PTZOptics NDI Cameras




NDI PTZ Cameras

PTZOptics is now shipping multiple NDI compatible PTZ camera models. NDI, is NewTek’s industry leading IP technology. PTZ camera models are now available with 12X, 20X and 30X optical zoom lenses.


Network Connected, PoE enabled, NDI HX ready. Use a single ethernet cable to power this camera, send video and remotely control it. NDI HX is the latest high efficiency version of NDI.
HDMI video output (simultaneous with SDI, NDI and IP Streaming).Up to 1080p60fps.
3G SDI video output (simultaneous with NDI, HDMI & Ethernet).Up to 1080p60fps.
RS-485 serial camera control ports.
RS-232 serial camera control ports (IN/OUT).
3.5mm audio input. Can be used to embed audio via HDMI and NDI.
These HD PTZ cameras feature SDI, HDMI, NDI, and multiple standard IP streaming formats. Equipped with the latest professional PTZ camera control technologies, remote camera operation has never been this easy. Once connected to an IP network, broadcasters can choose from professional 3G SDI connected workflows, Ethernet connected NDI workflows, and traditional HDMI workflows all simultaneously. With the ability to choose from optical zoom lenses up to 30X, video productions can now remotely capture a head and shoulders shot at up to 70′ (21 meters) away.

PTZ Broadcast Cameras

All PTZOptics NDI Cameras support Power, Video/Audio and Control, all over a single Ethernet cable simplifying installation and setup for live streaming systems. These PTZ cameras feature broadcast frame rates and NDI video ouputs for video production professionals to deploy.



PTZ Cameras for Live Streaming

You will be up and running for live streaming with your PTZOptics NDI Camera using native integration with the industry top video software including Wirecast, xSplit, OBS (Open Broadcaster Software), vMix, Livestream Studio, MimoLive, Tricasters and more.

Setup your camera in less than 10 minutes

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NDI cameras feature unique PTZ camera control integrations such as the NDI Studio Monitor more here which include instant access to camera video and control. Learn how you can quickly take remote control a PTZ HD Camera from PTZOptics with powerful PTZ joystick controllers. PTZ NDI cameras can be controlled with the PTZOptics IP Joystick controller here. Once connected to your network, you can control the pan, tilt, and zoom functionality with your Smartphone (iOS or Android) or our free software for Mac and PC. Even consider controlling this camera with our open source control software.


Remote Camera Control Options


NDI Product Comparison Chart


SKU: Optical Zoom Field of View SDI HDMI NDI
PT12X-NDI 12X 72.5°
PT20X-NDI 20X 60.7°
PT30X-NDI 30X 60.7°
PTVL-NDI-ZCAM 4X(Manual) 104°
PT12X-NDI-ZCAM 12X 72.5°
PT20X-NDI-ZCAM 20X 60.7°
3X (EPTZ**) 104°

*PoE stands for Power over Ethernet. PTZOptics cameras feature standard power over ethernet and therefore use PoE 802.3af. IP streaming functionalities feature MJPEG, h.264, and h.265 high-efficiency video codec options.

**EPTZ stands for electronic pan, tilt and zoom. PTZOptics EPTZ cameras use a 4K image sensor to provide lossless electronic zoom levels with 1080p and 720p video images.


Introducing our NDI® ZCams

Easily add additional camera angles to your video production with our flexible SDI, PoE and NDI enabled ZCams.


ZCam Products Overview


SKU: Optical Zoom Field of View MSRP ($)
PTVL-NDI-ZCAM 4X (Manual) 104° $989
PT12X-NDI-ZCAM 12X 72.5° $1,209
PT20X-NDI-ZCAM 20X 60.7° $1,319
EPTZ (3X) 104° $989

PTZOptics ZCam cameras offer IP connectivity similar to most PTZ camera models without the ability to pan or tilt. Note: The latest EPTZ ZCam cameras do feature digital pan and tilt functionalities with the included 4K video sensor. Learn more about our EPTZ cameras here.

Optical Zoom Field of View Calculator


12x 20x 30x
Width Zoomed In
Width Zoomed Out

Note: *Distance in Feet. Image ratio 16:9.

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PTZOptics® PTZ NDI® Camera Models

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NDI ZCam Cameras


SKU MSRP Documents
PTVL-NDI-ZCAM-xx $989 Data Sheet | Manual
PT12X-NDI-ZCAM-xx $1,209 Data Sheet | Manual
PT20X-NDI-ZCAM-xx $1,319 Data Sheet | Manual


NDI PTZ Cameras


SKU MSRP Documents
PT12X-NDI-xx $2,199 Data Sheet | Manual
PT20X-NDI-xx $2,309 Data Sheet | Manual
PT30X-NDI-xx $2,419 Data Sheet | Manual

Note: “xx” stands for the color. Use “WH” for white and “BK” for gray.

What is NDI?
NDI is a paradigm shift that will increase what is possible in all things live video. Using standard networking infrastructure NDI will enable you to do more with less. New possibilities for low budget streaming and high-end video productions system alike are now making the move toward a future of broadcast video over IP.

Camera Features:

      • Wide Dynamic Range: High performance in low light scenarios with
      • Noise Reduction: 2D and 3D noise reduction with our latest “low noise CMOS sensor”
      • Full Frame Rates: 1080p-60/50/30/25, 1080-60/50, 720p-60/50/30/25
      • Broadcast Frame Rates: 1080p59.94/29.97, 1080i59.94, 720p59.94
      • Advanced White Balance Modes: Simple One-push & New Kelvin Temperature Scale

Please note: The 30X is unable to perform simultaneous 1080p 60fps over SDI / HDMI & the NDI | HX™ / IP Stream. When utilizing 1080p 60fps on either of the outputs, the other output must be set to a maximum of 1080p 30fps.

High Definition
 5 Year Warranty
Wide Angle Lens
Power Over Ethernet
H.264 & H.265
iOS/Android Control App

Please Note: NDI License Upgrades are non-returnable and non-refundable

Save $50-100 when you bundle any NDI camera with a wireless cable!

Rebate Program Info


Selecting NDI Networking Hardware?


Consider reviewing our latest knowledge base articles on Ubiquiti and TP-Link hardware.

NewTek NDI

Built-in NDI compatibility for NewTek’s industry leading IP technology. Instantly accessible over your network for audio, video and PTZ camera control.  NDI™ is a trademark of NewTek, Inc.

Simultaneuos Video Outputs HD-SDIThree Simultaneous Video Outputs

Simultaneously produce 1080p60fps video from HDMI, 3G-SDI and multiple H.264/H.265/MJPEG IP Streams for maximum flexibility.

HD-SDI PTZOptics Connection3G-SDI

3G-SDI is a preferred cabling for 1080p video at up to 60 frames per second run over long distances.

12X Field of ViewWide Field of View

The 12X models offer a wide field of view with the ability to zoom into narrow a 6.9°. The 20X Models offer a wide 60.7° FOV with a tight 3.36° FOV.

PoE Power Over EthernetPower 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/audio streaming.

ios PTZ Camera appiOS Camera App

PTZOptics has an updated iOS camera control app available here. The app is not included free with each camera cost. An Android version of this app is available here.

RS-232 PTZOptics Camera ControlRS-232/RS-485 Camera Control

Every PTZOptics includes in/out RS-232 ports and a RS-485. These ports use VISCA commands to integrate with larger control systems such as Crestron and Extron. We even have pre-built modules available for download here.

HDMI PTZOptics ConnectionHDMI Video Connection

Every PTZOptics camera comes with a HDMI video output capable of video resolutions up to 1080p.

RTMP Streaming from Camera to YouTubeLive 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).

audio embed HDMI and Ethernet Outputs3.5mm Audio Input

Every PTZOptics camera comes with a 3.5mm audio input you can use to embed audio. The HD-SDI models support embedding audio via a line level input onto HDMI and Ethernet for IP Streaming.

ptzoptics h.265 cameraIP Video Streaming

Cameras include h.265 “High-Efficiency Codec” IP Streaming along with h.264 and multicast streaming. Taking things a step further we offer our software open source so developers can customize any experience.

5 Year Warranty5 Year Warranty

PTZOptics offers the industries best 3 Year Warranty. Repairs are handled in our USA repair center located outside Philadelphia, PA.

5 Year WarrantyBroadcast Frame Rates

PTZOptics offers a firmware upgrade to broadcast frame rates for current G2 SDI-Out PTZ cameras.

Photobooth Capable

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


The Awesome Power of NDI

Let’s capture some low hanging fruit with the benefits of broadcast IP video and eliminate the need for capture cards in our next live streaming system design. Imagine an entire generation of video engineers who will never use expensive SDI cabling and capture devices. Using NDI we will have access to sources from anywhere on our network. We will no longer be restricted to sources directly connected to a single system. Capture cards are used for low latency video conversion from traditional HDMI or SDI video to USB or PCIe where we can use them with production software such as vMix, Wirecast, Livestream and more. What if we could eliminate the need for capture cards altogether by providing the same quality, low latency video directly to Wirecast, vMix, LiveStream, OBS, or xSplit over the Ethernet connection we are already using.

In one fell swoop, we have eliminated a point of failure from our video production workflow and reduced the cost of implementing a new system dramatically. At the end of the day, we have opened up a whole new universe of possibilities where the network you already have has become the preferred method of video routing. Need another camera shot? Just run a single Cat-5 cable to the PTZOptics NDI camera and you will have high-quality video, camera control and power solved in an instant.

This is where the rubber meets the road, unlike SDI cabling, Ethernet can provide power for cameras using a PoE source, such as a switch, simplifying installation and eliminating the need for additional outlets. And unlike traditional RS-232 control cables, Ethernet can also be used to control our cameras within your favorite video production software or via one of our IP joysticks without requiring direct analog control cabling to each camera.

NDI will make your transition to IP video simple. Want to add your PTZOptics camera from the Studio into a GoToMeeting call with your Producer across the world? No problem. Access it from any computer on your network using NDI transmit or the output of your software based video switcher like Wirecast or vMix. Your favorite video production software will become much more powerful with access to all NDI sources on your network. Want to live stream with your Main PC and setup a secondary machine for isolated recordings of each camera? No problem. Download the free NDI IsoCorder app from NewTek and get started.

As you can see, we can start to envision new IP workflows leveraging free and professional IP video tools available from NewTek and 100’s of other NDI  developers. Do you work with a creative team? They will love the free Adobe Creative Cloud plugin for NDI. Are you working on a budget? Try out the free Open Broadcaster Software plugin for NDI or start out with low-cost vMix HD license. The move toward IP video production will make the answer to your next live streaming challenge “Sure, we can do that”. Adding another camera to your system will be easier than ever using a single ethernet cable for audio, video, PTZ camera control and power to simplify your life.

Accomplishing your goals with IP-based video will become a solution you won’t want to live without. At PTZOptics, we are here to help with training resources and a dedicated support team. With NDI, NewTek has already done the heavy lifting and paved a future proof solution for a world of high-quality IP video. Live Streaming Rookies and Broadcast professionals alike will find ways to use NDI compatible software and hardware to change the way we think about live streaming and video production.

Whether you are a school looking to broadcast a morning announcements show or a small business adding live video into your marketing strategy with a PTZ camera system, even teams of broadcast professionals will find IP video will likely help you accomplish your goals. That’s why we are offering a new NDI video production course for free with the following coupon code: IPVIDEO available on UDEMY here.
We believe that this technology has the power to save organizations thousands of dollars with live video projects small and large and that is why we have joined 100s of other manufacturers in the industry standardizing around the NewTek NDI protocol. A basic understanding of what is possible with IP Video and NewTek’s NDI will go a long way to paving a future proof solution for your live video production. Whether you are a one-man production studio searching for ways to do more with less, or an advanced team of Broadcast experts, we believe the future of IP video will enhance your capabilities greatly.


Camera Comparison Charts


Frequently Asked NDI Camera Questions

Are PTZOptics NDI cameras PoE?

Yes, all PTZOptics NDI cameras support PoE (Power Over Ethernet). This means that you can use a single ethernet cable to power the camera, control the camera, and send video/audio from the camera via NDI. PTZOptics cameras are compatible with PoE and PoE+ switches.

Are PTZOptics NDI cameras high bandwidth NDI (NDI|HB) or High Efficiency NDI (NDI|HX)?

PTZOptics NDI cameras are currently only available with NDI|HX (High Efficiency). NDI high bandwidth cameras support lower compression rates with high bandwidth requirements typically over 100Mbps. NDI HX cameras support higher compression rates with lower bandwidth requirements typically under 24Mbps.

Does PTZOptics have an NDI joystick controller?

Not exactly. PTZOptics does have an IP joystick controller. This IP joystick controller is designed to control any IP connected PTZOptics camera. This IP joystick controller does not support NDI as a control protocol but it can control any PTZOptics NDI camera.

Can I use PTZOptics NDI cameras with a wireless access point?

We highly recommend using NDI cameras over a LAN (Local Area Network). Wireless systems are getting better every year and it is possible to use standard wireless networks with NDI video sources. We only recommend using NDI video sources with standard wireless access points for non-essential viewing purposes. We do recommend using NDI cameras for wireless purposes with the PTZOptics Wireless Cable that has been purpose built to serve this need. You can learn more about that here.

Is this PTZ camera different from the NewTek NDI camera?

Yes. While the PTZOptics and NewTek NDI cameras both support the new HX (High Efficiency) protocol, these cameras do differ in some ways. One example, is the PoE requirements for PTZOptics cameras versus the PoE+ requirements for the NewTek PTZ camera. Another difference is the warranty. PTZOptics offers a 5-year warranty. NewTek offers a 1-year warranty for their PTZ camera.

Does PTZOptics make an NDI joystick?

No. Instead of creating an NDI joystick controller, we have an IP joystick controller that works with all of our PTZOptics camera models. You can see more about this product here.

Can a PTZOptics NDI camera be used with video conferencing software such as GoToMeeting, Microsoft Team, or Zoom?

Yes. You can use this camera with the NDI Virtual Input application on your computer. The NDI Virtual Input tool creates a virtual USB camera source on your computer that you can select as your video source in your conferencing software. Therefore you can bring NDI video sources over the network directly into your favorite video conferencing software.


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