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Choosing the Right Optical Zoom for Your PTZOptics Camera
Posted on Tuesday, October 10, 2023
Choosing the Right Optical Zoom for Your PTZOptics Camera

Oct. 10, 2023 - When stepping into the world of PTZ cameras, one of the crucial decisions to make is selecting the right optical zoom. At PTZOptics, we offer a range of options: 12X, 20X, and 30X. But which one is the right fit for your needs? Let’s delve into the specifics to help you make an informed choice.

Understanding Optical Zoom

Optical zoom refers to the camera’s ability to magnify the subject without compromising on image quality. The higher the optical zoom, the closer you can zoom into your subject. However, a higher zoom also means a narrower field of view. It’s essential to balance your need for close-ups with how much of the scene you want to capture. You can use our Optical Zoom Calculator on any of our product pages to learn more.

Consider Your Space

Small to Medium Spaces:

For rooms where the distance between the camera and the subject is relatively close, the 12X optical zoom might be your best bet. This lens can capture a head and shoulders view of a person from 25 feet away. Given its more expansive field of view and lower price point, it’s a perfect choice for tighter budgets and spaces.

Medium to Large Spaces:

If your venue is more expansive, such as a conference room or a mid-sized auditorium, the 20X optical zoom is a viable option. With the ability to achieve a head and shoulders view from 45 feet away, it strikes a balance between zoom capability and cost.

Large Venues: For more substantial spaces, like large auditoriums or outdoor areas, the 30X optical zoom is unbeatable. It can capture detailed shots from as far as 75 feet, ensuring even distant subjects are clear and prominent.

Price Considerations

Budget constraints are often a determining factor. While the 12X offers a broader field of view at a more affordable price, the 20X and 30X offer greater zoom capabilities, albeit at a higher cost. It’s crucial to weigh the importance of Zoom against your budget.

Consistency in Multi-Camera Productions

When running a multi-camera production, it’s beneficial to use the same lenses across all cameras. This ensures a consistent image quality and feel, making transitions between shots smoother and more professional.

Leveraging 4K Cameras for Enhanced Zoom

For those using 4K cameras, there’s an additional advantage. By outputting in 1080p, you can utilize up to 2X digital zoom without degrading the image quality. This feature effectively enhances the zoom capability of your camera, giving you even more flexibility in capturing your subject.


Choosing the right optical zoom is a blend of understanding your space, budget, and production needs. Whether you’re capturing a close-up in a large auditorium or filming a broader scene in a smaller room, PTZOptics has a solution tailored for you. Remember, it’s not just about zooming in; it’s about capturing your vision in its best light.


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