Serial PTZ Joystick


PTZ Controller with Joystick

Introducing the re-designed HC-JOY-G3 PTZ joystick controller. This third generation joystick includes everything you loved about our 2nd generation joystick control with signifigant improvements for user experiences.


Making live production easier for remote camera operators around the world. This PTZ joystick controller has been designed to simplify the most important elements of PTZ camera control. This joystick includes clearly defined areas for camera switching, PTZ preset management, and camera settings access. This joystick has been designed with the novice in mind, while still providing professionals with the advanced, fast-action response times required for high-end production. Built with a sturdy metal case, this PTZ joystick controller is built to last and perform it’s dedicated task of reliable PTZ camera control.



Updated Design

We have redesigned this PTZ joystick controller based on your feedback. This controller now feature 6 buttons for quickly switching between cameras and advanced controls for opening up the cameras OSD (On Screen Display) menu.

PTZ Serial Joystick Controller
6 Camera Hotkeys. Quickly switch between up to six PTZ cameras.
LCD Display. Quickly browse through the menu with this LCD display.
Focus. Fine-tune camera focus (must have manual focus on).
Focus Mode Toggle. Quickly turn manual/auto focus modes on and off.
Iris Control. Quickly open and close your cameras Iris.
Exposure Mode Toggle. Quickly turn automatic/manual exposure modes on and off.
Serial joystick control is the easiest way to control multiple PTZ cameras. Using tried and true serial control cabling, there is no need for an IP network. Forget about setting up camera IP addresses and managing additional networking equipment such as a router and network switch. This joystick only requires power and a direct RS-232 control cabling connection to your camera. Easily set up multiple cameras using a daisy-chain method of control using 8-Pin mini-din connectors on the back of each camera.

Broadcast Quality Made Affordable

Hot Cameras
Year Warranty
Serial Joystick: IP Joystick:
UPC: 737993161325 UPC: 737993161523
MSRP: $329 MSRP: $714

This PTZ joystick controller is designed for pan, tilt, and zoom control of SONY VISCA and PELCO-P/D compatible PTZ cameras. This Pan, tilt and zoom keyboard with joystick controller is ideal for PTZOptics cameras used with serial joystick cabling (see here). This joystick controller can connect to most PTZ cameras with an 8-pin mini-din connection using a DB9 to 8-pin mini-din connection cable. If you would like to control multiple cameras with this joystick you can connect additional cameras using a daisy-chain method. The first PTZ camera connected to this joystick controller would require the DB9 to 8-pin mini-din cable, the subsequent cameras would use RS-232 VISCA Cascade cabling. PTZ camera cascade cabling is used to connect 8-pin mini-din out ports on PTZOptics cameras to subsequent cameras in the daisy-chain. This method of daisy-chaining multiple PTZ cameras with a serial PTZ joystick controller like is ideal because there is no need for “home run” cable runs to each camera.

Tip: Setup pan limits to restrict camera operators from moving outside a given area. Set up boundaries limits for fast-moving sports games like Basketball and Hockey. In this way, your camera operators can quickly move to the left or right without ever “overshooting” the game space boundaries.

Tip: Lower tilt limits when tracking presenters on stage. If your camera operators are mainly concerned with a left to right movement, avoid accidentally tilting the camera up or down by reducing the camera’s motor speeds for this action.

If you would like to gain IP camera control over your PTZOptics cameras consider our IP Joystick. IP connectivity has additional benefits including the ability to control your cameras with video production software such as vMix, Wirecast, OBS (Open Broadcaster Software), MimoLive or a NewTek Tricaster. You can also look into our free PTZ camera control apps here.

PTZ Camera Operation
  2 Year Warranty
 Low Latency
  Power Supply Included
Plug and Play
  Universal Compatibility


Joystick Comparison Notes:


Feature Serial Joystick: IP Joystick:
Cabling: RS-232, RS-485, RS-422 Ethernet
Max Cable Distance: 3,937’ (1200m) using 24 gauge twisted pair 328 Ft. (100 meters)
Power: DC12V DC12V or PoE
Control Protocol: VISCA or PELCO VISCA over IP
Maximum Cameras: 255 cameras 253 cameras
Design Notes: Works with any VISCA/PELCO camera Designed specifically for PTZOptics cameras



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Frequently Asked Serial joystick Questions

Can this joystick be used to control multiple PTZ cameras?

Yes. This joystick is generally used to control multiple cameras using a daisy-chain control cabling setup. When you daisy chain multiple PTZOptics cameras together, you should use the VISCA in and out ports on your camera. You can also control multiple cameras using RS422/RS485 if daisy-chaining is not an option.

What cabling is needed to connect this joystick to a PTZ camera?

The first cable needed is a DB9 to 8-pin mini din cable for most PTZ cameras. This cable is included with the joystick. Following cameras connected in a daisy chain setup will require a VISCA cascade cable. You can learn more about our PTZ camera cabling here.

Can this joystick control PTZ cameras with various speeds?

Yes. A new feature integrated into the third generation of the HuddleCamHD joystick controller is the ability to select different pan, tilt and zoom speeds to control PTZ cameras. One example use case is following a presenter on a stage. You may want to limit tilt speeds and use a moderate pan speed to optimize your PTZ camera operations for tracking a subject.

Easy Setup

The 3rd generation Serial Joysticks could not be easier to setup. No need to an ethernet based network. Use the included serial camera cabling (or extension cabling) for best in industry zero latency PTZ camera controls.