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What's Better: Optical Zoom or Digital Zoom?

20x Optical Zoom

20x Digital Zoom


Optical Zoom On Security Cameras

Optical zoom makes the lens of the security camera move inwards or outwards to get a better view of an object to magnify an object. Zooming in with an optical zoom results in a smaller angle of view.

Digital Zoom On Security Cameras

Digital video footage is completely comprised of pixels. When digital zoom is used, it simply enlarges the pixels of an image. Often, this can result in blurry or pixelaged footage.

Optical Zoom is nearly preferred in every way, except for two reasons: 1. digital zoom does not lessen your angle of view and 2. digital zoom can be added after video is recorded.

Angle of view with an 20x Optical Zoom

Angle of view with an 20x Digital Zoom


You can see that the optical zoom shot completely misses that someone is about to throw a rock at the camera. When using a camera that has been zoomed in on a location with optical zoom (and thus has a more limited angle of view), you probably want to help secure that camera with a wide angle lens camera near it as well.

After recording with Optical Zoom, you can add Digital Zoom. This is image is 20x optical and 10x digital


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  1. The Lookout 2.0 - 26ZV



    The Lookout 2.0 - 26ZV - 2MP (1080P) IP PTZ Camera with 30x Optical Zoom

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $799.00


    Resolution

    1080p HD

    1080P @ 30 FPS; 1920 x 1080

    Detect: 1000 ft
    Recognize: 900 ft
    Identify: 800 ft


    Processing Power and Compression: Not All 1080P Cameras are Created Equal


    Indoor/Outdoor

    weatherproof

    IP66
    Full protection from dust, rain, snow, dew, frost, and sprinklers.

    You can even wash them off with a hose.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Extreme Cold Temperature rated from -40°F to 140 °F

    Humidity rated between up to 90%.


    Lens

    ptz lens

    Motorized PTZ Varifocal: 4.5 - 135mm
    63° - 2° of coverage

    Digital Zoom and Optical Zoom

    Learn about the 4 types of Zoom


    Day/Night

    night footage

    Infrared night vision up to 300 FT

    Color video possible until 0.03 lux

    How to get the best footage at night


    Special

    special features

    Audio Input and Output
    Audio Input/Output FAQ

    Digital Wide Dynamic Range

    Pan: 360° (endless) rotation
    Tilt: -15° ~ +90° (auto reverse)

    Seeing in shadows: Understanding WDR



  2. The Spotlight 2.0 - 26ZV-W



    The Spotlight 2.0 - 26ZV-W - 2MP (1080P) IP PTZ Camera with 22x Optical Zoom & Full Spectrum Light

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $1,499.00


    Resolution

    1080p HD

    1080P @ 60 FPS; 1920 x 1080

    Detect: 950 ft
    Recognize: 875 ft
    Identify: 750 ft


    Processing Power and Compression: Not All 1080P Cameras are Created Equal


    Indoor/Outdoor

    weatherproof

    IP66
    Full protection from dust, rain, snow, dew, frost, and sprinklers.

    You can even wash them off with a hose.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Extreme Cold Temperature rated from -40°F to 140 °F

    Humidity rated between up to 90%.


    Lens

    ptz lens

    Motorized PTZ Varifocal: 6.5 - 135mm
    70° - 4° of coverage

    Digital Zoom and Optical Zoom

    Learn about the 4 types of Zoom


    Day/Night

    night footage

    Infrared night vision up to 200 FT

    Integrated Full Spectrum Light up to 100 FT

    Larger image sensor for low light

    Color video possible until 0.001 lux

    How to get the best footage at night


    Special

    special features

    Audio Input and Output
    Audio Input/Output FAQ

    True WDR (120db)

    NOT POE

    Pan: 360° (endless) rotation
    Tilt: -15° ~ +90° (auto reverse)

    Seeing in shadows: Understanding WDR



  3. The Laser 2.0 - 26ZV-LIR - high res



    The Laser 2.0 - 26ZV-LIR - 2MP (1080P) IP PTZ Camera with 33x Optical Zoom & Laser Infrared

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $1,999.00


    Resolution

    1080p HD

    1080P @ 60 FPS; 1920 x 1080

    Detect: 950 ft
    Recognize: 875 ft
    Identify: 750 ft


    Processing Power and Compression: Not All 1080P Cameras are Created Equal


    Indoor/Outdoor

    weatherproof

    IP66
    Full protection from dust, rain, snow, dew, frost, and sprinklers.

    You can even wash them off with a hose.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Extreme Cold Temperature rated from -40°F to 140 °F

    Humidity rated between up to 90%.


    Lens

    ptz lens

    Motorized PTZ Varifocal: 6.5 - 135mm
    70° - 4° of coverage

    Digital Zoom and Optical Zoom

    Learn about the 4 types of Zoom


    Day/Night

    night footage

    Long Range Infrared night vision up to 1600 FT

    Color video possible until 0.01 lux

    How to get the best footage at night


    Special

    special features

    Audio Input and Output
    Audio Input/Output FAQ

    True WDR (120db)

    Pan: 360° (endless) rotation
    Tilt: -15° ~ +90° (auto reverse)

    Seeing in shadows: Understanding WDR


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