Buying Guide for HD PTZ IP Cameras

With an HD PTZ IP camera, you can monitor your front yard or backyard, your office, home, or building from any geographic location via a PDA, PC, tablet, or smartphone. You can also look at images in real time using the internet. A plethora of affordable high-definition PTZ IP cameras are available on eBay, which can help make buying an easy venture.

How does the camera work?

The acronym 'PTZ' stands for 'pan-tilt-zoom.' Using IP software, you can change what the display of the camera broadcasts. A remote system is designed to manipulate the HD PTZ IP camera in most setups. You can establish a movement pattern for the device during the initial configuration. You can also predetermine the rotation directions, but technology allows for manual control with an interface synced with a mouse or keyboard. In addition, you can adjust the lens angles manually, which can help the camera's automation of changes in position.

What's the difference between using a camera indoors versus outdoors?

An HD PTZ IP camera that is set up inside a building needs less protection than one that is stationed outdoors. A camera placed outside will need the following minimum specifications:

  • Vandalism-guarded capability, especially in areas known for having a high crime rate
  • Night vision
  • Small form and build for concerns of visibility
  • Weatherproof protection
Which camera design and form will work better than another?

Know the area or place you want the surveillance to cover. Therefore, consider those specifications when deciding on the form of the HD PTZ IP camera. Ask yourself if you would prefer to have a conventional wired device or a cordless one. Do you think it practical for your needs to have a hidden miniature camera that is dome-shaped?

How much detail is enough for images?

The detail level is a significant factor to measure among the hundreds of new and preowned HD PTZ IP cameras available in the eBay market. You want a camera that offers higher than the average resolution to cover an expansive area and see far off in the image's view with explicit detail. Also, pay attention to the field of view (FOV), which can impact the camera's resolution. The lower the FOV, in most cases, the smaller the object in the targeted view will appear. Be sure to weigh options for the camera's lens strength. You can measure that by the number of megapixels, which can make for a more or less powerful lens to pair with a resolution level.