PTZOptics ZCAM Cameras

Network-Connected SDI Broadcast Cameras

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Affordable SDI Broadcast Cameras

Network-connected SDI cameras designed for professional video streaming with built-in SDI and PoE (Power Over Ethernet).


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.


SDI. 3G SDI connectivity for video output up to 1080p @ 60fps.
Ethernet. IP-connected for remote management and control with software such as vMix, Wirecast, and OBS plus joystick control with IP joysticks.
RS-485. Serial control for joysticks.
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.


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ZCam Products Overview


SKU: Optical Zoom Field of View SDI PoE MSRP ($)
PTVL-ZCAM 4X(Manual) 104° $549
PT12X-ZCAM 12X 72.5° $769
PT20X-ZCAM 20X 60.7° $879
EPTZ (3X) 104° $549

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.
These cameras are 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.


Introducing the NDI® ZCams

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


NDI ZCam Products Overview


SKU: Optical Zoom Field of View SDI NDI PoE 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


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PTZOptics® ZCam Camera Models

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SDI ZCams Models

SKU MSRP Documents
PTVL-ZCAM $549 Data Sheet | Manual
PT12X-ZCAM $769 Data Sheet | Manual
PT20X-ZCAM $879 Data Sheet | Manual

NDI ZCam Models

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


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.

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


Be seen in 1080p

3G SDI High Definition 1080p video with lossless 4X/20X optical zoom (Model Specific).

Panasonic Sensor

Panasonic CMOS Sensor

Full 1080p quality from a built-in 1/2.7  inch HD CMOS Sensor.

3G-SDI PTZ Camera3G SDI Connectivity

3G SDI is a preferred cabling for 1080p video over long distances.

4X ZCam Field of ViewWide 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 PTZOptics-Camera-Control

RS-485 Camera Control

The RS-485 control interface can be used with VISCA or Pelco commands for zoom controls.

Motion DetectionBuilt-in Motion Detection

A great feature for including the video stream into a security system.

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).

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 streaming.

ptzoptics h.265 cameraIP 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 Warranty3 Year Warranty

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

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

Frequently Asked ZCam Questions

Can PTZOptics ZCams camera models be remotely controlled?

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.

Which ZCam has the widest angle lens or field of view?

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.

Can I change the lens on the variable lens ZCam?

Yes. You can purchase any C/CS lens type camera lens and attach it to your ZCam-VL.

Does the PTVL-ZCam ship with a lens?

Yes. The PTZOptics VL-ZCam ships with a wide 120 degree field of view lens.

Do the PTZOptics Zcams support PoE?

Yes. All PTZOptics ZCam support power over PoE & PoE+ networking equipment.

Can the PTZOptics Zcams output video with SDI and IP streaming at the same time?

Yes. You can output video up to 1080p at 60fps via SDI and 1080p at 30fps video via IP streaming at the same time.

What PTZ camera mount should I use to mount a ZCam?

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.

Can you control the zoom of PTZ cameras in vMix?

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.

Can you control the zoom of this PTZ camera with Wirecast?

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.

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