POE PTZ Camera Buying Guide
Before buying a POE PTZ camera, knowing where to install your security camera is the first. apply to business & industrial, home & small business, Residential, indoor & outdoor?
And, the POE PTZ Camera is much more expensive than the normal IP PTZ cameras. for the sake of money, you should make sure if you must need a POE PTZ camera or just a normal IP PTZ camera is enough.
The resolution and the zoom factor, you should also consider. In most circumstance, 1080p resolution is enough.
What Is POE PTZ Camera?
PoE stands for Power over Ethernet, it’s a technology that transmits both data and power supply simultaneously to network devices (such as PTZ cameras) without changing existing Cat.5 cable network structure. It helps to transmit videos and power via just one network cable. It reduces the number of wires, and has greater installation flexibility, which suits DIY enthusiasts.
A complete PoE system includes Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE) and Powered Device (PD) two parts.
Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE): The equipment supports PoE function such as PoE switch, PoE injector (midspan) etc.
Powered Device (PD): IP/network cameras in video surveillance system.
How To Choose A POE PTZ Camera?
1. The Shape and Size of the Camera
POE PTZ cameras come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Each of these designs comes with its own set of pros and cons. Some will work better in Home & Small Business, and some will work better in Business & Industrial, and others will work better in Residential. so it’s important to know where you’re going to install your security camera. Usually, the large size(6+ inch) good for business & industrial, middle size(around 4.5 inches) is good for home & small business, and the 2.5-inch size is best for residential.
2. The Resolution
Only when you have tested the 5MP one, you will notice that 2MP is really not enough. The POE PTZ camera, which most are installed in the large areas and long distance from your surveillance center, so I highly recommend you the high resolution one, at least, 4.0 megapixel. As we all know that the POE PTZ camera needs an ethernet cable when installing, and the cable will somehow reduce the signal when transmitting.
The 5MP HD POE PTZ Camera can compatible with different devices, Max. is 2592*1944, 2592×1520, 2304×1296、1920×1080. However, the 5MP one is expensive. If you have enough budget, then take 5mp PoE PTZ cameras into consideration.
3. The Rotate Speed
Imagine you are monitoring a large place which has several areas that you want to keep a close eye too. then a high-speed dome PTZ camera is much needed. In this case, the importance of pan rotate speed cannot be over emphasized. And you do not worry about the fast and precise positioning, cause the pan tilt and zoom speed can be adjusted from low to high.
4. The Customer Service
Good customer service is really important, compared to the traditional IP camera, the pan tilt zoom camera is a little more complicated, so it needs some technical support.