If you want a camera to cover your events, church services, and other programs, look no further than PTZ Optics cameras. These devices offer the core results you want from a PTZ camera — excellent pan and tilt features and zoom without skimping on picture quality. Aside from the exceptional picture quality you will get with PTZOptics cameras, they have fantastic video output features, which is why many choose them for covering live events.
In this PTZOptics review, we tested eight PTZOptics cameras. At the end of each section, you will see the top camera and, eventually, the overall winners.
PTZOptics cameras are top-notch and will conveniently cover your events due to their video recording system. Most PTZOptics cameras have a field of view of up to 60.7 degrees. The following models have this capability: PTZOptics 20X-SDI, PT30X-SDI-GY-G2, PT20X-SDI-GY-G2, and 20X-USB camera.
One thing I like about the PTZOptics cameras on this list is their zoom capabilities. You will get an impressive 20X optical zoom feature at the very least: most competitors don’t even match that magnification strength.
At the top end of things, you get 30X optical zoom capability, which is a cut above similar products with digital zoom. The PTZOptics PT30X-SDI-GY-G2, PT30X-SDI-GY-G2-G, and 30X-NDI boast this hardware. The high zoom capabilities of these models put them ahead.
The difference between the 20X PTZ Optics cameras and the 30X models is noticeable if you capture from a long distance. So, if you do more long-distance video coverage and need high-definition visuals, the 30X cameras above will give you the desired result. Furthermore, since the PTZOptics cameras use optical zoom rather than digital zoom like most cameras, you can rest assured of getting high-quality images from further away.
Another impressive thing about the cameras is their fantastic picture quality. The cameras' image quality would make one think they are PTZOptics 4k camera systems. However, they shoot at 1080p full HD resolution. Using a PTZOptics camera gives you a clearer picture and video quality than you will get from cameras with 720p and lower resolutions.
In this section of the camera comparisons, my choice will be the PTZOptics PT30X-SDI-GY-G2 and PTZOptics 30X-NDI. Though they have the same resolution as others, their zoom capability puts them heads and shoulders above the rest.
The PTZ optic cameras under review have similar video outputs. Having tested the different models of this camera, my choice in this section is based on preference.
The dual streaming feature is available on the PTZOptics cameras on this list. Aside from the MJPEG, H.265, and H.264, the cameras can send 1080p footage over 3G-SDI and HDMI. For short distances, the video output option is HDMI since it is suitable for carrying data over short distances. In contrast, 3G-SDI is adequate for carrying data over long distances. The MJPEG is used primarily in non-linear editing. Without the other video outputs, the cameras wouldn't be as excellent because the MJPEG compression efficiency is far below H.264 and H.265.
Having the H.264 and H.265 makes PTZOptics cameras effective at compressing videos and suitable for live streaming. These video output features of the camera make it possible for you to broadcast your events, seminars, church services, and other gatherings on social media and other platforms.
For emphasis, H.264 reduces the amount of data in a video recording by filtering redundant data. It does not support 4k file types and has a high compression rate. However, the H.265 supports 8k data and is a clear upgrade of the H.264—its image quality is far better, plus it only needs half the data volume of the H.264.
PTZOptics cameras use standard HDMI video output and NDI technology, allowing you to switch from low bandwidths to high bandwidth video production. Since they have similar features as others in this category, my choice is based on preference rather than superiority over the rest. In this category, my preferences are the PTZOptics NDI cameras — 20X-NDI-GY and 30X-NDI.
All PTZOptics cameras have similar image sensors. In testing these cameras, I discovered that they all use CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) sensors popular among PTZ conference cameras.
The cameras, both the 30x and 20x brands, have 2.1 megapixels shooters with a 1/2.7 sensor size and 55dB CMOS sensor. This combination ensures excellent video quality.
Testing the 20X-SDI, PT30X-SDI-GY-G2, and the other PTZOptics cameras on this list, I was impressed by their noise reduction due to their 3D and 2D noise cancellation features. It makes the videos less grainy and sleeker, making them more watchable on big screens. So, regardless of the PTZOptics camera you decide to purchase, you will be impressed by its smooth visuals due to its sensor.
In low light conditions, the PTZOptics cameras are also impressive. From the tests conducted, the low-light CMOS sensor produces smooth videos devoid of digital graining. When you have any of these cameras, you can confidently cover your events regardless of the weather condition or time of the day.
Though there is no apparent difference between the image sensors of the PTZOptics cameras, the PTZOptics 30X-NDI is my favorite. This PTZ optics NDI camera's sensor optimization and noise reduction feature make it my go-to camera system for covering events at night. I covered a seminar using the 30X-NDI-GY PTZ optic camera; after the event, I streamed the video, and it was difficult to tell that I did the coverage at night.
As video conference cameras, the PTZOptics devices have a great lens that adds to their overall quality. The cameras' telephoto abilities and reliability mean they are ideal for covering events with several people and in small spaces.
PTZOptics cameras guarantee an enjoyable watching experience, with smooth subject movement because of their 60 frames-per-second feature. However, not all PTZOptics cameras come with 60 FPS movement— the 20X-USB Camera records videos at 30 FPS. However, the 20X-USB camera covers for its relatively low FPS with a decent zoom lens.
The Sony lenses of the PTZOptics camera models, like the 20X-NDI-GY, PT30X-SDI-GY-G2-G, and 30X-NDI, are powerful. You would be impressed by their smooth images and visuals when paired with their full HD output resolution.
In this section of the PTZOptics comparison, my favorite is the PTZOptics 20X-NDI-GY. This model has an impressive 4.4 — 88.5mm focal length. The camera's lens enables incredible wide-angle length, close-focus shots, and 20X zoom.
These features allow near-perfect photos and coverage of conferences and events. Additionally, its 0.5 lux at 1/ 1.8 requirement in low lighting and f/1.8-f/2.8 lens aperture make the camera perform effectively in poor lighting conditions.
Aside from preference, the 20X-NDI-GY is the most outstanding PTZOptics camera device in this category. The camera's versatility is incredible due to its lens's adjustment to light entering the sensor. The adjustment of the camera lens makes it fantastic for outdoor and indoor coverage.
The connection of PTZOptics cameras is another impressive feature of the cameras on this list. The models come with RS-232 input/output and RS-485 communication connections, and their ports integrate more extensive control systems like Extron and Crestron l via VISCA instructions.
Regarding flexibility, video production cameras are in a league of their own. Using the SDI PTZOptics models, you can get line-level audio input for IP Streaming through Ethernet and HDMI output. You can integrate your camera with popular video editing programs like OBS, Livestream Studio, Mimilive, Wirecast, vMix, Tricaster, etc.
PTZOptics conference cameras come with all the mounting hardware, cables, PTZ Optics manual, and configuration guides you need to set up the camera.
This section of the PTZOptics cameras comparison is tight due to their similar connection features. However, the PT30X-SDI-GY-G2 is the apparent winner in this category due to its versatility and comprehensive range connectivity.
When you set up the PTZOptics correctly, you may operate this video production camera from any device connected to your network, whether a smartphone, computer, or tablet. For starters, the RS-232 and RS-485 in cameras allow you to control the camera remotely effectively.
As you will see in PTZOptics NDI camera systems, most PTZOptics cameras have the NDI Studio control, which lets you control the camera professionally using a joystick. Furthermore, with the NDI studio control, you will get smooth access to the system's visuals.
One other way of controlling PTZOptics cameras which I find most suitable is via smartphones. With your smartphone, whether Android or Apple, you only need to download the camera's application from your device's app store. The ability to control cameras with smartphones and laptops makes it more user-friendly.
PTZOptics cameras, like the 20X-USB Camera, carry the built-in UVC camera control allowing for control via a single USB connection cable. Irrespective of the control feature you choose to use, you will easily control the unique pan, tilt, and zoom features of the camera systems.
Although PTZ Optics camera devices have the same control features, my preference in this category is the PTZOptics 20X-NDI-GY. The NDI technology in this camera gives it more control and flexibility. Also, the 20X-USB camera is worthy of mention due to its USB control feature; however, the 20X-NDI-GY takes the cake here.
Generally, PTZOptics cameras have easy setups since they require networks. So, irrespective of the camera you choose, you will have no problem getting it ready for use.
To set up your PTZOptics camera, connect it to a network. Afterward, either set the system to DHCP or a static IP address. With the camera set to an IP, use the IR remote to verify that IP address, copy it, and paste it into your laptop’s search bar.
Connect your laptop to the camera through your device's web browser to ensure you can control the camera over the network through your smartphone, camera, and laptop. Afterward, download the PTZOptics app and connect your camera. After linking your camera with your devices, check to confirm that you can pan, tilt and zoom as you wish.
Additionally, you can set up the PTZOptics camera over PoE. Using Power over Ethernet makes for easy installation by removing the necessity for an additional power source.
Although all PTZOptics camera settings are accessible, I prefer the PTZOPTICS 20X-NDI-GY camera. It is easier to get this camera up and running.
This PTZOptics PTZ camera review clearly shows that the cameras have similar features— their camera features, lens, image Sensor, connection, and setup. Hence, stating the best out of these cameras will be difficult.
Also, while some of these cameras are excellent in certain areas, they are not desirable in others. For instance, the PTZOptics 20X-SDI has a smooth setup and fantastic connection, but its zoom range is less than others, like 30X-NDI. After using all the cameras and analyzing their features, the 30X-NDI is the most suitable PTZOptics camera for general use.