PTZ, or pan-tilt-zoom, cameras are probably the most versatile kind of security and surveillance cameras on the market today. They can move around an axis, allowing them to cover a lot of ground. They can move up and down, allowing them to be even more accurate when capturing footage. They can also zoom, which makes them the best tool to have if you need to surveil large areas and still be able to zoom in when necessary.
PTZ cameras are not that common in home security systems, and that’s for a good reason - they need a camera operator to take full advantage of their technical capabilities. Still, with every firmware update they get, PTZ cameras are getting smarter - some of them have the option of auto-tracking moving objects in the field of view, and who knows what other great features we’ll see in PTZ cameras in the near future. They excel, however, when operated by a human, and when they’re covering a large area, which makes them great for outdoor use. Imagine a situation where the camera is programed to change the section it monitors every 15 seconds, with a security officer monitoring it. All of a sudden, something enters the field of view - a car, or a person - and the officer has the ability to zoom in and record facial features or license plates, or any other detail that may come off as important. The best thing is that all of this can be done over a large area - which is something any other type of camera couldn’t do.
So, when you’re looking for a camera to monitor your business’s parking lot, or your company’s outdoor property, if you can afford the camera and the security personnel, the best camera you could choose would be a PTZ camera. If well placed, it can replace several fixed cameras, and it can greatly improve the security of your business.