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USB Cameras with RS-232 Control

USB Cameras with RS-232 Control


We will name off a few USB PTZ cameras that include RS-232/RS-485 control and include them in this article. Breaking through this barrier of USB PTZ Cameras and Serial Control will lead to a higher adoption of web conferencing with traditional audio visual integration companies who rely on control systems to provide full proof "we can do anything" solutions. Large Audio Visual integration firms such as Whitlock, AVI/SPL and Carousel Industries are going to want to keep their highly skilled crestron and AMX programmers designing systems while at the same time remaining relevant in the world of "web video conferencing". To do this they need products that support USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 while at the same time support RS-232/RS-485 serial control they use. 

Here I will list a few USB Pan Tilt Zoom cameras that have both USB and RS-232.

  • HuddleCamHD 3X
  • HuddleCamHD 10X
  • HuddleCamHD 12X
  • HuddleCamHD 20X
  • HuddleCamHD 30X
  • PTZOptics 12X-USB
  • PTZOptics 20X-USB
  • Vaddio RoboShot 12X
  • Vaddio ClearVIEW

Until the HuddleCamHD camera line came out the Vaddio ClearVIEW was one of the only cameras with this capability. That was a tough sell at times especially for smaller applications because the price tag is $4,000! Now we have options from HuddleCamHD and PTZOptics. In Fact, PTZOptics has a nice little comparison between the Vaddio RoboShot and the PTZOptics camera line I will show below.

PTZOptics RS-232 and USB camera line vs Vaddio ClearVIEW and RoboShot

Serial control can also come in handy for production studios. As live broadcasting and now "Web Casting" become more and more popular the demand for high quality USB pan tilt zoom cameras increase. Many of these production studios are accustom to using PTZ joystick controls that operate with RS-232. So being in the industry I have seen the eyes pop when the customer sees a product with both USB and RS-232 and the combination has been something of a success as of late. 

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