturing video imagery even at long distances. ZCams provide video professionals options for hardware and software-based video production switchers. The ZCam models can be NDI™ upgraded or come natively with NDI™ capabilities. For more information, see the NDI page.
Compact POV (Point of View) cameras provide an affordable way to add additional video inputs into your video production system. Whether you choose to use traditional 3G SDI connectivity or IP streaming options such as RTMP, RTSP or NDI the ZCams have multiple options. Consider using any C/CS lens type with the variable lens ZCam to capture all kinds of video with this adaptable POV camera.
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!
ZCAM models are built to capture a specific area of your space. Increase the quality of your video production using a ZCAM in conjunction with a PTZOptics pan, tilt and zoom camera. Use the PTZ camera for close ups and subject tracking with the ZCAM ready for your next transition.
Capture incredible close ups with the ZCam-VL
Be seen in 1080p
3G SDI High Definition 1080p video with lossless 4X/20X optical zoom (Model Specific).
Panasonic CMOS Sensor
Full 1080p quality from a built-in 1/2.7 inch HD CMOS Sensor.
3G SDI Connectivity
3G SDI is a preferred cabling for 1080p video over long distances.
Wide Field of View
The PTZOptics ZCam-VL models offer a wide field of view with the ability to zoom into narrow a 28 degrees the 20X ZCAMS can zoom into just 3 degrees.
RS-485 Camera Control
The RS-485 control interface can be used with VISCA or Pelco commands for zoom controls.
Built-in Motion Detection
A great feature for including the video stream into a security system.
Live RTMP Streaming
Every PTZOptics camera has the ability to live stream directly from the camera to your favorite CDN. Simply plugin your CDN’s RTMP Streaming information into the IP interface of your camera and start streaming! (See this tutorial video).
Power Over Ethernet
PTZOptics HD-SDI camera models also include PoE (Power Over Ethernet) which can learn more about here. The Ethernet port can be used for power, control and video streaming.
IP Video Streaming
Every PTZOptics camera include IP Streaming and network control. Taking things a step further we offer our software open source so developers can customize any experience.
3 Year Warranty
PTZOptics offers the industries best 3 Year Warranty. Repairs are handled in our USA repair center located outside Philadelphia, PA.
The PTZOptics cameras are able to capture and store still and moving image recordings (as .jpg and .mp4 files, respectively) locally to the camera’s internal memory for retrieval via the camera’s network port.
Praise for PTZOptics Support
It is SO nice to have a manufacturer that actually answers the phone and has support you can reach when you need them! A simple setup change that I couldn't find the answer to and 2 minutes later I was in business!Jack Dastoli
Here's a shout out to the PTZOptics tech support team. They are incredibly patient and helpful. The quality of support is what sets you apart from the other companies.Dan Slider
Just want to give a massive shout out to the PTZOptics Support team. I have been speaking with Sean and Jonathan on various occasions and they are awesome and super helpful. When you're wondering what equipment to invest in the quality of the after-sales support should always be a factor and PTZOptics in my opinion provides amazing after sales care and support.Peter Nardi
Frequently Asked ZCam Questions
Yes. All PTZOptics ZCam camera models can be controlled over the network or using RS485. Only the 12X and 20X ZCam models support remote zoom capabilities.
The PTZOptics VL ZCam feature a wide 120 degree field of view using the included C/CS lens. While it does support zoom, zoom and focus are fully manual. Users generally set this camera lens to the view they need and leave it there.
Yes. You can purchase any C/CS lens type camera lens and attach it to your ZCam-VL.
Yes. The PTZOptics VL-ZCam ships with a wide 120 degree field of view lens.
Yes. All PTZOptics ZCam support power over PoE & PoE+ networking equipment.
Yes. You can output video up to 1080p at 60fps via SDI and 1080p at 30fps video via IP streaming at the same time.
There is a mount designed by Panavise that works very well for wall or ceiling mount a PTZOptics ZCams. The Panavise 845-246W is a product that we recommend for mounting PTZOptics ZCams.
Yes. PTZOptics ZCams have a special drop-down option inside of vMix to control the cameras zoom and set up camera presets. In order to use PTZ camera controls in vMix you must have a 4K or professional license. You will need to know the IP address of your camera to gain control.
Yes. You can control PTZOptics Zcams with Wirecast. You will need to know your camera’s IP address in order to control it with Wirecast.