Long Range Night Vision IR PTZ Camera

Long Range IR PTZ system From Kintronics

Long Range PTZ camera systems are available with optical or thermal imaging cameras, or both in one system.  Here’s a short video that shows how these cameras work:

The optical camera system is a night vision PTZ IP camera system that includes a high resolution IP camera, very long range lens, and special laser IR illuminator to allow you to see details that are over 2 miles away. It attaches to your network and can be integrated into a complete security system.

Thermal and optical secuirty ptz IP cameraFEATURES:

  • See faces, read license plates, numbers and words in complete darkness
  • Utilizes image sensors that optimize day and night viewing
  • High resolution HD camera system (up to 2 Megapixels)
  • Select models with choice of optical cameras, thermal cameras, and focused laser illumination
  • This long range surveillance system connects to the network or use the analog video interface
  • Optional wireless connectivity
  • Select PTZ cameras with over 62X optical zoom
  • Operates in all weather environments: NEMA IP66 Rating to prevent the ingress of water and minute particles
  • Can be used in a wide range of temperatures: -40° F to 131° F (-40° C to + 55° C)


Know your objectives before selecting the long range IP camera system. Do you want to detect something in the distance? Do you want to recognize if it’s a truck or car? Or, do you want to be able to identify a person’s face or license plate? Take a look at our definitions below and read our article, How far can we see with PTZ IR camera. We also provided a video that shows the capability of these extreme long range cameras.

The following chart provides examples of long range cameras that can be used day or night. The ranges are provided for human targets.  We can see vehicles or ships further away, and of course, the size of the object will determine the distance.  Note that anything that’s over 13 miles away is beyond the curvature of the earth and at extreme distances atmospheric conditions will determine actual distance.

Product Specifications (Example Systems)

Model /specification RANGE LENS

Dual sensor long range camera system, includes up to 129 mm optical zoom lens, and 640 x 480 thermal camera with 100 mm fixed thermal lens

Human Detection:
Day: over 3.7 miles  (5950 M)
Night: 0.7 Miles (1000 M)

Day: 1 mile (1600 M)
Night: 0.19 Miles (309 M)

Day: 0.49 mile (793 M)
Night: 0.09 Miles (153 M)

Optical zoom: 37 X zoom lens
max zoom to 129 mm
Thermal lens:  Fixed 100 mm

Very long range PTZ camera system with laser illumination for night viewing.  Includes optical lens with up to 500 mm zoom, and laser with a range of approximately 1000 M.

Day: 14 Miles (22,000 M)
Night: 0.62 Miles (1000 M)

Day: 3.7 miles (5900 M)

Night: 0.62 Miles (998 M)

Day: 1.8 mile (2900 M)
Night: 0.62 Miles (998 M)

Optical zoom: 33 X remote zoom lens, 20 to 500 mm

Extreme range multi-sensor camera system.  Includes high resolution optical camera system with 2000 mm zoom lens, and a thermal camera (640 x 480) with 35 – 155 mm thermal lens.

This system includes a laser illuminator with a range of 2000 M.  Thermal camera provides overview of night scene, and optical camera with laser provides details.

Day: 41 Miles (66000 M)
Night (using laser): 1.24 Miles (2000 M)

Day: 11 miles (17700 M)
Night (using laser): 1.24 Miles (2000 M

Day: 5.5 miles (8800 M)
Night (using laser): 1.24 Miles (2000 M)

Optical Zoom: 125X, 16 mm to 2000 mm remote zoom lens.

Thermal lens: 35 – 155 mm remote zoom lens

Common Specifications

Camera: High Resolution 2 Megapixel, 1080P, HD ONVIF Day Night IP IR Camera

Weather Resistance: IP66

Operational temperature:  -40 C° to 60 C°

Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ): 360 Degree Pan Tilt Driver with Micro Step

IR Iluminator:  Auto range adjusted Laser system

Note: Lasers with over 15 Watt power levels can exceed the danger limit for human eyes at close range.  This is called the Nominal Ocular Hazard Distance (NOHD). The risk of eye damage can be reduced by preventing the people from being too close to the illuminator.  An active range finder system can be added to the camera system that automatically turns off the illuminator whenever an object is closer than this minimum range.


long range multi-sensor camera systemCustom Designed Long range IP Camera Systems: Our long range PTZ IP systems are designed to your requirements.  This means we can design and build a long range camera system that exactly meets your objectives and budget.

These high performance PTZ systems include not only a very long range optical camera system, but also a thermal imaging camera for operation in total darkness.  The optional synchronized laser illuminator can be selected for ranges from 500 M to 5000 M allowing you to see at night over 3 miles away .

Need more details or pricing?  Give us a call at 1-800-431-165 or 914-944-3425 or contact.  We can design the long range IP camera system that exactly meets your requirements.

Technical Notes To help you understand the technology.
The technical article “Seeing in the Dark” describes the technology available to see better than an owl.  The article How Far Can We See With the PTZ IP Camera provides the details about how we calculate the ranges for the cameras based on the criteria of detection, recognition, and identification.

Take a look at our video that shows how various PTZ long range IP camera systems actually perform,

Contact us for help selecting the right cameras, lenses, enclosures, NVR software and more.

Comparison of IR Illumination to Thermal Imaging:
Both types of cameras allow you to see in the dark, but the Thermal Imaging cameras utilize the heat energy radiating from the object viewed, while the Infrared or IR cameras utilizes an IR illuminator.

The Thermal Imaging system can detect an object further away, and operate through fog and dust, but the IR camera system provides much better resolution and gray scale making it possible to identify a person’s face or license plate number.

The Optical IR PTZ system utilizes a unique fully zoomable Continuous Wave Laser Illumination system rather than a fixed lens system provided by the thermal imaging systems. This patent pending capability makes it much easier to focus on a remote target.

Definitions Used in Thermal Imaging versus Optical IR night vision Systems

Thermal imaging cameras typically use the Johnson Criteria to determine its’ “detection” capability. The Johnson Criteria, used by thermal imaging manufacturers, indicates that 1.5 to 7 vertical pixels are needed to provide “detection”.

Optical systems usually state that they need at least 10 pixels for detection.

In the thermal imaging parlance, recognition is defined by whether an object can be discerned. For instance, is the target a tank, building, person, etc. Thermal Imaging cameras indicate that somewhere between 8 and 10 pixels are needed to make this determination.

In the optical camera world, espcially at the longest range of the optics we need more pixels for recognition. The specifications for the optical systems use a much more conservative >30 pixels for recognition.

There is some confusion about this category. Most Thermal Imaging companies do not even discuss this criteria, as it is difficult to hit this performance level at distance ranges. In thermal imaging parlance this is defined as a specific object being discerned, such as the object is friend or foe, or that the object is a T-72 tank or M1-Abrams. The thermal Imaging guide indicates that only about 11 to 16 pixels are required.

In the optical world, identification means that you can identify a person’s face or license plate number. We define this as at least 50 – 80 pixels across the face for the optical system.

To learn more about what you can see with a thermal or optical camera, take a look at our article, Detection, Recognition, Identification – Thermal vs. Optical Camera.  If you need more help defining your system, please contact us.